How to DIY Board and Batten

Looking for a way to make a statement on a wall in your home without spending a ton of money? Try a DIY board and batten wall treatment. Let me show you how I made mine.

Georgia diy and home decor blogger, Lynn Langford
a cottage foyer styled for spring with a board and batten wall treatment

First, let’s take a look at my foyer before. Excuse the bad lighting in some of the photos. I had forgotten to take some of the pictures during the day. Struggles of blogger life while also maintaining a full time job 🙁

a small front foyer gets a new wall treatment

As you can see, our front foyer is pretty small. There’s just that one solid wall to the left when you walk in.

The opening to the right goes into our dining room and if you walk straight ahead, you enter the living room. So in my opinion, this is the perfect scenario for doing a fun wall treatment on one side to add some much needed character to the space.

Here’s what we used to do our own DIY

board and batten wall treatment:

  • (2) 1 X 4 X 8 boards
  • (3) 1 x 3 x 8 boards
  • (2) 1 x 2 x 8 boards
  • (2) pieces of lattice strips
  • interior screws
  • 1 gallon of paint in choice of color
  • level, cordless drill, paint brush and roller

Let me point out that there are multiple ways to do a board and batten wall treatment using different types of boards. Depending on the length and height of your wall, the width you choose to space your battens, and the overall look you want, you may need more or less supplies.

But hopefully this blog post will give you the basic information you need to do this fun DIY.

steps to diy a board and batten wall treatment

The first thing I had to decide was how high I wanted the wall treatment to be. I decided on 5 ft. high.

Once I decided on the height, we placed the 1 x 4 horizontally at that measurement, making sure to use a level. Because the 1 x 4 is only 8′ long and our wall was 10′, we had to use a whole piece and then some of a second board. Keep in mind that once you sand and paint, the seam will not be noticeable.

how to diy a board and batten wall

After the 1 x 4s were placed horizontally, we cut a piece of lattice strip to place above our baseboard. This made for a better transition for the bottom of our strips to touch the baseboard without a big gap.

Depending on the type of baseboards you have, some people remove their baseboards completely and redo them for this wall treatment. That was more work than I wanted to do, so this was a short cut we came up with 😉

board and batten project

Once the lattice strip was in place, we cut our 1 x 3s to the correct height to place vertically down the wall. We placed the end boards first, and then filled in the middle of the wall by spacing the other pieces equally apart. Again, space your battens at the width that you like. There is no right or wrong with this IMO. Also, don’t forget to take into consideration any electrical outlets you may have on the wall.

Not shown, we then added a 1 x 2 along the top of the 1 x 4 at the top of the wall treatment. By flipping the 1 x 2 on its side, we had a little ledge to give it a more finished look.

Note: You could also use a wider board up top if you wanted to be able to actually place things on top like framed prints, etc.

Whisper White interior paint by Behr in satin finish

After caulking all the seams and sanding, you’re ready for paint. I chose my go-to favorite interior white paint, Whisper White by Behr in a satin finish. I used a brush to paint the edges and get into the seams and then rolled the rest. A couple of coats of paint, and this wall is done!

foyer wall treatment using board and battens

This was such a fun and easy weekend project for us. I shared videos of the entire process on my Instagram, so if you’re not following me over there be sure to.

I had so much fun styling my foyer for spring! I love the character that the board and batten adds to this space. Oh! I also added the black iron hooks along the top for guests to hang coats….and to use to decorate 🙂 I found them at Hobby Lobby.

diy board and batten treatment in cottage foyer

See how easy a DIY board and batten wall treatment is to make?

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