DIY BOARD & BATTEN WALL

My upstairs bathroom was in need of a little spice, so I took to Pinterest to see what I could do to bring it new life. After scrolling through several posts, I settled on a board & batten wall as my very first home DIY.


Continue reading to see how I did it!

| materials you'll |

NEED

  • Tape measure

  • Level

  • Drill/screwdriver (or both)

  • Screws, nails or glue (more on that later)

  • Paint

  • A paint brush/roller

  • Painters tape

  • Wall hooks (optional)

| step one: |

MEASURE


First and foremost: Measure the wall space you're working with. This may seem like an obvious first step but I share it as a reminder that this isn't the kind of project you can eyeball or guesstimate, it must be exact.


Take precise measurements, maybe even more than once, before heading out to buy any materials.


| step two: |

SHOP & CHOP


Head over to the hardware store to gather your materials. I always suggest shopping local before Home Depot or Lowes, if possible.


For this project, I picked up the following:

  • 1 piece of thicker wood (like molding) for the top of the board & batten (I used pine)

  • 3 pieces of thinner, smaller wood (like trim) for the columns (also pine)

  • Paint & painting accessories, as needed (painter's tape, rollers, etc.)

Most hardware stores have an area where you can cut the wood pieces to the measurements you need. Be sure to ask for help when you checkout, so you can be sure you're not overpaying for any of the wood you buy.


You can also pick up a heavy duty glue, like liquid nails, if you plan to glue your wood pieces to the wall. I would beware of this, unless you're a pro and this isn't your first time around the block.


If you ever choose to remove the wood and it's not installed correctly, it may damage the wall behind it when pulled off. I didn't use glue, as I have plaster walls and wanted to avoid any potential damage.


| step three: |

GET TO WORK


Once you've taken your measurements and gathered all necessary materials, you're ready to get started! I highly suggest placing and spacing the wood columns, and marking their height on the wall as well as the distance you want between each column to ensure they're placed evenly.


Another reason I don't recommend using glue is to avoid tearing the wall, should you have to place and reposition any of your pieces. I had to do this once or twice, which seemed much easier to do with screws and nails than glue.


Once the wood pieces are installed, it's time to paint. I've seen some people caulk between their wood pieces and the wall, but I skipped this step as I didn't feel like it was needed. It's your call.


Once you're done painting and the wall has dried, install your towel hooks (if you're using them). Then, you're done!


To bring some color into the room and compliment the brass fixtures and brown cabinets, I painted the board & batten wall a dark, army green, and brought that color over to the opposite wall of the room, too.


I didn't paint the whole room green because I felt that would be too overwhelming, so I left the other walls the light gray color they were, pictured above and below.


Until next time...

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