House Updates: Board and Batten & Rockin’ My New Nail Gun! $100 Giveaway

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The winner is #208:  Pat D!  Congrats Pat, I’ve emailed you.

It’s been 2 weeks since we closed and work has already begun.  We’re spending a few hours a day over at the house several times a week and things are looking a little different already.

It’s no secret that I’m part of Lowe’s Creative Bloggers team and let me tell you, I’m sure glad of that.  This month’s challenge was a before and after project and I had the perfect one in mind.  I got in the fixer-upper house just in time to do this project.  Keep reading, there’s a Lowes $100 giftcard giveaway for one of you at the end.

I had already decided that I was going to add tall board and batten in the dining room, so after I explained what it was to my Dad, he was all on board for putting it up.  I took my Lowes giftcard to the store and we picked up all the supplies needed to start this project.  We’re not completely finished, but I got one wall completed to show you all how we did it.  Caulking and painting it out will come later.


We picked up 2 sheets of 1/2” MDF, just the perfect material for cutting board and batten.  There are a zillion tutorials out in blogland on how to do this.  This one will be basic and I’ll explain how we did it as I move down the pics.  You won’t get to see the really pretty “after” yet, but that will come later.  I can’t wait to get to the pretty stage, most of what we are doing now is just grunt work.  Hard and dirty work getting ready to paint.

Now, I have to tell you a thing or two about my dad, Al.  He’s old school.  Extremely.  If you know an old-school guy, I can assure you, there is no one more old-school than Al.


We almost got in a head butting contest over this kick-butt nail gun.  With my Lowes giftcard, I picked up this wonderfully versatile rockin’ tool, the Hitachi nailgun.  It’s a finishing nail gun and works with a compressor and saves a TON of time.  My dad didn’t think we needed one, but I sure did!  So we had discussions over the nail gun.  I won and the nail gun came home with us, courtesy of Lowes.  We were able to buy all of our materials, including paint and the nail gun from Lowes.  Thanks, Lowes!

He is so used to nailing nails and couldn’t see that having a nail gun will save us so much time, but it totally will.


Another thing about my dad.  He’s cheap.  It has served him well.  I can be cheap too, but getting MDF cut at the home store would probably been a time saver since they cut on those BIG OLE’ saws they have.  But no, we can cut our boards at home and that won’t cost a dime. If there is even a hint of having to pay for cuts, nope that won’t do.  Out came the table saw and we ripped those boards ourselves.  I helped and we got ‘er done! 🙂

We ripped 6” boards and 2” boards for the battens.


Here’s our wall, waiting for a makeover.  I decided that I wanted the board and batten to be tall, so I opted for 65” up the wall.  My ceilings in this house are 8’ tall, so that seemed a good height to go.  I also decided that I wanted to do 2 rows of boards and fill in with battens for a nice paneled look.  You’ll see!


I started by painting out the bottom of the wall (below 65”) in white primer.  This will help when I have to paint that wall with all white trim paint.


Primer completed.


We brought over my dad’s compressor, he does have some great tools, we just need to use them. He’s got most of the good ones:  table saw, miter saw, jigsaw, and more.  This one is perfect for the new Hitachi nail gun.


I went ahead and painted above the board and batten a gray color, Rockport Gray mixed in Valspar Paint and Primer in one.  It covered wonderfully!  I think the one quart I bought will cover all the walls I need to paint in here.

I’m really liking the gray color.  I have some drapery fabric already bought that I’m using in here. It has pretty tones of gray, gold, green, brown and cream and I think will look super with my dining chairs and all this white board and batten.

Wanna see?

Some of you might remember that I picked up this fabric not too long before I moved from Birmingham back to Atlanta.  I had planned to use it in my old house, but guess what?  It’s going in the new one and I couldn’t be happier to have a dining room to use it in!

Can you see it coming together with my dining table and chairs?  Yeah, me too!


So, we measured and leveled our 6” boards, nailing them into the wall studs.  Another thing about my dad.  He’s completely obsessed with nailing boards in studs.  He overkills every piece of wood that gets nailed up.  It HAS. TO. BE. IN.A. STUD in my dad’s carpentry book.  SO, we found the studs.  Sometimes I have to give in to his wishes and let him do it his way. Not always, I can assure you.  There will be much head-butting getting this house done.  We have gone through it before, it is nothing new for daughter and dad to see things 2 different ways.  I see pretty, he sees strong and not going to go anywhere.

I totally think you can do both!


Back to the board and batten, I placed the 2nd board 12” down below the first row and now we are ready for the 2” battens to be installed.


We mitered the ends so that they would butt up against the baseboards and then I got the nailgun out and really had a ball.


This thing totally ROCKS my world!  I’m going to be in love with my new nail gun.  I popped nails in all those battens and loved it.  The best thing, no countersinking. The gun does it for you!


We added battens in the corners and will wrap them to the next wall too.  That next one from the right over to the left, we had to move it over a bit further than the others to jump the wall outlet.  I read a lot of tutorials and most everyone said to do that.  Jump the outlets and avoid them and you’ll never really notice the different spacing once it is all painted out.  We spaced about 14 inches apart.  Don’t hold us to that, we fudged a bit here and there.


Here’s that angled bottom piece, cut on a 45° angle on the miter saw.  See how it rests on the existing baseboard and just makes it look better than keeping it straight across the bottom.  I love this little touch.

board and batten tutorial

So, one by one we added those battens.  A few of the top boards didn’t get nailed in the studs, so we used Liquid Nails on the back (just a bit) as well as nails in the bottom part which did hit a stud to secure them all.  They won’t be going anywhere.  We used a level horizontally on the battens to keep them straight as we nailed.


It looks awesome to me!  I’m so excited to get just this little start to pretty going on.  We’ll continue around the room and finish this up and I’ll go ahead and paint above and this space will be on it’s way to being transformed.  I’m planning to add more board and batten in the little foyer and going up the stairs.  It just adds SO much architectural interest to an otherwise plain space, don’t you think?

Of course, the real fun will be when I caulk and paint it all trim white in Semi-Gloss.  It will be gorgeous!  It might be awhile before I get to that part, but you’ll be the first to see it all done.

UPDATE:  Here’s the AFTER, with new floors installed.  

board and batten painted

And my dad is really proud of what we did. He mentioned how great it looks several times!


Here’s a little more progress for you.  My sweet and tireless mama worked at getting up some of the tack strips from the carpet that we are ripping out while me and Dad worked on the board and batten.  She is amazing.


Dad walled up the doorway going into the kitchen and this wall from the living room can now have furniture on it if I need to do that.  It will make all the difference in the kitchen space and adding more cabinets on that wall that is not a door anymore.


Oh! And the ceilings all got a nice coat of spray paint last week, thanks to a family friend retired painter who we hired just for that reason.

Long view to the door that is now GONE. Can’t wait to paint those walls, that alone is going to make such a huge difference.  After we paint the trim and walls, our next project tackled will be new floors in this living room.  As of now, I do believe we are going to buy a floor nailer and put down unfinished oak flooring, then hire a refinisher to do the sanding, staining, and finishing of the floors.  That will save us some money, even though it will be a lot of work. We can take our time and get it done.

stripping wallpaper

Mom and I have finally stripped all the wallpaper off the walls.  That was a happy day too.


These 2 people are the loves of my life.  They are such hard workers and I couldn’t do this without them.  We’ve had many picnics on the porch already during our renovation days at the house.

And that’s pretty sweet!

Thanks to Lowes for letting me be part of the Lowes Creative Ideas blogger team, I am so enjoying doing projects with them and sprucing up this fixer-upper house.  We need all the help we can get.

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Happy news for ONE of you too!

GUESS WHAT?  Lowes wants to give one of YOU a $100 giftcard to spend!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  Every comment that is on this post will count and I’ll choose a winner in a week or so.  Tell me what you want to work on in your house! 


Disclosure:  I received a giftcard to buy supplies from Lowes for this project.

- Rhoda


  1. Suzyq-atthefarmhouse says:

    Rhoda, how lucky you are to have those wonderful people to help you. I too have wonderful parents (my Dad has since passed away) and they helped me with our old house when I got married. I’m sure your house will be looking and feeling like a home in no time at all! I can’t wait to come along for the ride!

  2. I love the post’s of you and your parents working on the house. Cant wait for the next one, i am as excited as you are. God bless you for sharing your life with us.

  3. Your dad and my husband would get along so well. If my husband can do anything himself then he surely isn’t paying someone else to do it. Really drives me nuts sometimes. You are so lucky to have parents helping you like that. That hard work will just keep them young. That is what I have to tell myself, too as I get older.

  4. How exciting! A nail gun sounds dangerous! 🙂

    I would love to do a board and batten in my living room, but my walls aren’t smooth – they’re textured (apparently it’s pretty common in new construction in Texas), so if I did it, I would have to fill in the whole wall, rather than just putting in the 2″ battens.

    I can’t wait to see this project finished!

  5. Rhoda, I cannot believe how much you have done already!! You have 2 fantastic parents that are in amazing shape to tackle hard work like that, now I know where you get your energy from!!
    The DR is going to be stunning, one question..what angle is the bottom piece that rests on the baseboard? And how to you measure that cut to get it so perfectly fitting? Your lucky your Dad is a perfectionist…it’s coming out beautiful!!

  6. This one brought tears to my eyes! How wonderful to see you and your loving parents working together. There is nothing in this world like the love from your mama and daddy. I can’t wait to read what the 3 of you do next. I have a daughter that lives in Atlanta so I visit often to see my 2 grandsons. I would love to come lend a hand some time!

  7. Arlene Grimm says:

    You have the sweetest parents Rhoda….love love love seeing you all working together on your new home! I cannot wait to see the Dining Room when it is finished.

  8. it’s looking great Rhoda, so happy for you. What a blessing to have your parents, enjoy this special time you have with them.

  9. how exciting!! i love how involved your parents are with helping you in your new home. i can’t wait to see your progress every day. ENJOY it and congratulations!

  10. What a great family! Its wonderful to see how God is blessing you! The loving labor you all are investing in this house will make it all the sweeter to enjoy through the years.

  11. What a blessing your parents are! You will treasure this time of re-building forever.

  12. How lovely it is to see your sweet parents helping you with this gift from God. It already looks terrific – I will so enjoy watching the progress as you continue.

  13. How wonderful to have your parent’s help! You’re doing great progress, can’t wait to see the dinning room all ready! Isn’t that so awesome working with a nail gun instead of a hammer? I love my nail set!

  14. I love this post!! I love the B&B, I too want to try. you might have given me the inspiration to do just that. But even more so I love your dad! I have an old school dad as well. He says it isn’t a real project until we do some math on some scrap wood. And gah- heaven forbid, who would buy premixed concrete?

    Looking great!

  15. Congrats on the business end of what you are doing & Lowe’s….

    The real story is your parents.

    Wish you would redo this post at some point, from the parent narrative point-of-view.

    Your parents are total CATNIP. More, they are blessings. Even at this distance.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  16. Your happiness is showing through the grunt work! You deserve to be happy!;)

  17. Woo Hoo! Oh, Rhoda, your wall looks wonderful. I know your home will be so beautiful! How sweet to see your little mama and daddy going to town for you. You’ve given them joy to be able to help you! 😉
    Can’t wait to see more and I’m so happy for you.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Rhoda – how wonderful! I love that you have this amazing blank canvas to work on. Your parents are so sweet to be helping you like this!

  19. Rhoda, I am so happy for you. You are so blessed to have such a loving and hard-working Mama and Daddy. I know they are finding great joy in helping you achieve your goal of owning another home. Enjoy your time together! P.S. Your father is right. Nails do need to be nailed in the studs. My husband says the same thing. At least you know it is being done right and will hold tight!

  20. How fabulous! I couldn’t be happier for you. I’m enjoying the renovations and wait for the move in day reveal. You are one lucky gal, your mom and dad are the best! I love them……….

    The French Hutch

  21. Mary from Highland Lakes says:

    Rhoda – I love what you have done and so enjoy reading all the sweet comments about your parents and how they are helping with the house. You know that they are as proud as you are of the renovations.
    I LOVE the new fabric for the DR. It will look great with your chairs. Are you going to display your white ironstone again??? While I am loving your chandy from your previous DR (hanging in my LR) I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the new house. LOVE following
    you on the blog.

  22. Your parents are so sweet to help you! I think everything looks great.

  23. the commentor above is so right! the real story is your parents! this is a great post, brought tears to my eyes! the sweetness of it all. your home will be so wonderful!

  24. aw I love your Dad! He sounds like my Daddy! Treasure him and your Mom as life is short! I miss my parents so much.

    Your house is going to be so beautiful, and it will be built with love!

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us!


  25. Rhoda, I love your board and batten wall! Everything is really shaping up! You have the two most adorable parents! It is easy to see the love you have for each other! What a blessing! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see more updates!

  26. Rhoda, the family that builds together, stays together. I hope you can give us a tour of the finished product!

  27. Enjoy every minute with your mom and dad. You are so lucky to have them in your life. Blessings to all of you!

  28. Rhoda, I am really enjoying your new journey. As I always say, you are truly an inspiration. Give those sweet, wonderful parents of yours a hug from me. You are blessed, but I am sure they are also blessed to have wonderful daughters. It is so wonderful to see that there are still families that go the mile for each other. Keep up the good work.

  29. You have the best parents ever! That is so sweet of them to help you with your new home!! It is going to be so beautiful!!

  30. Rhoda, how blessed you are to have those two special people! Enjoy making memories together – your place is going to be awesome when it is all finished. Thanks for taking us along on the journey!

  31. GO Rhoda!

  32. Luke's GiGi says:

    Rhoda – I’m in love with your parents. They rock. I hope I am as energetic and good looking as they are when I am their age. I can’t wait to see all of your projects on your home. God Bless.

  33. Rhoda, you are very blessed with loving parents. I dont know what I would do without mine either! I’m already loving watching your progress!

    Nothing is worth having if you didn’t work for it. That’s for sure.

  34. Connie McCallum says:

    Those nail guns ROCK they make everything so much easier. Your parents ROCK TOO. So sweet of them to help you with your dream.

  35. Rhoda,
    I love what you and your Mom/Dad have already accomplished. You are so lucky to have such loving healthy parents! They are remarable – no wonder you are so talented. LOL
    This house is going to be a true “Rhoda” house in a short time. I am so happy for you.
    Love you,

  36. What adorable parents you have! Your project looks fantastic so far! 🙂 Megan

  37. Elizabeth H says:

    I love the board and batten and love the way you guys did it. You have great help for sure. As I have said before, your parents are awesome.

  38. She’s baaaack…..

    The DIY diva in her element. This is going to be a fun journey for all of us, we just get to sit back and watch as you transform this blank canvas into a thing of beauty, luckily you are keeping your assistants busy (and fed), that way they don’t realize how tired they are….
    Enjoy Sweetie!!!

  39. Looking good already!

  40. wow – you have accomplished so much – how blessed you are to have such wonderful parents!

    Take care,

  41. DHenderson says:

    It is just joy to watch your journey and see another transformation– not just of a house, but of a life…of one who trusts God and knows that He works out all things for those who love Him. House is looking great! Can’t wait to see the rest unfold! Blessings to you and your precious parents!

  42. It looks fantastic, Rhoda! Favorite part- you and your parents together!!!

  43. Betsy Duggan says:

    Oh I love your story !!! Good for you and your Mom and Dad !! I wish I still had my Dad- but I have my Mom so today you inspired me to do a project with her ! xoxo Betsy

  44. Rhoda, your parents are so precious. I love seeing these posts with you and them working on the new house. I am so excited to see how you fix up your new home. I am a long time reader, but don’t think I have ever commented before. I even saw you once at a PW book signing in Atlanta, but was too embarassed to say hello. 😉 Best of luck with the new house…so happy for you!

  45. Your parents are so sweet, and reading your comments about your dad brought tears to my eyes. He sounds a lot like my dad. I could dream up a harebrained scheme and he would build it. He could do anything construction related. He’s been gone six years now and I still miss him everyday.

    Love the board and batten… y’all did a great job. I’m looking forward to seeing how you transform this house.

  46. Wow! Y’all are moving! You are making GREAT progress!! I’m so excited for you! And, you will love the nail gun. Our family built a barn several years ago and my son wanted a nail gun but I insisted that nailguns are for sissies! We drove every nail by hand! I have since seen the light and now own not one, but TWO nailguns! I have a framing nailer and a finish nailer and love them both. The finish nailer makes putting up trim and molding so quick and easy! Have you considered having someone do a DIY tool workshop at your Haven conference? I have found that the proper tools are so worth their cost simply by saving so much time and frustration! You would kick yourself if you knew how much time and frustration you could have saved with a power miter saw and a nail gun when you were working on those basement stairs in your old house! I can’t wait to see the final project!

  47. Rhoda, congratulations on all of the progress you and your parents are making on your house! It is so exciting to see. I love how much your parents support you. They remind me of my dear mom and dad! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Rho,
    It’s looking great! I’m so glad you found this house. And, even though it’s a lot of hard work, I know it’s really a treat to be able to spend the time with your folks, plus, I’m sure they are thankful that they can help you out with your new home. They seem tireless!

  49. I am just amazed at the hard work you and your family has put in on your renovation project! Your parents are absolute treasures, but I know you know that! You are so blessed in multitudes of ways.

  50. Gosh, I love the pics of you and your sweet parents working!! Honestly, I’ve just been an ‘occasional’ follower until now. There’s something about watching someone put their blood, sweat and tears into the place where they’ll lay their head at night, that stirs my emotions. Thanks for sharing.

  51. Your dining room is going to look great, I LOVE that fabric! I was laughing at your comment about your Dad finding every stud… my father-in-law helped my husband put our board and batten in our hallway and he is the SAME way. Every board has like 6 nails in it because it HAD to be in a stud. Funny.

  52. Lynne in NC says:

    I LOVE that you will soon have a new home, and I LOVE that you are sharing it with us! Thank you for your caring heart. When you mentioned that you and your mom took down the wallpaper yourselves, it inspired me that I might need to do a little redo of a bathroom, starting with … the wallpaper!

  53. You are so lucky to have such AMAZING parents! Your family is such an amazing inspiration of what I want for my family as we grow, being so supportive and loving even when times are tough!

  54. Sharon Avinger says:

    Rhoda, you are so fortunate that you still have both of your parents. I love to see the pictures of you working side by side with them. It is going to be so much fun to see this step-by-step reveal of your house come together! Thank you for the Lowe’s card giveaway!

  55. Love it! Smiling inside and out – inspiring to so many on
    so many levels. Please, sign me up for a Lowe’s Card!
    Hugs, patti

  56. rhoda !!!! I LOVE IT ! what a great idea – it will be gorgeous! you have me thinking…where can i do that ? and your parents….they both are so amazing, and it just touches my heart to see the three of you working on your new journey…enjoy every minute with them, dear friend. can’t wait to continue to see your house looking more and more RHODA-RIFFIC! 🙂 love and hugs !

  57. Your parents are awesome!

  58. Valerie J. says:

    We’ve been working on our den for ever! I guess with 3 kids under 5 and being DIYers with a tight budget it takes quite some time to take wall paper down, open a wall, build a half wall and spackling the room. So that’s where we are now now, ready to tackle the paint, then built in, then floors…

  59. Rhonda,

    I lost my parents when I was in my 20’s. Looking at the pictures of your parents and how they are helping you makes my day. I hope one day to be the kind of parents they are to my kiddos. Much love from Texas!


  60. Is there a “Best Parents of Blogger” award? Because if there is, your folks should get it! I love reading about them–and seeing how they have supported and loved you in so many ways. 🙂

    Kudos to Lowe’s for being your sponsor! That’s smart business. And thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Love the board and batten. I am trying to convinve my boyfriend to help me put some up in my living room!! I could really use the gift card for that project or the landscaping I have going on!! Thanks so much for the giveaway

  62. Rhoda! The wall looks fantastic! And that fabric is lovely. I’m so excited for you. What a blessing your parents are!

  63. Rhoda, Love the board and batten- your new home is going to look great….Your parents helping you redo your home is creating such precious memories….WOW….you are very blessed ( as you have stated numerous times) to have such a loving family….Can’t wait to see more of the progress you make …..

  64. Rhoda, The B&B wall looks amazing, but what I’m most impressed by is your parents’ energy and faithfulness to you! What a blessing they must be in your life. I look forward to seeing more of them as you continue this adventure! We miss you in Birmingham …

  65. You are blessed.

  66. I, like you, have awesome Christian parents! Such a blessing. Oh, and with the Lowes card I can work more magic in my yard!

  67. My house needs so much: paint, carpet, new blinds – but I would also love to re-create what I have learned on your post today in my dining room. Thanks for sharing your talent and work with us!

  68. Julie Allinson says:

    I’d love to get to work on our kitchen. We have been in our new home for over 1 year, and we have a builder’s grade kitchen that I can’t wait to personalize! Thanks so much for the chance:) Love your hard work!

  69. Hi Rhoda –
    Your post made me smile big time as my dad is like yours – old school! He has taught me many things over the years, but I had to stop having him help me, because he was such a perfectionist. To hang one board on a wall took 8 hours. 🙂 I am not kidding!!! I love him XO, but now I just show him what I made after I am done. 🙂

    I am so excited for you to be moving on with your life in such a positive way after life handed you lemons. It is wonderful to see and I look forward to following the progress on making your new house your home.

    My best- Diane

  70. Love your new board and batten! That is one project that I want to work on in our new-to-us house as soon as we get moved in. The dining room and stairway really need something to pretty it up 🙂 So if I won, that’s what I would use the card to buy…board and batten supplies!

  71. You are off to a great start creating your home. I love the board and batten and want to do it in our entry hall. We just replaced all of our baseboards with five inch trim and seeing the angle on yours looks so good-I am now going to go ahead and just do it. How blessed you are to have your parents in your life–not just for all their hard work and amazing help–but just to enjoy time with them. We are so looking forward to seeing your new home come to life…

  72. Things are looking better already!
    I had to laugh about your fight for a nail gun! I’m having the same problem with my husband. ‘You have a perfectly good hammer…why would you need a nail gun?’
    Well, I’m getting ready to put board and batten in my family room but unfortunately fell and broke my elbow. 🙁 So now I’ll definitely need a nail gun! (Not a good way to make a point, though).
    Your Mama and Daddy are both real gems.

  73. I love what you are doing to your dining room. You are so blessed to have your parents to help you and that their health is good. I look forward to seeing all of your projects. I would love to have a Lowe’s gift card to help with a bathroom job. Hey, money is tight and I am sure that everyone could use the help.

  74. It’s looking good – and your parents are the sweetest ever!

    The B & B construction is interesting. I love the look but never really thought of how it was done. I’m planning a kitchen renovation in the future and I’m thinking of doing a bead board treatment around the brick cooking island. I don’t want to get rid of the island and don’t want to paint the brick, so covering it up will be my solution.

  75. Linda (Phila burbs) says:


    Your parents are my heros! What a wonderful family you have. You are very blessed.


  76. So excited to see you getting all this work done (by YOUR hand, no less!) in your new home, Rhoda! Your parents are such a great support for you–you’re a lucky lady to have them. Can’t wait to see your finished DR!

  77. We need space real bad. We have a patio thats under roof, and want to close it in to make another sleeping area and an office. I have seen french doors at Lowes, that would look lovely . Thanks Rhoda for the opportunity.
    I am sooo happy for you that you have a home and getting great help to make it yours and beautiful.

  78. Rhoda you have the sweetest parents!!! I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to follow the progress of your new house. Treasure your parents for they are rare.

  79. Wenda Scott says:

    congratulations on your new house. i have read your blog for years, but rarely have commented. currently i’m going to be going through a similar deal with a husband who is trying to take everything away from me. (i’m about your age, a little older). i’m scared to death and sick to my stomach all the time. i keep trying to tell myself that a year from now, things could be better…..i hope.

  80. You are so very fortunate to have your parents! I’m enjoying the posts on your new home.

  81. Oh fun! We need to get started on our baby’s nursery!!

  82. Linda Shoemaker says:

    Wow,you have gotten so much done.Your parents are great!Can’t wait to see all this finished.It will be beautiful I know.Thanks for sharing.

  83. Amy Gentry says:

    Rhoda, I am so happy for you!
    I have been in my house for 10 years, and I am in the process of remodeling and painting. A gift card from Lowe’s would be awesome to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. I am working in my kitchen right now:)

  85. Leah Turner says:

    Good start on your new home! LOVE those nail guns, they’re a female friendly tool and make things so easy. We’re putting up beadboard this week during our kitchen redo and could not imagine it without a nail gun. Having your parents working with you must be so much fun.

  86. I loved your story especially about your dad…it brought back so many memories of my grandfather…he was very much like your in being cheap… lol.. duct tape was the fix all! we still have a standard staying when fixing something on the cheap…”Jim R_ _ _ _ Special!” Thanks for taking me to those past memories…brought a smile to my heart. I love the fabric you picked and can’t wait to see the end results.

  87. Rhoda,
    I always admired the home you had in AL,and I can’t wait to see what you do with this one. I know it will be beautiful. How special that your parents are able and willing to help you with this project.
    My husband is a major DIY’er (I think because he’s SO particular about every little thing). We bought a house 2 1/2 years ago that we are STILL working on. I’m planning on B&B in our dining room as well. Also, we are adding on a master bath and a mudroom,so lots of projects around these parts!

  88. I need to repaint the grandkids room at my house. The gift card would come in so handy….

  89. Love what you’ve done! Y’all are moving right along–and I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see it all happen right before my very eyes–and your parents–love them!

  90. Rhoda I am grinning from ear to ear, just thinking of you having a new home and seeing your Mom and Dad right along side of you working is a wonderful sight indeed. To say I am happy for you is an understatement. Love the new wall and the dining room treatement is looking fabulous!! So happy for YOU! xo Kathysue

  91. Tona Haggermaker says:

    I am so happy for you in finding your home! I love your posts showing how it is coming along. Cant wait to see more! Thanks for giving us a chance to win the $100 Lowe’s card. I need a new nail gun, too 🙂

    Tona Haggermaker
    Athens, Alabama

  92. I LOVE this look…have been thinking about doing it in my family room. You have inspired me to get going on that! Thanks…looks great!

  93. Id use the gift card to help buy flooring, wainscotting, and paint for our bathroom remodel. The shower surround, stool, and vanity have been acquired and the reno is about to begin!!! Thanks for the opp to win!

  94. Love that your dad came over to help you on your board and batten! I’ve never done the board and batten and hope to one day do it in my own home–just need to find a wall I want to do it on! I would totally spend the $100 gift card though on a new light fixture for our home… just a few more to change out!

  95. love following you on your new adventure – what awesome memories you are making – don’t know which project I would want to put $100.00 towards – but there are plenty waiting to be done –

  96. Rosemary Campbell says:

    You are making so much progress and it’s looking good! We just bought a fixer upper as well but have 3 little ones running around so my progress is not as fast as yours is I’m afraid. Our first big project will be our big blue monster of a kitchen. I spent close to 50% of my day in there and there is no storage, no counter space and no dishwasher. The cabinets are painted bright blue and yellow and there is matching wallpaper. it’s enough to give anyone a headache. The electrician is coming next week to put in a new panel and then we will be able to get started on the kitchen!!!

  97. How blessed you are to have such terrific parents!! Love the wall treatment you and your dad are creating. I can’t wait to see the finished product. You must be over the moon excited to get things going! I would use the Lowe’s gift card to spruce up my screen porch!! We finally got a Lowe’s open in our area a couple of months ago!

  98. Sharon Hoham says:

    It is really happening and I so appreciate your detailed updates, they make me feel like I am working along side the three of you. And none of us can wait to see the end result, and the lesson of course, is to enjoy the journey. We have a condo and my Mother’s house I inherited that we have been working on for years. Lowes has been key to our success! Flooring, tools, paint, lighting, on and on. Our next project is the last incomplete room in the condo: the master bathroom! I will continue to look to you, our blogger friends, and Lowes for inspiration. Keep up the good job!

  99. debbi johnson says:

    Rhoda, you are very blessed with loving parents. I dont know what I would do without mine either! I want a mud room soooo bad, the $100 gc would be a good start.

  100. Great job! I too want a nail gun, and a paint sprayer. Those would be fun tools!

  101. Rhoda, I am so excited for you! Your story has touched my heart as I have followed your journey through your posts. I can hardly wait to see what else the Lord has in store for you! Thanks for sharing!
    Your dining room is going to be beautiful! Just so you know…there are others of us that have butted heads with their dads on projects! But in the end, he’s my dad and I love him to pieces, and I know that I am still the apple of his eye! lol
    I so enjoy your blog….I check it every morning to see what you have posted for the day!

  102. Wow, great look. Just found your blog and have enjoyed all your posts. Best of luck in your new house. We moved from So. Fla to So. Ala…my first taste of country living. Our home is new, but several things were not finished. I enjoy looking at what others are doing and hopefully an idea will “hit the nail on the head” so to speak and I’ll be off and running.

  103. Rhoda – I just loved reading this post – the picture of your sweet parents helping you out – just makes me smile! I’m going to love reading this adventure of yours. If I had $100 to Lowe’s, I would replace my kitchen pendant lights. I also want to paint in there and the new lights would spruce it up.

  104. Hayden Davis says:

    Really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your amazing talent!

  105. Rhoda – love your renovation ideas! I would love to use a gift card for my own renovations…top of the list is flooring!

  106. Rhoda,
    You are blessed to have such wonderful parents! It looks as though your “team” is already accomplishing so much in your new home.

    I’m redoing every room in my home so the Lowes gift card would be great!

  107. Hooray! I am so excited with and for you on your new adventure! That B&B is a fabulous start!

  108. Thanks for sharing! Makes me feel more productive watching you guys work hahaha. My fiance just bought a house so I’ve been helping him fix it up and now with the great weather we’re on to the yard! Many trips to Lowes have already been made…. 🙂

  109. Cannot express how excited and happy I am for you on this new adventure and cannot wait to follow along. I too am in the process of updating a few things on my home to make it more mine since I am now divorced. A Lowe’s gift card would do the trick since that’s the only hardware store within 35 miles that I’m able to get my supplies. Love my Lowe’s and they almost know me on a first name basis now.

  110. I love to watch your projects Rhoda as you keep it real. Your blog is like sitting down to talk with a friend, and yet you teach us all so much about DIY projects. Thanks! Also, many thanks to you and Lowe’s for the opportunity to win the gift card.

  111. You are doing an amazing job… and what a blessing to have parents that can and will help. The memories you are making are priceless. CONGRATS!

  112. It’s good to see you so excited, Rhoda, and to see how you transform this house. You’ve always put so much into the “making it yours” with your homes, but this one is truly special . . . truly a new beginning . . . and the joy you feel shines through in your posts! Congratulations again!

  113. Hi Rhoda!

    Love your progress…sharing with us step by step. I would love to buy paint and FIND time to paint our living room and entryway!

  114. I’m a lurker, but I had to comment. It looks great, can’t wait to see your progress. I’m happy and excited for you. But most of all, I love your parents!

  115. Delores LeBoeuf says:

    What an amazing team you and your parents make, it is absolutely awesome! Cant wait to follow you on your next projects throughout your home. I am a new follower and log on every day just to read/see what’s new you have going on. I am called the “ThrifDee Queen” and I am a ‘mini’ remodeler, and a frequent shopper of Lowe’s for all of my projects and home decor. A NAIL GUN YOU SAY, DID YOU SAY A NAIL GUN…that would be a ‘love tool’ for me – love at first shot…especially for the next project replacing kitchen/dinning floors and baseboards – what a dream come true…………….,thank you Lowe’s and thank you for your blog, I am loving it ‘BIG TIME’, good luck and GOD BLESS YOUR AND YOURS!

  116. Your parents are so stinkin’ cute. Awesome that you have them with you every step of the way! Can’t wait to see it all come together. There is nothing better than seeing what’s in your head come to life, one step at a time.

  117. Love all you’ve done so far, Rhoda! My husband and I are now living in a foreclosure that we bought and fixed up and I LOVE it. It’s great to have the major work done. I would love to win this gift card to spend on stuff for outside. We need a new grill and some patio furniture.

  118. I love your board and batten! I have been wanting to do that to my dining room forever and after seeing this is not too crazy hard I may just take it on myself!!

    I also have to say I love your parents! They are darling and sweet people to help you in the process of setting up your new home.

  119. I am so excited to see your house come to life! I adore the fabric and the paint Color…cant wait to see it all coming together and I can already see there will be lots of pretty going on!

  120. WOW – Rhoda, this is looking fantastic! Congrats on the BIG house purchase – I cannot wait to see how beautiful and special you make it 🙂 I’m working on a number of home improvement projects right now and that gift card would certainly come in handy, so I’m crossing my fingers!

  121. Rhoda,
    I was so excited when reading your blog today, you and helpers (Mom & Dad) have accomplished so much in a short time. I LOVE REMODELING and DECORATING, so each step is interesting to me. I appreciate you giving details on materials, where to purchase and how each on worked for you, also how to use each product. My husband and I are retired and we helped our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons remodel an older house two years ago, it turned out beautiful. We worked several months, but we finally completed it. We received so much joy in knowing we could help them with work plus help them save lot of labor expense. It was a work of Love, just like with your parents. I can not wait for next post of your blog. From a middle Georgia fan of yours.

  122. I am so glad to see you start your transformation. Can’t wait to see everything you have planned for your new home. I agree that moulding and trim adds so much to a room and is usually not that big of an investment. Would love the gift card, I have my eye on a mirror at Lowe’s for my powder room.

  123. Yea! It looks great and you are blessed to have Mom and Dad to help all the while making great memories! I want to use a nailer on some board and batten in my bath! Thanks for sharing.

  124. Sharon in Chicago says:

    Rhoda — what fun you and your folks are having in the midst of all this work. Parents like yours (and mine) are absolutely the best! I’m taking a five day stay-cation and hope to get the living room reconfigured and start on a drapery upgrade for the bedroom

  125. Hey Rhoda- I have an ‘old school’ dad too. And I mean really old school. He usually wins our arguments! But, like you, I have learned SO much from him because of his ‘old school’ ways. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was just a little more ‘old school’ still? It is obvious that your parents are just the best. Love what you have done so far. Lori Lucas

  126. I want to work on my kitchen cabinets. They are 90’s oak and are screaming to be painted!

  127. Oh Rhoda this is going to be so much fun to watch. Your website is the first one I look at eash morning and watching the progress of your beautiful new home with your wonderful parents is going to be so much fun ! You go girl !

  128. I can’t wait to see this project finished!!!! So exciting. It looks like your Mom and Dad are just as excited as you are…….how wonderful! You all sure do make a great remodeling team!

    About my home…..I have a lists of projects that must be tackeled…..our children’s bathroom is the first on that list and then our kitchen, front door, garage door………..a Lowe’s gift card would certainly be put to good use at our house!

  129. I’m so happy to see that your wall project went so well!

    You are so lucky to have your mom and dad, give them an extra hug just for me.

    If I won that Lowe’s gift card, it would be gone in a flash. I’m thinking of reflooring my daughter’s room and I would use it toward that.

  130. Rhoda, Have been following you since your Great Impressions days and am amazed at how much you accomplish. Would love a Lowe’s gift card for a foyer trim project. Keep up your positive attitude!

  131. Felicia Woodward says:

    I would love to do something to my back yard /patio area. Shade it somehow or jazz up the garden area. It’s looking a little frumpy and needs a lil somethin somethin!

  132. Rhoda, I’ve lurked around your blog for some time now and have never posted. I’ve always admired your decorating talents, and your strength as you’ve gone through this past year. I just bought my first ever house and seeing you make progress in your new home is encouraging me to be bolder and braver and do the things I want to in order to make it the home I want it to be. I look forward to seeing how things progress. 🙂

  133. Oh Rhoda…I’ve got numerous projects this year from new house paint, to new windows, to new patio door, to new deck staining. Oh…and my DH drove into our garage door and busted out a panel. Now we need two new garage doors! Help!

  134. How exciting! Can’t wait for the reveal.

  135. Jean Roberts says:


    How exciting to see what you have accomplished already. I know it’s a joy
    to work with you Dad and Mom on this project. What would we do without
    parents to guide us along in life. What a Blessing. Can’t wait to see all the
    other improvements in the works. Know it will be beautiful. Keep up the
    beautiful ideas and HARD work. Bless all of you.


  136. OH my gosh….You are so blessed to have such wonderful and loving parents and i am so happy for you and your new home and excited to see what you are going to do with it Bless you.
    If i won a Lowes gift card I would do the same thing in my small dining room only on one wall…I have not told the hubby yet so mum is the word 🙂

  137. Oh Rhoda! I love it! Your parents are so sweet – I wish mine lived closer than a thousand miles away. You are truly blessed. I would love the lowe’s gift card – we need to stain our deck and my car needs work – so guess which one won out this week?

  138. Karen McCullough says:

    Love reading about your remodeling and new house !!

    Great giveaway from Lowe’s !!

    If I won, I would definitely use it for a patio makeover !

    Have a great day,
    Karen in Texas

  139. Love the work you’re doing. What great parents you have to help you with these projects! My goal is to get wood flooring this year. Can hardly wait as I can already see and feel the difference it will make in my home.

  140. OH boy, so many projects I want to do. We built this house almost seven years ago and I had a 1 and 3 year old. Then, after months of bedrest, I added another little girl. The house was “finished” but not “put together”. I am finally at the point where I can manage three little ones, farming, homeschool, family music ministry and a few “pretty” projects. I really want to try the board and batten and some organizational projects. So many ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  141. Everything seems to be moving along nicely with the reno. I know you are super excited. Would love to use a Lowe’s gift card here for our upcoming screened porch project.

  142. Great job! You are so blessed to have your parents there to help you.

  143. I am so excited for you! House is looking great…very inspirational! Can’t wait to see the progress.

  144. We are expecting twins in October…so now every room in our house is a DIY project! We would LOVE to win $100 for some Lowe’s supplies.

  145. Love seeing the updates on your new home-congrats! All that hard work is inspiring me to do some updates on my home. A Lowe’s gift card would be a great help!

  146. I love reading your blog and am so excited for you as you renovate your new home! I just want to hug your parents. The love between all of you is obvious! My husband and I are working on redoing every room in our house and we make constant trips to Lowes. The giftcard would be wonderful. Can’t wait to see what you do next in your home!

  147. I want to meet your parents! they are precious and makes me miss seeing mine so much. You are so blessed to have them in your life! Loved what your mom wrote the day you moved out of Birmingham..she sounds so wonderful.
    I would like to re-do my laundry room and will use some of your ideas from your B”ham laundry..that’s what i would do with the gift card!
    thanks from another Georgia girl.

  148. Rhoda, I’ve been a follower for a long time – love your blog!! I don’t often comment, but ready your blog daily. You’re such an inspiration. Love the board and batten and can’t wait to see what you do next in your new home. Gina (in Texas)

  149. WOW!!! I am so happy for you and just love that your mom and dad are right there with you, helping you along, step by step!!! This is such an AMAZING blessing! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!!

  150. I’m eagerly waiting to see all your renovations to your new home! You’ll always treasure the time spent with your parents and their hard work will live in in your home. I live in a new house, but even in a new home there’s always a project. I would use the Lowe’s card to stain the concrete on my porches. God bless you Rhoda!

  151. Rhoda, I’m so happy you have landed on your feet. I couldn’t be more excited to follow along as you renovate your new home. It’s going to be beautiful! Your parents are amazing and I truly love seeing them in your posts. No doubt their active lifestyle has kept them young and full of life… and a bit feisty? 😉

    More than 2 years in and we’re still renovating the “house in Hooterville,” the horse barns and property. Lowe’s is our “home away from home” so we could always put a gift card to good use! I’m also getting ready to start working on one of the spare bedrooms (finally!) so I’m going to need paint and supplies! (I think I’m going to try hanging the famous-fantastic beadboard wallpaper horizontially on one wall so I’ll probably be placing an order with you soon.)

  152. Sharon L Smith says:

    So happy for you ………. great project! The house will be beautiful….sure would like to win the gift card……….lots of projects to do at my house too!

  153. Hey girl! This looks awesome. My daughter’s bedroom is in a desperate need of a re-do, she has been gone, married and has 2 kids. I know I want to add crown molding at the ceiling and a good coat of paint. Still pondering what else I might want to do to the bedroom.

  154. You are so lucky to have your parents there with you. I know they must adore you, too.

    And, what an amazing team the three of you are. It is looking great.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the gift card. I am wanting to put of molding in our foyer and up our stairs.

  155. You are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work. Lowe’s makes almost everything possible!!

  156. It looks amazing already! Love the fabric you chose. It will be perfect. You are very lucky to have some wonderful, talented parents. I am sure all that hard work is why they stay so young!!

  157. Your dining room will look fabulous when you finish – love the fabric!! I think it is wonderful that you have your parents to help you!! I have so many projects going – stairs, furniture and the YARD!! It is nice to see someone getting stuff done!

  158. Oh Rhoda I am soooo excited for you! Wouldn’t it be totally awesome if you won cards to do all that you need to do to the house? SO COOL!
    I would also like to win a card from Lowes because I am still needing floor covering in that bedroom. Still working on that sewing room as well. I need some boards to make my shelves above the windows for in there.
    Thank you for the chance to win a Lowe’s card and congrats to you!!!!! I couldn’t help but laugh at you and your Dad. This will always be a nice memory for you in years to come and man I sure wish I was there so I could help! I know sometimes it’s going to be aggravating but oh what fun and it’s YOURS!!!!!

  159. Rhoda, So excited to see new pics of your home! Yours is the first blog I read every morning. So fun to see what you’ve been up to and see what you are working on in the house with your wonderful “crew”. Your folks are so special. I am trying to get my back yard in shape for summer so the Lowe’s gift card would go a long way towards getting more flowers, potting soil, pots, pavers, etc. Thank you for sharing your journey and thanks to Lowe’s for offering the gift card.

  160. Your blog is such an inspiration! I admire how you haven’t wasted any time getting started. I am such a procrastinator ! My kitchen needs a major facelift, so I am going to start doing baby steps to fix it up. I am anxious to see what you do to your kitchen. You are truly blessed to have the parents you have. Congratulations to you on the house, and may God continue to bless your endeavors.

  161. Debby Gwin-Patterson says:

    I have followed your Blog for years and your amazing story. I have lost both of my parents…thank you for sharing your parents with me. I love watching you work with them and I know they are enjoying helping their beautiful daughter rebuild her life. God bless you all.

  162. I want to paint my kitchen and add a blacksplash.

  163. I just recently discovered your blog and LOVE your story and how God is working in your life! And I love your home and what you are doing with it. The sweet pictures of you and your parents are precious! I lost my dad 15 years ago and oh, how I would love to work on projects with him and butt heads!! 🙂 We just bought a 19 year old home in the Midwest, moving from TX! We have lots of projects on the to-do list–gotta add some Southern style to our lovely Midwestern home! I won’t have my dad to help, but a willing & available husband and available teenage sons (notice I didn’t say “willing”)!

  164. I too live near my parents after a divorce. So much of what you write rings a bell for me. Now, if I had a $100 Lowes gift card I would replace a leaking door leading to the deck from my bedroom!

  165. Wow! What an inspiration you are taking all this on and with such vision! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. 🙂 We are doing some kitchen redecorating so this card would be applied to that-thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize!

  166. Ginny York says:

    I am so excited to follow your remodel journey! I’m sure you will give us all plenty of inspiration!! I am in the process of building myself a desk and would use the giftcard for that!

  167. Stephanie Miller says:

    Rhoda, I love your blog! You are an example that though you can be down, you are never out! I desperately want a new laundry room! More counter space, shelves for supplies, a table to fold on and rolling racks are what I see in my dreams. Thanks for the giveaway!

  168. Alise Marinov says:

    Been reading your blog for over 2 years now. Can’t wait to see how you transform the rooms in your new home. I’m gonna have to try the board and batten in my small dining room as well. Thanks for sharing the how-to.

  169. I am still working on my yard and could use some stuff from Lowe’s for that. Weed suppression cloth, little pebbles, and of course fertilizer, mulch, I could go on and on.

  170. Caroline R says:

    Love what you have done already on your new home. That dining room will be gorgeous and so YOU! What a fun adventure to embark upon with your friends at Lowe’s. Just heading there myself today to have some keys copied and pick up some more organizers. A $100 giftcard could go a long way towards the new shelving in the garage. All the best,

  171. I’m so happy for you and the wall looks beautiful. I plan on doing this in my home oneday. I can’t wait to see your finished room.

  172. This is awesome! It inspires me to convert the garage into a sewing/quilting/crafting/guest room when we close on the house (should be within 3 weeks). That is what I would use the gift card for — supplies to help us convert the garage into a functional room! 🙂

    Thank you for a chance to win!

  173. Love it! I want to do board and batten in my master! Great giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

  174. Rhoda, so glad to see you at work on your “new” house!!! I could not be more excited for you. Your Mom and Dad are beautiful people inside and out!!!! Please give us lots of pictures as you make progress……Can’t wait to see this house in all of it’s after glory!!

  175. I would love to try a wall with the board & batten. I have fell in love with it and now to find a wall to add it to. Thanks for the tutorial. Good luck with finishing up the room.

  176. Amazing undertaking! Thanks for the chance to win!

  177. Rhoda isn’t family just the most awesome blessing ever!!? So sweet of your parents to give there time and energy- know they love you! My son has come up to CO several times to help with a huge outside facelift on our home. We would never be able to have done this project with out him and am so thankful for his time and love for us to do this!

    Love the board and batten look and know this room is going to look fantastic!

    bee blessed

  178. I would work on adding cabinets on top of my kitchen cabinets…all the way to the ceiling, with glass doors.

    It’s going to be so much fun watching you guys work on your fixer upper! 🙂

  179. I commented earlier, but didn’t tell you what
    would be going on with the card, should I win.
    We also are helping our daughter get her house
    repaired and renewed after a seven year marriage
    that was detrimental to not only our girl, but her
    house she had bought prior to the marriage.
    Looking forward to your input on painting concrete!
    Love you friend,
    Patti G

  180. Debbie V. says:

    I’m enjoying reading about you fixing up your new home with your parents’ help and love that you post the instructions for all of your projects. You are such an inspiration and I can’t wait to see the finished rooms! I want to update my laundryroom with cabinets, flooring, and beadboard.

  181. Enjoyed the pictures. Can’t wait to see more of your design touches as you go. I am wanting to redo my master bedroom as well as organize my closet.

  182. Beautiful job! We need to touch up all of our baseboards!

  183. We need to tear down the ancient wallpaper in the hall, fix the ceiling and paint the walls. A new light would look nice in the hall too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  184. Wow, you guys don’t waste any time! You are really blessed to have such supportive parents. My parents are very active in their eighties, too. I think it keeps them young.

    I would love the Lowe’s gift card as I am preparing my condo for sale and there is much to do. Thanks for the contest!

  185. We definately need to spruce up our deck… it needs to be painted /re-furbished desperately.

  186. I love watching the work you are doing on your new house.
    I’m getting ready to pull up carpet in my living room and redo the hardwood floors. Just waiting for some time off work and a great energy spurt. Hmmm. The time off will probably come longggggg before the energy spurt.

  187. Pat White says:

    I don’t have any remodeling in mind but would love to redecorate. I’s use a gift card for paint and flooring.

  188. I want to update my laundry room.

  189. Gah! There are so many things I need to work on at my house – and since I just fired my handyman because he couldn’t consistently show up, I’ve got tons of trim I need to get back up on the walls and half-finished projects I need to finish up. I totally need a nail gun like you got – that is awesome!

  190. Your parents are so wonderful to help you out! Everything is going to look so good when you are finished.

  191. Rhoda,
    Love your post…as always…Please tell your sweet mother that she has been in more of my conversations lately 🙂 as we are in the process of buying tomato plants, retrieving jars from many sources and hopefully, getting ready to start canning those wonderful tomatoes, Lord willing…..AND, it will be all because of your wonderful mother’s recipe….have about used all from last year, and they are just as good as they were when I got them off the vine. Did not lose a jar. Everytime someone mentions tomatoes, I tell them about your great mother. Give her a big hug and kiss for me.

    Sincerely, Ronda G.

  192. Love your blog! I want to do some work in my yard with pavers, a new bench and possibly get me a power tool – you inspired me with your nail gun!!!

  193. My father was a carpet installer and a great DIYer. He patiently taught my brother and I how to tackle many projects in our homes. He’s been gone for five years and I miss him terribly. Your story is so touching and I love to see your family helping you!

    My husband has finally resigned himself to the fact that our home will never be “finished”. Currently I am working on my sons room, redecorating our guest room and as soon as the weather improves I will tackle the yard! Obviously we spend a lot of time at Lowes! I love Valspar paint.

    Enjoy your home!

  194. I need to do something with my entryway. It is driving me absolutely crazy! I can hear my husband moaning already!!! I can’t wait to see your finished project.

  195. I love the board and batten look and am considering doing the focal wall of that in my bedroom. I am currently working on transforming my dining room into your old dining room. I saw your post picture and fell in love and knew it was what I wanted. With the help of a friend, I found a reasonable sideboard already, I have the round mirror, the paint picked out, the round table picked out and am working on selling my current dining room furniture. I had my dad print off a color picture of your dining room and carry it around with me everywhere for reference and shopping trips. You’re an inspiration and I can’t wait to see your new house unfold into a home.

  196. I love your new house already and can’t wait to see all your projects! I really need to get new flooring in the family room 😀

  197. sue morgan says:

    Im so excited for you!….And what a blessing to have your parents there to help! I get up every morning….coffee in hand and go on line to see what you are doing for the day. Just to let you know, i just finished my master bedroom,its almost the same as your sisters’ , except have not coverered the chairs yet(craigs list wing chairs) I love your style, and know this is going to be great….Again; many, many blessings … soon, sue

  198. You’re house is going to be so beautiful! I love home renovation projects. We tore half our basement apart earlier this year and are working on it as funds are available. Slowly but surely! Can’t wait to see more updates from you!

  199. Heather D says:

    Wow! Your dining room is going to look great! I have been following your blog for a while and love your style.

    We are in the middle of updating our kitchen so a Lowe’s gift card would be great for our next project. We just finished putting hardwood flooring in this week.

  200. Doris Graham says:

    Your parents remind me of mine, both gone to their beloved God now. Never came without a project to do and loved to be busy. What wonderful memories you will have in this house of you all working together, even with the head butting going on!

  201. Dottie Davis says:

    Love your Blog.Can’t wait to see your finished room.
    Your nail gun will come in handy.
    I’d use a gift card to redecorate my living room.

  202. You go girl! I can’t wait to see how it all transforms. You are going to work wonders with your new place. Next on my to-do list at home is replacing kitchen countertops and installing a tile backsplash.

  203. Christy Eardley says:

    Rhoda, I don’t comment much, but I read all your blogs and I ADORE your DIY posts. They have helped me immeasurably over the past few years, to bust down/stomp out my fears of designing/remodeling/refurbishing so many items/rooms/fill-in-the-blank-here. YOU get the credit also for introducing me to so many other DIY bloggers and now I’m pretty fearless at trying new projects. Thanks and so very happy everything is turning out so well for you. You deserve it, GF.

  204. Tanya Ray says:

    Your blog is awesome! Reading about you and your father this a.m. really touched my heart. My parents are in their 80s. I try and spend as much quality time with them as possible, but it is never enough. You are one lucky woman to have the opportuntity to spend these special moments with both your parents.
    I am currently updating my son’s room that recently graduated from college…woo hoo! Also, completing a percola in front of my house…so a Lowe’s happy card would sure come in handy for me!

  205. Enjoy your new home! and the process…
    hmm…a gift card? maybe landscaping items

  206. I had taken a break from blogs for a few months and started back just in time to find out you had purchased a house. Now I have to check everyday to see what is new. I can’t wait to follow your progress.

    This summer we will be remodeling our kitchen.

  207. I really enjoyed this board and batten post. It is going to be so much fun to watch you transform your home. I would use the Lowe’s gift card toward new tile for my kitchen.

    Frankie Kins

  208. I love your blog. I can’t wait to see the room completed, it’s going to be awesome. If I win, I will use the gift card to add wainscoting to my entryway. Thanks, for the opportunity.

  209. I would use the gift card to help update my kitchen from country to modern! 🙂

  210. I am trying to convince my hubby to do this in our dining room, and down the stair way! It would make cleaning little kid fingerprints so much easier and be sooooo pretty on the stairs.
    I can’t wait to see the finished room…well…the whole house…so excited for you!

  211. gatorgirl4325 says:

    I really enjoy reading about your progress in your new home. You *DO* have a wonderful Mama and Daddy! 🙂 I need to paint, paint, paint at my house and love to get my paint at Lowes.

  212. I’d love to update our kitchen!

  213. I love your blog and am so excited to see how your house progresses! I want to make curtains out of drop cloths…and from what I’ve ready on other blogs, Lowes is the place to buy them!

  214. We spend SO much time in Lowe’s. After 10 years of projects in our 100+ year old house ….we still have miles to go! I would use the gift card toward some new basement windows. Your dining room will be beautiful!

  215. It’s great to see fathers and daughters working together…at any age. I can’t imagine the unspeakable joy it must bring for your folks to have them feel that their contributions are so valued. Love reading all about your projects and great inspiration. Next on our project list is pulling up the carpet on our stairs. Ugh! Serenity now!

  216. Hi Rhoda!
    I haven’t left a comment for such a long time due to me getting your posts via email. But I just wanted to say hello and tell you how happy I am for you and your wonderful new-to-you house! I know how excited you must be to have your own place, and all those great ideas and projects to work on. What brought tears to my eyes was the picture of your mom and daddy on the porch, with their lunch in their laps, tired and happy after a long day of work helping you! Both my parents have passed on now, my mom 5 years ago this week, my dad just over a year ago, and I miss them so much. It’s such a blessing that the three of you can spend this time together, and work on your new life/home/nest, as a team. I am sad that I won’t ever again have the opportunity to spend time like that with my parents. I know that you cherish the time you have with yours,(and that you can now appreciate their little “quirks” that probably drove you crazy when you where a teen!).
    I’ll enjoy watching your progress on the house. Ours sits empty and down to the studs as we are STILL waiting for insurance to clear up some discrepancies. I am in limbo, but look forward to getting back to all the projects myself, and soon!!
    Take care Rhoda, and remember that I am rooting for fabulous you and for your continued success in your new, strong, proud, single life.

  217. Jennifer B says:

    Nice progress! Can’t wait to see it!

  218. I love the fact that we get to watch you renovate your new house! How fun! If I won the Lowe’s gift card, I would love to spend it on revamping my garden.

  219. Tammy Powell says:

    I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading your post. I can’t wait to see the dining room completed. I will be checking by in on a regular basis.

  220. Carol Ann says:

    I need some “pretties” too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  221. That is looking so beautiful! I love the gray on top, too. I’ll be watching all of the renovations!

  222. I need to do several projects around the house, beginning with painting several rooms. Wish I was a better painter:)

  223. The house looks great already and what wonderful parents you’ve been blessed ! I’d love to win!

  224. Rhoda, that was one of my favorite posts of all time! My husband is handy and loves his nail gun, and I am going to share this post with him. I am super excited about your projects. As for me, the project we are going to do next (there is a list of many, many) is installing a new fan in our bathroom. We have a mold problem in there and I am hoping this will be the solution.

  225. Catherine T says:

    I am in the process of a huge remodel of a 112 year old home and a $100 gift card from Lowes would be great.

  226. I would love use this gift card to buy some plants for a front yard landscaping project!

  227. Hi,

    I would use the gift card to paint my daughters room and add window treatments.
    Your new home is going to look great! You have a great team
    of helpers to help!

  228. I can understand your excitement and desire to be really creative and I adore your new dinning room look. I too just bought a “new to me” house. It was built in the 1970’s and then added to in the 90’s. Than is when the back door became the front door, but it still looks like a bad back door. So I would use the Lowe’s card to change that. Maybe you can give me some advice since you have all your creative juices flowing.

  229. Wonderful progress you and your parents are making on the house! I could really use a Lowe’s card for my porch.

  230. Becky in SC says:

    I am bubbling over with excitement for you! I can’t hardly wait to see more pictures of progress!!
    Thanks Lowes!! I am in the middle of an upstairs bath re-do…so, i would buy paint and accessories to finish up that job!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    ♥ Becky in SC ♥

  231. Love this post! For starters my house needs to be painted inside and out and all the bathrooms need to be redone! So many projects to do since I’m now an empty nester since my daughter is in college. I’ll be following all your posts with your new home and hope to do some of the same things in my home as well! You go girl! We are all routing for you…much success to you! May God richly bless you and your family! Thanks for the chance to win!

  232. Sherry@Ties2ThePast says:

    I’d use the gift card to do some remodeling in our master bathroom.
    I’d LOVE to frame out both mirrors over the vanities & get a new commode.
    My husband is 6’7″ & would appreciate a new handicap commode that would ‘fit’ him better!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!!

  233. I would love a gift card to spruce up my garden! I have been stalking the nursery at Lowes’s for a couple of months now, but don’t have the money set aside for that right now! The front garden really needs help and a gift card would finish the whole thing!!

  234. jewelee in CT says:

    Go Team Rhoda! Great work. My parents have helped me finish so many projects. These posts bring back many happy memories of the two homes we have renovated and the many picnics among the sawdust.

  235. I tell you what, I had tears in my eyes when I got to the end of your post, where you said that your sweet parents were the loves of your life! I feel exactly the same way about my own parents!
    I am so happy for you that you have had them with you to help and support you in your life, at a time when you needed it most! God bless you all!
    I love the progress that you have made so far in your new home. The board and batten is going to give it just what it needs to add interest and charm! You keep rockin’ that nail gun, girl!
    I would love to try doing board and batten in my long hallway on the first floor of my home between the garage entrance all the way to the family room/kitchen.
    Can’t wait to see how yours looks when you get it painted!
    Good job on all of your hard work so far!

  236. I absolutely love your blog!! I am also obsessed with this board and batten.. I think it adds a little more of a kick to your space. Doing something like this is definitely on my list of things to do! I would LOVE to have a fixer upper house like this. You will be able to truly make it your own. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂

  237. You are SUCH an inspiration! I love coming to your blog everyday. I have been wanting to do the board and batten in my dining room, too! I think if I were to win the gift card, I would use it to do just that… board and batten in my dining room! 🙂

  238. There are always projects to do at our house. I have some painting to tackle and I have to scrape the popcorn off the ceiling in one more room. I have enjoyed your photos on the projects you are working on.

  239. Lovely to know you are getting a home of your own, with help from your original “home”, your sweet folks. If I had the Lowe’s card, I’d use it to buy paint and curtains for our bedroom and my husband’s little nook (office). Then I’d make that INCREDIBLE Southern Living Lemon-Coconut pound cake (seriously……..what a recipe) and relax, enjoying the new surroundings. 🙂

    Good luck to you!!!! xoxo

  240. Rhoda,
    Your parents are such a sweet couple and a blessing. Your dining room is going to look amazing. I am read this post three times and look forward to seeing progress reports as well as the final results because I want to add tall board and batten to our dining room!
    Your Friend,

  241. Your parents are so sweet. I really miss mine and love that your treasure yours. I would love to win this card to go towards the many projects in our 70 year old house.

  242. Love the board and batten pattern you are using and what a smart Daddy you have with the angled bottom! We are moving our kitchen to the dining room area. So much better flow inside home and to the outside of home. But what a job!

  243. It is going to be so much fun watching you put together your new house and make it your own. Your love for your parents shines through in this post and many others.

  244. Love your blog! Your dining room is already looking great – can’t wait to see the finished product. I would use a gift card to put up board and batten in my master bedroom!

  245. It’s really coming together so nicely! I did a very similar look in my mudroom and I get tons of compliments on it. My parents are also amazing and help out so much around our house – we are very blessed. I’d love to do some landscaping work around the house and get a new fixture for our dining room – those are the top two things on my to-do list.

  246. Love the look of the board and batten! Painting is on the list of projects in our house. Maybe the living room; it needs a fresh coat of paint.

  247. I can’t wait to see the finished board and batten. I so want to do this in my dining room.

  248. Paula Lusk says:

    Wow! I’m so happy to see some of the work being done on your new house. You are one Blessed woman. Really like the batten board look. A gift card from Lowe’s…..I’d love to win one. I NEED paint. Why is it some of us women just love to do this kind of work? Blessings Paula

  249. I love the changes you’re making to your dining room. The board and batten is wonderful. Can’t wait to see it painted and finished. You are an inspiration, my friend! It’s so special that your dear mom and dad are able to help you – you will always remember the time spent working on your home with them. Even though there will be stresses along the way. This will be a sweet memory down the road.

  250. How fun! I am enjoying reading about your progress and love the board and batten. I’d so love that in our home. Thank you for sharing – your parents are adorable! What a treasure you have in them!

  251. I practically live at Lowes, LOL! I’ve been wanting to make a console table, I can’t find one that I like so I figure I’ll just make it myself.

  252. You’re so lucky you have your dad to help with all the remodeling. xoxo for him.

  253. Your blog is top of my list. I am going to enjoy this journey with you. My hubby is an old school guy also in the d-I-y department too!!! My current little project for him is a little corner cabinet; I love Lowes!

  254. Patty Lucas says:

    Love your blog and would love to have the nail gun so I can put up the same Board and Batten in my house. Of course I would love to have your parents too! Enjoy your home!

  255. I think I see board and batten in my future. The dining room needs an update. Need to work on the husband, maybe a new tool would sweeten the deal!

  256. April was in CT now CA says:

    Rhoda, it’s looking absolutely wonderful!! I am so inspired by your parents and it sure does make me homesick. My dad is a wiz at projects and I hope that one day we lived closer to him so we can work on things together. While he and my stepmom visited a few weeks ago my dad and husband built a washer/dryer pedestal for me and I just love it! We’re working on sprucing up the backyard of our rental so we can enjoy it for the remaining 3 years that we’re here so a Lowe’s GC would help a LOT!!

  257. Wow! I have tons of projects to do, and $100 would surely help! Thanks for the chance!

  258. Rhoda,
    Seeing your parents helping you in this remodel blesses me. I know they are your mainstay in happy times & not so happy. I pray the best for you & your family.
    AS FOR LOWE’S: My husband & I have done 2 house remodels with them. We see more of them than our family at times.
    Love & prayers

  259. I look soooo forward to each installment of your house project!
    This is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m so excited for your
    new endeavor!
    I had a very old-school guy helping me with the addition and
    renovations of my mom’s house–they are a stubborn breed!
    I love Lowe’s and have more work to do before my mom’s house
    is finished–it would be much appreciated here!

  260. Elizabeth says:

    I love your relationship with your parents, it warms my heart to read your blogs about them.

    I am in the process of painting the interior of my house and putting in new patio cover posts. The gift card would be mana from heaven, thank you for the opportunity. Elizabeth

  261. Rhoda,
    Your sweet daddy reminds me of my own dad who helped me with my own fixer-upper when I went through a divorce several years ago. What wonderful memories you will make as you and your parents work magic making your new house a gorgeous home! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see the beautiful outcome!

    I got so caught up in thinking about how beautiful your new home will be that I forgot to comment on my own projects. I think I would use the gift card to beautify the porch on my farmhouse. Spring is here and it is porch time!

  262. I am so excited that you bought a fixer upper. I check your blog everyday to see your progress. I would love to get laminate flooring in my family room, we just adopted a dog and carpet is not working with his accidents! Thank you for this giveaway!!

  263. Love your blog, I read them to my husband when you are into your projects. We had a good laugh over you and your dad and the nail gun, we both said it sounds like my dad. I am so excited for you and your new home. Its a house now, but you will make it a home and oh the memories you will have with what we call our “national treasures” mom and dad.

  264. So nice that your parents help you – what great memories you will always have. :)))
    $100 would be awesome!! :)) backyard beautification!! 🙂

  265. Rhoda—First of all–your parents are too precious! I am enjoying following your progress in your new “fixer-upper”. I have one of my own and plan to use the inspiration you provide. Thanks!

  266. Carolyn M. says:

    I am so happy that you have your new home to transform. What a huge blessing that your adorable parents are helping you. I’m sure they are loving every minute of it. Can’t wait to see more projects!

  267. Thanks for sharing your house renovations with all of us. I learn so much from you on your blog.
    I would use the Lowe’s gift card to make our laundry room pretty!

  268. Hi….love the work your family is doing on the new house! I need to work on an upstairs bathroom….I thinking of board/batten in there. You got me inspired! Thanks for the chance to win w/Lowes.

  269. My dear, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

    Enjoy the head butting!

  270. Your parents are the greatest! I can’t wait to see the finished walls!

  271. Nancy from OHIO says:

    I can feel your excitement in this post! Girl… YOU ARE BACK IN BUSINESS! What I mean is… things have turned around for you! And now look at you rockin’ with your new Nail Gun! So happy for ya! Your Mom and Dad are angels! Continued happiness to you, Rhoda!

  272. Rhoda,
    So happy for you! I know your house will be amazing! I would put in a new backsplash with a Lowe’s gift card! Please!!

  273. I am so excited for you and to be on this journey to your new home with you. Your parents are precious! I’m overwhelmed with projects to do, but my kitchen needs major attention, and because I really cook, I’ll be doing cabinets, counters, and backsplash first, and eventually appliances.

  274. Linda Smith says:

    Congratulations on your new home, you’ll have it looking lovely before you know it. And your parents are just the best, I miss mine everyday and wish they were still here with me.

  275. Mary-Clare says:

    Looks like you are movin right along Rhoda! Looking forward to following along wih all the renovations.
    Great picture of your parents at the end of the post, though it looks like your dad could use a new chair, his seems to be coming apart!
    Enjoy your journey

  276. Your walls are going to look great and you are one lucky girl to have such great parents to help you. Thanks to you and Lowe’s for the wonderful giveaway.


  277. Donna Miller says:

    Good luck on everything you have planned for your home. You are so lucky to have such wondeful parents. We are also trying to update our
    home. Thanks to you and Lowe’s for the great giveaway.

  278. Cozy Home Scenes says:

    Rhoda, I have followed along with your adventures in decorating and remodeling and am amazed at how hard you work to get what you want. You are very deserving of all your success. You have hard working sweet parents like mine who love helping wherever they can. If I had the gift card I would use it to buy things for my bathroom that I am about to update. Good luck with your house. I’m sure it will look great with your talent for decorating. Take care.——- Shannon

  279. My garage actually needs a major makeover. It’s a complete mess. I’d love to install shelving and organize everything.

  280. Great project, I love your mom and dad, they remind me of my own sweet parents! Thanks for the chance to win!

  281. What a transformation this will be, and what dear parents to help you out! And what a great giveaway! Put my name in the hat.

  282. I have been following your blog for a while now and since I, too, live in Atlanta, I have totally been loving reading about your adventures! In fact, my friends and I have gone on several “field trips” to places you have written about. I can’t wait to see how your new home turns out. I’m sure it will be beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    MCF’s Mimi

  283. Love your blog. And your thankfulness in life.

  284. LOVE the double layer of board and batten – that dining room is totally gonna ROCK!
    Next on my home project agenda is stripping bedroom wallpaper (major ugh!) and ripping out stained carpet, and painting and installing hardwood flooring.

  285. Well girl – do you know how overjoyed and happy that I am that you are in your new fixer-upper home and are in your element? I can even read the joy in your voice, and I could not be more excited for you. I know you will make this place a showpiece, and I can’t wait to follow along. I wished I lived closer because I would love to come over and lend a hand. That would be great fun working with you on a project. I am a former professional faux finisher trained in Italy you know. Venetian or Old World plaster anyone? Do I see a road trip coming up? 🙂 Like I said, very happy for you. Blessings my friend, Barb
    (ps – sure, count me in for the gift card drawing. I can always use one of those nifty nail guns) 🙂

  286. Going to be so gorgeous!!!

    We have a nail gun, too, but our air compressor is HUGE! I need lessons from hubby on how to use it. What DON’T I want to use it for? 🙂 We have trim to put up in the new bathroom, trim to replace on every window since we’re replacing windows. The list goes on and on.

  287. Great work so far! My husband and I purchased a nail gun last year and it definitely saves time and energy. A table saw would be nice too though… hmm, gift card idea? 🙂

  288. What room don’t I want to re-do would be an easier question, LOL. I want to start on the living room/dining room combination, since that’s what anyone sees walking in the door. No foyer of any sort here.

  289. Cant wait to see your house progress!! I would use the card to build my mudroom cabinet in my garage!!

  290. Love the wall,it is going to be darling! I really want to add that to my entry and was wondering how you came up with the height? I believe that your parents have to be the sweetest people ever.You are blessed ! And, Yes, I would love a gift card!!!

  291. Ellora Drinnen says:

    LOVE the board and batten tutorial! I’m planning to do this in our small entryway foyer and going up the stairs so this is sooo helpful! All that right after some kitchen updates… New window treatments, beadboard backsplash, among a few. And if I get brave enough…maybe even painting the cabinets! Love your projects and you blog. So inspiring… 🙂

  292. Tami from St Joe says:

    I would like to work on my bathroom we have bought a house like you and we are turning it into a home also just a little at a time can’t wait to see your updates too

  293. You have the sweetest parents. I know all of the DIY is helping to keep them young. Makes me miss my mom…..she always enjoyed hearing about my projects.

  294. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love seeing what you are doing with this house. It’s going to be spectacular when you are done! We really need to fix the plumbing in the bathroom at our house. Right now one of the pipes is coated in duct tape until we can get it fixed! When id doubt, duct it! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  295. Just like you I’m renovating an older home-I’ve started with the kitchen cabinets-5 coats of white primer and semi-gloss! My daughter is helping me, thank goodness! Your relationship with your parents is so touching and I can just feel how happy they are to help you on this new chapter in your life!

  296. We have a Lowe’s just down the road. I would love to spend someone else’s money there! Pick me!!

  297. LOVE the board and battens 😉 and the pictures of your mom and dad helping are great! How fun to do such a family project together. I am so going to enjoy all your house fixing up posts. 🙂 Doing some of that in oru house myself.

    would love the Lowe’s gift card to help too -hint, hint! 🙂

  298. Everything’s looking great! Can’t wait to see the finished batton/board project.

  299. Wow, where to begin. I would guess my deck would be the first thing. It’s a pitiful deck, very small compared to the size of the house. It’s railing looks more like cattle fencing instead of a deck. I’m an outdoors kinda girl and a nice deck is definitely at the top of my to do list. Thanks for the wonderful posts. I’m so excited to see your home come together!!

  300. I need help with new flooring. Can I borrow your parents?

  301. Lynn D in NC says:

    I’m so excited to see what you do with this house. What a great beginning. Looking forward to the coming attractions.

  302. PAINT!!!!!! That’s what I’d get!!

  303. I love reading your blog, Rhoda; this latest tutorial on how to add board and batten was fabulous! I can’t wait to see everything you do to your new fixer upper. There’s not a doubt in my mind that it will be a show stopper! I would use a Lowe’s gift card to plump out my garden. (It’s a sorry sight!) Thanks for a chance to play along!

  304. What fun! And I love seeing your parents involvement in this project. I hope I can work like they do at that age. I’d buy flowers for my yard were I to win the gift card. Thanks,

  305. I’m so inspired now by your post to do some work on my home I’ve been putting off. I want to put molding in my entry hall and paint it. I could sure use the giftcard for that project. But I also need a new ceiling fan for my office and bedroom….so many projects and only one giftcard!! Anyway if I won, it would go for one of the many projects I have in mind for my home!

    I’m excited to watch the progress on your new home….thanks for sharing it with us!!

  306. We are doing lots of detail work as we finish up the cottage to get it ready for the market. Mainly, painting: trim, woodwork, prepping basement steps for carpet runner.

    Can’t wait to see the finished dining room. I love that fabric you chose.

  307. So fun to see all that you are doing…and you are
    so blessed to have such sweet, helpful parents. Lowes
    is one of my favorites…thanks for a great give away.

  308. So excited for you and your new home. Looking forward to watching you proceed with the renovations & decorating!

  309. I am so glad to see that your parents are able to help you with your new home! Mine have always helped me over the years with various homes that I have bought and refurbished. I would buy some more lighting at Lowes to replace the builder grade lights in my house. Best of luck to you in your new home.

  310. I had a little chuckle when you wrote that your dad was on “BOARD” with the board and batten – I don’t know if you meant to be punny but it made me smile. 🙂 I don’t know what I want to work on in my house because we are moving from our current house. Once we sell our house we’ll be able to start looking for a new one in our new city. A Lowes gift card would definitely help me make my new house a home! Thanks for the chance to win and good luck as you continue your renovations.


  311. How exciting that you have started your remodeling. Love what you are doing. We are making plans to enlarge our deck and replace some flooring.

  312. So excited for your new home makeover.
    I was just picking out tile from lowes tonight!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  313. Rhoda, Everytime I read a post about your new home, I am so thrilled for you. What a blessing you and your precious family are. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your home.

  314. Hi Rhoda! Good for you on getting started! The next project we want to tackle is a total redo of our master bathroom. Our house is 49 years old…I think it’s about time. 🙂 Plus, it’s the only room in the house we have barely done anything to and we have lived here almost 23 years. Save the best for last I say!

  315. I have 6 swatches of color samples painted on the living room wall and am unable to make a decision! I look forward to seeing your ideas, and I’d ask those paint professionals at Lowe’s to help me spend that giftcard on a perfect color of paint.

  316. Thanks for the great turorial! My husband and I have been talking about doing a project like this so it’s great to see it all broken down with pictures:)

  317. What would I get? Well I could use so many things- paint, wood, fixtures, etc. We are fixing things in our house getting it ready to sell. You three are doing a fantastic job- it looks great. I am so excited for you-a new home- ahhhh.

  318. Can’t wait to see everything you do to your new house!

  319. I would LOVE to update my master bath! 🙂

  320. It’s looking great! How wonderful to have your parents near by to do projects with!

  321. I am currently redecorating/updating my bedroom(after 10 years) and would love redo the master bath also. Love your blog, thanks for sharing.

  322. Theresa in Omaha says:

    Loving the battens. I would use the $100 for more sandpaper (am refinishing my kitchen cabinets & OMGosh it uses a lot) + some new knobs. Then I could get that manicure (not that it would last too long before the next project)!

  323. Rhoda, Congrats on your new house! Your post made me chuckle, your Dad sounds just like mine. My Dad continues to help me on many a house project and our next project is building a new fence. I look forward to your posts as you work on your new house.

  324. So happy for you! Thanks for the tutorial…very useful. We love Lowe’s and are there about 3 times a week. We could really use the gift card for finishing up remodeling our vintage camper.

  325. I would start buying all the crown moulding that I have been dreaming of for our living room.

  326. Rhoda, what a beautiful job…learned something new today (board & batten construction)…thank you! What a blessing to have such wonderful parents. It puts a smile on my face to see them working along side you. If I were chosen to receive the Lowe’s gift card, I would give it to you…you deserve it! xo

  327. Paint, or new screen doors, or closet organizers, or plants for the garden, or something for the walls!

  328. I love your project. There are so many things I could use from Lowe’s. I would be a blast shopping.

  329. BamaCarol says:

    How beautiful! Love the board and batten. Isn’t it fun getting to do what you want in a house? Oh, I would love a Lowe’s gift card. I am wanting to add some shelving for my huge cookbook collection! Hubs and I will make it and I’ll do the painting.

  330. I would get a nose job for my kitchen cabinets 🙂

  331. Our master bath is in dire need of updating!! It’s so good to see your progress on your house!

  332. Your parents are awesome! It’s easy to see that you’ve inherited their strength and wisdom. I’ve been looking at Lowe’s for screen doors, so that’s what I would buy with the gift card.
    Looking forward to seeing your house come to life with your touch.
    God bless you and your sweet parents!

  333. I would get paint! Lots of painting I need to do..

  334. So far, the wall looks really good. I like that you changed up the top compared to what I have seen on other blogs. You will be extra thankful for the finished product, as you know it will have been done right. By Dad!
    I would work on our Master. YOu know the room that should have been first?


  335. Jackie K. says:

    Cant wait to see the finished product..I’d like to try this. Right now I would be buying flowers for my garden.

  336. Watching your renovation is going to be so much fun. My husband and I have renovated (on a tight budget) our house and I love seeing a beautiful swan emerge from an ugly duckling. With ongoing projects a Lowes card would be great (first place we head when we need something).

  337. Your board and batten looks amazing!

    My next project needs to be painting and touching up trim and new carpet.

  338. Looking good, Rhoda! What I always enjoy most about your posts is seeing your mom and dad. They are so precious. I love them! You are very blessed.

  339. You’ve made a great start! Looking forward to upcoming updates.

    I would use the gift card toward the purchase of some outdoor furniture.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  340. I was just a lowes looking at a miter saw. I think I need to graduate from my jigsaw for my wood building projects!!

  341. Julia Modarressi says:

    Rhoda ,I so enjoy your blog and your spirit! You make my day. What do I want in my house? I know, your wonderful parents! I love hearing about them and the lovely relationship you share and the projects you do together. The dining room looks great already, can’t wait for the reveal!

  342. Great project! How very blessed you are to have your parents, and that you’ll always have the memories of working on this house together-sweet.

  343. Thanks for sharing your progress! I can’t wait to see it all transform into something special! Love the lard and batten!

  344. Heather Stansell says:

    I am so proud of you for getting your own house…I wish you THE BEST! My sweet, darling husband cut a hole in our sheet rock in the bathroom…I am from the upstate of SC…and in my most southern voice…bless him!! Anyway, the hole…yeah, still there. If I had this gift card I would patch that hole and FINALLY paint my bathroom.

  345. You are so blessed to have two wonderful parents. I love what you are doing.

  346. You have sprung right into action at your new place! I have been wanting to add molding to my dining room for the past year now. Seeing yours has inspired me to get a move on it. Of course that gift card would do wonders to help too 😉

  347. Rhonda I am so happy that you got a new house…I seethat it quickly on it way to being you happy home. God knows you deserve a big ray of sunshine. You always put a happy face on. So many blessings in you new home.
    What would I do in my house replace flooring in the triplets room….they broke a pen in center of the carpet. Happy happy joy.

  348. What an amazing new adventure for you!! Can’t wait to see everything you do in your new home! Love this tutorial! I want to do this in my bathroom! Just moved in my new home 6 months ago, so of course a Lowe’s gift card would be the BOMB!! LOL!

  349. Heather Spooner says:

    I’d love to work on my den. It has lots of dark paneling and a huge brick fireplace. Some paint would lighten it up. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

  350. Great update!

    Everything in my house needs some TLC.

  351. Love the dining room and the fabric. I can’t wait to see it finished. Looking forward to seeing all your renovations!
    Your mom and dad are so sweet!

  352. Oh Rhoda it looks great…………and your parents are too CUTE !!! I remember when you got that material, it will look great in there….you must be over the moon, so happy for you girlfriend…..

    Nail gun….. it’s hubby’s b’day May 14, and I’d love to give him one and add a few more things to his “honey do list”…

    All the best,
    Kathy 🙂

  353. Love it! I would do the same project and if your pop wants to vacation in FL, I would be happy to host him for a week for a few hours of his expert advice

  354. Loved seeing your Mom and Dad helping you with your new home. It reminded me so much of my parents. I think I may like to try my hand at the board and batten in my mud room! Your projects motivate me to move forward with mine. Thanks!

  355. I know you are so excited! Looking forward to seeing some afters. I would love some Lowes cash…. we usually just take our paycheck there anyway 🙂

  356. First, I LOVE the board and batten. It is a wonderful change. The colors are terrific and make me think I need dining room overhaul.

    I really love that you post about your parents. The tenderness and affection is so beautiful. My heart was bursting when you said they are the loves of your life. What a blessed joy.

  357. So glad you stuck to your guns about the nail gun. I’m sure it saved you lots of time! Your parents are awesome!

  358. love what you’ve got done already!! I’m wanting to do a laundry room on the main floor of my house instead of in the basement or finish out my basement 🙂

  359. Love your board and batten! I would spend my giftcard on new flooring and board and batten in my guest bath. Its tiny so I’m pretty sure I could completely finish that room :-). Can’t wait to see everything yo do to the new house!

  360. PAINT for a kitchen cabinet makeover!

  361. Marilyn C. says:

    I am so excited for you. I want to redo my dining room too. I chose a bad shade of yellow a few years back for the walls and have just lived with it. I am ready to renovate. I am considering the board and batten style myself! How big is your dining room?? Mine is approximately 10 x 10 and one of the walls is part of the wall that has the stairs for the upstairs, so its not a complete wall. Oh, I can’t wait to see the transformation in your house. I am very happy for you. Thanks for the opportunity to win a Lowe’s gift card, it would definitely come in handy for my dining room renovate.

    Marilyn C.

  362. Shirley Casciola says:

    Paint! I need lots of paint.
    I’m so happy for you. I know that you have had a really rough time this last year. I know that you are so glad all that is behind you. You are so blessed to have your Mom and Dad.

  363. Rhonda W. says:

    I love your project, but the best part of your post is the picture of your mom and dad on the porch. I nearly cried. They look so content. It represented to me the real blessings and wealth in life: family, love, health, and work.

  364. Missy wall says:

    I would paint my master bedroom and do a faux finish on the walls, if I had any money left from that I would also paint the ceiling in there and add a mural on the ceiling that I have been wanting to do!

  365. What progress you’ve already made on your house! That was such a sweet photo of your parents on the porch. If I won the gift card, I would buy my husband a new tool for his birthday. Thanks for the opportunity.

  366. Rhoda you are a sweetheart! Love your blog! Would appreciate winning the Lowe’s card since I am working on getting my kitchen updated!

  367. I am so excited to watch as you make over this house into YOUR home. You are so very lucky to have your parents to work with you. I certainly miss having my daddy to show me how to “do” things around my house.

  368. I am going to be putting new tile down in my kitchen this summer. I recently repainted the entire house, replaced the carpet and counter tops, and the tile is my last project. I would put this card towards that.

  369. Hmmm…. there are so many things I need. I would use the Lowes gift card for either a new light fixture on my back porch (it’s over thirty years old and was picked out by the builder) or back splash for my kitchen.

  370. Love seeing progress in your new home!
    I’m working on my kitchen – repainting the cabinets right now. We just bought a new fridge and I’m needing new countertops, sink, faucet and lighting.

  371. I would LOVE to tile a backsplash in my kitchen and the beautiful marble subway tile I’d like to use is at LOWE’S! It would go such a long way to sprucing up my little 70’s house.

  372. Love your parents, you are a lucky gal, Rhoda. Can I adopt them? If I lived closer I’d come over and help out but it’s a long trek from Rhode Island. I’m so excited about watching the new house really come together!

  373. I’d use the money to landscape the backyard!

  374. I am going to redo my sons room. He is getting older and the kite wallpaper that my wife put up 6 years ago just doesn’t suit him anymore. I am thinking sports and cars would be more fitting.

  375. Glenda Harder says:

    I love the board and batten treatment! It looks great. You are a lucky girl to have such good help in Mom and Dad.

  376. I cant wait to see the finished room. It’s going to be beautiful. I have so many projects I need to start, but think the next project will be my foyer where I’ve finally removed the wallpaper. I love that your sweet parents are helping you with this.

  377. Linda Bumgardner says:

    Your parents are awesome examples of “being there” for grown children. I have fallen in love with them in your last few blog posts.

    We are fixing our back deck to be a comforter outdoor space to enjoy. I would use a Lowes gift card to help with that project!

  378. Christy File says:

    I am so excited for your new adventure! So happy to see your progress and very happy for you. Thanks for giveaway!

  379. Love seeing your sweet parents’ involvement in the project! I also love the grey in your dining room.
    I’d use the gift card to buy boards for my hubby. He wants to build a pergola in the backyard.

  380. It is so sweet to see your parents working along side of you! Our parents are true blessings at every stage of our lives. I live in a house built in the 50s so we are always doing a project. With warm weather has arriving I am moving to the yard for a project. I want to spruce up my patio.

  381. Oh, where do I begin? I need to remove wallpaper in the bathroom, why did I ever put it up? Living room floor needs refinishing, and kitchen cabinets need something, maybe paint? I am loving your renovations, love seeing the beauty unfold.

  382. I love your blog. You are so fortunate to have parents who can still physically help you. As you are getting back on your feet you are helping them and they in turn are able to help you. I never as an adult lived close to family until two years ago. Unfortunately my parents had died by that time. I am glad you have the support and love of all of your family. I can’t wait to see each room. My husband and I have practically been camping at Lowes as we redo a fireplace in our 90 year old home.

  383. Rhoda! Your house is coming together so quickly! How wonderful! Your mama and daddy and you and God make one amazing team! I know we all can use some goodies from Lowe’s. We lost a lot of plants and grass last year due to our drought here in Texas. My once beautiful back yard is pretty bare and now that we have had some rain, I am so wanting to replant our shrubs and some pretty plants and flowers so I can look out my kitchen and back windows on something pretty and green again. All in His time!

  384. Love to hear stories of your folks at work..they remind me of my Mom (who rehabed houses in New Orleans in the 70’s) and said “You can learn everything you need to know in a book”. Now I am reminded of my husband and myself and I say “You can learn everything you need to know in a Blog”…and I would buy a nail gun too- I’ve been dying to get my hands on one for years!

  385. Hello Rhoda! I’ve been reading your blog since way back when. I’m so happy you have a new home and I love the energy you are giving to this project. But what most impresses me is your parents! You are certainly blessed.

  386. Lots of hard work ahead for you but very satisfying I am sure. It is awsome that you have your parents to help. Please get your dad a chair that isn’t falling apart. LOL. You don’t want him falling to the floor in that thing. I look forward to seeing your progress. I have been rooting for you since your move back to Atlanta. I know several women in this position including myself. Good luck.

  387. What special memories you will have of this time spent with your parents working on something you love. I lost my mom this past year (at 96) and she above all people taught me ” get busy and get it done”! I always have some kind of project going on, but now remodeling kitchen and bathrooms – on a budget of course!
    I enjoy reading your blog – this tutorial was great!

  388. Marianne in Mo. says:

    Love your board and batten, and your parents remind me of my husband and I. We’re in the process of helping both our daughters with newly built homes, one here and one in Colo. ( We’ll be heading there in June to help move them in! ) We’re diehard do it yourselfers and my hubs probably has the same skillset as your dad! I’d love to do the board and batten in our home, just need to decide where! But next on the list is adding Crown Molding to our open floor plan home! Good luck with the new house and I can’t wait to see the progression!

  389. I enjoy seeing the progress on your house. Your dining room is going to look amazing! We have plenty of projects to do in our house. The one I’m most anxious to get finished is replacing the carpet with hardwood.

  390. Wow, Rhoda! You guys make a great team! You’re moving right along and it’s looking fabulous!

  391. I love your new house! I know it will look amazing!

  392. Rhoda, I am so happy for you! You’re house is going to be awesome! And you are so blessed to have such wonderful parents. I would use the gift card for plywood and moulding to add above two of my windows.

  393. I’m so excited for you and love getting the progress reports. I can tell that the dining room is going to be gorgeous. I’ve recently decided to put board and batten in my dining room. Haven’t done it yet…..a Lowe’s gift card would come in handy for that. I’m also wanting to add some architectural elements to my kitchen cabinets, like feet for the bottom of the island to give it a furniture feel. I could go on and on about what I want do. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your dining room finishes.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  394. I’m so excited to see your progress in this home! Love that Daddy/daughter difference of opinions; my dad’s the same way. 🙂 I’d love to add a window in our dining room to get some morning sun!

  395. Rhoda

    So excited for you! This is going to be a great project house-for all of us!!

  396. Bonnie Bartley says:

    So excited for you, Rhonda, for closing on your new home and beginning on the renovations; can’t wait to see the end product! After looking at the pics of your previous home I know it’s going to be beautiful! It’s great that your parents are able and willing to help you fix up your new place. My husband and I are seniors as well and are raising our granddaughter and have been since infancy; so she’s more like our daughter. She’s now 13 and wants a room make over as she feels she has outgrown her Disney furniture, “candy pink & white” stripe wall paper and “ribbons and bows” matching border. I think she can make do with her furniture a few more years, (it’s more cottage/shabby chic style than Disney; no Disney charectors on it) but I agree that as a teen she has ourgrown her “little girl” wall paper. There are many more projects that are “on the list” but being on a fixed income and raising a child we have to make do with what we have until we can manage something on the list. The kitchen floor is so old that I can no longer clean it although I do try; some of the stains are “sealed in concrete” it seems and that really bothers me as I like a clean and tidy home. I’d love to be able to get a linoleum that looks like wood since we can’t afford real wood flooring in there. Our yard is crying out for help; would love to feed it good, reseed it, plant some annuals, and place some rocks around the trees in the front yard where only weeds will grow to match the rocks we have in front of the house. Another dream is enclosing the patio so we can have a room we can all enjoy year round but as much as I long for that other things are much more needed. The enclosure is a “want” not a “need” and needs must come first. We have the same carpet we had 22 years ago when we bought the home which is a tired, worn, and outdated mauve color. Best of luck with your home; love stopping by for a “visit” to see how you are doing and what neat finds you and others have discovered. (I love thrifting too!) So until tomorrow blessings to you and your family~

  397. Michelle H. says:

    Aren’t parents great?! I’d love to spend the gift card on making a sewing/cutting table for my craft room. I found an easy design on Pinterest: two 9 cube cubbies from Lowe’s and a hollow core door painted white and some “L” brackets. Sounds like something I can even do myself.

  398. Peggy in TN says:

    we are adding a 1/2 bath to our house so this gift card would sure come in handy! Your parents rock! You are a lucky girl. 🙂

  399. I’m fixing up the back yard – looking for something the rabbits won’t eat!

  400. Of all the board and batten tutorials I’ve poured over before doing my own, I wish I would have seen yours first! Mine looks like yours, but I cut every single one of those darn boards to go in between the battens on the 2nd row. It would have made more sense (and been easier) to do 2 solid rows across the top instead of one, like you did! Totally kicking myself and all the work I did with putty and spackle filling all those darn joints not to mention trying to level each piece and keeping them level across the wall. Blargh!!!

    Your’s looks really great! I can’t wait to see if finished!

  401. I found you through a search for this technique and ended up reading through much of your story. You are such a strong woman and even though I don’t know you, I feel proud of you. Life is what you make it to be, and you are proving just that. Thank you for the inspiration (for the board & batten and beyond). If I would win, I would love to buy some chalkboard paint for my son’s room as well as build some shelving to display his cars. Thanks!

    p.s. your parents rock!

  402. Hi Rhoda!
    I just finished reading your entire life story. You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. God bless you! Congratulations on the house, it’s going to be beautiful!

  403. Rhoda, your new home is coming along fabulously. I tear up whenever I see pictures of your sweet parents helping you out. How very blessed you are! My next project is to work on my kitchenette in the basement. Going with a coastal theme there, so planning on white cabinets and beadboard ceiling, to go with the soft grey/blue/green blend paint.

  404. Becki Foster says:

    Wow – that dining room is going to be fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing, well, everything! Trying to be patient for the “reveal!’

  405. You are so blessed to have your parents helping you!

  406. LOVING it Rhoda! Do you know you fell off my google reader again!? I don’t know what is going on? I was grocery shopping today and said to myself, “wonder what Rhoda is up to?”! Anyway, I love all the pictures and really love that your dad helped you 🙂 Good stuff Rhoda! Funny you are doing board and batten, I went today to also get stuff to do board and batten in the room off of our family room we did together. Great minds think alike 🙂 hehe

  407. I love the look of board and batten & I’m so excited to see your finished space!

  408. You are amazing Rhoda! I’ve followed you for a couple of years and you are truly an inspiration-the board and batten looks great so far-can’t wait to see it all painted up-good luck, have fun and enjoy all this time with your family!

  409. As soon as school is done (I am a teacher) I am re-doing my bathroom. I’d love some Lowe’s tile or vanity or mirror or light fixture – it would be DIY heaven!

  410. I’d love to work on my living room.

  411. I am getting ready to build a tile top picnic table. Saw the tile I want at Lowe’s the other day. Love your board and batten. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  412. I can’t wait for summer. I plan to re-do my guest bathroom. I would love to paint, and add trim work.

  413. Hi Rhoda,
    I am so excited for you. The house is going to be so special…rebuilt with love! I would love to have a Lowe’s gift card. I need new outdoor light fixtures. 🙂

  414. Next on my list is to redo the guest bathroom. I’m hoping to use your favorite beadboard wallpaper!

  415. Love seeing the progress!

    This summer, my second daughter wants her bedroom repainted. Her tiny walk-in closet is not air conditioned, so it gets really hot in there in the summer. I’d like to fix that and also add some more shelving in her room.

  416. Rhoda – your new house is going to look great when you get it all done. I’m so impressed already!! Keep up the good work!

  417. Your parents are so precious. Don’t forget this month is Mothers day and next month is Fathers day. But I am sure you honor your parents other days too. 😉 I am currently renting but at this time would love garden stuff and extra lighting for the livingroom.

  418. Your parents are inspiring people! My next project is kitchen cabinets.

  419. maxsnannie says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished product. Love all you do!!

  420. You’re so blessed to have your Dad helping you with this project! I’d give anything to still have mine here with me.

    I’d love to paint my kitchen cabinets and walls, and install a ceiling fan outside on the covered deck. Looking forward to seeing all your hard work completed!

  421. Sherill says:

    I love the picture of your parents at the end…what would we do without them? My husband and I rehabbed a 1860’s Victorian and the 2 people that helped us the most were my Mom and her boyfriend! Put the rest of us to shame:) I love the changes already and look forward to the completion of this and the projects to come. I know you will transform this house to a home and inspire and encourage us to do the same with ours!!

  422. Rhoda,
    I’m enjoying watching your progress on your new house! I’m hoping to replace a door where there’s currently a window and create a deck on the back of my house.
    All the best,

  423. Linda Hobbs says:

    Love the board and batten! Would love to add this to my dining room as well. Thanks for the chance!

    Linda H.

  424. Your family is awesome! We really need to work on our bathroom,but funds are pretty much nonexistent so this would be a major blessing!

  425. Sheryll Morris says:

    House that Love Built! What could be better?
    We have been working on my Mothers House. And getting ready to redo floors. She has been with me during the worst times of my life and it is my turn to give back.

  426. I will not complain about anything I have to do in my home again…God Bless you ! What a project…and your parents are dolls! Good luck to you and many blessings:)

  427. Your blog has been such an inspiration to me. I am so blessed to have my parents still looking out for me – especially since I find myself single after 40 years. Your joy in life gives such hope to those of us who now have to remodel and fix our homes up on a limited budget. Keep up the good work.

  428. Annette says:

    Roda, I have enjoyed reading your blog for a few years. I’m excited to see the changes you’re making to your new house. I’ m one of the lucky one’s with parents like your’s that will do anything for their daughter! Seeing the pictures of your folks helping with everything, makes me smile.

  429. Michelle says:

    I love your ideas…I also recently in the last 14 months had a life changing occurance and never thought I would get a break. I did however and I bought a house and have been here for 7 months now. I love owning a home and look forward to reading your entire blog and watching the house come to life…….Peace

  430. Rhoda, So exciting to pick your blog back up and watch you transform your new house! I love your mom and dad, they are so sweet and supportive. You are blessed indeed.

  431. Oh Rhoda,

    I haven’t been online for awhile, because we have had our hardships too. You are the first blog I wanted to check out to see if you’d gotten a new place yet! And Lo and behold, look at you go, girl! Yee Ha! And those folks of yours are just amazing people and it’s evident that they love you so much! They are so cute! I wish I could give them a hug! I love to see a girl with a gun! You are awesome and as always inspiring to us all!

  432. You continue to be my inspiration. I just love watching you and your wonderful parents transform your house into a home. I love love love your dining room b and b. I am currently re-doing my dining room. One of these days, I want to blog too… Keep up the beautiful re-do!!

  433. This is such a lovely post… not just the awesome Board and Batton..
    but seeing your relationship with your mom and dad. Mine are just like yours… but they live so far away, it hurts my heart!

  434. the most important thing that stood out to me was the time spent with your dad. That memory to me is the best part of your entire project and one you will have forever! Good job involving your parents and creating those special moments.

  435. I am totally jealous over your cute hardworking Mom and Dad! Your Dad is just the sweetest! What a blessing he must be in your life.

  436. I love the project outcome. I’m so doing this to my dinning room. I also love your mom and dad. Sweet people!!!

  437. Anne Schofield says:

    We have so many projects in the house to work on. Actually our own board and batten is a high priority, but we really need a nail gun first, so this would be perfect! Our stair railings are too far apart (a symptom of buying a 40 year old house), so we are planning to encase them in some beautiful board and batten. Great job with yours, and thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  438. Great tutorial! I love how great it looks! I want to do this same thing in my entry way! Can wait to start this project!


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