So it’s begun. The process of turning the guest room into the girls’ shared room is underway. A couple weeks ago, Matt and I decided to tackle a project that I’d been dreaming about for this room, a board and batten accent wall. I love a good accent wall. I think board and batten especially, gives dimension and texture to a space. We did a very easy board and batten in our guest bathroom last year. This time we opted for a horizontal board and batten and I love the way it turned out.
How to install a horizontal board and batten accent wall
The installation of this accent wall really took just a few hours. I convinced Matt to do it in the morning and by the evening the board and batten was complete and the next day we had painted the entire room.
- 1x2x8 boards (pre-primed if available)
- Ryobi nail gun
- Electric Sander
- Wood filler
- Scrap wood
The first thing you’ll need to decide is how much space you’d like to have between each board. We decided on a 10″ space between each board left us with a reasonable gap at the top and bottom. You don’t want a tiny gap on the top or bottom.
After we decided where we were going to attach the first board, we set up our laser level to get a perfectly straight line.
Since this wall was a bit over 11 feet long, we had to use two pieces of wood for each row. Matt trimmed off the ends of the 8 ft board, then he measured the left over distance and cut another 8 ft board to that length. By trimming off the edges of the board, it gave a more flush finish that was easy to fill with wood filler which I’ll show later in this tutorial.
Once the boards were cut to size, we attached them using our brad nailer – adding a nail every few inches. After ever couple of nails we slide our level down to ensure that the boards were staying straight. Matt used scrap wood to create a guide so we would know where to add the new board.
Instead of measuring out 10″ each time, he cut a 2×4 to 10″ and used it as a guide like above. Every time we added a new row, we’d use the guide to place it, always using our level to make sure it was straight.
We filled the nail holes and the seams where the two pieces of wood meet with wood filler. Maybe, we went a little crazy with the brad nailer at first but you can see we got the hang of it towards the top. I sanded all the wood filler spots until they were really smooth and then Matt came in and told me I had to sand them down even more. So make sure they are really, really smooth.
Next, Matt caulked alllllllll the seams. This is where I have to tell you how grateful I am to have a Matt. Seriously, he just rolls with all my crazy ideas and whenever I say I want to do this “fill in the blank” project, he always says okay, well I’ll run to Home Depot. He also does all the stuff I hate like caulking and finishes painting whenever I start and get half way into it and don’t want to finish. Not that I do that. Okay, I do. Ha.
The before wall color was a really light gray (Behr Quiet on the Set), and the wood was pre-primed so we didn’t bother with primer. We went straight to painting the board and batten accent wall Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (tip – I don’t have a Ben Moore store nearby so I always have my friends at The Home Depot mix paint colors I love into Behr paint). This is the same color I painted my living room recently, and frankly, I’m well on my way to painting my entire house this color, I love it that much.
After two coats of paint we were finished.
We set up the beds right away because I could not wait to see the metal finish against that beautiful white wall – and I absolutely swooned.
More progress is coming on the bedroom. You can see the design board I created for this space here. The rug arrives recently, and so did Millie’s mattress so it’s moving in the right direction. If you try this tutorial and create a horizontal board and batten accent wall in your own home, please tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see it!
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