First thing you should do is make sure you’ve filled all holes or blemishes with a filler for a smooth surface. If you are repainting the wall a different color, now is the time to do that as well. It is WAY easier to paint a flat surface than to paint around all the molding you are about to add.
Herringbone Board and Batten Accent Wall
Disclaimer: In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post may contain affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). As an Amazon and Home Depot Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Length of time for project: Weekend project Cost: ~$20 for the wood strips (mine was free because I used scraps). You’ll also need caulking and paint, so an additional $30 or so for that. Grand total: Less than $50! What you’ll need: 1.5″w x .25″thickness wood strips. I took a small 1/4″ sheet of plywood and ripped it down to 1.5″ strips. You’ll need caulk to smooth out the seams and then you need to paint.Also: miter saw, nail gun What I learned: Most definitely make yourself two scrap guides for spacing! Makes a huge difference in keeping things spaced evenly. Also, I made a small jig for my miter saw to cut angles greater than 45 degrees. Highly recommend this as well and here is a great video of how to do just that!
Step 1: Prep Your Wall
Step 2: Vertical Strips
Step 3: Add Herringbone Strips
The wood strips were all attached using my nail gun and 1.5″ finishing nails wherever there were studs. In the area where no studs were present (again, this is a wood paneling wall, not drywall) I used construction adhesive and a bit shorter nails.
Step 4: Finishing
This step is a bit boring but totally necessary. First, fill all the nail holes with wood filler or spackle. Then, and bear with me, use caulk on all the edges of each vertical and cross strip. And caulk everywhere the two pieces meet. Like everywhere. It’s tedious. And annoying. But if you don’t do this step you’ll regret it once you paint. Oh, that reminds me. Now it is time to paint. If you have already painted the wall (as I recommended prior to adding the herringbone board and batten), then you will essentially just be painting the molding. Depending on the paint, you will likely need to do two or more coats.
Final Herringbone Board and Batten Wall
This project was a bit more tedious than I typically like…but isn’t it beautiful?! Herringbone board and batten really adds so much character and style to this guest room. I’m kind of in love. You need to check out some before photos of this space in order to truly appreciate it though….because it is quite the transformation! And you absolutely need to check out some of the amazing projects going on over at the One Room Challenge! Seriously incredible. I’ve also included a little sneak peek of another project I haven’t yet shared…this stenciled wall!
Herringbone Close Up
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