Board and batten walls are an affordable, fast, and effortless way to add character to a room. Plus, it may increase your home’s resale value.
This style is highly adaptable, as it can be constructed from a range of materials. Wood, composites, aluminum, and vinyl all make great choices.
Cut The Battens
Before you can begin your DIY board and batten project, you need to cut the boards that will cover the wall. Measure your wall’s dimensions to determine how big each board should be, then cut them accordingly.
Once your panels are cut, attach them to your wall one at a time using construction adhesive and let dry for several minutes before installing your battens.
Before adding any more nails, check that the battens are level and true to your wall by using a three-foot level. This will prevent your finished product from looking out of alignment or off-kilter, giving it the best appearance possible.
Attach The Battens to The Wall
Battening a wall is an efficient way to add insulation and prevent dampness. It is simpler than stud walls, as you only need to attach wooden battens directly onto the wall before plasterboard can be applied over them.
Before beginning this project, it is essential to determine the width of the wall you intend to cover with board and batten. This will enable you to measure vertical boards and cut them accordingly.
Once you’ve measured and cut your battens, it’s time to attach them to the wall. Use either a nail gun or finish nails to securely fasten vertical battens in place.
Next, install the top board for your board and the batten wall. This piece should be the same width as the vertical battens and should rest flush against the top edge of the wall.
Fill The Nails
Board and batten doors add a timeless aesthetic to any home, providing depth and texture on the outside. They’re an excellent option for increasing your property’s curb appeal.
Acrylic powder is an ideal way to fill nails for DIY board and batten projects, as it gives a perfect finish without damaging your nails. This method gives you peace of mind when using it on any DIY board or batten project.
Before beginning this task, however, you must prepare your acrylic powder mixture. To do so, place the acrylic liquid in one small dish and the powder in another.
Once all ingredients are mixed together, dip your nail brush into the liquid and then powder the mixture and dab it around 4 to 5 times. This will form a bead of acrylic mixture on the end of your brush.
You can also use a cotton swab with nail polish remover to wipe away the acrylic fill mixture. You could even do this to another nail and fill it again if necessary.
Paint The Wall
Board and batten walls can add significant value to your home. Its versatile design works well in a variety of settings.
Before painting, ensure the walls are free from dust and cobwebs. This includes taking away furniture and any fixtures that cannot be moved, such as doors and windows.
Once the walls are clean, it’s time to paint. Begin by applying a coat of primer which helps the paint adhere better and provides an even base for coloring.
Apply a thick coat of primer and let it dry. Then, use a brush to “cut in” the walls by painting lines along the top, around window and door trim, down corners, and above baseboards.
Next, paint the rest of the wall using a W-pattern. Start at one corner, then move to another section and repeat this process until all walls are covered.