How to Install a Board-and-Batten Wall
Give your space a fresh look with this easy-to-install wall treatment.
Add texture, style, and sophistication to any room with a DIY board-and-batten wall treatment. You may not recognize the name, but board and batten is a classic type of wainscoting. It blends different sizes of plywood boards and molding to create a chic, textured look.
Board and batten is commonly used in farmhouse style homes, but it also looks well with minimalist, modern, and transitional styles. Get the look in your own home with our easy DIY. We've broken the process down into six easy steps.
What You Need
- Chalk line
- Drywall mud and skimming tool
- Boards for base, cap, verticals, and ledge in desired width and depth
- Desired molding for under ledge
- Table saw
- Construction adhesive
- Nail gun
- Caulk and caulking gun
- Surfacing paste (we used Spackle) and sandpaper
- Primer, paint, and paint roller
Step 1: Snap Chalk Line
Snap a chalk line at desired height. For textured walls, skim drywall mud below the line. Let dry.
Step 2: Install Boards
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.
Step 3: Secure Boards
Secure the boards with nails as you work, using a nail gun.
Editor's Tip: Don't overnail. Drive in only as many nails as you need to hold the piece of molding firmly against the wall.
Step 4: Attach Ledge
If desired, attach a ledge piece atop the cap board. Use a nail gun to secure it in place.
Step 5: Caulk, Paint, and Prime
Caulk all seams. Spackle nail holes and sand smooth. Then prime walls and boards. When dry, paint upper walls your desired color and paint lower walls and boards white. Let dry.