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Office Board + Batten Wall: Tutorial

Updated: May 28, 2019

A Board + Batten feature wall is an excellent way to add depth and character to an otherwise simple wall. With a handful of tools, it can be an easy weekend project! Here is a list of the items that are needed:


1-Level 2-Miter Saw 3-Tape Measure 4-Sandpaper 5-All Purpose Paintable White Caulk 6-Speed Square 7-Nail Gun 8-1x4 common pine boards 9-Paint

The first thing you need to do is decide on what size squares you want to create. This will depend on your wall size, and how small/big you want your squares. Our squares were around 22 inches, and came out to 4 squares high + 8 squares wide. If you're unsure--experimenting with painters tape can be a great way to try out some different sizes!


When measuring the length you will need to cut your boards--create a straight line (using your speed square) to guide you in making your cuts as straight as possible:


When making all your cuts having a miter saw will make the project go quickly, but if you're on a budget, or don't have access to one--you could use a hand saw as well.


You'll want to start by adding a board to the top, bottom, and right + left edges to make a square around the perimeter of the wall. (**When measuring out your vertical boards make sure to measure from the inside of the top horizontal board to the inside of the bottom horizontal board.)



Using a level as you go (making it straight is key!), take your nail gun and nail up the boards on the wall. We couldn't recommend the Ryobi Airstrike more! It is super user friendly, and requires no air compressor making it REALLY easy to maneuver. (We used 2 inch brad nails)


Next, you'll have to decide on your vertical spacing. For this project, we just started by finding the middle and then divided the wall in half. We then divided those 2 sections in half again, and finally one last time--creating 8 sections:


We used a 1x6 for our floor trim piece to match up with the rest of the room

When making all your cuts having a miter saw will make the project go quickly, but if you're on a budget or don't have access to one--you could use a hand saw as well.


Then it's time to plan out your horizontal boards. We decided on 4 squares high, so we needed 3 rows of horizontal boards:


Make sure to keep all your boards straight and at the same height using your level!

When you're all done your project should look something like this:


You'll want to give it a finished look by taking the time to sand down any rough areas, and then using your caulk, fill any gaps and cracks. This can be time consuming, but it will be worth it when it's all said and done.


When all that is complete, you'll be able to paint! We kept the floor trim white to coordinate with the rest of the room, and used a gray green color on the board and batten. We found it easiest to use a brush in the cracks, and a foam roller in the areas that we were able to:


Here is the finished project!!!



We finished up the office space with this office furniture from National Business furniture. (Use our promo code MBHOME10 for 10% off!) This feature wall was the perfect muted pair to the bold + funky wallpaper, and we love the finishing touch it provided.


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