My top 5 board and batten walls tips:
Before I get to the details of our recent dining room makeover you must know the real story of how this came to be! I told my husband earlier in the summer I wanted to makeover the dining room and that I wanted to do this to the walls. He didn’t quite understand what I meant…he doesn’t look at Pinterest, magazines or blogs (except this one of course), crazy I know!
I tried explaining my vision.
His response was, he saw no reason to make over a room that we barely ever use! What?! Sure there is I thought. Nonetheless, I let the dream go and said I understand where he is coming from.
Fast forward to me coming home from Haven Conference in July to the BEST surprise ever! He not only designed the wall layout, he had bought all of the supplies, removed all 0f the old trim, cut all of the MDF boards and started the process of hanging it all! It was exactly what I saw in my head.
OH, and he took a few pictures!!
There are many tutorials on how to do this so I just wanted to share with you my top 5 board and batten wall tips that make the install easier.
1. Carefully Remove Old Trim
The less damage to the wall, the less repair work, the less sanding you have to do. WIN, WIN!
Using a blade you cut the caulk away from the old trim and the wall. Then use a pry bar to pop the trim nails. Go slow.
We used MDF for this project because we wanted a smooth transition from our existing trim. Before you paint MDF with latex paint you have to paint it with oil based primer and let me tell you, it smells…BAD!
Here is where I appeared on scene, just in time to use the new Ryobi AirStrike he picked up for this job. That tool is the best time saver EVER! I know I talk about Ryobi often and they have been very good to me as a blogger but this is not a sponsored post. We bought this one ourselves because we LOVE the products!
3. Determine Detail
The wall height of the board and batten is pretty important but not exact. This is the best part of the “how my husband read my mind!” I had 60 inches in my head…he hung it at 58! I knew this would be substantial and visually pleasing yet still allow me to hang things on the wall.
He knew that height would allow him to not have to cut extra boards to increase the height and were the perfect height as they were.
We make a great DIY team, even when we don’t work together 😉
In order to keep our existing trim work and keep our house consistent, we (he) had to add detail where the existing trim on the stairs and base boards would meet the new MDF battens. He did an amazing job.
4. Time saver
Using a spacer keeps everything even. Cut an extra piece of board the distance between all of the battens before you start nailing. This will make things go much faster.
5. Less is more
The less work you have to do the more time you have for the fun stuff like decorating. So, we decided that the existing wall would act as the “board” part of the board and batten. No need to spend money there, just paint the wall the trim color and you are done!
My sister thought the less is more was meant for her…less work, more coffee drinking.
The dining room is now my favorite room and my inspiration for future room makeovers.
See the full dining room makeover here!
AND my newest Dining Room Updates…