Last week I gave you a sneak peak at the architectural detail I added to our forgotten living room. This week I am delivering on my promise to tell you how I managed to get it done in just three days. Yep! You read that right, board and batten in just 3 days. All.By.Myself. Oh and a sneak peak of my progress this week.
Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge organized and hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and media partner House Beautiful. For the first time in the history of the One Room Challenge, the reveal week has been extended by an extra week. So many of the participants are living in areas that have been impacted by fires and hurricanes that Linda has graciously extended our timeline. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that is struggling to recover from the devastating events of the past couple of months!!
Now, on to what you came here for…how to do board and batten, solo, in just 3 days. Our walls are smooth so I didn’t need to add board to the wall. If yours aren’t smooth there are tons of tutorials on Pinterest that show you how to put the board on first.
- Furring strips: sizes 1×2, 1×3, and 1×4
- stud finder
- Mitre saw
- portable air compressor
- Air nailer
- 2 1/2″ brad nails
- Tape measure
- 90 degree square for marking the wood for cutting
- paintable caulk
Skill level: Beginner (this was my first time doing something like this)
My hubby had all the tools needed for this and didn’t mind me using them…he is a keeper!
Prepping for the project…
Prior to starting this project, I measured the entire space and calculated how much of each type of wood I would need.
- Measure the entire area around the baseboard in inches, divide it by twelve to get how many feet of wood you will need.
- Most lengths of wood come in 8 feet so divide how many feet you have by 8 and that will tell you how many pieces of wood you will need to do your project.
- Alway round up and even add an extra board to allow for mistakes…just in case.
Note: This will work for the baseboard and top rail of your batten, but not for the vertical boards (ask me how I know this). You will have to know the length of your vertical boards and how many of them you will need so that you can figure how many you can get from each piece of wood. If not you will end up going back to get more wood, or having to use smaller pieces and cutting them to a 45 degree angle and fitting them together like I did.
- I marked where each stud was in the wall and drew a line using the level around the entire room so that I would know where the bottom of my top rail of batten would be placed. Of course I forgot to take a picture of that. Sorry!!
- I also painted the top half of my wall because it was going to be a different color from the batten.
Applying board and batten to the wall…
I used the 1×4 for my baseboard, the 1×3 for the top rail, and the 1×2 for the vertical boards.
Note: Those sizes are not true to the actual size of the wood, so make sure you measure your pieces to know exactly what size they are.
- Instead of reinventing the wheel, I pulled off each piece of existing baseboard and used it as a template to cut my new baseboard and the top rail of the batten since they were going to be the same length and then nailed them to the wall using the brad nailer.
- I used plain boards, not detailed molding (hooray for choosing the easy way). Cutting the 45 degree angles for the corners was super easy once I watched a youtube video on how to do it. After repositioning my saw for the 4th time, I realized I could just flip my piece of wood over to cut the opposite end 45 degree angle and not have to move the saw at all!! It was really all about which side of the wood I wanted to have showing.
Note: Add an extra 3/4 of an inch in length on your board when cutting a 45 degree angle or it will end up too short. Ask me how I know this and how many times it took me to figure that out. Hey, I am a beginner you know! It’s okay, you can laugh. I am now, although I was cursing when it happened. Hence the need for that extra board…wink, wink.
- I decided to put the vertical boards on the studs, I didn’t want to have to use glue and I certainly didn’t want them coming off. So for the most part, my vertical boards are 16 inches apart. Give or take when I ran into outlets. Outlets are attached to studs in a wall and depending on what side they were put on, well….you get the picture.
- Due to the true size of the boards, I gained about an extra 1/2 inch between the baseboard and the top rail…grrrrr! This was not a good thing. I ran out of full pieces of wood and had to use the smaller pieces and fit them together. At least I didn’t waste a lot of the 1×2, I used almost all of it.
- After all the boards were in place, I caulked EVERY. SINGLE. INCH. of the batten. Yep, all of it. It gives it a finished look and covers up any mistakes that may have been made (and there were a few let me tell ya)
- I painted all the batten first with Kilz to make sure the wood grain wouldn’t bleed through. DO NOT skip this step, you will thank me later!
My timeline for installing board and batten…
- Friday – baseboard and top rail
- Saturday – vertical boards and caulking
- Sunday – painting
3 days….by myself…my carpel tunnel has come back full force in my right hand from all of that caulking.
I love this new detail in our forgotten living room. Would I do anything different? I would definitely use a different type of wood, or at least have been more picky about the boards I picked out. Furring strips are made of super soft wood. It splits easily if you aren’t careful and has furry spots (I am sure that isn’t why they are called furring strips) that need sanded if you get any with them on it. But, you live and learn!
The carpet has been cleaned and is all dry. We weren’t allowed to walk on it (still aren’t) with shoes on in the hopes that those horrible spots will not come back.
I have finished the new console for under the TV.
I have my art all picked out for the walls. Although you never know if I might add something else if I walk by it in the house and think it will look good in there. I haven’t put any of it up yet. Does anyone else have a paralyzing fear of hanging decor on a freshly painted wall? It is really hard to get past, hahaha!
The new rug arrived today!!!!!!! It truly ties the entire space together…it’s gorgeous…I am in rug love…can you tell? The colors are just amazing!!! Here is a sneak peak…
Items are getting checked off the list…not much left to do!!
paint the trim and doors white paint the walls and add an architectural detail to the room
- fix the carpet at the entry and replace tiles
clean the carpet
- turn an old cedar chest into a cushioned bench
create a new media console for under the TV create and purchase new wall art
- replace vertical blind with new updated plantation style blind
source or make new throw pillows
- refinish side table, and current console table
- refurbish 2 chairs or reupholster 1 chair
purchase an area rug to tie the whole space together
- pull it all together in a room with way too many openings and doors
You can visit all of the participants of the One Room Challenge at the links below. There are some incredible spaces coming together!!
Until next time,