In my entryway makeover post on Monday you probably noticed that we had also done some work in the dining room. I’m still working on the makeover but today I’m going to share how we added a little drama to the room, with this board and batten tutorial. I’m also giving away a HomeRight paint sprayer so make sure you read all the way to the end!
We had board and batten in the entryway of our old house and I LOVED it! I love how the bright white boards catch the eye and demand your attention. It’s a great way to make a room look expensive, without actually spending a lot. Adding it in our dining room cost us less than $300, and in my opinion it looks like a million bucks!
Board and Batten Tutorial, here’s what you need:
- Back boards (like these ones from Lowe’s)
- Liquid nails
- Nail gun and nails
- Large level
- Planer (optional)
- Caulking (this is the one I used)
- Wood filler (this is the one i used)
- Paint sprayer (this is the one I used)
- Drop cloths
- Painters tape (this is what I used)
Okay, I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I just couldn’t wait to show you how good it turned out! Back to the tutorial…
The first thing I did was paint the top half of the walls. I figured it would be easier to paint them first, instead of having to tape everything off after the B&B (board and batten) was installed. I’m in love with the color, I found it in my Ballard Designs catalog, it’s Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore.
When the paint was dry we measured all the back boards to fit them to the walls. In the process of doing that we also decided how far apart we wanted each of the vertical boards to be so we would know where to make the seams.
When you install B&B make sure to cut holes for all your outlets and light switches, before gluing the back board to the walls!
After each of the boards were measured and cut, we laid them down on the ground and put Liquid Nails all over the back of it. Then we lifted it to the wall, leveled it, and my husband nailed it into place while I held it.
Once all the back boards were in place it was time to add the moulding on top. We bought the same moulding we had used in our old entryway because we loved it so much the last time.
To install it we did the same thing we did with the boards. We measured and cut it, placed a strip of Liquid Nails down on the backside of the moulding, I held it in place and leveled it, then Matt nailed it in with a nail gun.
It was hard taking pictures of this process since both of us were working to get the moulding on the wall, but here’s a picture of our handy work. 🙂
Once the back boards and moulding were installed it was time for baseboards and the vertical boards. We haven’t had baseboards on the main floor since we installed our new hardwood floors last winter, so I was SO EXCITED to finally get baseboard installed!!!
While Matt worked on measuring, cutting and installing the baseboards. I got to work installing the vertical boards. The only problem was the moulding we had chosen for the top, was thin at the base, so we had a big ledge at the top of the vertical boards.
I knew this would drive me absolutely BONKERS so I called our good friend, who owns a planer, and asked him if I could come over and plane the boards down. If you don’t know what a planer is, it’s machine that basically “peels” off layers of the boards to make them thiner. Here’s what the board looked like after planing them.
If you don’t own a planer, or know someone that does, you could also rip the boards with a table saw, or chose a thicker molding for the top. Once all the boards were the right depth, I got to start installing them. To make it faster and easier, I cut a scrap piece of wood/stick to 19.5″, which was the distance we wanted between each of the boards. This made it so I didn’t have to stop and measure between each board.
I installed my first vertical board and after that I was able to use the stick to get to my next starting point.
After I determined my starting point, I put wood glue on the back of the board, placed it on the wall, leveled it out and then used a nail gun to nail it into place.
Once all the boards and baseboards were installed I caulked every seam and every crack. Honestly this was the most tedious part of the whole installation, it probably took me about 1 1/2-2 hours to caulk the boards, mouldings, baseboards and all the corners of everything. But when I was done it made a huge difference (and I could barely move my hand)! If you haven’t seen my post for how to caulk a perfect line then check out the post HERE. If you don’t want your caulking to crack over time make sure to purchase Flex Painters Caulking.
I also filled in all the nail holes with wood filler. It’s important to use wood filler for your nail holes, and not caulking, because caulking will “sink” and not look as smooth and finished. These two steps are super tedious but also very important!
After all the installation was finished the dining room was ready to be painted. In our other house I hand painted all the boards, which took forever, so this time around I decided to spray them with my HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer.
To protect the walls, floors, etc. I taped everything off with plastic drop cloths and FrogTape.
And then it was time to spray!
Okay, so remember how I told you how much I loved the Finish Max HVLP sprayer when I did our kitchen makeover? Well I still love it but let me tell you, the Finish Max Pro is AMAZING!!! I couldn’t believe how fine the paint came out and went on the board and batten. The spray comes out so perfectly that it looks like a professional painted it. Every time I’d stand back and look at what I had just painted, I would give myself a mental pat on the back. Of course it wasn’t me making it look that good but it looks SO good that I couldn’t help myself!
The only negative thing I can say about the Finish Max Pro is that it creates a lot of dust. With the attached turbine it lays down a professional grade layer of paint but the dust ends up everywhere. If I had known this I would have put plastic up to protect the other rooms in our house, but instead my entire house looked like this.
So get the sprayer, use it, give yourself a pat on the back because your paint project looks like a million bucks, but make sure you tape off the entire room first so dust can’t escape!
Okay, I’m back from my tangent. It’s so hard to show you in a picture how beautiful the board and batten turned out but I’m going to try.
I just can’t believe for how little we spent, how much more expensive our dining room looks. And it has baseboards!!! Ahhh, I’m seriously giddy over that!
I can’t wait to finish the rest of the makeover and show you the finished product! My goal is to have it done before Thanksgiving so we can enjoy our meal in a beautiful room instead of on the sub flooring like we did last year. 🙂
What do you think of our new board and batten?
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