Has anyone installed board and batten?

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We are planning on ripping out our old nasty baseboard in the living room, and replacing with moulding baseboard, then board and batten throughout the walls about 2/3 the way up. I've seen some good DIY board and batten projects out there, but none in a living room, or with REALLY good step by step instructions. Also wondering, since we have textured walls, if we need to turn them into flat walls first? And if anyone has any advice on how to go about doing that? Hope my fiance doesn't kill me on this project! :)
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