DIY Dream Home

DIY Board and Batten Wall

July 1, 2017

We moved into our current place last November. It was a lot of fun to decorate and furnish; I absolutely love the way it’s turning out! Our bedroom, however, has been my big conundrum. The room was painted in a pretty greige, but it blended too much with our oatmeal headboard. The space didn’t feel cozy or warm, and although I tried many different styles of decor in there, nothing seemed to really suit us.

I had thought about doing an accent wall in there before, but I couldn’t decide on a color I really liked. Even with a new color, I still felt like there wouldn’t be enough depth. We were walking through Home Depot, and I started to glance at paint chips with that wall in mind. At first, I picked out some dark gray colors and walked around the store with them for a bit. When I asked my husband his opinion, he reminded me that we had a similar color in our old house, and suggested we should do something different. He was completely right! Then it hit me: emerald green. I knew green is a tricky color to get right, but I felt confident that we could do it. So, I went back to the paint section to look for dark emerald greens, and to my surprise, they were not that easy to find. Nevertheless, I found about 5 or 6 contenders and took them home. As we were looking at them in the car, the next big idea hit me: board and batten. It felt like a flat wall wouldn’t do a color as rich as emerald justice.

That day, we went home and measured our wall, and determined how much wood we would need to complete the project. I spent the rest of the week researching to find the perfect paint color, and the following weekend, we went back to Home Depot. With my father in law’s truck and all the tip money I had saved in hand, we were able to get everything we needed.

Here is what we bought:

  • 1×2 boards. We chose this smaller size, because the wall itself is very small. We didn’t want to overwhelm the space.
  • Extra nails for the nail gun.
  • Paint! This is the fun part. I went with Benjamin Moore “Hunter Green.”

And with that we were set! For the shopping portion anyway.

Here is what we needed and already had at home:

  • Nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Orbital sander
  • Tape measure
  • Level (small and large)
  • Painting supplies (roller, pan, brushes, drop cloth, etc…)
  • A few helping hands (not totally necessary, but it definitely helps!)
  • Coffee (lots of coffee)

Now we can get started!

1.  We started out by measuring the wall and determining spacing for the lattice. Here is a before picture.


2. Next, we evaluated what supplies we already had, to get a better idea of what we would need. Once we made a shopping list, we headed over to Home Depot and picked up everything listed above.


3. Once we got everything home, we started painting the wall. It was much easier to paint the wall before putting up the lattice, as rolling is pretty much impossible once it is installed. We used Behr Ultra Premium Plus paint in the Benjamin Moore color “Hunter Green.”


4. While I was painting the wall, Michael got to work cutting and sanding the wood for the lattice.


5. We installed the vertical portion of the lattice first, because it made leveling easier. Our little craftsman bungalow was built in 1930, so the wall was a bit wonky, but with a little patience and a lot of measuring, we were done with this part in no time.



6. Next we installed the horizontal portion of the lattice. This took a bit longer as we had to cut each individual piece to fit between the vertical lattice boards.


7. Last, we painted the lattice to match the wall. This was probably the most tedious part of the whole process. The wood didn’t take the paint easily, so we needed up to three coats in some spots.


In the end it took half a Saturday to finish the project. I am so happy with the way it turned out! I love the richness and depth it brings to our bedroom. I will be doing a post soon on choosing a color palette for your space, so be on the lookout for that! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

You are loved,



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