As I mentioned in my previous post, my guest bathroom is my project guinea pig. Therefore, one of my first small-major projects done in the guest bathroom is Board and Batten.
I loveeee Board and Batten! It’s nothing new, yet its classic, elegant, pretty easy to do (It takes some precise measuring but it’s not Calculus!) and a major upgrade to any room. It’s a project that I want to do in different ways throughout the house, so it was a guaranteed pick to try it in the guest bathroom first.
Okay. This is relatively an inexpensive project, especially if you have most of the tools and supplies on hand. If you don’t. No worries! You have plenty of options! (Borrow, Rent, or Buy the tools needed)
Here are the tools and supplies we used to complete this project:
*Brad nail gun
*Sander and/or Sandpaper
*1 x 3″ Pine Board (Top Rail- Cut down to size, came in 6ft lengths)
*1 x 2″ Pine Board (Top Ledge- Cut down to size, came in 6ft lengths)
*Pre-Primed Lattice Strips (Cut down to size, came in 12ft lengths)
*Spackle and Putty Knife
*Paint and Primer (White, Semi-Gloss)
*Painting supplies (Brush, Roller, etc.)
*White Trim Caulk
Before beginning, we suggest cleaning the walls; filling in any holes with spackle or drywall filler; and once dried, smooth it out with sandpaper. (I did this towards the end, right before I started painting. I’m a little backwards).
We started by measuring the areas on each wall where we wanted to install the board and batten. Then, using a level, we marked where we intended to put everything on the walls using a pencil with a BIG eraser. Between both walls, we decided that the height of the molding would be 45 inches from the ground.
After the lines were drawn, we used a stud finder and marked where all of the studs were inside the wall (nails are more secure when they go into studs). Finding the studs actually helped us decide on the distance between each lattice(batten). We measured the length between each stud and determined they were 14 inches apart. We decided to make the lattice strips 14 inches apart so they would be nailed right into the stud for more security. We ended up having 4 even spaces on the wall behind the door and 2 even spaces on the wall where the toilet is sitting so comfortably between the vanity and the tub.
Then, we prepared for our wood supplies. We went with Young House Love’s wood choice and tutorial to complete this project. It was easy to follow and came out beautiful. We bought 2- 1 x 3″x 6′ Pine Boards, 2- 1 x 2″x 6′ Pine Boards, and 2-Pre-Primed 12′ Lattice Strips and cut them down to size at Home Depot (We didn’t have a miter saw at the time). My hubby looked like Superman cutting each piece of wood with that hand saw. Sorry, I don’t have any pics of him in his cape (I left my phone in the car). He cut them perfectly, well almost perfect. However, it was superb enough to where it fit into our car (We desperately need a TRUCK btw!). After the purchase, we acclimated the wood for about a week. This is when you let the wood sit in your house (at least 3 days minimum) to adapt to house conditions so you can avoid any cracks, expansion, shrinkage, and/or any other damage which may happen if you don’t acclimate the wood prior to install.
We didn’t purchase any wood for the bottom of the wall because we used our existing baseboards. That’s the reason we got the lattice strips, because they’re thinner and fit perfectly.
When we were ready to get the show on the road, we lined up the cut wood against the wall to make sure the measurements were accurate. Some pieces were a little off and needed some adjustments, so Chris(hubby) cut them using a hand saw and we sanded the edges with our cat sander.
Then we lined up and taped the lattice strips to the wall, exactly where we wanted them. We used a piece of scrap wood to ensure the spaces were even and a level to make sure the strips were centered properly.
Here comes the fun (and loud) part! Remember I told you all, if you didn’t have the tools, you could choose from several options. Well, we went ahead and purchased all the tools needed for this project (and more) because we will need them for future projects. We purchased the Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer to get the job done. I let Chris use it first and then I joined in lol (It can be a little scary). First piece of wood we installed was the 1″x 3″ top rails.
After nailing in the top rail, we used Gorilla brand wood glue and laid the top ledge onto the top rail and secured it with the nail gun.
Next, we attached the lattice strips. We made sure the nails went right into the studs.
We filled in all the holes with spackle, let it dry, then smoothed it out. Then, we painted the bottom wall and boards with Valspar (stain blocking) paint in Sherwin Williams “Simply White” in a semi-gloss finish.
After the paint dried, we used paintable white caulk to fill some of the seams between our boards and the wall.
After a few weeks. We painted the walls above with “Repose Gray” from Sherwin Williams and added a little décor for a fresh new look and pop of nautical theme!
We loved the way our DIY board and batten turned out. It was the best DIY project to add some character and charm to our little bathroom! I think our guests will love it! 🙂