DIY Board & Batten Accent Wall

The DIY board and batten wall is one of the first things that I saw on Pinterest that I wanted to try. I feel lucky that I have a husband that can help me with my crazy DIY projects. I just feel like board and batten gives the house a little character where most is lacking. It’s a quick way to create some style on a budget if you are doing it yourself.


  1. White wood common board – in 2 sizes (1X4X8) $6.80 X 6 = $40.8 and (1X4X10) $8.67 X 7 = $60.69
  2. Caulk – $8.56
  3. Paint – Benjamin Moore Temptation 1 gallon = $40
  4. Nails – 18GA Brad nails 1-1/4″ for vertical pieces $6.98 & 18GA Brad nails 2″ for stud pieces $7.48 = $14.46

TOTAL= $164.51 (Obvi this depends on how big your wall is and that you already have a saw and nail gun)

Step 1. Mark your studs with tape. We need to know where the studs are for the horizontal pieces. Normal stud spacing is around 16 inches. However, don’t rely on that measurement as they can vary.

Step 2. Attach your horizontal pieces. This will be easier with 2 people. Where someone can hold the wood and the other can use the nail gun. We spaced ours 2 feet apart. Our first piece was flush with the ceiling then worked our way down to the baseboard. Make sure you nail it into the stud for these pieces. We also used a leveler to make sure our board was straight before nailing it to the wall.

Step 3. Attach your vertical pieces. Start at the corner and measure 2 feet in-between to the next board. For these boards you can use the shorter nails as they don’t need to go into the stud.

Step 4. Caulk the gaps in-between the board and the wall and the adjoining board pieces to give it a cohesive look. Make sure not to leave globs behind. I usually do a finger sweep along the caulk to help smooth it out.

Step 5. Paint the wall and boards. Our wall was already painted the color we wanted so it was so much easier to finish. So, I would recommend painting the wall first then doing the accent pieces.

FINISHED! This DIY board and batten accent wall project wasn’t that hard and only took us 2 days but really could of been done in a day if we would of had more free time our first day. I hope you found this helpful. Happy DIYing!

DIY Board and Batten Accent Wall

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