Board and Batten Wall
I’ve been wanting to do board and batten walls for a while in both of the boys rooms. It was a goal of mine to get them done over the summer since I would have more time. We could have done this while we were building, but it saved us money at the time. It was a project we knew we could do ourselves later on. It was so much fun this way, I really enjoyed including my followers on Instagram in the decision making process!
I plan to go over how we did both rooms, which is pretty much the same process, but I took better pictures of the process in Blaine’s room. So you might see some pictures of Liam’s room, or Blaine’s room.
Let’s get started!
Let’s get down to business here. Starting with materials needed!
Supplies we bought and used:
- Brown Panel Board
- 12 ft Pine board
- 1X2 Treated boards
- Minwax Provincial Stain
- Sherwin Williams paint and primer in one 1 quart for each room
- Mini Foam paint roller
- Paint Tray
- Painters tape
- Angled brush
- Nail gun
I have linked some of the direct products we used, but I couldn’t link all the exact ones. I will link similar products that will get the job done though!
Where to start???
First thing we did was measure. Both boy’s rooms are the exact same size, 11X12. Jeremy did the math because he is good at it! He first put one 1X2 board on the out side of the room, then worked his way in, to figure out how many boards he needed for it to evenly be spaced out. I think ours came out to be a little over 15 inches apart. But will be different for rooms that are different sizes! Here is a before picture of Liam and Blaine’s room!
Once we had the measurement’s down of were the 1X2’s would go, we cut nine 4ft 1X2’s. We put the brown panel board on first so their wouldn’t be any texture for where the board and batten wall will be.
We tried to measure the panel board out so when we put up the 1×2’s the seam would be behind one of them. Less Caulk work for us! 🙌🏻 Next, we took a measuring tape and measured out where all the the 1×2’s needed to be!
We used a nail gun to attach the panel board and the 1×2’s. We used about three nailed per board; top, middle, and bottom. We nailed in the board at the top to keep it in place, then used the level to make sure it was straight before we nailed middle and bottom.
Here is what we did different between Liam’s room and Blaine’s room. For Liam’s room, we put up the 1×2’s first, and for Blaine’s room, we put up the stained board first. The reason we changed this up for Blaine’s room was to make sure the 1×2’s where as far up as possible before attaching them so there wasn’t a gap where the boards met. Again, this less caulk work for us! We caulked the bottom up, but you can’t really see that area!
Although we didn’t have to caulk as much, it was a little harder to tape around the stained board! So this is what Jeremy says about situations like this, 6 in one hand and 1/2 a dozen in the other. It’s pretty much the same thing! But it was good trying it both ways to let you all know it can be done either way! It’s up to you!
Finishing touches on board and batten
We started painting after the caulk was dried and I sanded it to make it smooth. I chose Sherwin-Williams Rosemary green for Liam’s room, and Mindful Gray for Blaine’s room. I love the green color for Liam’s room. It is a little moody, but not to dramatic. I decided on a neutral gray color for Blaine’s room because you can see his room from the living room and I didn’t want it to stand out too much!
Both stained boards are pine wood and stained with Minwax Provincial. I felt like this stain brought a beautiful neutral and natural tone to their rooms. First we sanded down the wood to get rid of any rough spots, and to avoid splinters. We used a lint free cloth to apply the stain on the pine to create a light smooth coat. We did not seal it since it won’t be exposed to water or other things that could stain it.
I used a mini flocked foam roller which will give you the smoothest texture. As you can see, I lost my paint tray, so for Blaine’s room I used a aluminum cooking pan! A smaller angled brush will come in handy to get in between the creases and small areas. Sherwin Williams was so helpful in this process in deciding the colors, and picking out everything I needed for the paint and stain. Definitely a one stop shop for all that! And no, this post is not sponsored by them, I just love their customer service and quality of their paints! I even painted a bright green dinosaur on Liam’s wall, the same Rosemary green so it would match better! The other green was like a bright lime green, it definitely stood out! Haha!
Final pictures of both rooms below!
Small change, big difference
A way we saved money was making both rooms simple when we built because we knew we could do something like this ourselves! Both rooms look so different with this small change! It gave their rooms so much character with just a simple accent wall!
To shop the look of both boys rooms, you can find that info under my Shop with Me page! If you have any other questions or want links to some things, let me know! If you use this post to help you in any way, let me know! I would love to see what you created and share with others!
Have a great day y’all!