Design, DIY

the one with some wood in the dining room

I have to say . . . I love ‘friends’ . . . and the titles to all my posts (except Fridays) should prove this . . . I started doing that just a few months into blogging. I thought it would be a nice little ode to the show, it would set my blog apart, I wouldn’t have to think of clever titles every post, and it starts everything off with some humor hopefully.

But it’s not any easier to think of clever things. most of the time it comes out as ‘the one with the exact recipe title’ or ‘the one with jeans and a tshirt’  . . . that’s no fun. So this week I’ve tried to step it up a bit . . . I hope you’ve noticed . . . and yes there is wood in my dining room . . . mind out of the gutters.



this awesome picture (below) is how our ‘dining room’ started when we bought the house just 2 months ago (tomorrow is officially 2 months whoo hoo!) It is very open to the ‘living room’ . . . like it’s just the back corner. I just call the whole room the living area. After paint, putting what was the kitchen light fixture in here, and the new floors were put down the corner looked much better and brighter as you can see below, but being the traditional girl that I am and knowing that we would end up hosting a lot of dinners in our humble abode I wanted something to set this part of the room apart. Something that when you looked at it you would say ‘oh, and this is the formal dining room . . . corner . . .  where christmas happens’

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insert batten/bead board to the rescue . . . except I didn’t feel like spending lots of money and gluing panels to the wall so we just used some basic wood pieces. It was actually pretty easy . . . we didn’t even use a nail gun. I simply measured out the wall to see where I wanted everything and how much we would need.

We decided on a half wall so 36″ up is where the rail started. We knew those pieces needed to be significantly bigger than the vertical pieces so we chose 1×4 oak boards in 10′ and 8′ since our walls were just a few inches shorter. For the vertical – lattice – boards they actually have boards called ‘lattice boards’ at Lowes which we thought gave it the perfect look. I’m not positive of the measurements but they are found with the other molding boards if you are looking for them.


When we got home we measured twice and cut the 1×4’s on our table with the blade at a 45 degree angle – then we sanded the angle – and painted everything white. Once it was fully dry we nailed it to the wall every 16″ or in other words onto every stud for security. don’t forge to use your level to make sure it’s straight 🙂


then we set up our lattice boards to see where we wanted them. We originally thought every 16″ – at every stud – but that looked too busy so we did every other. We nailed these into the wall once at the top and once at the bottom before painting.

Once everything was good and nailed in and secure, we used Valspar’s ultra white semi gloss paint and primer over the boards and the walls underneath. since we were putting white over poop brown it took a million coats. but once it was all done it was exactly what I wanted for this room . . . corner.


there is it an updated dining room . . . corner. next step is to refinish the top of that table I found at a garage sale. i.can’t.wait.

any other housing updates happening?



Welcome to the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop!


A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.


Dear Friends,


What a day to celebrate! This is the 86th week of the Let’s Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 


Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I’ve never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!


The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That’s right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week’s hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.


The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!


There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! 🙂


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Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin’

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& Co-Hosts

Rebekah @ Butcher’s Niche

Rachel at Life as Rachel

Amy at Set Free

Gayle at A Gayle Force

***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:


Hi friends! It’s Tiff. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

… onto the winner!

I am in love with this post. I am on a budget, so it is so fun to see creative ways to do fall decorating from the dollar store! I love the ideas that Keitha has. That fabric is too cute. I intend to steal some of her fab ideas. Her blog is also amazing. I am so, so, so happy I found her! Keitha has amazing DIY posts such as this cute tutorial on DIY Moss Letters and her pantry organization puts me to shame! This is a blog you will follow because it is filled with useful and awesome tips for home organization and design. 

Go follow Keitha!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! 🙂



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  • Reply Chelsea Jacobs

    That table is such a good find!

    October 7, 2014 at 9:13 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I know!! I got so lucky with that. It fits 8 people and it was only $50! I can’t wait to refinish the top.

      October 7, 2014 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    How gorgeous!

    October 7, 2014 at 9:16 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks lady!

      October 7, 2014 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Jennifer@ a glimpse of our life

    That looks so nice. You have accomplished a lot in two months.

    October 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! it’s been hard work the last 2 nonths!

      October 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Faith

    LOVE this room! So when do I get to have dinner there?? Yes…your bestie is inviting herself over in case you missed that! lol. And I love the wall…look at you being all creative and stuff! 🙂

    “mind out of the gutters” killed me!!! LOL!

    October 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      iron man just said the other day that he wants to meet faith and the artist so just tell me when you’re coming.

      October 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    I am SO impressed! When I was growing up we did a lot of remodeling to our home and it was so much work. Your space looks lovely:)

    October 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! the work is very worth it!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Samantha @ Elah Tree

    Wow! That looks so amazing! Nice job!

    October 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      October 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven

    It looks SO good! It’s so much fun to see your home coming together!

    October 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      aw! thanks lady!

      October 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Hey Bex! We met at the Influence Conference and I was excited to come across your post this week at the link up! I’m featuring you tonight, so drop by and check it out 🙂

    October 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      hi, sarah! thank you so much I can’t wait to see it!

      October 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply All Things Thursday Link Up Party No. 54

    […] I met Bex last month at the Influence Conference. I LOVE her inexpensive dining room update. See it here: DIY Batten Board […]

    October 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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