Renovation Projects

How to Build a Board & Batten Accent Wall

When we moved into our home in May, we quickly began tackling some major projects. We started with spaces we would use the most, and we are now slowly working our way through some of the other rooms. Ever since we have lived here, I knew I wanted a board and batten accent wall in our spare bedroom. I had been seeing them all over social media, and fell in love with how it looked. For Christmas, my father in law decided he would help build the wall, as long as I painted it. Right now, this room is functioning as an office space for my remote learning. I do hope that someday it will become a nursery!

I wanted to share the process of building this wall with you, in hope that it inspires you to do something similar!

Materials Needed to Build a Board and Batten Wall

Tools Needed

  • Miter Saw
  • Skill Saw
  • Finish Nailer
  • Air Compressor (for the nail gun)
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Paint Brush/Roller

Step One: AC Plywood

You may be able to skip this step. The wall in our home was very rough from the wallpaper that was previously on it. It also had some holes from a leak in our chimney. We decided that using plywood would be the easiest way to give our wall a nice smooth finish for the board and batten.

This was our wall before the project.

We used liquid nail adhesive and screws to attach the plywood to the wall. One thing to figure out prior to attaching the wood, is where the seams will be. We ended up using three sheets of the plywood, and we cut them so that our seams would line up with the trim once we started adding the board and batten pieces. Measuring and planning was probably the trickiest part of this whole project. Make sure that your screws are going into studs when attaching the plywood to the wall!

Step Two: Attaching the Trim Pieces

Next, attach the 1×4 pieces lengthwise, starting with the top and the bottom pieces. Going length wise first is easiest, and we were able to use just one long piece for the entire length of the wall. We were able to fit 5 pieces across our wall, but this will vary depending on the size of your wall. When attaching the trim pieces to the wall, all you need to use is the nail gun.

Step Three: Attaching the Vertical Trim Pieces

To create the square board and batten look, the next step is to add the vertical trim pieces. This is one of the trickiest steps. Using the level here to make sure each piece is perfectly straight is incredibly important. Use the saw to cut each piece to fit perfectly in between the boards. Our pieces were not all the exact same size due to the size of my wall. If yours aren’t perfect either, that is okay! Once it is painted and finished, you really can’t tell if some pieces are slightly longer than others.

Attaching the vertical trim pieces.

Step 3: Filling in The Holes & Cracks of the Board and Batten

Next up, you will want to fill in any nail holes and seems. We used spackle tp fill in the nail holes, and paintable caulking to fill in any seems or gaps. Let the board and batten dry for 24 hours before giving it a light sand. When sanding, be sure to even out the caulking and spackle to make sure it is flush with the wood. If you used plywood, be sure to give it a light sand as well. It should already be sanded, but a light sanding will help to eliminate any leftover rough patches and give it a smoother finish overall.

Step 4: Priming & Painting Your Board and Batten

Now it is time to prime your wall! The amount of priming will depend on the color you choose to use. I am using a darker color, so I chose to only go with one coat of primer. However, if you are going with a light color, you should use at least 2 coats of primer. The plywood absorbs the primer and paint, so it is very possible that you may even need three coats!

I used the Kilz white primer from Home Depot. 

After the primer has dried, you are ready to paint your wall! I chose to go with the color Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. This is my favorite shade of dark grey, and I have used it in my bathroom as well! Click here to see my post about an affordable bathroom refresh!

Finished project! (I still need to put in the outlet plate!)

That’s It!

You are now ready to go tackle your own accent wall project! This project was a lot of fun, and I love how it transformed this space! Next up – styling this space! If you make a board and batten wall, be sure to share it with me!


(2) Comments

  1. Wow great job✨Looks amazing!

  2. This is so beautiful. Now I just need to try to convince my husband to start another project!

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