WOW, seven hours later and my dream accent wall came to life. Ever since I painted our fireplace (an entire year ago lol) I have been dreaming up this accent wall in our dining room. This space has been so hard for me to bring to life. It’s an awkward space to me but I’ve been determined to make it a space I enjoy and love. It is still a work in progress so I think it’s important to know exactly where it started at.
Again, this is BEFORE image of the space.
It’s incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do. The white really opened up the area.
And here is the after once the accent wall was complete. O B S E S S E D!!
Want to create your own board & batten wall?
Things you will need:
Paint (Color: Dark Secret)
1 x 2 x 8 Boards (I used 11)
Nail Gun (You can rent this from Home Depot)
Now let me walk you the simple steps that we took:
Step #1: Planning & Prepping – I had this all planned out in my head months before ever acting on it. It was a bold choice but black is my favorite color and I’m loving it being an accent in our home. Again this space needed a wow factor and I think the wood on the wall really gives it that elegant boldness that it needed. So pick your color, prime the wall, and prep your space.
Step #2: Painting – I highly recommend painting the wall before adding your boards. This is totally optional but I think it saved a ton of time and made the painting process much more simple. We did two coats of paint before moving on to step three.
Step #3: Add your boards – Again this is all totally optional but I attempted to draw the design out on paper and considered doing tape on the wall to replicate the boards before putting them up but I am so glad we decided to wing it. We started with one board on the lower left hand side and went from there. Board by board we created the design.
Also you should note that we are no professionals and certainly didn’t use specific measurements. BUT that’s what I love about it, you don’t need to be an expert to do a board in batten wall. We laid the board against the wall and drew a line in the direction of the cuts we needed and Amanda used the miter saw to cut the boards. It’s almost fail proof, if you cut the board a little shorter than you anticipated its very simple to make minor adjustments in your design and continue using it.
Step 4: Complete the wall – Once you have all your boards in place you can caulk around the boards to create a more smooth transition but I chose not to. We then painted all the boards the same color as the wall to finish it up.
Here is a list of items used in the space:
Let me know what you think in the comments and be sure to tag me in any of your board & batten projects @fitnesswithtaylor.
Xoxo, Taylor G.