Want to know the secret to give any room in your home a beautiful transformation? Hint hint, it’s a DIY board and batten wall!
We’ve made two of these diy board and batten walls in our home, and love them both! DIY board and batten walls are a really quick and easy way to give your space an instant upgrade. And they’re a really budget friendly diy project too!
It started when our daughter was ready to upgrade from a crib to a big girl bed. Like so many of the projects that we start in our home, this small change quickly escalated into transforming her room into a little girl’s dream boho bedroom. And the first on our list of to-dos was this diy board and batten wall.
What Should I Buy for a DIY Board and Batten Wall?
I am going to share a general list of supplies that you will need to create your DIY board and batten wall, but I want to preface by saying that your project very likely could require additional materials depending on the size and scope of the space.
- Miter Saw
- Nail Gun
- Air Compressor
What Kind of Wood is Used for Board and Batten?
Traditional board and batten is typically made from wood like Cedar or Pine. However, there is no specific type of wood that is used for board and batten. For our DIY board and batten project, we used a manufactured wood board.
The really great thing about this kind of wall is that it really only takes a simple trim board to frame out the pattern you want to achieve. Choose from wider or thinner trim board pieces to achieve the DIY board and batten look you are going for. You can also pick from a raw wood trim board or a primed and treated trim board.
How Do You Build a DIY Board and Batten Wall?
Building a DIY board and batten wall is surprisingly really straightforward and simple. And I can safely say this because we were able to complete this project in a days’ time.
Remove the existing baseboard with a hammer.
Using a hammer, pry the existing baseboard off the wall. This baseboard will be replaced with a piece of trim board used to frame out the board and batten wall. This will keep everything cohesive.
Replace the baseboard with a new trim board.
Measure and fit one of the trim boards to replace the existing baseboard. Attach this board to the wall using the nails and nail gun.
Measure and determine board location and spacing.
You will want to measure your wall to determine where you will place the boards. Because ya’ll know, mama doesn’t do the measuring details. Especially with the chevron DIY accent wall we did in Charlee’s room. You may decide to only do vertical batten boards, in which case you will measure and determine how far apart they will be spaced. You will likely have to make some cuts to the trim boards in order to make them fit seamlessly.
Attach trim boards using a nail gun.
We chose NOT to use liquid nails to attach the boards to our wall and they look great. We attached the boards to their spots on the wall with a nail gun powered by an air compressor. The boards are sturdy and securely attached with the nail gun.
Caulk corners and fill holes
You will quickly begin to see the areas where you will need to caulk and fill any nail holes. The caulking was probably the most time consuming part of this project, but it gives everything a very polished/finished look.
Paint board and batten wall
The final step in installing your diy accent wall is to get a fresh coat of paint on it! You might find this part to be tedious but it is such an important part making sure the wall looks complete. We chose to finish our wall with Polar Bear by Behr. It’s a crisp clean white that looks really nice and highlights the board and batten well.
Do You Have to Caulk Board and Batten?
A board and batten wall should be caulked in order to give the accent wall a completed and finished look. Fill in the gaps between the batten and the wall with paintable caulking. Make sure to caulk BEFORE painting as the paint will give it a fully finished and polished look.
Does a Board and Batten Wall Make a Room Look Bigger?
A DIY board and batten wall can absolutely transform a room and make it look larger. The board and batten wall we installed in our daughter’s room completely transformed the look and created a more open feel.
See, now how amazing does that after look! The accent walls we did in our kids rooms are an affordable yet value adding upgrades giving the rooms in our home a more expensive look.
We kinda love a DIY project around here and I’ve got a hunch that you do too! Check out these other DIY projects we’ve done in our home.
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