Nursery Progress: Board and Batten Tutorial

Right after we found out we were pregnant, I immediately knew I wanted to do board and batten on the walls of the nursery.
And I am so excited that it is complete!
I think it looks so good and I can’t wait until the room as a whole is complete.

There are many tutorials around blogland on board and batten and I looked at a few of them for inspiration and then we got started.

Here is how we did it:

First, here is a shot of the nursery when we moved in.
Peachy, beige walls and nothing exciting.

My dad primed the walls when he was in painting mode after helping us move in so the walls were ready to be treated.

We first used painter’s tape to figure out the total height of the wall treatment and the distance between batten boards.
We went around the entire room and taped it off. This way we were able to count how many battens we would need to get.

We chose to make the baseboard and the top board 4 inches wide.
The batten boards themselves are 3 inches wide and we spaced the boards 24 inches apart.
The total height of the board and batten is 70 inches so it is rather high but the crib we ordered is 50 inches high so I wanted a good amount of the treatment showing above the crib.

We went to the Home Depot to get all our boards.
We bought 2 sheets of 1/2 in. MDF boards for $25 each and had them cut them down for us on their giant saw into the sizes we needed.
This was MUCH cheaper than buying boards individually.

We got all the baseboards and batten cut by them.
Then we bought some additional boards that were 2 1/2 in. wide to use as a picture ledge on top and some molding to use just under the picture ledge.

After we got it all home, I went ahead and primed all the boards before we put them up on the wall.
I also did 2 finishing coats on the baseboards that way I would not have to paint them against the carpet.

In the mean time, Travis painted the nursery walls.
We both separately thought that we should do yellow in the nursery, so the upper portion of the wall is yellow then the walls where the batten will be, is painted in Semi-Gloss Ultra White by Valspar.

Travis got the walls all painted and I did the cutting in since he doesn’t have patience for it! lol

We weren’t too worried about making a straight line where the two paint colors met since the top board would just be covering it up anyways.

Time to start the install.
Travis ripped out the old baseboards and replaced it with the new 4″ baseboards.

To install the batten, Travis started by using Liquid Nails to place them on the wall.
He then went back with a nail gun to make sure they were secure.

Until the glue was fully dry, we used painter’s tape to hold the top and bottom edge of the boards flush against the walls.

In each corner of the room, Travis cut a 3″ board in half placing a half on each wall until the met in the corner.

After all the batten was up, it was time to put the top 4″ board up to cap it all off.

It was then time to add the ledge on top.
A little glue and then nailed it into the top board.

We added the molding under the ledge for a little added detail and support for the top ledge.
All done!

We framed out the window as well but the sill of the window was all messed up from the previous owners. Travis bought a piece of wood, routered the edge of it, and nailed it down for a small ledge.

Before we painted, I went through and filled all the holes with wood putty and sanded the boards.
After that was complete, we caulked around all the boards before we painted.

Once all the caulk dried, we painted the boards with the same Ultra White paint as the walls.

It looks fantastic and I can’t wait until the room is complete.
Just wish the crib would come in! lol

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  • Anna@Directions Not Included
    February 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I really love it. The yellow is so cheerful and the board and batten ads so much character. Great job!

    • House Revivals
      February 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Allison, it looks so pretty! You did a super job. Also, I wanted to let you know that I cannot find a "comment button", so I hit a "reply" button to comment. It seems to be a common problem with Blogger's threaded commenting format — lots of people are having issues right now.

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    February 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh Allison, this is going to be one sweet room! Love the bright yellow with the board and batten! Can't wait to see it all come together!

  • Tonii
    February 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my goodness…that turned out amazing! I LOVE the yellow you chose, great job!

  • Brooke
    February 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    It looks great! Can't wait to see more pics:)

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    February 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    It looks fabulous! Well worth all of your effort. I love how high you made the board and batten!

  • CAS
    February 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I just love any kind of wainscotting, including the board & batten. It looks so great. Can't wait to see how you decorate the nursery!

  • Samantha
    February 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    That is awesome! I am so excited for us to finally get into a house and I plan on doing this in my boys' rooms. Very good job guys!

    • AllMich
      February 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much! I love how it came out. And it is so fun finally owning our own home to do anything we want to it!

  • Anonymous
    February 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Wow!! You two did an amazing job! Love how it turned out!

  • Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies
    February 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Looks great. What other colors do you plan to use in the nursery? Lots of work but fantastic outcome.

  • Rhiannon
    February 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    i love it, doing this in my son's room next month

  • Jenny @ An Apple for the Crafter
    February 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Great job! I'm excited to see it come together.

  • Jennifer @Miss Maggie's Place
    February 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

    It looks great! Decorating a nursery is so exciting!

  • Christina
    February 2, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I LOVE IT!! Looks amazing…so cheery!!

    Ps – love the new look of your blog!! 🙂

  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
    February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is AMAZING! I need to learn how to do board and batten someday. SO cute, and I would love to see this in person! Your little Parker will love it, too!

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Very cute!! I want to do board and batten somewhere in my house! I just love it so much!! Thanks for linking up!!


  • Cassidy
    February 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Love the white and yellow!

  • Tales of a Trophy WIfe
    February 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I'm pinning this! I'd love for you to link it up to my party. Just for linking up you could win $20 of vintage jewelry from Parisienne Girl.

  • the cape on the corner
    February 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    that looks great! i love the little ledge at the top.

  • Courtney O'Dell
    February 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I absolutely love how this turned out!! I featured your nursery's adorable progress on my Friday Finds post today!

  • Rachel {}
    February 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

    This is just amazing!!! What a cute nursery!!! I can't wait to see the whole thing finished!

  • 1CardCreator
    February 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Gorgeous room and I love the chandelier too!

  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    It is going to be such a fun and cheery nursery! Great board and batten job! Found you on TT&J 🙂

  • Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    February 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    It looks so sharp with the fun yellow. You guys did a great job! 🙂

  • Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate
    February 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I love it! I want to do this in our dining room! Yours came out great! I have a party on Fridays and I would love if you linked up!

  • Full Circle Creations
    February 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Love it! It turned out really great! You newest follower.


  • Kristi
    February 6, 2012 at 4:44 am

    This turned out so well. And I know you worked so hard on it…we did the same treatment in a much smaller space. You did a wonderful job. And the yellow is fabulous! Would be delighted for you to share this at Mop it Up Mondays:


  • Jen
    February 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Oh it's just so crisp and cheerful! You did a great job! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and share this (and any other links you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at Hope to see you there! ~Jen

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}
    February 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Looks great! How exciting! I love planning for a new addition 🙂

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}
    February 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

    You guys did an awesome job! How exciting! I love planning for a new addition 🙂

  • Claire Jain
    February 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

    fantastic! thanks for sharing your hard work 🙂

  • Jana
    February 7, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Looking good! Can't wait to see the final room :)Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

  • Erika . . . with a K
    February 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love it, it really brightens up the room! I cant wait to see the finished nursery!

  • Ellie
    February 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I love it! The bright yellow is so much fun and your board and batten tutorial is great! I put board and batten in my little guy's nursery too. Here's a link if you want to come see it: Are you having a boy or girl? I love that yellow can go either way!

  • Sally
    February 8, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I LOVE it! We did the same thing in my daughter's nursery…you can't go wrong with board & batten! I'm your newest follower from the wow us wednesday party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  • The Midwest Cottage
    February 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    very very good idea. I love the colors and the pics. Thanks for sharing

  • Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I LOVE it! I have done several board and batten projects and I love them! It looks so great in a nursery! Congrats! I am your newest follower, thanks for sharing! Tabitha@

  • Jen
    February 9, 2012 at 12:31 am

    LOVE!! I have been wanting to do that somewhere in my house and now I feel inspired to get it done! Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • AllMich
      February 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

      Thanks so much! And so glad that I could inspire you to try it in your own house! I'd love to see it when it is done! 🙂

  • Brave Brooke
    February 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love how you used a bright unexpected color for you nursery. I think so many times people just go with the expected colors but seeing your choice is refreshing! We did a similar treatment in my daughter's nursery with gray on the top. Congrats on your little one!!

    We would love to have you join out link up party this week at Wayward Girls Crafts! Scoot over and link up, thanks!

    • AllMich
      February 16, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Thanks so much! I thought about doing gray but my husband and I both thought yellow on our owns at one point so we decided yellow would be it.

  • Sarah Niehoff
    November 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Allison…I have the same textured walls and was wondering if I should cover it up with the boards…or is it batten….I would love to skip that step and but didn't know if the textured walls would be too obvious?? Can you tell me why you decided to just go with your texture? Thanks so much, and it does look wonderful!

    • AllMich
      January 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Hi Sarah! Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to you! Things have been crazy! I did a few searches on the internet before we did the walls because we were debating on covering the walls as well or even sanding them down-blah!- and I saw a few images where they had the textured walls and it didn't look bad so I was totally fine with just leaving them as is. Obviously, the boards are smoother and you can tell there is a texture on the walls but I don't think it looks horrible at all. It was so much easier instead of having to buy sheets of wood- and much for time and cost efficient as well. We just used the SAME paint on everything so it blended. PLUS, I realized that if we did smooth out or cover the inner areas, then we would have to cover or smooth the wall ABOVE the batten as well and I didn't want to hassle with that. Hope this helps… if you haven't done your project already that is! And thanks so much!