easy-to-follow steps to DIY  board and batten wall 

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Finish nailer

1 x 4 Select Pine (10 pcs at 12')

Miter Saw

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Measuring Tape 

Wood Glue 


Power Sander 

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Painter's Tape 

Paint Brush 


Paint Roller 


Drop Cloth 

Measure Walls

You'll want to choose which wall you're doing your accent piece on and measure the wall so you can figure out your full wall design. Measure your walls from side to side and top to bottom. When doing the shaker style design, the goal is to have every box perfectly square and all of the boxes measure the same.

Create Your Design Plan 

Once you know your measurements, it's time to make your design plan. Jordan used Chief Architect to sketch out this wall design. And if you're a visual person like us, you can also use SketchUp or Illustrator to mockup your design. Otherwise, a hand sketch will do just fine. 

Create Your Design Plan 

We did 5 squares by 5 squares. This wall was 133" wide and 108" tall. If your walls aren't as tall or as wide or are even larger, the number of horizontal boxes and the number of vertical boxes do not have to be the same. Here are the measurements for our wall design. To figure out spacing we took 133" (the length of the wall) -21" = 112" We then divided that number by 5. 112"/5= 22.4" Which gives us the size for each space. 22.4"  133" is the overall width 21" is the 6 vertical boards multiplied by 3.5 (1x4 is really 3.5" wide) 5 is the number of spaces we will have

Level & Plan 

Get your level out and pencil in your design. We used a laser level, so Jamie can see the light and follow it perfectly along for a straight line. And then he uses a hand level to pencil the lines in. He also uses that to trace along. 

Border Edges

Then, you'll want to border your edges with the wood. The sides, bottom, and top are probably not going to be perfectly straight or level/plum. To get yours level and plum you can scrib, which just means to fit the woodwork to the wall or the ceiling, the boards to the wall or ceiling. Or if the gaps are too big then use caulk to fill the gaps. 

Secure Horizontal Boards in Place

Once your border edges are nailed in place it's time to hang all of your horizontal boards. Follow your pencil markings and hang and nail them into place. Locate studs and nail them if possible for a more secure installation. We also placed wood glue on the ends and adhesive on the backs of all of the boards to help hold it into place as Jamie moved and nailed along. He was a one-man show when doing this part of the process.

Nail Your Vertical Boards in Place

Once the horizontal boards were all in place, he moved on to cut, fill, and nail the vertical boards into place. Going off of the design plan, he knew the accurate measurement of the length of each board should be cut too. However, he measured twice before running out into the garage, on the job site, to cut before putting it into place. And even though he still had his pencil lines to follow the design, he also had his laser level on to ensure accuracy. 


Once all of the boards are in place it's time to sand using an electric power sander. This ensures a smooth-to-the-touch finish.