Bathroom Board And Batten Wall

by Jamie
4 Materials
4 Hours

Our kids bathroom needed a little refresh! This poor bathroom had been neglected for a long time, and was in need of a little facelift. This simple wall treatment added just enough interest and style to make this bath shine again. Best of all, this project is quick and easy! So, if you are new to home projects this is a good project to start with.

Finished Board And Batten Wall

I love how this wall updates our bathroom.

Before picture

This bathroom was asking for a lot of help!

Adding trim

I first added the trim to the wall by gluing and nailing it in. Then filling the nail holes. I had too short of nail at first, and it wasn't attaching to the wall very well, so I have more holes than usual. Good thing you can patch those holes. icon

Skim Coat

Next, I added this joint compound to the wall. I wanted a smooth surface for my board and batten. I love this stuff and how it quickly transforms the texture of the walls. Let it dry and then sand with a sanding block.


Next, you can start painting! I just used a nice semi-gloss white paint I already had on hand.

Painting Supplies

Make sure you pick up all the painting supplies you need. Don't forget the paint stick. I tend to forget those!

Painted Wall

Painted wall is done!

Lattice Strips

I had these left over lattice strips from another project, and thought they'd be great for my board and batten. They are super cheap, and I think look really cute on the wall.

More painting

Hurry and spray painted the lattice strips since they were stained

Lattice Spacing

Using a board is an easy trick to space your trim. It keeps everything perfectly spaced and makes the project go quick.

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  • Jana Jana on May 24, 2020

    Where is the "after" picture?

  • Angela Gephart Angela Gephart on Jan 26, 2021

    What color gray did you paint the top half of the wall? I like the gray/white contrast.

  • Christine Christine on Jun 27, 2021

    How did you get the strips behind the toilet? Did you remove the toilet? Also, explain using the joint compound in more detail, did you apply all over the wall or how did you exactly use it?

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  • CJ CJ on May 23, 2020

    Hi Sue, jut FYI: Hometalk assigns the titles, not the person who posts their project. I had to read it twice because of the word way it is worded!

  • Joanie Joanie on May 26, 2020

    What a big improvement. Great job!