Welcome to my first attempt at board and batten!
For a kitchen back splash.
Starting small is a good thing, no?
This wooden planter was my inspiration.
I have a bank of 3 windows along one side of the kitchen. And I fell in love with these distressed wooden planters.
My desire was to get more whites into an otherwise fairly woodsy kitchen interior, while adding some additional architectural elements.
How to board and batten a kitchen backsplash
I had these cedar strips that were are given to me by a neighbour. They were rough as can be so I started by sanding them until smooth.
Then I gave them a coat of primer, as well as a good quality exterior semi gloss coat of paint.
Here is the kitchen backsplash before. Boring indeed. However I wanted something I could do myself that didn’t take 10 years and was over the top expensive.
First I did some drywall repair to achieve a super smooth surface.
I then gave the wall 3 coats of white semi gloss paint.
The cedar strips were cut to size with my circular miter saw then painted with the same semi gloss paint.
The boards were randomly spaced to fit around switches, however for the most part, around 13″ apart. They were attached with finishing nails via nails and hammer, countersinking the nails, then filled with with a whipped lightweight wood putty.
TIP: (Putty sands smooth, so don’t use caulk for this part)
I was going to caulk around the edges of all joins but I decided not to in case, you know, I changed my mind. 🙂
And here is the beautiful result!
What a difference a few wood strips and fresh coat of paint makes!
Here’s the bank of windows so you can see how the backsplash ties in with the rest of the room.
And how it looks in 2019. Take this tour HERE
I love the backsplash look! And for so little effort!
You can view a more updated version of my kitchen HERE
Some other board and batten projects I’ve done since: