July 22, 2020

DIY Board and Batten Tutorial

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to add some kind of texture to this drab, skinny hallway on our second floor.  It needed to be an easy and inexpensive project in order to get my husband to agree, so board and batten is what we decided to add.  I absolutely LOVE this look because it’s amazing how adding just a few boards can completely transform an entire wall!
MATERIALS NEEDED:
* 3 inch and 2 inch unfinished pine boards
* table saw
* liquid nails
* 16 gauge finishing nails
* nail gun with air compressor
* tape measure
* level
* paint-ready caulk
* sandpaper
DIRECTIONS:
* Figure out how close together you want your boards to be (how wide your vertical sections will be).
* We used 3 inch wood for our horizontal boards and 2 inch wood for our vertical boards.
* Since the hallway walls are parallel, we wanted them to be aligned; however, one wall was shorter than the other because of juxtaposed doorways.  So, we divided the smaller wall evenly and started from the same end marking where the vertical boards should go.
* It’s important to measure twice to be sure you’re accurate, and then you’ll only have to cut once!  This became our mantra.
* Cut the horizontal board and attach to the wall using a level to try to make it straight.  But if you’re like us and have an old house with slanted walls, you have to sorta eyeball it to position it.  (It’s definitely a balance.). If your wall is longer than the length of your board, we highly recommend a scarf joint cut to best hide the intersection.
* To attach the boards to the wall, we used liquid nails on the back of the wood and a nail gun (via air compressor) to secure the board while the glue cured.  We then used a 16 gauge finishing nailer gun with 1 3/4″ nails (you can adjust the depth of the nails on the gun).
* Be sure to measure each vertical space individually, again.  As mentioned, since our home is vintage, some of the lengths were 1/8 to 1/4 inch different and we wanted it to be seamless, fitting securely the same way as above.
* After securing all the wood with the nail gun, use white paintable caulk to fill in all the nail holes as well as the scarf joint and intersections of the wood with the moulding.

* Once the caulk dries, you can lightly sand it to create a smooth surface for painting.  We decided to paint the entire bottom section of the wall Benjamin Moore “Decorator’s White” (my go-to white color), and the top section of our walls are “Horizon” also by Benjamin Moore.
I am soooooo happy with how this project turned out, and now I want to board and batten every wall I see! Have you tried this DIY in your home yet?
  1. Jen says:

    You guys killed this project! I really appreciate your directions and the pictures. Congratulations!

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