I began by measuring for materials. I read a lot of things when it came to the height of the railing, how far to space the batten, etc.
But what I ended up doing was simply eyeballing what I thought would look best. Simple.
This helped me get a sense of the materials I wanted to use.
We chose 2.5in x .5in poplar wood for the railing and 1.5in wide lattice strips for the batten.
We also decided that we’d keep our baseboards as is, and we measured 43 total inches up from the top of the baseboards for our height.
That way, the railing would be 43 inches high, and the lattice strips would reach a little over 40 inches.
We drew out and marked where each piece of wood would go and wrote out all our wall measurements so we could buy the amount of wood we needed.
Then, I taped where we marked so we could get a quick visual!
QUICK TIP WHEN PURCHASING MATERIALS
Our very first lesson learned was OVERBUY THE WOOD!
Overbuy and return the extra once you’ve finished the project. We somehow ended up short and had to make a mid-project run back out to Home Depot that could have been avoided!
Anyways… once we had the materials, it was time to get started!
But before you get started, I’d highly recommend making sure you have the right tools on hand.
In addition to the wood for this project, you'll need...
- Miter saw
- Nail Gun
You also need:
- Sand paper
- Wood putty (to fill nail holes)
- Paint and brushes/rollers
- Painter’s tape
Okay, now it’s time to keep rolling!