The board and batten project in our breakfast nook area turned out out exactly as I hoped it would. It’s crazy how much interest it added to the space. A couple other changes that really helped too was adding a new rug and designing the console table/coffee bar, I love the pops of black in here.
Board + Batten Details and Step by Step Process:
For the board and batten I used primed mdf boards. The vertical boards are 1×3 and the horizontal boards are 1×4. I ended up replacing the baseboard trim and trim around the door with these same boards to give a more modern feel. I will lay out the steps below.
- The first thing I did (after removing the baseboards, which you do not have to do it you want to keep what you already have) was figure out spacing. I went with 21″ between boards and a height of 48.5″ (not including the height of the baseboard and top board).
- I then attached and new baseboards around the room and the top board making sure it was level. I cut the vertical boards to fit between the two horizontal boards and then attached them to the walls using a nail gun.
- Once all the boards were attached to the wall I used caulk on every single seam and wood filler on the flat surfaces where the boards connect.
- I sanded where the wood filler was used to create a smooth and ideally seamless finish.
- Final step was painting – I used Benjamin Moore Natural Cream on the board and batten, the white on the walls is Benjamin Moore White Dove.
I hope this tutorial finds you well. I shared another blog post outlining the board and batten process in another area of our home, that one might have more details if you want to check it out here: https://chronicleinthepines.com/diy-board-and-batten-accent-wall/
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