I’ve put together a step-by-step Board and Batten Tutorial for you. We wanted to increase the architectural interest in our home because frankly it was just really flat and nothing overly special. Now I feel like you get the “Wow” factor as you enter. Also, the light in the front of the house has always been a real downer, now it feels the exact opposite. It feels like a new house! So here we go! Enjoy.
Ps. We also chose to use the wall as the “board” and keep the existing base boards.
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Brad Nails (1.5 “)
Primed MDF Casing (3.5” x 1/2 “) (10 pack) – We used 5 Bundles
Caulking (Dap Alex Painter’s All-Purpose Acrylic Latex Caulk)
No More Nails All Purpose Construction Adhesive
Sanding Pads (120 Grit)
Valspar Reserve Paint in Ultra White/Satin Finish – 1 Gallon x2
Level (We used a small and large one)
Paint Roller (We used a small and large one)
Step 1: Choose your “Start” position and nail your base trim above your existing trim. Continue along the base board until you have reached your “Finish” point.
Note: A. We chose to start with a vertical piece “Batten” because this is where the wall began and we wanted a finished look. B. We made sure the MDF trim we chose did not dramatically hang over our existing trim.
Step 2: Nail all your “Batten” in place.
Step 3: After all the vertical trim is in place, add the top horizontal pieces from your start to finish positions.
Step 4: Nail in the secondary horizontal pieces in between each “Batten”.
Step 5: Fill in all the nail holes and connection points using your wood filler. Let dry.
Step 6: Apply the caulking to ALL the seams where the trim meets the wall. Let dry.
Step 7: Sand. Sand. Sand. (Yes, we attached the central vac to the sander). Sand all the joints and nail holes.
Step 8: Vacuum the walls and trim. Take your time.
Step 9: Wash the walls and trim. Take your time.
Step 10: Paint interior connections (where the trim meets the wall) with a paint brush and the rest with big and small rollers. We used a small roller for the trim and a large one for the wall “Board”. Photo shows first coat and I also taped above to protect the colour above.
Step 11: Paint your second coat and enjoy! You may prefer to do a primer or a third coat.
A few things to consider:
- We confirmed that each measurement was exactly the same and level in between each batten and on each horizontal piece of trim every step of the way,
- Cover or remove all of your furniture when sanding and painting,
- Our ceilings are 9 feet high so we chose to go with a 6 foot Board and Batten (from the floor),
- There are 18 inches in between each “batten” (pre-cut 18″ spacer),
- There are 12 inches in between the top two horizontal pieces (pre-cut 12″ spacer),
- Took us approximately fours days to complete,
- Always consider the size of your space and play around with the trim before securing it so the scale is appropriate and makes sense for the room.
I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
The difference this treatment has made is incredible! The space is so much brighter and more interesting. Although the project is time consuming – it is so worth it!!