How to Make a DIY Board and Batten Wall With Custom Paneling

by Midmimomdiy

Do you love the look of a board and batten wall? I transformed my space with custom wall paneling to create a modern board and batten accent wall.

Follow along as I take you through the process of making a DIY board and batten wall step by step.

Tools and materials

  • 1x2, 1x3, and 1x4 boards (amount depends on your wall size)
  • Nails and nail gun (or hammer and nails)
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Caulk and caulk gun
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Saw (if you need to cut boards to size)
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheeting (to protect your floor)
Measuring the spacing for the paneling

1. Plan and measure

Measure your wall and decide on the spacing you prefer for the paneling. This is your chance to personalize the design to fit your style. Once you have your measurements, gather all the necessary materials and tools.

Nailing the horizontal boards

2. Start nailing the boards

Begin by nailing the 1x4 board horizontally across the top of your wall. Use a level to make sure it's all straight.

Nailing the vertical boards

Vertical boards

Next, attach the 1x2 boards vertically along the sides of the wall. These will act as trim pieces. Make sure they're evenly spaced and level.

Attach the 1x3 boards horizontally along the bottom of the wall, creating a base for your paneling.

Sanding the boards

3. Fill nail holes and sand

Fill any nail holes or gaps with wood filler. Smooth it out using a putty knife and let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Once the filler is dry, use medium-grit sandpaper to sand down the patched areas and any rough spots on the wood. This will ensure a smooth surface for painting.

Caulk seams and paint

4. Caulk seams and paint

Apply caulk along the seams where the boards meet the wall. This will create a seamless look once the paneling is painted. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess caulk.


Now, it's time to paint! Choose a color that complements your room's aesthetic. Apply paint evenly to the paneling, using a brush for smaller areas and a roller for larger sections.

Allow the first coat of paint to dry, and then apply a second coat if needed for full coverage. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions for drying time between coats.

DIY board and batten wall

DIY board and batten wall

You've turned a blank wall into a stunning focal point that adds depth and character to your space. I hope you enjoyed this DIY board and batten tutorial. If you have any questions or want to share your own creations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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