Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dining Room Board and Batten

I finally finished my dining room wall that has been 7 months in the making. It really didn't take very long once I got started. My husband and I probably spent a total 3 hours on Saturday putting it all up and filling in nail holes, and that time includes going to Home Depot and having them cut the wood. Anyway, I'll just let the pictures do the talking for a second, that's all we care about anyway.

I love that now when you walk in the front door you don't see a huge empty wall anymore, you see this! And once I get some art up there it will be even better.

Now onto the technical stuff. Since there are literally thousands of tutorials for this out there in blog land I will spare you most of the boring details. But here is a quick rundown of what we did. The first step was to paint the wall. Since we have textured walls I debated weather I would do the real board and batten or the fake. Doing it the real way would have required buying a huge sheet of mdf  and applying it to the wall. I decided to forgo the mdf and just paint it. In the end if I hated how it looked with the textured wall, I would just cut the mdf to fit between the battens and put it up later. I realized that this would be a lot more work, but I'm just trying to save money over here.
Next we went to Home Depot, bought the wood, and had them cut it there for us. I used 3 1/2 inch wide sheets of primed mdf for the vertical battens and 5 1/2 inch wide mdf board for the top. In all the wood cost about $50. Most people paint the battens before they put them up, but we decided to just go ahead and put them up first. I really didn't notice that painting them after they were up was any harder than it would have been if I did it first.

Next, we decided to put the top, vertical, on first. The Home Depot guy was not the most accurate and none of our boards came out the same length. So we decided it would be best to have them flush at the top and then fill in any gaps at the bottom.

To apply everything we first did a squiggly, I'm getting real technical here, of liquid nails and slapped it on the wall. We then followed with four or five nails for support. We used my dad's nail gun, but a hammer and nails would work too. Those guys aren't going anywhere!

Once we got everything up, I then went through and Spackled all the nail holes and gaps. I then caulked all the edges. Caulking made it look so much nicer and finished.
Before Caulk
After caulk

Finally, I painted, and turned it all into this:


  1. Great job! It looks amazing. Your place is so comfy and pretty. I love the centerpiece on your table.
    Happy December!

  2. Looks great and adds some architecture. Way to stick with it!

  3. I love all the patterns between your living and dining rooms!

  4. Looks great! Love your centerpiece too!

  5. This is seriously gorgeous!! This is the first thing I want to do when we own a house again. It transforms the room! You guys did such a great job!

  6. You know how I love board and batten, and yours look amazing! You and hubby did such a great job and it completely enhances your dining space. LOVE!

  7. It is amazing!!! I love it. So good with the table and chairs you worked so hard on! THanks for the tips too, I would love to tackle this project one day.

  8. The wall looks beautiful! Great job :)

  9. Wow this looks so amazing! You did such a great job!

    So happy to have you join last week’s Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

  10. It looks great!! Newest follower from Thumping Thursdays.
    xo sandra

  11. Beautiful job - your space looks totally gorgeous! I love how the beadboard makes the entire space look so bright and big! Also love your white chairs...I have a set of 6 wheatsheaf chairs that I would love to paint white or soft gray, your's look so beautiful!

  12. Found you through the blog hop i'm co-hosting! Thanks for linking up, follow back if you'd like :)


  13. That turned out SO great! Gorge!!

    ♥Nicole @ Me + the Moon

  14. Hi,

    I'm a new follower from Thumping Thursday bloghop.
    Have a good weekend!


  15. It looks gorgeous!! Amazing really adds so much to the room!


  16. Beautiful and looks pretty simple.

    Thanks for sharing your blog over at the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop. We hope to see you again this week. :)

  17. this turned out so great - love how it turned out!!


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