We finished our basement a couple of years ago and turned part of it into a work out room. We’ve used it a lot and it’s been great to have, but Brooke and I have always felt like it needed a little something from a design standpoint. Four plain white walls were becoming a little boring. So we decided to add an accent wall.
If you’ve seen the exterior of our house, you know that we’ve used quite a bit of board and batten. Why not bring that inside and give it a modern twist?
In this article, I’ll show you how I created our modern board and batten accent wall.
Materials and Tools
Here’s what you’ll need:
- finish nailer
- 1 1/2″ finish nails
- 1″ x 4″ primed boards
- stud finder
- tape measure
- caulk and caulk gun
Step 1: Measure and Design
The first thing I did was to measure the width and height of the wall. Then I started designing how the batten strips would be laid out. I mentioned that this would be a board and batten accent wall with a modern twist. Well, the “twist” was literal. Instead of running the battens vertically like normal, I decided to run them turned at a 45-degree angle.
If you’ve read any of my other DIY tutorials, you know that I am a huge fan of using Sketchup to design and plan projects. If you’re currently using pencil and paper, I highly recommend trying it out. It’s extremely intuitive and there is a free version that runs right in your browser.
So using SketchUp, I drew the wall based on the measurements that I took. From here, I created some 1×4’s and started playing with different designs. The main goal was to create a cool design and try to miss as many electrical outlets as I could. Cutting around those can become time-consuming.
I also made it a priority to have balanced spacing in the design. Each piece ended up being spaced 12″ apart.
Here’s what I came up with: