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DIY Tales: Board and Batten Wainscoting

By Hello...I Live Here on Dec 17, 2013

Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom

Are you a board and Batten fan? Today’s post is picking up on part II of the Master bathroom Redo. You remember our post on master bath storage when we built the in between stud cabinet? Well, that one cabinet started what my husband refers to as the ripple effect – Every time I use this awesome cabinet, I felt like something was missing. This cabinet gave our bathroom the start of a cottage like feel, so the next thing we did was a logical choice, we installed Board and Batten Wainscoting of course!

Master Bath Storage Post

It was a fun project but took a little time, about a week or so to plan. After the cabinet build I changed the wall color to Valspar’s paint color “Shaken Not Stirred” (very James Bond I know) purchased from Lowe’s. Once this grey color hit the wall, that cottage feel was a little stronger. So for over a week, I would walk in and stand there thinking what do I install next? Then this little room gave me the answer, and that’s when I ran to Home Depot and purchased my next project – Board and Batten Wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

This one tiny change opened up this small room, and I love the effect, and if you try it in your bathrooms I know you will love it too. It’s very easy, but time consuming due to the cuts. Here’s how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting:

1. First I removed all the baseboards, and then prepped/primed/painted the wall.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

2. After the paint dried, I trimmed out the bottom of the wall with 1x4x12. I cut all the pieces to match on a 45 degree angle on an inside and outside corner method. I attached to the foot of the wall using caulking that lined the top, bottom and sides, then nailed to the wall with my Ryobi nail gun and 2” nails.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

(Note: use the caulking on the back of the Board and Batten Wainscoting to make sure you get a tight seal – because it’s in a bathroom you don’t want any moisture creating any problems of mold build up behind the board).

3. Next, I cut two 1x2x8’s in half giving me 4” vertical pieces. Nailing to wall after adding my Caulking as I did above. I started with the corners and measured my board spacing each one 10 ½” apart. Then I finished adding the vertical boards creating my board and batten wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

4. Then, I moved on to the top of the vertical pieces using 1x3x12 on a 45 degree angles. Using a 1x2x12 as a cap piece I turned this piece to give that finished picture rail look.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

5. To finish the look of the Board and Batten Wainscoting, I caulked all the cracks, covered the nail holes, and let cure overnight. The following day, I finished adding the last coat of bright white paint. Because I used pre-primed boards, I did not have to prime. I simply added my bright white paint and let it dry for the pristine appearance. Just a side note, I love bright white paint, so I have Porter paints mix my white, adding three drops of black paint. This one little technique brightens the white and you can tell where your white paint stops and starts. What do you think of the Board and Batten Wainscoting look?

Board and Batten Wainscoting

I want to thank you all who participated with the paint colors and red pop choices through our Facebook and Hometalk discussions. As you can see I value your input in my design. I am glad you follow our blog and are so active with helping. But most of all I hope you enjoy trying the installation of board and batting wainscoting.

Post you tomorrow the next updated Master Bath Redo Part III! Have a great night everyone!


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