This is a great tutorial on how to do your own board and batten and totally transform how your room looks. And it's both easy and inexpensive, which is good, because my husband and I are retired and living on a fixed income now. Come see how we did this!
Time: Cost: $120 Difficulty: Easy
This is our gorgeous bedroom. Doesn't it inspire you to try doing your own board and batten? Come see how this was done!
Before buying the wood, determine how high you want your board and batten to be. And determine how far apart you want them. To make it easy for us, we worked around all the outlets and light switches so that everything was a simple cut. To save some time, I painted the walls where the board and batten where going to be. I used Benjamin Moore White Dove in Semi-Gloss, which is what I use throughout our entire house.
We already had a shelf hung in our entry and we needed to work around it. Because of this, our board and batten wasn't as high up the wall. Make sure you have straight lines going across the walls. I used a yardstick and a level and lightly drew the line with a pencil. My husband cut all the wood and then used his brad nailer to get all the horizontal boards into place.
We decided to go 16 inches from batten to batten. My husband cut a 16 inch furring piece of wood that I used as my measuring tape and then lightly marked on the wood where it was going to go.
I used blue painters tape to indicate to my husband where these battens were going so he wouldn't have to strain his eyes and take time looking for my pencil marks.
Again, keeping everything simple and easy, we left our baseboards alone and worked with them. To do this, my husband used his miter saw and cut the bottoms at a 45 degree angle.