How to Create a Board and Batten Accent Wall

How to Create a Board and Batten Accent Wall | Just a Girl and Her Blog

Last week I talked about our plans for a master bedroom refresh, and I am thrilled to say that we have been making progress slowly but surely! As I did with my fabulously feminine home office, I thought I would pop in each week just to give a little update on what we’ve been up to. Though “in progress” pictures may not be totally Pinterest-worthy, I think it helps to show how things unfold in real time because the reality is, most “before and after” photos don’t just happen overnight! Just as a reminder, this is where we started…

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Oh hey there super dark back wall! That wall has bugged me pretty much since the second I painted it, so the first item on my to-do list was to create some sort of board and batten feature and lighten things up a little bit a lot. I did some research and think I looked at just about every type of board and batten on the entire internet. 🙂 I eventually narrowed it down to a few of my favorites:

The Happy Housie

This one from my friend Krista at The Happy Housie

Life on Virginia Street

…and this one by my friend Sarah at Life on Virginia Street

Home Stories A to Z

…and this planked wall by the oh-so-talented Beth at Home Stories A to Z.

Thrifty Decor Chick

Then I stumbled on this beauty from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick.

I really liked the idea of this set up because our ceilings are not very high, and I felt like it might make the room look bigger. I ran it past Donnie (who of course was going to be doing all of the grunt work 😉 ), and he loved it too, so we got to work. We went about our version a little differently since we were dealing with a smaller room and different baseboards.

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While I was painting up a storm, Donnie got to work on the b & b. Using pre-primed MDF 1x4s, he started by attaching the top horizontal board and the four vertical boards with a nail gun, dividing the wall in thirds. And because he’s fancy, he even mitered the corners. 🙂

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{You couldn’t see the line very well in my picture, so I drew it in for you. 😉 }

We debated a little bit about what to do with the bottoms of the vertical boards. We really didn’t want to have to remove our baseboards, so Donnie had the idea to cut the bottoms of the boards at a 45-degree angle so that they didn’t hang out past the baseboards, and it ended up being the perfect solution.

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Donnie then put the three horizontal boards in place {he may have had to do this part twice because a certain person who he loves very much didn’t like the first height he put them and made him move them… 😉 }, and it was ready for patching and painting! Even with the adjustment, it really ended up being a very easy job. {Especially for me, who was playing the all-important role of “supervisor!”}

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Fortunately, we had a bunch of paint left over from the stash Behr had sent me, so we ended up using Behr Marquee Cameo White for the board and batten wall and Behr Marquee Silver City for the other walls.

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It’s a pretty blank slate right now, but we have big plans for it! You’ll notice that the big, chunky headboard is gone. We’re planning on making our own to replace it. And we also have another project in the works…

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The closet! Especially for a master bedroom, this closet is not very big at all, so it’s important to make the best use of the space. That single bar/shelf combo is just not cutting it, so hopefully when you come back next week we’ll have a better organizational solution for it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Have a great day!

Have you installed any board and batten lately?

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  1. did this in my bathroom… great way to freshen up a room AND cover up where we pulled some NASTY 70s tiles off the wall. 🙂

  2. Emily, Our house now a home says:

    That is so pretty, I love the idea of having this on your bed wall. I cannot decide if I want to to do this in my room or do a wall of wall paper matching the paint. I have a lot of wainscoting and board and batten in my house. I don’t want to go overboard. Seeing yours makes me lean towards doing it anyways, it is gorgeous!

  3. Ann Fontaine says:

    Abby, this is BEAUTIFUL! I’m in love with the B&B project, your space looks completely different in the most amazing way 🙂 Total win with this one!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Ann! You are so sweet! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Great idea of cutting the bottoms at a 45-degree – I’ll have to remember that! Things are looking super already in the room – excited to see things as they progress! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Draven! Hope you have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says:

    I love how it turned out!! Board and batten is such a classy and simple way to dress up any room. I love how bright it looks in there now, compared to the dark wall before! All these tutorials I’ve seen lately on board and batten really makes me want to just find a wall anywhere in our house and do one! 🙂 Maybe I’ll start with our bathroom redo. I can’t decide! Either way, thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 Have a great week!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! Warning: board and batten can be slightly addicting! 😉 Have fun with your bathroom redo!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Hi,

    Looks great! Did you leave a textured wall behind the 1×4 trim boards? Isn’t B&B supposed to be a flat board on the wall and then the 1×4’s over that?

    Thanks, I’m inspired but don’t think leaving a textured wall behind would look right.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Angus! Our walls are smooth, not textured, so we didn’t have that problem. I have seen where others with textured walls had to install actual boards behind the battens to make it look smooth. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  7. What was the height of the horizontal board that you decided to use?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oh goodness, that was so long ago now that I don’t remember! And we don’t even live in that house anymore for me to be able to measure. I know that the ladder that’s sitting next to it in the one picture is just over 4 feet tall, so I’m guessing the bottom of the board is at about 5 feet. Sorry I couldn’t be more exact! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

      ~Abby =)

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