DIY Modern Board and Batten Wall

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Want to create a simple and inexpensive accent wall that is just stunning?! Check out this modern board and batten wall tutorial!

Before: This little boys room was ready to be turned into a family work out room. We moved all the furniture out and grabbed our supplies for the new accent wall.

For this wall I used about 12 1×3 primed MDF boards (8 feet long) that cost about $5 a piece, sold at Home Depot. I used brad nails to install into the studs. Find your wall studs and create a horizontal line on the wall for each stud so you can tell where the studs are throughout the process.

You will create any design you desire using these boards. I wanted to create a Modern Board and Batten Wall that I had seen on the blog Plank and Pillow. The tutorial the Henry and Brooke wrote is so easy to follow and super helpful.

I created my pattern that was similar to Henry’s at Plank and Pillow. The basic principal is to start with a large line somewhere in the center and work off from it, with 45 degree angle cuts. I spaced my boards about 20 inches apart. Before nailing to the wall I made sure to find the studs I had marked so the nails were secure. I also used a level to ensure the horizontal pieces were straight. 

I filled in the nail holes, let dry, and then sanded them down before I started to paint. I also like to wipe down my wall with a microfiber rag before I get ready to paint to make sure it is clean and free of dust. You can caulk the edges but I chose not too.

I cleaned up the room and prepped it for painting.

Use a paint that is paint and primer in one, and only requires one coat. You can be generous with the paint as you roll it on with the Purdy rollers. I started with the boards first and then filled in the sections.

This Blue Endeavour (HGSW1451) color from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams really turned out beautifully. Once it dried completely I was so smitten by how subtle the color was, but how it added such a beautiful statement. It was exactly what I had wanted.

We installed the workout equipment we received from  and everything fell into place. I then finished decorating the room and absolutely loved the final product! This place is now a spacious work out room that has such beautiful colors in it.

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  • Shane Kurtz Shane Kurtz on Oct 28, 2021

    Since you turned the boards at 45 degree angle, i assume the longest boards needed to be at least 10 ft to reach floor to ceiling....did you need to join two of the 8 ft boards together to get the desired length? If so, how did you do this so the boards looked seamless?

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  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 08, 2020

    A really nice IN HOME gym. A lot of good work......where's the relaxing bed, when all exercisin' is done? lol.

  • Kelly J. Tinney Kelly J. Tinney on Mar 25, 2022

    LOOOOOOVE that wall color and thank you for sharing what color it is. I’m doing a wall like this in our bedroom as soon as our kitchen remodel is done. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤯😢😫