Wow! It has been a LOOOOONG time since I’ve posted anything, and I thought a DIY board and batton wall was the way to come back! Let me just start off by saying…I had no idea what I was doing. Crazy thing to say when posting how I did this but the truth is I had no clue and all of the information I’m about to share is just what worked for me and my capabilities. If I was more confident in cutting wood and using the miter saw I might have done cleaner edges. With all of that being said, here is how I did my board and batton wall for the boys playroom.
I have been seeing these walls every, pinterest, facebook, instagram and I just loved them! They make such a statement and bring depth to any room. I figured since everyone else can do it I should be able to as well! If you watched my IG stories, I had stated that I wanted to get this done while Ethan was away in Moab and I actually did! I was vacuuming when he pulled up!
My first step was to tape off what I was wanting to do. About two months ago I did this when I was wanting to first do it. I loved the way it looked with the tape and could really imagine what it was going to look like. Once I played around with it to see how many boards I wanted in the middle and figured 3 boards looked good to me.
Once I decided how many boards I wanted I went out to Lowes and picked up the wood I was wanting to use. In case you don’t have a saw at home, Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free wood cutting. You do need to know what cuts you’re needing to make before you go in so if you’re wanting to save the money on a miter saw it’s something to think about. It cost me about $10 in wood and I spent $38 on a gallon of paint. I actually only used about a half gallon total.
What big items you’ll need for this project:
These are the measurements I ended up using. Our ceilings are 9ft and this back wall is 9ft. Eventually I wanted to add wallpaper to to the top so I only wanted to go 6ft up from the floor. I used eight 2 1/2 x 1 wood boards. In the end I decided not to take the baseboard off just in case I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have to put it back on and I knew we were putting the couch back in front of it so you really wouldn’t be able to tell.
First thing, I started on the sides because there was no changing the placement of those boards. I used the brad nailer and put them up to the wall. I then added the tops and bottoms. They didn’t have boards that were long enough for my whole wall so I just had to cut and try to seamlessly add the boards together. When I was done using the brad nailer to add the tops and bottoms I went and double checked exact measurements for the middle boards. Once all of the boards were up on the wall I went and caulked around all of the edges to make it blend to the wall.
I let that all dry for about 30-45 minutes and then I got started on painting. It took about two coats to paint the whole thing. I used Sherwin Williams Black Noir.
And voila! I’ve got a very easy board and batton wall!