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River Market Antique Mall

My husband and I had a date night last night and walked around at the River Market Antique Mall in downtown Kansas City. I thought I would share with you some of the gems we came across (even though we came home empty handed).

Old window panes: $75

Gold "bamboo" mirror: $125


Perfect for my office, but....$500

Pair of chairs in need of some white paint and new upholstery: $150 a piece

Rustic door: $85

Obsessed with this chair: $160

This mirror wasn't for sale, but it had really pretty detailing that isn't showing up in the picture.

Storage chest: $295

Metal tables. I would have loved to get them as nightstands, but I am not sure how to paint metal...hmmm.

Just beautiful!

These mirrors are from HomeGood's and I am contemplating returning the other mirrors I just purchased for a few of these....hmmmm.


Board & Batten Tutorial & Reveal

I am 99% finished with this project. I ran out of nails before I got all the lattices attached to the wall. I still need to address a couple places, do a little more sanding and touch up some paint, but you can get the idea from these pics. 

Here is the before:

And the after:

And here is how I did it:

- 6' Lattice wood ($7.86 for 10, I needed 33 so I got 2 packs, got them at Lowe's)

- 3 1/2 inch MDF board (8'). I needed 5 pieces and they were $6.82.
- Finishing screws (already had)
- Finishing nails (already had)
-Level (already had)
- Caulk (already had)
- White Semi-Gloss Paint (already had)
- Primer (already had)
- Circular Saw (already had)

Step 1: 

Design your layout on paper so you know how far apart to put the lattice strips. I was going to do 14 inches, but I quickly found that I would have run into an outlet so I decided to go 15 inches in between each piece of wood). You also need to measure how high you want the rail to be. I didn't want to bother with light switches so I decided to put mine 39.5 inches above the top of the baseboard. The top of the MDF would be at 39.5 which left me with 36 inches to fill. This worked out perfectly because I was able to get 2 vertical strips out of each peace of lattice wood because they were 72 inches. 

Step 2: 

After I completed my plan I started to cut my MDF boards. I used full length boards where they would fit. I cut 45 degree angles on the outside corners to give it a flush finish.

Before hanging, I marked the studs with "X's" so I would know where to put the screws. I pre-drilled a little shallow hole before drilling in the screws...

This allowed the screw to be buried without splitting the wood and will make for a much cleaner finish after spackling. 

I then held up the piece of wood and used my level to make sure it was straight before I screwed it in place.

Step 3:

After all of your rail boards are in place, it is time to cut your lattice wood. I thought that because I measured 39.5 inches from the top of my baseboard that I would have the same amount of space to work with everywhere, but this was not the case. Unfortunately I had already cut all of my lattice pieces to 36 inches so so fit better than others. 

Step 4:

To attach my lattice wood I used liquid nails on the back and finishing nails.

Use a level to make sure your lattice is straight and be sure to put them in on an angle on the top, bottom, and middle of each board to securely hold it in place.

Step 5:

After all your boards are in place, it is time to whip out the spackle and caulk. Fill all the holes and caulk on all the edges. I thought paint would fill the little spaces between the lattice wood and the wall, but caulking made it look so much cleaner so I recommend taking the time to do every edge (including the top and bottom of the rail).

Step 6:

Time to whip out the paintbrush! I used one coat of primer and two coats of semi-gloss paint. I rolled it on and used a brush to get all the edges.


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"Board & Batten" Progress

Here is a sneak peak at what I have been working on this week. A few more nails, some sanding and a couple coats of paints and we'll be ready for the reveal!




HomeGoods is Good!

Today I took back the nightstands that we purchased at HomeGoods this weekend (they just weren't the right size or color). However, I am so glad they didn't work because otherwise I might not have gotten my hands on these beauties...

Only $24.99 each. They are above our sectional now, but I couldn't include the sofa in the picture because it is so drab. It needs some pillows like these to make it look happier!


Architectural Details (or lack there of)

I have always known that our house yells "builder grade" and it is time I do something about it. I found this wonderful (affordable) board and batten tutorial and have decided to dive right in. 

I am making my measurements tonight and plan to pick up my materials tomorrow (on my way home from my 3rd interview! crossing my fingers). The only problem I foresee is this...

The measurement from the top of the baseboard to the bottom of the ledge is 40.5 inches.

The measurement from the top of the baseboard to the bottom of the light switch is 40 inches. Which means the board and batten would need to be at 39.5 inches. I am just afraid it might look funny if the board and batten doesn't go all they way up on the half wall (all the way to the ledge). 

I'll play with it a little and hopefully come up with a solution!

This will hopefully be the last picture of my oh so boring hallway...

Wish me luck!


There are two white nightstands on the loose in the United States. Most likely at a HomeGoods store. They are sleek, white tables with beautiful curvy legs and 3 drawers. If you have seen these tables, please email Bobi at Any tips would be appreciated. I would like to find out of any HomeGoods have these in stock, but even the original maker would do. 

Thank you!