Easy & Simple Board and Batten

7 Materials
4 Hours

I'm crazy about the look of board and batten (and wainscoting), but I'm even more crazy about the fact that this project cost me less than $40! Our guest bedroom is completely transformed and feels twice as big! Check out this tutorial for the easiest-ever DIY board and batten.

This is our guest bedroom/office before we moved in. It felt so small with the sloped ceiling and blue walls, so once we moved in, it became our "junk room" filled with papers, miscellaneous furniture, and a filing cabinet. Definitely not Pinterest worthy, that's for sure!

As the DIY project addict that I am, this room was on my "to-do" list for a while, and I had so many ideas for it! I'm so in love with the look of board and batten and thought that it would work well with the wall sizes in this room.

What you'll need for this project:

  • 1"x3"x8' boards (for the top trim)
  • 1"x2"x8' boards (for the vertical boards)
  • Trim and Door paint (or any white paint)
  • Painter's caulking
  • Caulking gun
  • Small foam roller
  • 2" finishing nails

The 1x3's are used for the top horizontal boards and the 1x2's are used for the vertical boards/battens.

I threw an old sheet down in the basement and got to work. The boards all got one coat of white paint. This is where a small foam paint roller came in handy- it made the whole process go a lot quicker than I thought, especially with this many boards!

Before putting up the top board, I painted the top half of the walls with a light green/blue colour and the bottom got 2 coats of the white trim and door paint.

This board and batten is approximately 4 ft. tall. The only reason this height was chosen was because of our one wall with the sloped ceiling- I wanted the top board to be flush with the ceiling on that wall, which happened to be 4 ft.

Once the top board was up, I placed the "battens"/vertical boards every 18". This is just the amount that spaced out perfectly on my walls. These could be spaced out anywhere between 12 and 24" depending on your room and what suits it best.

The wood pieces all got a second coat of paint to cover up the nails and to touch it all up.

*This step is optional*

If you have an old house like me, you'll know that most walls aren't flat, straight, or perfect in any way. There was an obvious gap in some places, and this made it look so much better! Using a white painter's caulking, go along any boards that might not look 100% flush, and fill in the gaps.

This caulking dries quickly, so have a jar of water close by and run a wet finger across the caulking to smooth it out after applying.

Done! Our cat, Jasmine, has decided to claim this room as her own. icon

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  • Georgia Georgia on Jun 25, 2020

    Ok this is inspiring me! I love your rose quilt too, where did you get that?

  • Annie Annie on Nov 28, 2020

    Is the spacing the same on every wall? I heard you always want the spacing to be even so you don’t get the random 3 inches on the one side. But what if the walls are different lengths.

  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 04, 2021

    Did you have to skim coat your “board” part of the wall? I want to do this to my home office but the walls are textured quite a bit.

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  • Hammer Hammer on Jun 25, 2020

    A better construction technique would’ve been to take advantage of your stud spacing to provide a better nailing surface. If on 12 or 16 inch centers you could use them as is. If on 24 inch centers you could utilize the existing studs and then place an additional board in between each one. But you would still end up with half of your trim being nailed directly into studs..

  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 28, 2022

    This room makeover is so lovely…your guests will never want to leave.