DIY Board & Batten Walls

I have been wanting to try DIY board and batten walls for so long, and today I finally found the courage, and the time! Hehe. 

I've only done a very small corner to see the effect and I can't stop looking at it!  I love it.

(Please ignore our dreadful off white door.  We are getting new shiny white panelled ones soon - yippee!  It's all a work in progress remember.)

I had been contemplating a new colour for the walls for a few weeks now and was lucky enough to find a sample pot for $3 at the hardware yesterday.  I saw this as a sign to get started. :)

Our bedroom already had a horizontal piece of timber running round it about a third of the way up, so I just had to measure the height and make my boards to fit. 

This is a view of the wall on the other side of the doorway. Sorry, I'd already started painting the other side. Anyway, you can see how bland it all looks.

I had cut my boards from a large sheet of MDF (approx $6) to the right height and desired width a few months ago.  I'd also managed to get them sanded, so the prep work had been done. 

I just measured where I wanted them placed then used my liquid nails to attach them to the wall.  Then I used my new nail gun (for the first time) to attach them securely to the wall.  Then I did 2 coats of primer, and 2 coats of white paint in the lower half.  

The upper half of the wall I decided to go with Dulux Hog Bristle Half strength.  It's like a warm beige brown sort of colour.  Very different from the original cold shade of Antique White.  And very striking against the bright white.  
I also want to add a small strip of beading to the bottom of the walls, but first things first. :)

This project is going to take a while but I wanted to show you what I got up to today.

What do you think?


  1. Julie I love this look!It adds so much charm to your walls!Your color is pretty too!


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