DIY Tutorial for Board & Batten

You've seen board and batten all over blogland. Here's my version, in my new fixer-upper dining room. We used 1/2" MDF in 6" for the top and 2" for the battens. A nail gun came in handy and lots of white primer and paint. I love the results!
Board & Batten installed
Angled battens, 45 degrees.
Finished board and batten

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Rhoda V

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2 questions
  • Lori D
    on Jul 16, 2016

    I see the "before" photo of angled battens which is usually a dilemma for me to figure out how to solve blending to existing baseboards. But could you show an "after" photo reflecting that finished look? I know it's probably difficult to capture. Maybe a side shot just including 2 feet and below including as many battens as you can? Thanks. You did an awesome job and I'm just about ready to stop "reading" and start "doing"!

    • Rhoda V
      on Jul 16, 2016

      HI, Lori, sorry I don't have any detailed pics to upload right now, but you should be able to go to my blog and see all the pics up close. It looks as you would imagine on regular baseboards with a slant to it.

  • Glenn
    on Apr 20, 2017

    How did You determine the spacing??
    • Rhoda V
      on Apr 22, 2017

      Glenn, we really decided what looked good to the eye and then spaced accordingly. We did have to work around vents and some of the spacing is different because of things like that, but if you decide your spacing and stick with it for the most part, it should come out nice. Some of mine is off by an inch or so from the others, but visually it all comes together.

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  • Kirsten
    on Feb 28, 2015

    About how much did this cost to do?

  • Rhoda V
    on Feb 28, 2015

    HI, Kirsten, I'm not exactly sure, but I'd estimate about $100 or so, since we cut our pieces from MDF sheets, which is really inexpensive. There are several things you can use for this project, including real wood.

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