DIY board and batten accent wall

Ever since we moved into our house last fall I've wanted to do something to the fireplace wall.  It's a corner fireplace, so I wanted it to feel more like a focal point vs. an afterthought.  That corner also feels a little dark because of the way the light shines through.  So, I finally got the motivation to do something about it.  I had mostly been putting it off because I've never used an air compressor or a nail gun and thought of it kind of scared me.  I've used plenty of tools, but for some reason those seemed intimidating to me.  Well, my dad came to the rescue and lended me a helping hand for this project.  I'm happy to say that I conquered my fear of the nailgun and actually may be a little addicted to using it!  Head on over to Ehow for the tutorial.  Also, I should mention that this was a really budget friendly project too, a lot of bang for the buck.

Here's a little before picture I snapped when we first go started.

And after!

In person it's even more of a dramatic difference.  I'm so happy I conquered my fears and went for it, even though I wasn't sure what the end result would be.  Do certain power tools intimidate you too?  Tell me I'm not the only one! :)  


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