DIY Board and Batten Tutorial


If you’ve seen my Fall Home Tour, then you’ll have seen my newly made over mudroom. The transformation is quite astonishing and was cheap, too!

I love adding architectural detail to walls. The majority of our home has beautiful custom wainscoting that adds so much character.

I’ve wanted to create a more functional mudroom with storage for shoes and sturdy hooks for coats for some time, now. 

You will have to figure out the total length of boards you need for your own space. 1. 1 x 4 boards for both the horizontal and vertical batten boards* 2. 1 x 2 to to add as a trim piece to the very top horizontal batten 3. Nail gun 4. Brad nails for the nail gun

Materials Needed for Board and Batten

Decide how high you want the top horizontal batten to go. Mark your studs using the stud finder. Checking first for level, secure the batten to the wall using the brad nailer, nailing into the studs.

How to Install Your DIY Board and Batten Treatment

To create the box effect, another horizontal batten is nailed 12 inches below the top one. You could do all the vertical boards first, but then your horizontal “box” cuts would have to be really perfect to avoid gaps, so this is a better way to do it.

By doing horizontal first, then the vertical and repeating until the end, you get a much tighter fit, which means less gaps to try to hide with caulk!