Easy Board & Batten

7 Materials
6 Hours

Board and Batten is such an easy way to add an elevated look to any room. Its my favorite type of wall treatment!

Board and batten is essentially just nailing boards to the wall! I decided to skip the board to save time and money and just do the battens right over my textured wall.

Remove baseboards

If your baseboard isn't the same width as your boards, I suggest removing. I did so by scoring the caulk and prying them off.

Replace baseboard

I used a 1x4 board to replace my baseboard and nailed it back on

Paint your wall

You can also paint at the end but I felt it was easier to roll the bottom half of the wall instead of having to go around my boards once they were up.

Add top board

I nailed a primed 1x4 about 40 inches up the wall

Add vertical pieces

Using 1x3s and spacing equal distance apart to create my boxes


Use shims to make sure your vertical boards are flush with your top board and baseboard. You will caulk this to hide it.


Add a 1x2 to the top board for a high-end/more finished look

Finishing work

Dont forget to fill your nail holes and caulk your seams!

One last coat of paint...

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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 16, 2020

    How do you do this in a corner?

  • Kim Kim on Oct 09, 2020

    How textured are your walls? We have textured walls and I’ve been told by several people I need to cover with MDF board before starting my project.

  • A Brush With Imagination A Brush With Imagination on Jan 31, 2021

    I have planned this out but also with horizontal boards for an architectural rectangle effect. I got all my dimensions worked out but now realize the vertical boards will not be nailed to studs. Now what? Your dimensions were not 16” on center either. Do you just nailed to the Sheetrock? What dimension nail?

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  • Lynn Lynn on Jan 30, 2021

    Good to see the issues mid project and advice to level out & caulk to get smooth finishes. The effect it has when painting a stark white is that the texture orange peel not really that noticeable.

  • Beverly Beverly on Apr 26, 2021

    Love it! You did a fantastic job!!