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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Board & Batten "How To"

Our base boards were 1/8 inch on the top. We didn't want to have to replace all of them, so we found a 1/8 inch slat of wood & had it cut into our 4 inch vertical slats. We found the sheet at Home Depot for $20 & they weren't busy so he cut our 4 inch pieces (the width) for free! The edges were a little rough so we took our electric sander & sanded the edges down.  You could also prime & paint the slats before you start...we painted at the end. We also purchased  the wood for the top rail & it was
5 1/2 inches wide.  Then we were ready to begin.

Step One:Prime & Paint bottom half of  the wall.
Step 2:
Measure down from the ceiling to where you want the bottom of the horizontal top rail to be.

Step 3:
Cutting the board where two pieces meet at a 45 degree angle will support & hide the seam better.

Step 4:
Recruit some help & nail gun the top piece of wood where you had marked it in step 2.
We wanted ours to be up higher up on the wall.
(It was about 48 inches from the bottom of the rail to the floor.)

Step 5:
Mark the wall for the space between the vertical slats.
(We wanted 12 inches between each slat.)
So we made a mark every 16 inches to account for the 4 inch width of the vertical slat.

Step 6:
Measure how long you want the vertical pieces & cut to fit.

Step 7:
Before nailing the vertical slats, use your level & make them straight.
Then you are ready to nail them in.  (We used a nail gun.)
Step 8:
Counter sink all nails so the surface is smooth and ready for putty.

Step 9:
Fill each nail hole & seams on the horizontal rail with putty.
Once it's dry it may need a light sanding to make it smooth.

Step 10:
Apply a thin bead of caulk (with a caulk gun) on all wood edges.
Then you are officially ready to paint!

Then enjoy the view...

It took a little time...but it was SO worth it!
You can see more of the nursery here.

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  1. Oh I love a little board and batten! This looks wonderful-would love for you to come share at my weekend decorating party at my blog!

  2. Glad to see you recruit short helpers at your house too! The board and batten looks terrific.

  3. Hi, there! You've got tons of creativity and I admire them all. Can you please join us at Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your tutorial! I'm pinning it!

    I'm also your newest follower.

  5. You have done a perfect job. Thanks for joining my blog. I am following yours.

  6. Cute times a million! Glad I found you through my stalking and hopping this afternoon! I'm your newest follower and hope you'll stop by and say hi and follow me, too.

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

  7. I love board and batten. It looks great and makes such an adorable nursery!

  8. Hi there- just stopping back to say thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  9. Your board & batten looks great and that's a cute shot of your 'helpers'!

  10. You and your helpers did an awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! It was very thorough and easy to understand! I'm going to pin this for later! Thanks again!!!

  11. What an amazing project!!! SOMEDAY!!! I would LOVE to do this! I just have to get out of my RENTAL and into a place where the walls are all mine! Thank you SO much for linking up at crafty scrappy happy!

  12. I have been wanting to do this in our living room...and yours looks amazing. I think this might be the push I needed!
    I'd love fo you to link up to my very first Fresh Friday Link party!