This DIY Board and Batten Wall was such an easy and inexpensive way to add character and charm to our guest bathroom.
Hi, Friends! You may remember back in February when we completed a whirlwind DIY Guest Bathroom Remodel. At the time, we were moving so fast, that I didn’t have time to put together a post on one of my favorite parts of the bathroom: the DIY board and batten wall that we installed!
DIY Board and Batten Wall
Here is what the bathroom (and the wall) looked like before the bathroom overhaul. It was a tired space that was definitely in need of a facelift.
One of the decisions I made was to tear out the existing floor trim, and replace it with 1″ x 4″ Primed Trim Board
Tearing out the existing floor trim made installing our floor easier. It also gave us a great base for constructing a DIY board and batten wall. After the new floor trim was installed, I painted the wall “White Dove” my Benjamin Moore. It is the color of all of the trim, doors, and cabinets in my house.
We used the same 1″ x 4″ Primed Trim Board to construct our board and batten wall. We used liquid nails on the back of the board, and then used a cordless brad nailer to nail it to the wall. I just eyeballed the placement of the top horizontal piece, which is how I roll when it comes to DIYs…ha!
Most tutorials for a board and batten wall would encourage you to use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall, and then nail your vertical boards directly into the studs. This is definitely a good idea, however in our case, the placement of the studs was less than ideal. My board and batten wall would not have looked centered if I were to use the studs to place the vertical boards.
To create a centered board and batten wall, we placed vertical 1″ x 4″ Primed Trim Board on each end of the board and batten wall first: One against the wall, and one against the shower. We used the same process of applying liquid nails, and then brad nailing the boards to the wall.
I wanted my board and batten wall to have three even partitioned spaces, so we measured (after failing at the eyeballing) in from each side to place the final two vertical 1″ x 4″ Primed Trim Boards. The same liquid nail, brad nail method was used to install them. Ideally, they would be nailed to studs, but I they definitely look and feel secure! We nailed a 1″ x 2″ primed board across the top to create a little ledge across the top. While, the ledge certainly isn’t necessary, I liked the way it made the whole project look finished. We brad nailed the ledge on it’s top, right into the board under it.
I was so busy trying to get this bathroom finished on time, that I’m afraid I didn’t get photos of the less glamorous part of caulking and painting. I caulked along each board where it met the wall, and then gave the whole thing two more coats of White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
We ended up placing the hooks right into the studs in the wall. I chose three beautiful chrome hooks to finish off the board and batten wall.
My wallpaper is the Tangier Moroccan Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper from Spoonflower.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Like I mentioned in the post, I was so busy scrambling to get this room finished, so I didn’t get step by step photos of the board and batten wall being installed. It was a really easy project though!