Faux board and batten on plaster walls

by Sheryl
I'm wondering if board and batten could be done on my wallpapered living room plaster walls without removing the wallpaper? If I paint over the wallpaper with Kilz, and put batten over the seams with liquid nails, then seal, caulk, then repaint over it all the color I want the room? I'm thinking of covering the seams with the battens and adding a batten in the middle of the 21" space between seams. Has anyone out there ever done this? The wallpaper is glued on heavily onto the plaster wall and wondered if this would be an easier job then removing the wallpaper. Would love any advice before I begin this project. Thanks.
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  • Mary-Ann Mary-Ann on Aug 09, 2015
    Question-Is board-and-batten the look you want for this room? If you just want to change the color of the walls, then take off the existing paper. Painting over wallpaper never works, but if this is a paper designed for painting over, then try it on that end wall.
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    • Kayatourage Kayatourage on Aug 09, 2015
      I had family in Torrington, @Sheryl. Not sure if any are still around there. My uncle was a long time sheriff in guess the 1940-1950's. Likely before you were born!!
  • Mary-Ann Mary-Ann on Aug 09, 2015
    So you are going for a rustic or coastal vibe?
    • Sheryl Sheryl on Aug 14, 2015
      @Mary-Ann Rustic We pulled up the carpet and it has beautiful oak hardwood floors. Kind of just going for a cottage feel. Have put up wainscoting in the master bedroom and halfway up in the kitchen w/ white cabinets. All painted white. We have high ceilings throughout so it looks adorable. Have seen a pg. in Pottery Barn catalog where board and batten went to the top of wall w/ added small shelf where the top molding is.Still trying to decide if we are going all the way up or not. Decided on only two walls right now.
  • Dee Moreland Jones Dee Moreland Jones on Aug 09, 2015
    i think it would work. I've paintedd over wallpaper many times. You might want to use a good sealer/primer to help keep the painted look even.
    • Sheryl Sheryl on Aug 14, 2015
      @Dee Moreland Jones would you recommend Kilz? We have used that throughout the house and is amazing stuff. My daughter painted over her wallpaper. Smooth finish was achieved.
  • Moxie Moxie on Aug 09, 2015
    If you wall paper is stuck 100% you should be ok if you use think coats. If it is vinyl wall covering you will be good as it has a surface more resilient to moisture but then kills is definitely needed. You may see some bubbling of the paper as you paint..leave it alone and it will probably suck back up and disappear after it dries. You may want to consider painting horizontal stripes in lieu of attaching battens as I think you may get a profile difference at the crown molding with the batten strips if you are going all the way up.
  • DEB DEB on Aug 10, 2015
    Is your wall flat? Many times I see plaster walls that have waves or bumps in them. That may be hard to make your battens lay flat enough even with caulk. Great idea! I hope it works for you. Be sure to show us "after" pics.
  • Z Z on Aug 10, 2015
    I agree with Dee, if the paper is suck on solid, this should work. I'd advise nailing instead of using liquid nails. You never know when you might want to change this in the future and liquid nails would be make that worse than removing wallpaper.
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 01, 2023

    Hi Sheryl, you sure can, hope this helps you out.