It’s week five of the One Room Challenge! If you missed the previous weeks, check them out to see my design plans, ikea hack dressers, painted bench, dresser makeover & decor.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he DIY horizontal board and batten has made the biggest impact on our master bedroom makeover. I saw this inspiration photo on Pinterest a few months ago and knew it had to be somewhere in our home. When I was planning our One Room Challenge, the inspiration came back to me and I thought it was perfect!
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Originally I had planned more of a grid pattern, but with our barn door being a herringbone pattern and the diagonal pattern on the Ikea hack dressers, the horizontal lines are a lot less busy. I could of done shiplap like in our dining room and laundry room, but once again I wanted something a little different.
DIY HORIZONTAL BOARD AND BATTEN SUPPLIES:
- wood, I used 1x2x8
- stud finder
- nail gun
- 1 1/2 inch nails
- paint, I used Valspar Ultra White
First I measured the size of my wall to see how much wood I would need and how far I wanted each board to be placed. My wall is 9′ feet high and I decided to space the boards about every 14 inches. I say about because when I got to the electrical outlets, I was going to have to cut around them, but since the bed and nightstand cover most of that area, I just raised the board up two inches. This saved me a lot of time and is hardly noticeable. I also measured six inches from the ceiling to install my first board, that way there wasn’t a huge gap at the top.
To give myself an idea of how it would look, I used tape again to layout the design. Using the stud finder, I found the studs along the wall and also marked those with tape. You can also use a pencil here, but with my dark colored walls tape was just easier for me.
Using the level, I held the board in place and attached it to the wall with my nail gun. I repeated the steps until the wall was completed. Making cuts with my jigsaw if needed. The wall is a little over 16 feet, so I needed two boards and had to add a few inches of another board to each end piece.
Then before painting, I used caulk to fill in the gaps between the boards and the wall. I also filled in the seams between each section of the separate boards to make it look like one big board across. I think this extra step gave it a more clean and professional look.
Even though my walls are textured, I didn’t worry about installing additional pieces of plywood boards to cover up the texture. Since, this isn’t a true board and batten wall and more of just an accent wall, I wasn’t too worried about it.
Now the fun part – painting! (insert eye roll here) I used Valspar Reserve that has primer and paint in one, so it only took two coats of Ultra White to cover up this dark wall. Ha, who am I kidding? It took like four, maybe five. I stopped counting. I kept going over it again and again because every time I walked into the room, I swore I could still see the dark color.
I loved our dark wall, but our room gets very little sunlight and the dark color just made it seem so dark and depressing. The white is such a bright and refreshing look! Without revealing too much – I can’t tell you how much it has changed this room and I can’t wait for the reveal next week! I have a few more things to complete – new curtains, a rug, and a few more décor accessories. Stay tuned! 🙂
Don’t forget to check to see how everyone else’s rooms are coming along in the One Room Challenge!
Thank you, Crystal!
simple and effective visual impact on the wall! love it!
Kristin @ Postbox Designs says
Love your battens! I love shiplap as much as the next girl, but it is super fun to see something a bit different, and it makes a huge impact! Good luck in the last week of ORC!!!
Exactly why I did it! Thank you!
lakbir Mahajan says
Love your battens and enjoyed your process . Look forward to your final reveal.
Pls visit my final reveal TIA
Thank you! I will!