I’ve had a LOT of questions lately about Aubrielle’s Board and Batten wall treatment, in her room that we did…
So I thought I should snap a couple of pictures and give you some more info, to hopefully clear a few things up…
Here is what the board looks like… in it’s “plain Jane” state.
This is a cut down version, but it comes in a 14 ft. long piece I believe.
NOT ALL LOWE’S stock this item. But ours, in West Valley does!
They are about $5.00 for each 14 foot piece, and located in the very back right corner of the store, on the floor, next to the outdoor siding stuff.
You can special order them though. They are actually the wood that is used to make closet supports as well… my Dad told me 🙂
You know… those solid 3 inch pieces that hold up the shelves and sometimes make “L” brackets to support the middle piece of a larger section of shelving?
On ONE side of the board there is a ROUNDED edge, and a straight edge.
The rounded edge is great if you are finishing off with this board.
But if you want to do board and batten, then just FLIP the board to the other side, and you have TWO straight edges.
This is pretty important, because you don’t want to have board and batten showing with only ONE rounded edge on ONE side of the board. lol.
But if it’s against the wall, then you can’t even tell!
So here’s how we did OUR board and batten:
We cut these boards at 73 inches tall, and then figured out the spacing between them at 5 1/4 inches.
To do this, I actually slapped a piece of masking tape on the back of each board to hold it in place while we moved them around and figured out the spacing. They kinda leaned up against the base board too, so that was a lot of help.
Might be a little ghetto, but It worked like a charm! lol.
Once we had them where we wanted them… We
put a little liquid nails on the backs… shot a few nails in the top and bottoms… and finished off the tops of the boards with a 4 inch piece of regular primed wood.
This was cheap too, at Lowes. Only about $8 or $10 bucks, and it was already primed! YES!
Then I did LOTS of puttying and sanding…
Cason filled it all up with paintable caulk and then I did 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of Semi-gloss white.
(just the regular stuff, right out of the can. I just had the lady at the paint counter shake it for me)
The last question I get asked… probably the MOST, is …
“My board hangs off the edge of our base board, did yours? What did you do?”
Well, Mine looks like this.
Our baseboards have a pretty thick ledge… ALMOST the same size as the board was, so we didn’t feel the need to rip them off, just to make them fit EXACTLY.
details, details, details…blah, blah, blah… lol.
You can kinda see here, when I put my finger under, there is about an eighth of an inch over hang.
Seriously… you can’t even TELL once everything is painted all white.
I HAVE seen it where people, who have smaller baseboards and STILL don’t want to take them up,
will shave off the ends of each board, till they meet up with the base.
(click to enlarge)
Once they’ve painted it… it looks great!
I think I covered it all. This really was SUCH a simple treatment for this space.
And great for first timers who want to tackle a DIY project.
I love it so much! It totally gives the room a “pottery barn” feel. 🙂
images from PotteryBarn.com
…Try it! You’ll like it!…
(okay… give me a break, my kids are watching “Yo Gabba Gabba” right now… and if you don’t know what that is… then forget this italicized comment and be glad you are out of the loop with weird kid shows. LOL)