Everyone’s heard of a board and batten wall by now. Board and batten is boards attached to a wall, with both painted out one colour, to give the illusion of a boarded wall, when in fact, most of it is drywall. It’s a great trick for added character at a low cost!
I’ve done a few quirky board and battens in my house already, but this round, I wanted to do a more thorough job, as well as add something unexpected, new, fresh, quirky or all of the above.
Hence, the attic styled board and batten was born. Here’s how I did it!
How to make a board and batten feature attic wall.
primer and paint for the walls
random standard sized pine boards / I used 1x1s, 1x2s, 1x4s and 1x6s.
nail gun with 1 ¾” nails
crack fill (dry wall compound) and caulking
1. Crack fill and prime all your walls. Then choose a wall for your feature wall.
I chose the one I did so it could become a floor to ceiling towel wall.
2. Sand boards well, then using 1x4s, create a crown moulding. (after you plank the ceiling!) No miter cuts in sight, just fit them straight on.
2. After locating the wall studs, use a level to position the boards upright. I actually just levelled one, then measured off that one to ensure they looked aligned against each other.
For placement, I chose random sized boards, randomly spaced. Each board still hit a stud, however I attempted to move them a little closer, then farther apart with the next board for an ‘unplanned look.’
3. Crack fill the nail holes and caulk the seams.
Prime the boards, then coat the entire wall with 2 coats of paint.
I nearly preprimed and painted the boards before they went on the wall, but I was running tight on time so I just did everything installed. It was fine, because I would have had to paint the caulk anyway.
Kitchen / bath quality eggshell in white, straight out of the can.
4. Paint the other walls your desired colour. I desired something light, yet warm, so I decided to stick with the colour used throughout the rest of the house, but at only half the strength. This way, the room still blended in with the rest of the house. But now of course, I want to PAINT the rest of the house with this new tone!
Bamboo Beach, half colour strength, by Cloverdale Paint in Canada.
All finished painting! And now comes the fun part!
5. Decide where you wish for your angled boards to be placed, cut to fit, then nail them on.
Fill nail holes with drywall compound, caulk the seams, paint, done!
Well, if you’ve never had an old farm attic before, this may not make sense. Our attic in the farmhouse was pretty ramshackle. Loose boards along studs on a floor, the swaying lightbulb turned on with a metal chain, dusty, murky and very quirky. This is just a cleaned up version.
I’m so in LOVE with this bathroom. It feels like you’re walking into a tiny little spa. It’s light, yet it’s warm. And that’s the beauty of a white feature wall teamed up with coloured walls. Everything was super easy to do using standard sized boards.
The unexpected part is that the sound is very muffled in the room. I think that has to do with the ceiling being sealed. I’m not sure! So if you add all these boards and caulking and sealing and thick beefy towels and luxurious bath mats, you’ll definitely lose any hollow sound you once had. It’s like you can hear yourself think! Who knew.
I’ve yet to do the shower surround and the storage closet so there’s still a little more to come. I may even show you how I prepped the vanity myself if you’re interested. Yes, ME!
Hope my instructions made sense! Feel free to ask additional questions in comments if you have them.
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