How to Create an Easy Board & Batten Accent Wall For Beginners

Are you looking to spruce up your walls by doing easy board and batten? I can show you how! It's super easy, especially for beginners like you and me.

So, what exactly is board and batten? It's a technique that adds depth and dimension to your walls, giving them a stylish makeover. And the best part?

You can do it yourself without any hassle.

Now, let's dive into the process:

Easy board and batten accent wall

Tools and materials

  • Quarter-inch plywood or similar thin boards
  • Saw (to cut the boards)
  • Caulk
  • Paint
  • Tape measure or scrap piece of wood for measuring
Selecting the right boards

Step One: Choosing the Right Boards

If you don't want to remove your existing baseboards, no worries! You have options. You can either taper the ends of thicker boards or add an extra piece of trim on top of your baseboards to adjust for thickness. Personally, I prefer using thinner boards. They're easier to work with and still look fantastic.

Board and batten calculator

Step Two: Measuring

Head over to Google and search for a board and batten calculator. Once you find one, input the width of your wall and the thickness of your trim.

Calculating the space between each board

For example, if your wall is 162 inches wide and you're using a 3-inch trim, the calculator will tell you how much space you need between each board.

Using a scrap piece of wood for measuring

Instead of fussing with a tape measure, cut a scrap piece of wood to the calculated length for easy measuring.

Step Three: Installation

Cutting and installing the boards is a breeze. Simply follow your measurements and attach the boards to the wall. Use nails to secure them in place.

Adding the finishing touches

Step Four: Finishing Touches

Once all the boards are up, it's time to give your wall a polished look. Fill in any nail holes or cracks with caulk and smooth it out.

Easy board and batten wall

Then apply a final coat of paint.

Easy board and batten

Your easy board and batten wall is complete, and looks like it was done by a pro. With just a few simple steps, you can transform your walls and add a touch of elegance to any room in your home. What room will you be using this technique in? Share your plans in the comments below.

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