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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.
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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.