DIY Projects

DIY Board and Batten Wall

I’ve never been real happy with how our master bedroom looked but I always put it on the back burner. I had been wanting to paint the walls, add an accent wall, and get a new comforter. I was going back and forth between shiplap or board and batten for the accent wall. We have shiplap in the living room and kitchen so I decided to go with the board and batten. So if you’ve ever wondered how to add a board and batten wall yourself, here’s how!

What you’ll need:
– wood in the width you want
– nails
– sandpaper
– paint
– if your wall has texture you’ll need backer board to make it smooth (we did not have to do this)
– nail gun
– wood filler
– paintable caulk
– paint brush and roller

Here is what our room looked like before:

It was super dark because of the beige walls, wood trim, brown carpet, and the beige comforter. So I wanted to lighten it up with some gray paint. So first I had to decide on the paint color. After days of going back and forth I finally decided on Sherwin Williams Reserved White.


In the can and when it was first painted on the wall it looked white but then when it dried it looked more gray with a tint of blue. Here is what it looked like once it was dry.


Once the walls were painted we headed to the store to buy the supplies for the board and batten wall.
Thanks to my friend Angela, over at angelarosehome.com I followed her tutorial so I used the same wood because I liked the thickness she used!
I used a 1x2x8ft pine board that was already primed.

It’s super important to make sure to check that the boards aren’t bowed! I checked all of ours and we still ended up with a few pieces that were slightly bowed. Nothing some muscle can’t fix but it’s still annoying!
Look down the board like this to see if it’s curved a little.

Once you have your supplies you’re ready to tackle this project!

Step 1: Measure your wall and draw it out on a piece of paper. You’ll put a trim piece on the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the wall to create a border. You will want to keep the spacing between the battens the same. So remember a 1x2in board is actually 3/4×1.5in – this is important for your measurements!!!!
There are multiple websites that can assist you in figuring out the correct spacing like this one
Also, here is a diagram that explains the difference between the ‘boards’ and ‘battens’

Step 2:
Once you’ve bought your materials you will start with the framing pieces on the top, bottom, left, and right. It’s important to make sure they are level! Then you can nail them into the wall.

Step 3:
Now you can add the vertical battens. We marked off each spot with tape so that we knew where each piece had to go. You will also need to measure and cut each board one at a time because your ceiling and floor might not be level across the board.

Step 4:
Fill all of the nail holes with wood filler. Once the filler dries you’ll need to go back and sand it smooth.

Then you’ll need to also caulk all of the edges and seems. To caulk the seems you’ll run the caulk down where the trim meets the wall and then you’ll take your finger and smooth the caulk into the cracks. Keep a paper towel or wet rag to help keep it clean!

This is before caulking:

This is after caulking:

Step 5:
Paint!!!!!

Step 6:
Clean up and you’re done!!! Now you have a board and batten wall!!! It’s so fun and not as time consuming or expensive as shiplap! We spent around $50 on the wood materials and already had the paint and other tools.

Here is the finished look:

I also repainted our night stands white and found a new comforter and quilt! I love how everything turned out!
If you like my comforter you can buy it here

Shop my sign here

Now you can go build yourself a board and batten wall!! If you decide to try this tag me in your pictures on Instagram! @countrypinesfarm

Wife. Dog Mom. And a lover of DIY projects, coffee, and a good bottle of Rosé

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