Give your walls a fresh look with this easy-to-install board-and-batten.
Drywall mud and skimming tool
Boards for base, cap, verticals, and ledge in desired width and depth
Desired molding for under ledge
Nail gun, nails
Caulk and caulking gun
Surfacing paste (we used Spackle) and sandpaper
Primer, paint, and paint roller
Snap a chalk line at desired height. For textured walls, skim drywall mud below the line (see right). Let dry.
Measure, cut, and install baseboard and cap (the bottom and top horizontal boards, respectively). Next, install the vertical boards, ledge, and molding. Ensure all are level and plumb as you are installing them. Use construction adhesive to glue the pieces to the walls.
Secure the boards with nails as you work, using a nail gun.
Tip: Don't overnail. Drive in only as many nails as you need to hold the piece of molding firmly against the wall.
Prime walls and boards. When dry, paint upper walls your desired color and paint lower walls and boards white. Let dry.
To update your cabinet without breaking your budget, try this. Cabinets can be a really big investment, so if you're looking for ways to be a little more light of the cabinet you already have, molding makes a big difference. Find the molding that you like that compliments the style of your home. I've chosen this egg-and-dart molding and I'm gonna create a rectangle. Work to the side on your design and cut the moldings aside. I like to use the miter box that's inexpensive and you can just find it in almost any hardware store. What you need to do is cut a 45-degree angle to create your good clean corners. What you're gonna do next is either pin-nail it or use glue. I'm gonna use glue and just cut a thin bead on the back and then be sure to either tape this in place or you clamp. I'm gonna use clamp because it makes a little bit more secure and you're gonna wanna leave the clamp on overnight, so that you're sure that they're good and dry. Do this on all 4 sides and in the morning, you're gonna be ready for paint. On this version, I'll be using paint and glaze, so it's a 2-colored process, but it really gives it a lot of depth and makes the molding stand out. When you're finished, you've got a homey look without investing your whole lot of money.