DIY Board and Batten is a trend that is all over blogland right now. I really wanted to use it in my house but there was a crapload of measuring and leveling involved. And people were saying that it was taking them forever to do. When that happens my hearing and interest sputter out and DIE.
I do not want to do something that takes forever, so I did Ultra Quick Board and Batten in mi casa. Here is the tut.
*You should know that my husband breaks out in hives when I do anything permanent to the house. So this is a way that renters can incorporate the trend of Board and Batten without, you know… getting evicted.*
As many of you that follow my blog know I am not really the measuring type. And the measuring and leveling for Board and Batten is intense. So I had to find a way to shorten the process. One of my BBFF’s sent me this picture from Pottery Barn and I was so excited! Cause there isn't so much measuring involved!
So I measured the length of my wall and figured that I needed about 12 boards. I went to Home Depot on a mission to find the cheapest wood ever.
After seeing what the cheapest wood ever looked like I figured I could spend a little more than that.
I ended up with preprimed MDF boards that were 1.5” wide and 10’ long. Each piece was $3.39. For the piece along my ceiling I got the same type of wood except it was 5” wide. You can find it in the same isle as all of the molding. The first thing that you will do is nail in place your piece that runs along the ceiling. Once that was done I measured exactly how far from the base of the molding to the top of the baseboard. Loads of bloggers have ripped out their base board or installed thicker ones to accommodate the B &B but, I am only doing 2 walls and don’t want to have to replace ALL the baseboards in my house. So I cut the base of the slats at a 45 degree angle.
Then I took the width of my wall and divided it by 12 (cause that is the # of slats I purchased) There is a 12” gap between boards. Here is the easy part. Mark your wall. The whole thing. That way you only have to bust out the measuring tape once. Once your wall is marked its time to start laying your slats. I put 1 nail right in the center that way I can level it without shifting the entire piece.
Then I leveled the bottom of the slat. Once all 12 of them were leveled at the bottom I moved in the ladder and leveled all of the top pieces. You have to make it sort of like an assembly line. I used a nail gun and had the entire wall done in 35 minutes.
Then all you have to do is touch up the slats if you have pre painted them or if you are awesome like me do a quick paint job. I LOVE dense foam rollers for anything involving trim.
Plus its awesome cause you don’t have to cut in your ceilings!
And there you go! Because you only used finishing nails instead of liquid nails its totally removable. And I did not caulk the seams for the same reason. If you do want to caulk your seams my friend Beth has a great tutorial.
Do you love the roman numeral wall art? Check back on Friday for the tutorial!
Notice the gray chair in this pic? It was this one. Tutorial coming soon!