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DIY board and batten tutorial {dining room}

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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.

board and batten tutorial

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:

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I love how this is floor to ceiling with a coat rack attached in the middle.

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I love how this one goes to the ceiling but no place to lean pictures. Hmmm, I think I like 3/4 high ?

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Ok, now for our tutorial. I decided to go 3/4 high and add a 2 inch shelf on top.

Board and batten tutorial

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.

DIY board and batten tutorial

I finally decided on a gray/brown paint color but it wasn’t until I had painted the room 4 times a different color!

DIY board and batten tutorial

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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    1. Thank you Jessie for stopping by. The room is so different looking now! If the sun cooperates, I’ll post the room this week. Hope you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

  1. Four times?! Oh my! I love how B & B can change the whole look of a room, Looking forward to the final reveal 😉

  2. I REALLY like what you did and can’t wait for the final pictures.

  3. Love how the panelling looks. I can totally relate to your boy growing up. My kids are getting so big too! Where does the time go?!?

    1. Thanks Danielle. I know, it is really crazy how the older I get, the faster is goes!

  4. It looks great Jessica!!! I was surprised at how easy it is to install too, with the exception of doing it on stairs (ohhhh those angles.) I am definitely trying the sheet of MDF-method when I install it my sons’ rooms….so much more economical! It adds so much character to your space and love the color you chose for the top of the wall!!

    1. Thanks Lisa. Yes, it really was very easy and soooooo much more economical than using pine or another wood. Just be sure to use caulking to fill any gaps on the sides and where it meets the other mdf. It doesn’t “hug” the wall as much as wood does, if that makes any sense at all!

  5. Looks fantastic so far! I may have to do this in my own dining room! Thanks for sharing! Heather 🙂

    1. Thank you Heather! Let me know if you try it in your dining room 🙂

  6. I love this whole look! Can I ask what color the gray brown paint you chose was?

  7. Kelly Rose says:

    I am so in love with each and every one of your projects!!!!! You are amazing! I wanted to ask you what yellow you used in the back of your hutch? I love that yellow and hope to match it at BM. Thanks so very much. Kelly

  8. Hi Jessie ,

    We Bought our first house 4 month ago 2013 .. we on budget I would like to do Board and Batten on my dining room & living room… In my house already has baseboards… Did I need remove my baseboard before I start in my project on board and batten ..?or I can keep ?

    thank you

    1. Hi, we left our baseboards and butted up to them. It depends on the width of your baseboard & your board you are using on the wall. Good luck with your project 🙂

  9. Love your designs, I stumbled across your page today through pinterest. I was wondering what color gray you used in your dining room?