Board and Batten Tutorial

Board and Batten Tutorial

Board and Batten Tutorial

My boys’ room recently had a major makeover, and you can see all the furniture details by going here.  I wanted to a statement wall in the space, so I created this board and batten wall.  I built it solo one afternoon, and (since I had everything other than the MDF board) this project cost me less than $100!

Supplies for this project:

  • (9) 5 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • (6) 2 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • (2) 3 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • Sandpaper
  • Caulk
  • Wood filler
  • Nail gun
  • Chop saw

I began by lightly sanding the stripes (most likely you won’t have to do this step unless you happen to have stripes on your walls).

A 3 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board was added to the base.

Once the baseboards were up, I laid out the 5 1/2″ x 8″ boards and figured out how far to space the pieces.

The top piece was added using the 2 1/2″ x 8″ boards.  Once that was in place (use a level to be sure everything is straight), the larger (5 1/2″ x 8″) boards were added.  I began in the center and then centered a piece between the center of the wall and the corner on the right side.  I did the same with the left side.

The holes were filled in until all nine pieces were up.

Another 2 1/2″ piece was added to the top.

To finish off the wall, a piece of the 2 1/2″ x 8″ board was added.  This time it was flipped to create a finished edge (or ledge).  A nail gun was used to adhere the boards to the wall.

The nail holes were filled with putty.

While the gaps were filled with caulk.

Once everything was dry, the patty was sanded and then the board and batten was painted.

After two coats of paint (to see more on this gorgeous paint color, go here), the wall was complete!

Did you notice the pretty (or should I say handsome) wallpaper?!  It is from Wallpaper Boulevard, and they have an amazing selection if you need paper for your home.  I used Common Thread from Magnolia Home. It ties in perfectly with the rest of the space and will grow with my boys.

If you noticed, I painted the baseboards the same color as the board and batten.  Want an easy way to paint baseboards without painting your carpet?  GO HERE to see the easy technique!

Go create something!


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This post has been sponsored by Wallpaper Boulevard.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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  1. Love the wainscoting you did on your boy’s bedroom wall. Great tutorial (written and photos) very easy to understand resulting in a very stunning accent wall. I designed a hall tree type bench in our mudroom back entrance (to cover the dryer vent pipe) with a similar type of paneling and after seeing what you did, I think I will continue the same treatment on the remaining walls. The ceilings are 9′ high, so I can play around with the height, then probably use the SW “a new grey” that I used in the bath. on the top part above the white bench and paneling. Thanks for the inspiration.

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