|Yes that’s my dog. He’s very nosy.|
I have seen all the different tutorials going around about installing board and batten, and I have to admit, I was inspired! I decided to try it on my own while my husband left on a five day trip. It’s a good thing it was a five day trip! It took me longer than I anticipated, partially due to it not being a square room, but rather having angled walls. The angles challenged this creative right brained thinker! But I made it through and I love, love, love it.
I have a tiny foyer sort of room thing off of the friend’s entrance on the side of my house. I’ve done nothing with it because I was waiting for inspiration to appear. When we first moved in I threw a coat tree in there, but it visually took up a lot of space in a narrow room, and the design of it was too modern for this house. This friend’s entrance is something I just tried to ignore, but it’s hard when people are constantly coming in there because it’s right off the driveway. Plus my powder room is accessed from that area as well.
So I had an idea to install board and batten and then put up hooks on it. This eliminates the need for the ugly coat tree which has been known to fall over when overloaded with coats. Later plans for the makeover of this mini room include painting above the board and batten and artwork. But just getting the board and batten up will be a huge step in the right direction.
|Yes you can fit full lengths of
wood in an MDX
I went to Lowe’s and ended up buying MDF. I went back and forth about what size to get, I’ve seen lots of different ones online, but in the end I went pretty chunky because I felt the scale of my existing trim required it. My house has 8 inch baseboards and 6 inch crown molding, plus the ceilings are high and the doors are 8 feet tall. So I was afraid using small strips would make it look puny. I ended up with a 5 1/2 inch top piece and 3 inch battens. My board part was the drywall. I have flat walls, so I decided to make it easy on myself.
I started out by using a laser level and taping off the area I wanted to paint white. By doing it in straight line, I made my job easier when mounting the boards. I already had a straight and level line painted on the wall.
|Leveling and taping off wall|
After holding the three inch battens up against my baseboard I opted to put a horizontal batten on top of the baseboard. I didn’t like the overhang, and wasn’t crazy about the 45 degree angle taper at the bottom. It’s of course personal preference, but there is no furniture going in this room to cover the bottom up.
I installed the lower horizontal battens first, then decided on the height of my top board. Then I cut one of the 3 inch wide battens and held it up with the top piece to makes sure I liked it. Next I took my already cut batten held it up against an uncut piece and used a pencil to draw a line at the top. I repeated this for all my vertical battens and then made all of those cuts at once. By holding them up and tracing the line, I saved a lot of time. I was able to cut them all in less than 30 minutes, and they were all the same size.
Then once all my battens were cut I installed two battens, one on each edge of each wall. Then I had something to rest my five inch board on to install it. If you have someone helping you, you don’t have to install them in this order, but that 5 inch board wasn’t light, and I would not have had enough hands to level, hold, and nail all at once. If you cut your battens all the same size, it should be level, but I was using liquid nails and regular nails and wanted to make sure.
Next comes the fun part, the math. I measured the space inside the two battens. Then I subtracted 6 inches because I was going to be putting in two battens that were each 3 inches wide. So I had 36″ between battens. 36-6=30″. Next I divided 30″ by three because I was measuring the space between the battens. And two battens gives me three spaces. This may seem confusing but just look at the pic and you’ll see the three spaces between the battens. So 30/3 = 10″. I measured out 10 inches from each side and install the battens. I followed this process with each wall.
I went back and forth on the corners, deciding whether I needed to have a batten on each side of each wall or if I could have it on one wall and not the other. In the end I liked the look of each wall being framed out, so I went with it. In order to do this, you have to move your corner pieces out a little bit or one corner piece will cover the other. So I moved them so that the corners of each batten were touching but not overlapping. This way my battens were all the same size.
I put a top cap on that was just a two inch batten laying on it’s side. Underneath the top cap I put a piece of cove molding. I think it added that finishing touch!
I got these great hooks at Hobby Lobby and they were 50% off. Which means they were $1.50 – $3.00 each. I decided that I didn’t want to match, so I got one of each. I thought it would be a little whimsical and the board and batten is so even and symmetrical I wanted to break it up a bit. They didn’t come with screws for hanging though, I guess that’s one of the downsides to my great deal! I simply predrilled holes for the screws, and then added the screws so I didn’t crack the wood. Then I colored over the screw heads with a black permanent marker and a dab of Rubn’Buff in Spanish Copper and they blend in quite well. Next to decorate the walls above it! It never ends!
Overall this project wasn’t that hard. The worst part was cutting the miters on the angled walls. That wasn’t easy because I had only done 90 degree walls before and I had to figure it out as I went along. But I was able to do this project all by myself with no help. Hubby will have a nice surprise when he comes home tomorrow.
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