Learn how to create a board and batten wall treatment for added character to any walls! In a non-permanent way.
There’s nothing quite like character on walls, however being that I like to change my mind, a cheat sheet method was used for this board and batten treatment.
And I promise, you can totally be a true beginner builder and spend next to nothing for this one. Sound good? Here we go!
1. Decide which wall to hit as a feature.
This lonely end wall was the lucky chosen because the sea of drywall did nothing for me.
1. Coat out your desired wall area with white paint.
It took 2-3 coats.
I like to use a quality eggshell kitchen paint for excellent washability.
Have the paint store add two drops of their dark brown mix to a gallon of white… the brown knocks down the blue hue yet still leaving it white. It’s wonderful!
2. Gather up some new 8′ boards and sand well.
I shy away from symmetry so random sized boards were used with random spacing. (1 x 2’s and 1 x 4’s)
Most of the lumber was purchased from the damaged section. Since it was being painted anyway, I didn’t really care that it wasn’t perfect.
3. Prime and paint all the boards. (the ensuite got hit too)
Bunch some boards together to paint all at once. Then lay them flat and do the other sides. Watch for drips! Flip over once dry and do the missing sides. Grouping makes the job go lots quicker.
The eggshell paint was used for the boards too. Remember… it’s a KITCHEN eggshell so washability is of no issue.
4. Use one screw to attach the middle of the board to the wall. Rotate as desired using a level to keep things straight. Screw in two more screws, one high and one low. Touch up screws with white paint and call it a day!
Cheat sheet wood strip tips:
Random spacing removes frustrating measurement perfection. And just looks cool!
The wood strips were simply cut to desired length. No fancy angle was performed where board hit the baseboard.
Being a ‘change my mind’ decorator, I wanted to allow for the wood strips to be easily removed if desired. No caulk was used and it looks great!
Use caulk if you want a forever pro job. You’ll probably have to repaint the entire wall afterwards. Honestly? It didn’t even need it.
5. Enjoy your cheater board and batten walls! And then easily unscrew boards and repaint if you change your mind. 🙂
BAM! Ok, so make that TWO feature walls now. 🙂
Seriously, I love the bright white board and batten walls. The treatment visually made the ceiling appear taller than it really was. And the white just really brightened and freshened the space up.
The project was price efficient, and super easy to pull off. Just make sure you do this method without telling your woodworker spouse. Sometimes you have to prove it’ll work just fine. 🙂
Other bedroom bits and pieces: click pics below
How to make a giant #2. Or letter. Or whatever! (click on pic)