Today I am sharing an easy budget-friendly tutorial on how to create beautiful DIY board and batten. Keep reading for a step by step guide on how you can too!
So excited to share today’s post with you. A little while back I shared my design plans for our home office. One of the main design elements for this room is adding board and batten to the walls. It is an easy budget friendly project that adds a ton of character and visual interest.
There are a few different ways to do DIY board and batten. I personally love a skinny board and batten look. I also love the idea of doing two colors. So we are doing a warm white on the top and a warm grey on the bottom. I am sharing every step of the process below making it really easy for you to achieve in your own home.
DIY Board and Batten Tutorial
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Amounts will vary depending on how big your room is.
We purchased the majority of the items from Home Depot. I highly recommend ordering from this list online and picking it all up in-store or having it delivered. This saves so much time. We had our material delivered right to our door.
- 1/4 in. x 1-11/16 in. x 96 in. Pine Lattice Moulding
- 11/16 in. x 11/16 in. x 96 in. Pine Square Moulding
- Finish Nails
- Spackling Paste
- Paint: We went with Benjamin Moore Simply White and Magnolia Home Yarn
Step One: Choose your Materials
What kind of wood is used for board and batten?
Can you do board and batten on textured walls?
Next, you will need to determine if you need to do a backboard first which is basically just a large flat panel. This will be based on what kind of walls you have. If you have nice smooth walls you will not need to use a backboard. You can just attach the board and batten directly to the wall.
We have slightly textured walls and decided not to use a backboard. I don’t mind having a little texture. If your walls have a lot of texture you might want to consider using a backboard to smooth it out.
To finish off our board and batten we decided to add a cap at the top. This gives you a nice finished look. I went with a 3/4 inch square molding. If you choose a thicker board you will need to modify this.
Step Two: Measure Your Space
How far apart should board and batten be?
Step Three: Attach Board Around Perimeter
Step Four: Attach Battens
After your horizontal boards are attached it is time to attach your vertical battens. This is when you need to go back to your design plan that you created in step two.
You should have already decided exactly where you want to start your battens on each wall and determined the spacing. The easiest way to space out your battens is to create a spacer using scrap wood. This allows you to quickly install the battens without having to measure each time. We decided to have our battens be 11 inches edge to edge so our spacer was exactly 11 inches.
We started either at the center of the window or at the edge of a door depending on the wall. After you cut your batten to size using your miter saw. You will want to make sure that each batten is level and then you will attach it using a nail gun with finish nails. We used about 5 nails per batten evenly spaced.
Step Five: Add Cap
Step Six: Fill Holes & Gaps
One tip with spackling is to not try and scrap the spackle flush with the surface. It will shrink a little and leave a small divot. Leave extra so that it can be sanded perfectly flush when the spackle is dry.
There may be some gaps in the board and batten. You can take paintable window/trim caulk and fill any gaps in the molding. You do not need to do it on every edge just fill it where needed.
Once the spackle is dry, I recommend using a power hand sander to sand all fill flush.
Step Seven: Prime & Paint
The last and final step is to paint. You will want to first start with a primer. We used Glidden pure white and painted one coat on all the boards and battens.
After priming we started with the top half of the wall first. For this, we went with Benjamin Moore Simply White. Start by painting all the edges, including the ceiling edge with a brush. Since the board and batten haven’t been painted yet you do not have to worry about a clean edge when you get to that part. After edging the walls you can paint the rest with a roller. We did two coats.
Next, we painted the board and batten, doors, and all the trim. We used Magnolia Home Yarn and ordered it online. I could not find it at a store near me. This color is so pretty and even better than I thought it would be.
All the trim received 2 coats of paint using a hand brush and then we used a roller to paint the wall in between the board and batten. This is probably the most time-consuming part of the project.
After a final inspection and a few touch-ups, you are done! Easy and inexpensive DIY board and batten.
This DIY board and batten project added so much character to this space. I have a feeling I will be using this in a couple more rooms! If you have any questions about the tutorial please leave them in the comments.
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