DIY Board and Batten Kitchen Island

Hey there!  So, for the past 2 years, I have been trying to add more custom features to our home.  This week I tackled our kitchen island even though it wasn’t in my plans for a few more months.

See that pretty circle on the left?  That’s the reason for the early revamp:)  Long story short….I tried to touch-up paint around our house with our old paint from the builder and it was darker than our walls so….. our walls were pretty much two-toned throughout the ENTIRE house (note to self: test an inconspicuous area next time;)  I cut a GIANT chunk of wall from our island, had it matched at Home Depot…nightmare over:)

With the chunk of wall back in place, it was time to revamp the island:)  After having kids eat at the bar for 2 years, it had definitely seen better days.  I actually didn’t realize how nasty it was until I started demolition! 

I started by removing the old (dirty) baseboard with a utility knife. (Purchased at Home Depot for about $2.00)  I just cut a seam along the caulk line.

Next, I pried the baseboard away from the wall by hammering a flat head screwdriver behind it.

Once the demolition was complete, I drew out where I wanted my battens placed.

I used pre-primed MDF boards for the battens because they are very straight, smooth and easy to paint.  I used 1×6 for the top and bottom trim and 1×4 for the battens.

I mitered the corners with my compound miter, however, you can buy a miter box and hand saw at a hardware store and do the same. 

To attach them to the wall, I applied Liquid Nails to the back side and then nailed it to the wall. 

Now for the fun:)  I used 1/4″ plywood sheets for the boards.  ( I chose to cut the boards down to fit between the battens because it was cheaper and easier).

To cut the board down to size, I used the new Kreg Jig Rip Cut™ and I LOVE IT!  It will be available in stores in April and it is only $34.99!  It allowed me to cut every board exactly to size, it was super easy takes up very little storage space!  It has a guide at the end to keep your cut straight and an adjustable ruler to make your cuts accurate! 

I attached the boards to the wall with Liquid Nails and my nailer.  (I used a router to cut out spots for the electrical sockets;)  I finished by caulking the gaps and painting it my trim color (also matched at Home Depot).

So easy and so cheap!  I only spent $50 total and the best part it, I can wipe it down when it gets dirty!  (I used a semi-gloss latex paint).

This was so easy and I feel like I got a lot of bang for my buck:)  Now I’m off  to upgrade more builder grade:)  If you love it, I would LOVE pins!   Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Ashley


  1. Eric on May 13, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    The back is the easy part. Did you have to deal with toe kicks in the front? How did you do the baseboard – toe kick transition? What about the sides?

  2. Whitney on April 20, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I just need tips on the corners. How’d you make those ends seem less? The vertical battens. Not the horizontal ones. I saw that you did a miter cut in the baseboard. But what about the corn pieces/ends. I need help with that part!

  3. Michelle on March 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Hi! I know it’s been awhile since you’ve posted this project, but I would love to see a side view so I can see how you did the batten on the small pieces of drywall.

  4. Shannon on December 10, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Hi there! We are totally going to do this.
    Can I see a pic of the sides/end? How you finished that part?

  5. Kosame on July 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Hi, Great Job

    Can you please tell me the dimensions of your island. I want to do this to my 67 inch island, but am in sure if I should do three sections or four on the back. What is the spacing of your sections looks like 18-20 inches.

  6. shelby on June 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Where are the MDF boards from?

  7. Jules on February 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I have been dying to do this for years too and love it! What did you do on the smaller sides? Any pics of those?

    • Jenny on December 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      I’m wondering the same so you have a photo of the sides

  8. tabathastimpson on September 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    what color did you use??

  9. Lin on March 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    It looks so good. I know you are so proud of your hard work!

  10. Kori on March 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I love it, it looks awesome!
    I wish you would show the entire post in google reader instead of just a preview. 🙂

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Thank you so much Kori:))

  11. Laura on March 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Is that a Ryobi 18v One + circular saw?? I have one too and I am psyched to see that the Rip Cut fits it!!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

      It is! From what I understand it fits most circular saws and it was very easy to assemble!

  12. Rita on March 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Great job! I’m envious. Wish I could use tools as well as you do. Will be pinning it.

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much Rita! You can, just start small and you will be addicted fast:)

  13. Cindy Sue on March 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    alrighty then, I’ve got to go with the others and say WOW! you did good. really good.

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Thanks so much Cindy:)

  14. Tracy on March 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Looks so much better than builder’s grade!! Great job!!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thank you Tracy!

  15. lynn on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    That looks great! My island seems like it’s already made of a plywood looking material. It’s the same material as my cabinets. Do you think I could get this look by just removing my trim and attaching the battens?

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thank Lynn! Yes for sure! That would be so easy:))) Good luck!

  16. Pine Tree Home on March 19, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Awesome change! I just love the look. I have to get cracking and tackle some of my projects that are waiting…

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Thank you! Good luck to you:)

  17. northern cottage on March 19, 2012 at 6:10 am

    oh how wonderful. I’m completely smitten with how this turned out…an entirely different space with this addition – well done!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Thank you so much:) It makes me happy!

  18. Kellie on March 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Terrific! You made it look so easy. What a difference! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Thanks so much Kellie!

  19. Debbie Schaefer on March 19, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Fantastic! You both always amaze me with the solutions you come up with, the price to implement the solution and the no fear approach! Love the new look of the island!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Debbie:))

  20. mishelle on March 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

    wow! looks fantastic!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much Mishelle!

  21. Leanne on March 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Looks amazing! You make using power tools sound so easy – they are completely frightening for me! I finally just used a staple gun for the first time on one of my last projects, scared the heck out of me!! 🙂


    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      LOL Leanne! That’s a start! Thank you:))

  22. Lesli @ Beautifully Coastal Design Blog on March 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    What a nice difference you made with this project. Good job! I love board and batten!

    Lesli @

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Lesli:)

  23. Misty P on March 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Wow! Your little project made a world of difference in the look of your island. Recently found your blog from Pinterest (where I just pinned this project) and am enjoying looking back at all of your fabulous posts. Oh, we are neighbors…I’m in Keller!

    • Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much Misty! We probably shop at the same stores:)))

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