How to Make a DIY Board and Batten Wall with Shelf

Jan, 17, 2018

When I started brainstorming the design for Hawkins’ nursery, I knew I wanted a fun accent wall but didn’t think I could commit to the whole wall. I was stuck between a dark paint color or some wallpaper and figured some board and batten would be the perfect way to break it up. It adds so much dimension to the space and it was so easy! And the little shelf is definitely my favorite part.

DIY Board and Batten Wall Tutorial

Supplies for DIY Board and Batten Wall

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1x2s (select pine wood)
1x4s (select pine wood)
Paint Roller
Paint Brush
Nail Gun
Painters Tape
Sand Paper


Tape off the top part of your wall and paint! I ended up going with Woodland Lichen by Sherwin Williams and I couldn’t love it more.

Paint the bottom half the same color you’ll be using for your board and batten. I used Du Jour by Valspar which is the same white paint color in most of the rooms in our home.

prep for a diy board and batten wall with a shelf


Cut your 1x2s to the desired length. Ours are 47″ and I just bought the 6 ft. pieces and cut them down.

diy board and batten wall


Measure your wall and calculate the spacing you want between each batten. Ours are about 10″ apart. Then attach them using your nail compressor. You could also use liquid nails for extra support.

Attach your 1×4 above them next. I bought one 8 ft. piece and then another shorter piece since I couldn’t find anything longer at the time. I used some wood filler to fill in the seam and you can’t even tell!

pine wood for board and batten wall


Use your spackling to fill in all the nail holes and then sand once it dries.

use wood filler to patch holes before painting board and batten


Caulk your edges. Your wood may be slightly bowed or your wall may not be perfectly straight so you may have some gaps. Caulking around all the edges will help give your wall a cleaner look!


Paint your board and batten! I used a small 1″ brush for the battens and a little foam roller for the board.

board and batten with a dark accent wall

A lot of you were wondering about the bottom of the battens on our base trim. For us, our baseboards are completely flat, so the battens just rested perfectly right on top of it. If you have angled baseboards or ones with some type of shape to them, you can cut your battens at 45° angles to help them not stick out so much. Or you could buy a small piece of flat trim to add just above your baseboards to allow your battens to sit flat.


Add the shelf! For this piece I found a 12′ long 1×4 and then had to add another little piece on the end. There wasn’t anything longer than 12′ at our Home Depot or Lowe’s in the wood I wanted but you might have some luck at a local lumber yard!

I stained them using Dark Walnut and then sealed them up with some poly.

Then we just used our nail gun and nailed into the board right below it. Since I knew I wasn’t going to be putting anything super heavy up there, this held it in place enough. You could also use some liquid nails to make it a little more secure.

add a shelf to a board and batten wallThat’s it! Really simple way to add some dimension and character to a wall. I’m already thinking about where else I could do something like this in our house. It’s perfect in Hawk’s nursery and I finally faced my fears of making a dark accent wall – no regrets!

board and batten wall with a diy shelf

board and batten dark accent wall in nursery

A board and batten wall in a modern nursery

Have you ever considered adding board and batten to any walls in your home? Which room would you add it to?

You can read more about Hawk’s room and find all the sources!

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DIY Board and Batten Wall



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    January 16, 2022

    LOVE this!!! Did you paint the walls and the board wall the same color??? It looks different in the picture

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      January 20, 2022

      Thank you! They are the same color 🙂

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    January 20, 2020

    Looks awesome! What type of white paint did you use in the batten? Semi gloss or matte?

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      January 22, 2020


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    December 3, 2019

    All together how tall is your board and batten from floor to top of shelf?

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    May 27, 2019

    Love this!! What paint color are the other walls?

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      May 28, 2019

      Du Jour by Valspar!

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    Lauren Short

    April 28, 2019

    Hey, what was the overall height of your board and batten / shelf? Are the ceilings 8 ft?

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      May 1, 2019

      Our battens are 47″ and yes we have 8′ ceilings.

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    Kristin Geers

    April 26, 2019

    Did you paint the bottom trim or leave it wood tone? We are debating on new trim, painting white to go with the bottom wall, or leaving it wood tone. I would also have to consider the doorframe.

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      April 27, 2019

      We left it wood tone! We haven’t painted any of the trim in our house!

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    Kirra Sue Sutton

    January 23, 2019

    The room looks so good! I’m hoping to do something similar in our playroom! Thank you for your help! Would you mind sharing where your light fixture is from?

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    Emily Seith

    November 27, 2018

    Do you have the plans to the awesome bookshelf you created by chance?? I love it and want to recreate it!

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    Aeron Wallace

    September 17, 2018

    What color is the board and batten?

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      September 24, 2018

      Valspar Du Jour

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    August 10, 2018

    Hi there! May I ask what brand and kind of stain you used for the shelf? 🙂 is it gel stain?

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      August 13, 2018

      Nope, just regular stain! It was Dark Walnut by Minwax 🙂

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    April 1, 2018

    Did you have any regard for your studs when placing your verticals? I am going to do this for my nursery, it’s so beautiful. Thank you for the how-to!

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      May 27, 2018

      I was wondering the same thing. Doesn’t seem like it.

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        May 29, 2018

        We originally were trying to, but the spacing wasn’t working so we didn’t!

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      July 13, 2019

      This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. My walls are a nice light gray with white trim. Do you have any thoughts on how I could do something similar in a gray room instead of a white room. I’m wondering if I need to go all white in the room for this accent wall to look good to avoid having gray walls with one white and green wall. Would love your opinion!

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        April 26, 2020

        Yes I’m totally wondering the same thing! In the same boat over here!

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    March 14, 2018

    Where is the rocker from? I love your whole design!

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    March 11, 2018

    Do you have the colour # of the green Sherwin Williams paint? I went to the store and they say they don’t have that colour. Thank you

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      March 11, 2018

      It’s from the HGTV line – it’s HGSW 3282 🙂

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    February 23, 2018

    our walls have a slight texture, do we need to add a backing? or just build straight on to the wall? please let me know, thanks! love the nursery!

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      March 1, 2018

      I think you should be fine over the texture!

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    February 23, 2018

    Our walls have a very slight texture to them, do we need to add some kind of backing? OR just build straight in the wall? Please let me know, thanks! Love the nursery!

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    February 15, 2018

    Can you provide that paint color and rug source? How big is the rug you used? Gorg!

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      February 15, 2018

      Paint color is Woodland Lichen by Sherwin Williams and the rug is from 🙂 and it’s about 4×7

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        April 2, 2018

        What finish did you use for battan and walls paint (flat, satin,etc)? And what paint color did you use for adjacent for adjacent walls?

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    Lijo Decor

    February 13, 2018

    The room is looking very pretty! I am looking forward to implement this idea in my house! Thank you so much for sharing such simple yet elegant idea to make home look beautiful!

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    Erika Christina

    February 11, 2018

    Where is the ceiling light from?

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    Ericka Campbell

    February 5, 2018

    I love the crib, can you share the details? 🙂

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    Jessica Baruch

    February 2, 2018

    I love this so much! I am using this as inspiration for my nursery. Where is the crib from??

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      February 4, 2018

      It’s from Wayfair but they stopped selling it 🙁

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    Diana | Dahlias and Dimes

    February 1, 2018

    I absolutely love everything about this, paint color and all! Awesome job. Saving this for inspiration 😉

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      February 4, 2018

      Aw thank you so much!

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    Kelly Mahan

    January 24, 2018

    It’s amazing how you make an overwhelming project (for me) sound so simple and totally doable. I’m definitely going to try this!

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      January 27, 2018

      Aw I promise it’s not bad at all, you can do it!

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    January 22, 2018

    Where is the tree in the room from?!

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    January 20, 2018

    Wow. This is exactly what we’ve been meaning to do in the bedroom! Found this through instagram. Will definitely follow you from now on. Thanks!

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      January 22, 2018

      Thank you so much Maryse!!

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    January 17, 2018

    It looks so beautiful, Bre! I love the shelf detail, and that green color is just perfect!

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      January 22, 2018

      Thanks Amanda!!

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    January 17, 2018

    The room looks gorgeous! I love board and batten and added one wall to both my bathroom and living room (though without the shelf, which I think looks amazing). Because I was remodeling and had no baseboards in either spot, I used a horizontal 1×6 for my bottom and top, and used 1×4’s for the verticals. Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos.

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      January 22, 2018

      Thank you so much Dyan! Sounds like yours worked out perfectly in your space!

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    Brianna andreychuk

    January 17, 2018

    You did such a fantastic job! That forest green paired with the white batten board and the rug that ties all the wood tones together. Seriously bravo! Great tutorial

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      January 22, 2018

      Thank you so much Brianna!

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