How to Install Board and Batten

Study how to put in a Board and Batten wall. We’re below to aid you do it oneself with professional-on the lookout outcomes!

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Do it yourself Board and Batten Wall Tutorial

Components for Putting in a Board and Batten Wall:

  • Boards for Foundation Molding: We chose 1×8 MDF
  • Boards for Crown Molding: We opted for a very simple alternatively than ornate glimpse and chose 1×4 MDF.  We ran one on the wall and one on the ceiling to create a wrapped-corner glimpse.
  • Battens (vertical boards): In the previous we have used 1×4 or 1×2’s that are the exact thickness as the upper and decreased molding, but this time I wished the battens to be compact and insignificant to create a light-weight texture. At our community Dwelling Depot they experienced some 3 3/4″ x one/4″ thick unpainted MDF strips termed MDF Bender boards. They ended up in the lumber isle close to the plywood and NOT with the moldings.  They ended up a terrific selling price and just wide plenty of to be ripped (reduce length-wise) in 50 % to create the delicate glimpse I was going for.
  • Desk Noticed
  • Nail gun and nails
  • Caulk and Gap Patching Compound
  • Paint
Be certain to test out this tutorial for fantastic board and batten spacing!

Board and Batten Step one: Set up Foundation Molding

Evaluate, reduce, and put in the foundation molding.

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The stair used to be wrapped with carpet, but we wished to prevent that and clean up the glimpse.  We created out the stair a little bit and then wrapped it with the MDF.  We received fortunate and the MDF was the exact exact top as the stair!

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Board and Batten Step 2: Set up Crown Molding

Evaluate and reduce your crown molding pieces. Utilizing the ceiling piece as a spacer, push the wall piece up to the ceiling piece (you will have to have a helper to do this, which is why we didn’t get any images) and nail in place.

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Future put in your ceiling piece.

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*Idea*  We didn’t have joists to nail the crown  molding to on this portion of the ceiling. You can use anchor bolts for a Large amount of more operate or you can do what we did: to continue to keep the board in place, set in 2 nails at a forty five degree angle to the ideal and then straight away change your nailer the other direction and add two far more in a forty five degree angle to the remaining. The “v” designed by the nails acts like an anchor. I wouldn’t do this with major beams, but for a lightweight molding, it performs effectively.

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Board and Batten Step 3: Rip the Battens (if wanted)

Our battens wanted ripped in 50 %, bear in mind.

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And mainly because we reduce ours, we took the time to sand down the prime two edges of the board to be certain that the edges ended up clean and that all imperfections ended up sanded down.

*Idea* Slice edges of MDF normally have to have sanding.  Because MDF is so easy, the imperfections will be extremely evident at the time you paint. Do not skip sanding!

Board and Batten Step four: Set up the Battens

Be certain to make your spacing fantastic.  Stick to this board and batten spacing tutorial and you will conclusion up with the professional-on the lookout outcomes you want!

one. Mark out the spacing.

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2. Evaluate the top you will have to have for that batten in that place. Slice your batten. (Do this for every single batten, as ceilings and floors are not as stage as you imagine!)

3. Area the bottom of the batten at your spacing mark and nail at the time close to the bottom of the board to hold it in place according to your spacing mark.

four. Area a stage on the aspect of the batten board and change the board right until it is beautifully vertical.

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five. Nail at the time close to the prime then secure it to the wall with a number of far more nails in the center.

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six. Repeat the approach with every single batten.

Board and Batten Step five: Patch the nail holes and caulk all the seams

Patch the nail holes and caulk involving the boards and the wall to fill the gaps.

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Board and Batten Step six: Paint

We chose Sherwin Williams Large Reflective White, and, oh, the change the paint helps make! Make certain to examine your paint position from the remaining and ideal to be certain every single inch of the battens is lined in paint. It is uncomplicated to skip the skinny aspect following to the wall!

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For portray the molding following to the ground, I used heavyweight scrapbook paper as a “drop cloth” of kinds. It moved along conveniently and slid under the gap of the foundation molding beautifully with no taping needed!
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And we’re finished! See how the battens just kind of soften into the wall? They supply a slight texture and pattern but they are not the focal issue — specifically the subtlety we wished!

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This article originally published 05.04.2013 // Up to date 03.06.2020

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