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.
Supplies for DIY Board and Batten Wall
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1x2s (select pine wood)
1x4s (select pine wood)
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.
Cut your 1x2s to the desired length. Ours are 47″ and I just bought the 6 ft. pieces and cut them down.
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!
Use your spackling to fill in all the nail holes and then sand once it dries.
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.
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.
That’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!
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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LOVE this!!! Did you paint the walls and the board wall the same color??? It looks different in the picture
Thank you! They are the same color 🙂
Looks awesome! What type of white paint did you use in the batten? Semi gloss or matte?
All together how tall is your board and batten from floor to top of shelf?
Love this!! What paint color are the other walls?
Du Jour by Valspar!
Hey, what was the overall height of your board and batten / shelf? Are the ceilings 8 ft?
Our battens are 47″ and yes we have 8′ ceilings.
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.
We left it wood tone! We haven’t painted any of the trim in our house!
Kirra Sue Sutton
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?
Thank you! Here is the link: https://www.wayfair.com/lighting/pdp/beachcrest-home-aralene-3-light-semi-flush-mount-bchh4953.html?piid=21904555&SSAID=687298&refid=SS687298&creative=65867&m=11035&sscid=11k3_rcjxk&experiencetype=1
Do you have the plans to the awesome bookshelf you created by chance?? I love it and want to recreate it!
You can read all about it in this post 🙂 https://brepurposed.porch.com/2018/02/28/diy-bookcase-angled-shelves/
What color is the board and batten?
Valspar Du Jour
Hi there! May I ask what brand and kind of stain you used for the shelf? 🙂 is it gel stain?
Nope, just regular stain! It was Dark Walnut by Minwax 🙂
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!
I was wondering the same thing. Doesn’t seem like it.
We originally were trying to, but the spacing wasn’t working so we didn’t!
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!
Yes I’m totally wondering the same thing! In the same boat over here!
Where is the rocker from? I love your whole design!
Wayfair…here is the link! https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/viv-rae-nola-rocking-chair-vvro6584.html
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
It’s from the HGTV line – it’s HGSW 3282 🙂
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!
I think you should be fine over the texture!
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!
Can you provide that paint color and rug source? How big is the rug you used? Gorg!
Paint color is Woodland Lichen by Sherwin Williams and the rug is from http://www.swoonrugs.com 🙂 and it’s about 4×7
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?
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!
Where is the ceiling light from?
I wondered the same thing. It’s great
I love the crib, can you share the details? 🙂
I love this so much! I am using this as inspiration for my nursery. Where is the crib from??
It’s from Wayfair but they stopped selling it 🙁
Diana | Dahlias and Dimes
I absolutely love everything about this, paint color and all! Awesome job. Saving this for inspiration 😉
Aw thank you so much!
It’s amazing how you make an overwhelming project (for me) sound so simple and totally doable. I’m definitely going to try this!
Aw I promise it’s not bad at all, you can do it!
Where is the tree in the room from?!
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!
Thank you so much Maryse!!
It looks so beautiful, Bre! I love the shelf detail, and that green color is just perfect!
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.
Thank you so much Dyan! Sounds like yours worked out perfectly in your space!
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
Thank you so much Brianna!