Removable board and batten wall treatment for a cabin cozy living room
I wasn’t really excited to decorate for Christmas until I did something extra special in the living room to add more character…
But this isn’t exactly the best time of year for major renos! I should be hauling out the Christmas tree! So what would be relatively easy to do but still make a big desired change all the same to freshen things up?
And that’s when I replayed yet again for the millionth time of my desire for a removable board and batten wall treatment for a cabin-cozy living room.
Why removable? Well…
So I can change my mind with minimal effort to fix! 🙂 And for another reason…
Since painting my living room walls a bright white, I’ve loved them. But I kept visioning cabin-cozy character to the walls. I mean, shiplap walls would be amazing! But it’s also more expensive, involved and very permanent.
I wasn’t ready for permanent quite yet, because there’s another white elephant in this room. And his name is popcorn ceilings.
I’ve planked popcorn ceilings before HERE in my master bathroom. They turned out amazing! However this area is so much bigger. And after getting a few quotes, they came so high I let it go for now.
So if I wanted to go ahead with a cozy wall treatment before the ceilings were done, it would have to be removable… just in case.
That’s when I mulled over my quirky removable board and batten wall treatment idea once again.
The idea was very simple… a board and batten wall of sorts, with random sized and spaced boards, with the odd one on an angle for something different, similar to what I did in my master bathroom HERE and laundry room HERE.
I was still a little undecided about going for it until I spotted these bundled mdf mouldings in Home Depot. Well that would make this job easier! Next thing I knew, someone’s hands (mine!) were rounding up a buggy and plunking 2 sizes into the cart. Huh. Guess I was going for it after all…
And so I did. I went full tilt and the results turned out SO good! I’m finally going to have that cabin-cozy Christmas, thanks to this super easy removable board and batten wall treatment!
This would also be an awesome and easy wall treatment for renters too since it leaves just minimal nail holes when removed.
Here’s what I ended up doing…
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Removable board and batten wall
Supplies I used:
2 sizes of MDF moulding – mine measure 2.5″ and 3.5″ (mine were from Home Depot in Canada)
Wall paint (I used a pure white Acrylic eggshell by Cloverdale Paint in Canada)
Paint brush – I personally love a good quality synthetic paint brush you can find HERE
Painters drop cloth or old sheets
1. I first painted all the walls my desired colour of pure eggshell white straight out of the can. Yup. That’s my white!
2. All the MDF moulding pieces (that came primed) were rolled with the same roller and paint so they would look seamless against the walls.
And there’s one more very simple step to the wall planks that really makes a difference…
Angle wall plank bottoms
3. Each wall plank bottom was angled at 40 degrees, leaving a flat area to sit on the baseboards.
Because my baseboards had a thinner top, I decided to try angle cuts on the bottoms of the wall planks, so they would better marry the baseboards, as if joined together.
The above picture is a side view of a wall plank. The lower part goes against the wall while sitting on the baseboard and the higher part faces out.
I fell in LOVE with the result!
The angle cuts really give the boards a higher quality finish, looking less bulky than if they were to just stick out beyond the baseboard.
Above is a side view drawing of a wall plank and baseboard meeting up.
But if your baseboards are squared off, an angle cut wouldn’t be needed.
Attaching the boards to the wall
4. One board was measured, cut, then air nailed along the ceiling.
I used 3 nails. Very minimal.
4. Two different sized wall boards were cut to fit vertically, then spaced randomly and nailed to place on the wall.
I like to start with one nail in the centre of the board, then slightly tap board into position against a level. Then add more nails once straight.
Hitting studs wasn’t on my radar. I just used enough nails for the boards to look like they were tightly fit. They turned out looking GREAT!
And, my very favorite detail comes next…
Adding an angle board
5. 1 board was measured, cut, then nailed into place on an angle.
I love the added detail! I think it adds a cozy cabin or ski lodge vibe!
It was a little tricky to measure, cut and fit the angled board though, thanks to a rock fireplace surface on one side and a closed in wall on the other!
And this is impossible to explain. LOL
But I basically used a string as a measuring guide, transferred the length onto the board, then used a paper template traced against the fireplace rock to cut the bumpy edge.
To figure out the angle cut on the right, a little board (on the right) was placed on top of the long board, pushed up against the wall. Then traced and cut.
It was a perfect fit!
6. Once one side of the fireplace was done, I moved onto the other side.
7. Each nail hole was filled with drywall filler, allow to dry, then lightly sanded and painted.
Since I was using MDF moulding instead of real wood, I found the surface sometimes cracked sort of like an eggshell when the nails went in. So I found drywall filler did a better finishing job than caulk.
So! Let’s take the tour so you can see the astonishingly different result!
Before with no wood trim:
The finished board and batten
And after! Check out that decadent character just a few MDF moulding boards made!
If you adore the neutral argyle pillow, you can learn how to make it HERE
And backing up, here’s the entire wall. Isn’t it pretty?!
Because the walls were sized differently on both sides of the fireplace, the only boards I ensured to copy for both sides were the angled boards and the two closest to the mantel so a center view had a cohesive look.
The board placement is meant to look random. You can even exaggerate irregular placements even more if desired! I may add one more to the left.
I mean, THIS winter-themed living room with its bare white walls is pretty too!
But the removable board and batten wall treatment adds a cozy element they just didn’t have before!
I’m still deciding if I will wrap the entire room with this treatment in the new year… but it does look great as a feature wall by itself.
And should I decide to do the ceilings at a later date? These boards will pull off in minutes and can be reused again!
This removable board and batten wall was a very quick and easy project with big impact.
Leaving plenty of time to still put up that Christmas tree…
I’m loving it and I’m just glad I finally went for it!
What do you think of boarded walls? Could this be a possible easy solution for you too?
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