Hey hey friends! We have had the best time crashing both of our sister’s houses over the last month or so. After giving our youngest sister a fun makeover, we decided we didn’t want to leave our other sister out of the fun 🙂 We tackled her entryway and LOVE the results! Check out the video HERE or below and then keep reading for the full tutorial on how to create your own DIY Board and Batten Wall!
Didn’t her space turn out great?? Look how cute!
This is one of our favorite ways to create a board and batten wall. It’s very low profile, and the materials used are really inexpensive. Plus, it’s EASY… Best part 😉
You will need to measure your own wall to determine how many of each of these you need. Each wall is a different length. This space was a bit short, so we decided to space our battens closer together. When we did this treatment to out other sister’s longer wall, we spaced them further apart. So, do the math before heading to the store!
2′ x 4′ 1/4″ MDF panels – You can find them HERE on Home Depot
1/4″ Bender Board -You can find them HERE on Home Depot
5″ Base Moulding
Panel Adhesive – This is a good brand
Jig Saw (if needed)
First thing first… Think about what you are starting with. Our sister has existing base boards that we don’t want to mess with, so we are building everything on top of them. You can do the same with yours, or you can add a base board first if you don’t have existing base boards.
After measuring out your wall, you want to check for existing outlets, switches, returns or other things that will need to be planned around. We do this panel by panel as we are adding them. Our first panel did have the A/C control as well as a return, so we made the cuts to that panel first. We did this by measuring from the ground to the outlet/switch. Then, we used a jig saw to cut that space out of the MDF panel before putting it on the wall.
We also spaced each of the boards about 2″ apart to allow for swelling. This will keep the panels from buckling off the wall in the future.
Be sure to use a level as you are lining these up! Old walls and floors can be wonky! We added several lines of panel adhesive to our first panel and attached it to the wall using 1.25″ brad nails with our nail gun.
Once the first panel was attached, we continued with the next one. Again, look at each space as you are adding the panels to decide if there are outlets that will need to be cut around. We attached all of the MDF panels this way. You may need to trim your end panels or last panel. If so, just mark it with a line and use a jig saw. It cuts this MDF like butter!
Now for the top board. We are going to add this one before measuring and adding our battens. We lined ours up with the top of the panels that were attached to the wall. Be sure to use your level on this part as well. We attached this board with panel adhesive and 1.25″ nails as well.
Once you have your top board done, it’s time to add the battens. This is where you can decide how many you want and how far you want them spaced. We are attaching these the same way with panel adhesive and nails.
For this wall we spaced our battens every 10.5″. Here is the whole wall ready for the top board!
Now we are adding a base moulding on top of this. We attached it upside-down to give it a different look. We will be adding hooks here in a later step.
Once you have that done, you are almost ready for paint! Before painting, be sure to fill all your nail holes with putty. This will give it an even better finish. This is where we left and let our sister do the painting 🙂
Final optional step is adding hooks! We wanted to give her a place to hang bags as they walk in so we added some hooks. And… let’s not forget about the lights… How great are those?? We found them HERE on Amazon super cheap!
I’ll be sharing the FREE printable feather art with y’all soon!
But, we have to say the best part of the whole makeover was this right here… And it always is! LOVE the reaction!
And a few more shots just for fun! We found ALL the goodies to decorate this new space at At Home! It’s one of our VERY FAV spots to find just about everything…. Frames, pillows, baskets, blankets, you name it! You can check out their site here to find one by you!
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