Hi everyone! I wanted to show you our DIY board and batten tutorial that I recently added to our dining room wall. This project only took an afternoon and when I say it is easy, I mean it. Anyone can do this.
Here is our dining room (featured in Woman’s Day Magazine) with the board and batten wall treatment.
What started being a small spruce up in our dining room turned into a full fledge decorating project. I love these board and batten wall treatments:
I love how this is floor to ceiling with a coat rack attached in the middle.
I love how this one goes to the ceiling but no place to lean pictures. Hmmm, I think I like 3/4 high ?
Ok, now for our tutorial. I decided to go 3/4 high and add a 2 inch shelf on top.
Materials that I used:
- 1 4×8 sheet of 1/4″ MDF (you can purchase at Home Depot or Lowes). You can also use masonite.
- 1 10′ 3 1/2″ wide piece of pine. I chose 1/2″ thickness
- Gorilla glue
- Your nail gun with 1 1/4″ brad nails
- White primer
You will need to cut your strips (the battens) from the large sheet that you purchase. If you do not have a table saw, I would suggest having them cut for you at Home Depot or wherever you purchase. You can also purchase 2-3″ strips if you have a money tree but no money tree here, so I cut them myself 🙂 The entire sheet is about $20. I cut 2 1/2 inch strips and spaced them out about 12 inches. I actually would have preferred spacing them 16″ apart but the light and electrical switches were in the way and I wanted quick and easy so I opted to place them closer together.
I finally decided on a gray/brown paint color but it wasn’t until I had painted the room 4 times a different color!
Installing board and batten on a wall is really a very easy and inexpensive way to add texture and character to a room. Be sure to check out our other DIY board and batten tutorials as well in our newly created mudroom & our renovated guest bathroom.