How We Put in Simple Board & Batten At The Seaside

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Did you catch the sneak peeks of the board & batten that we put in within the center bed room at our seaside home on Insta Tales? The image under was additionally in final week’s podcast shownotes, the place we mentioned the wallpaper – and we bought TONS of requests for a tutorial so right here we go. I’m not kidding after I say this was a straightforward undertaking. Fully beginner-friendly – and it makes such a big effect within the room (particularly since we added wallpaper above it – we’ll break down that course of in a future publish).

That is truly our third home the place we’ve put in some kind of DIY board and batten. We did a extremely reasonably priced remedy (solely $57!), after which we made a “fancier” model in our present home by including some further molding particulars throughout the containers.

Each of these initiatives have been in hallways, so this newest undertaking was our first go at utilizing board & batten in a bed room – and we tried a few new strategies this time which helped it end up particularly nicely for this area. This time we used completely different wooden for the vertical battens AND we took the remedy increased up on the wall, each of which helped it really feel extra substantial and actually added to the ultimate affect. Particularly as soon as that wallpaper went up.

This really is a kind of initiatives that anybody can do as a result of it’s actually actually simple. The ultimate value will rely on the dimensions of your area and the chosen peak of your molding, however ours was about $194.
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It solely took us half a day to put in ours, however due to varied drying occasions between caulk, spackle, primer, and paint – it wasn’t utterly executed till the following day. However once more, it’s not a brilliant time-intensive undertaking. Perhaps six stable hours of labor damaged up throughout a two day interval? So listed below are the essential steps.
1. Plan Your Placement & Spacing
We cowl our planning in additional element on this publish, however the vital factor right here is to find out the HEIGHT of your high rail, and the SPACING of your battens. We used a measuring tape and blue painter’s tape to mock ours up in a couple of alternative ways to assist us decide what our eyes preferred finest.

We ended up deciding on the broader 18″ spacing of the battens, and aimed to put our high rail about 20″ down from the ceiling. We knew we needed ours to be tall within the room, partially as a result of we deliberate to put in wallpaper above it and needed to attenuate the quantity of paper wanted & we have been additionally aware of issues like the place it intersected with our door and window moldings too. You most likely don’t need it to precisely line up with the highest of your doorways & home windows for instance – however you additionally don’t need it to nearly hit these and look off. We spaced ours so it regarded deliberately decrease (see the doorway within the photograph above).
2. Mark Your Studs
Subsequent use a stud finder to find and mark the position of your studs throughout your room. We’ve fallen onerous for this magnetic Stud Buddy as a result of it’s very reliable (you sweep it throughout the wall till the sturdy magnet catches on the nails in your studs – and it holds in place because it’s magnetized so you may mark issues arms free). You may mark your studs with a pencil or use items of painter’s tape like I did. I put one excessive and one low, simply to be protected.

That is vital since you’ll need your high boards to be held securely into the wall and hitting a stud together with your nail gun is one of the best ways to do it.
three. Prep Your Baseboards
This step could differ relying in your present baseboard scenario. In our seaside home the baseboards are only a 1 x 6″ board with a chunk of ornamental trim alongside the highest. The 1 x 6″ offers the right backside rail for our board and batten, so we simply wanted to take away the ornamental piece so our battens might sit flush in opposition to it.

After scoring the highest edge with a utility knife (you can even use the sharp nook of a spackle knife or painter’s software) we pried off the small ornamental piece on high. The scoring is useful to attenuate injury to the drywall behind it. You realize, so that you don’t find yourself peeling off paint together with your molding.
And talking of injury, after eradicating this piece you could have some clean-up to do to make the wall as clean as attainable behind it. We needed to scrape off a number of the remaining caulk and even patch a couple of nail holes with spackle.

You might not must do any of this in case your baseboard is completely different. However you additionally may contemplate changing your current baseboard with a 1 x 6″ board if you happen to don’t have already got backside edge to your new wall remedy and like how ours seems. It feels very nice and balanced. Our own residence’s upstairs hallway has thinner baseboards which is why we used thinner lattice strips in our earlier board and battens (it’s sensible to work with the proportions of the baseboard so all of it seems good collectively), however now having executed it each methods, I believe the extra substantial baseboard & thicker battens that we did within the seaside home bed room is our most well-liked look.
Four. Set up Your Prime Rail
Step one is hanging the highest rail (the 1 x Four″ board) vertically across the room. Since you’ve already decided your peak and marked your studs, it is a fairly straightforward course of. An airless brad nail gun like ours makes its fairly quick too, so I extremely suggest grabbing one if you happen to don’t have already got it available (the one linked above is refurbished!).

Simply additionally you should definitely hold an extended degree helpful as you do that to ensure you are maintaining your boards degree as you go (ours is 48″ lengthy, and that is the precise one which we’ve got). Our seaside home is 115 years outdated, so not one of the ceilings or flooring are completely straight (wonky partitions = character… proper?), so you might wish to match your degree to the slope of the ceiling as an alternative of blindly going by what the extent says. That may assist your remaining set up look essentially the most degree to your eye (since your eye registers the ceiling slope as degree and desires the board and batten to be parallel with that).

I didn’t seize an image of this, however you clearly have to chop your boards to the proper size. We use our miter noticed for this, however you may minimize by hand if you happen to’d choose, and even get Residence Depot to make the cuts for you if in case you have labored them out beforehand. We didn’t do any angled or mitered cuts within the corners, so it’s fairly simple. The one angled minimize we did was on the wall you see above the place we had to make use of two board items to span the entire wall. The angled minimize helps to cover the joint greater than straight cuts, however it’s not obligatory.
5. Set up You Vertical Battens
Now that you simply’ve warmed up your measuring, slicing, and nailing muscle mass, it’s time for the principle occasion: putting in your vertical battens. It’s definitely not rocket science – particularly if you happen to’ve already decided your spacing – however the backwards and forwards of this course of can get a bit tedious. Personally I prefer to measure every one earlier than I minimize it simply to be protected (once more, our partitions aren’t completely degree). This helps to make sure that your battens match as completely as attainable.

The opposite factor I extremely suggest for this step is that you simply create a “spacer” out of scrap wooden. You may see mine within the photograph above (it’s between the 2 center battens floating under the highest rail). That is only a fast method to verify every vertical batten is exactly spaced with out having to interrupt out a tape measure every time. Since my 2.5″ extensive boards are 18″ aside from heart to heart, my spacer is minimize to 15.5″ extensive, and I simply place it between every batten to verify they keep spaced that method all the best way across the room.
Some individuals apply some kind of glue or caulk behind these battens, since your nails aren’t at all times hitting studs. I don’t like to try this due to the additional injury it could go away on the wall if we ever resolve to take away the wall remedy. I’ve discovered that between a couple of nails up and down the board, your caulked edges, and the paint, the battens keep put simply advantageous (simply don’t grasp something actually heavy on them like a coat hook until you’re certain that one goes right into a stud or has in any other case been bolstered).
6. Thoughts Your Corners
Maybe you’ve ironed this out in your planning step, however typically the spacing can get a bit difficult relying on the size of your wall. We typically tried to heart one batten within the room, after which set up them evenly at 18″ till we bought to the corners (or a door or window). You realize, if that final one bought “minimize off” within the nook, so be it.

However we found via some trial and error that the corners regarded finest when two “full” battens met one another. By full I imply that they didn’t overlap within the nook, which might’ve made one look skinnier than the opposite.

In order you may see within the photograph above, this meant not pushing our nook battens totally into the nook – as an alternative they floated off the nook ever so barely so not one of the nook battens overlapped one another – they usually each appeared full dimension as an alternative of 1 trying slimmer than the opposite.
7. Add Your Prime Lip
We didn’t do that for our first try at board & batten in our final home, however once we added the upstairs hallway molding right here at our present home we discovered that we actually just like the look of including a high “lip” or ledge. It helps it really feel extra substantial and in addition creates a spot the place you might lean art work or line up a ton of little wood peg individuals (ask us how we all know that). For ours we used a 1 x 2″ board simply nailed alongside the highest. We don’t plan to lean something on ours, however if you happen to do (significantly one thing heavy) you might wish to think about using screws as an alternative of or along with your nails.

eight. Spackle & Sand The Nail Holes
You’re gonna wish to fill your entire nail holes earlier than you paint. Ever since we beneficial this Four-in-1 spackle software on our podcast months in the past for patching nail holes, a whole lot of you could have informed us it’s good for a job like this. And also you guys have been proper. Makes it a lot quicker.

Any common spackle / wooden filler and a putty knife would do too, however it was MUCH quicker to make use of this factor as a result of we might simply squeeze a dot of spackle out of the tube after which flip it round to clean the spackle with the flat edge on the again of the tube. It was so good to not must juggle a bath of spackle and putty knife.
The Four-in-1 spackle factor does have a sanding pad on the cap, however we nonetheless went again with an everyday sanding block as a result of it was simpler to go over bigger areas extra shortly that method. Regardless of how clean you are feeling such as you get issues whenever you spackle it on, it at all times helps to rub every spot a bit of bit to mud off any small ridges or bumps.

9. Caulk Your Seams
You’ll additionally wish to take the time to caulk all the seams the place your boards meet the wall (or each other). It should assist disguise any bows in your wall and can actually make the board and batten seem like it’s a part of the wall – not simply one thing nailed on high of it.

We love this Excessive Stretch caulk as a result of it resists cracking and separating when the temperature or humidity in your home adjustments. Our native retailer was out of it so we used this quick dry stuff as an alternative, which can be fairly good – particularly if you happen to’re desirous to get portray.
You most likely received’t want a thick line of caulk for this undertaking, so watch out to not minimize an excessive amount of off the tip of your caulk tube (even higher if you happen to can minimize it at a slight angle and hold it good and small). That may assist this half go quicker and also you’ll keep cleaner (you may at all times minimize off extra if wanted).

We discovered it was quickest to squeeze out a skinny line of caulk round all 4 sides of a selected “field” abruptly, somewhat than stopping to clean both sides one by one. And having a cup of heat water close by at all times helps whenever you caulk (dipping your finger into that cup earlier than smoothing the caulk line will yield a smoother outcome – and it retains the caulk from sticking to your finger as a lot).
10. Prime & Paint
You could be considering that the priming step is pointless since our boards got here pre-primed (and our spackle has a built-in primer)… and it might be. However we at all times suppose it’s the most secure guess to do one coat of primer over areas the place you’ve caulked or spackled. It simply helps to stop your remaining paint job from “flashing” (you understand, the place from sure angles you may nonetheless detect a change in sheen over your spackle spots?). We’ve had various initiatives annoy us as a result of we seen these shiny flashing spots AFTER we’ve painted and in that case we had to return and prime and paint over again. So yeah, higher protected than sorry flashing.

That photograph above was taken after every thing was primed (which is why the end is a bit of blotchy – that’s sometimes the way it goes with primer). However due to that “simply in case” coat of primer, it solely took us one coat of paint to get it trying good. That at all times feels fairly dang fortunate.

We used the prevailing trim colour (SW Pure White in Semi Gloss) as a result of we needed that beachy look of brilliant white trim, however one of these wall remedy would look good in any variety of colours… even in only a glossier sheen of your wall colour for a tone-on-tone look.
So there’s the board & batten tutorial for everybody who has been ready for it – and for anybody who desires to see the room accomplished (and be taught all about how we hung the wallpaper & learn our suggestions for that course of) that’s coming! We simply must take some images with the nice digital camera & write that each one up for you (we even made a video tutorial for that one). Within the meantime, listed below are another DIY wall remedy initiatives you may wish to attempt:
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