Monday, April 2, 2012

Cheap and Chic Board and Batten Tutorial

Hey hey! Are you all ready to get your painting clothes on and nail guns fired up?? I've gotten soooo many questions on how to do this board and batten...well, more about how I did it so cheap :) I guess this is where I should put the disclaimer.... I had my paint on hand...so that made it a lot cheaper than it would have been. But even with paint, it would only come out to be about $30-$40. But instead, this cost me only $11.
DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!

I've been wanting to do board and batten in my house for years now. But every time I go to get the supplies, its then that I remember why I haven't done it yet. Its expensive stuff! Maybe not if you want to do a little bathroom like mine, but when you are talking about larger spaces, those little mdf pieces add up. For a 6 foot primed piece of mdf, it was $3.22. I needed at least 7 for the slats, then about 2 more for the top edge, and a little thicker one to top it off. I don't remember how much the thicker one was, but it was probably pushing $5, lets say. So total to do this bathroom for just the wood would have been about $33. Or you can do the primed pine board. You can get an 8 footer for about $4. But unless you are cutting your boards in half to get two slats out of each 8 foot piece, then that doesn't matter. That just means its that more expensive.

Or you can go my route and get 1x2s for 75 cents each that come in 8 footers also. If you don't like the 1x2s, you can get 1x3s for about $1.50 or so. Still half price of the mdf or primed pine.

Okay...before I get into all the gory details. Here's a reminder of the way my bathroom looked before:
And here it is after:
DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
Okay. So to get from point A to point B. Here are the supplies you'll need:
  • 9 - 1x2 (8 foot)
  • 2 - 1x4 (8 foot)
  • Saw
  • Sander
  • Nail gun
  • Screws/screwdriver
  • Level
  • Paint
  • White Caulk
When picking out the wood, make sure they are super super straight. I spent probably at least 15 minutes finding good 1x2s. To make sure they are straight, line up your eye with the top and look all the way down it, you can usually tell if its straight or not. If it bows at all, throw it back into the pile :) Do this for both edges, the 2 inch and 1 inch edge to make sure its good. As for the 1x4, even though they appear straight, they may still bow in the middle, so lay them on the ground and see if its flat or wobbly. If its wobbly, put it back.

Once you get them home, sand all the babies down. Get rid of any of the craziness on them, because that rough grain will show through 100 times worse when painted.
    Okay. So to start off, I needed to know how many 1x2 slats I needed. I figured I wanted them separated about 15 inches from each other. So for this long wall, I needed four and for the shorter wall, 2. I cut them at 57 inches each.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    Next get your 1x4 and measure it the length of the wall. At first, I measured 57 inches up from the molding and secured the 1x4, but then realized it was a really tight fit when I tried to get the 1x2s under it. Luckily, I just had two nails in it so it was easy to pull off.

    So next I put one of the 1x2s on the wall and then secured the 1x4 on top of it. This gave me the perfect height. I of course made sure the 1x4 was leveled, and then secured it to the studs with some screws.
    Next was to put the slats in. I put marks on the 1x4 where I wanted the slats to be that way I could line up the mark in the middle of the slat rather than having the slat cover it and not know for sure where it was if I had marked it on the wall. The first slat was about 9 inches from the end instead of 15, this just looked better rather than starting right at 15. If I had started at 15 inches, it would have been too far of a gap. Then from the 9 inch mark, I measured 15 inches, then again, all the way until the end of the wall.
     DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    To put the slat on, slide it under the 1x4 and line the middle up with the mark you just created. Make sure you use your level to ensure it is straight. Then secure with nails from your nail gun.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    Do this for all the slats
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    Now for the top "shelf". I used another 1x2 and secured it to the top of the 1x4 wide side down with the nail gun.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    And now prepping for the paint! I couldn't find my little allen wrench so I kept the towel bar on and just put some painters tape around it.

    You can also see from this angle that I just place the 1x2s directly on the molding. I have some really nice molding in here, so I didn't want to replace it. The 1x2s hang off a little bit, but not enough for me to really care :)

    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    On this shorter wall, I wanted to see if it was easier to paint first and then add the slats. So I put the 1x4 and 1x2 shelf up, and then painted away. To paint around a toilet, just throw a garbage bag over it.

    After all was said and done, it was sixes. Next time, I would probably do the painting first method though. Especially if its a larger space. Its a lot easy maneuvering a paint roller around when you don't have to navigate between slats.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    I also did the paint first idea on my shorter wall by the counter. Since I was going to add the mirror, you can see above that I left about an inch gap between the shelf and mirror.

    And to prepare to paint, I took off all the light switch and plug covers. I didn't take a picture of the slats before they were painted. But I decided not to go with the 15 inch gap on this side because it would only allot me one slat and it looked really funny. So I made the gap smaller, I think at about 10 or 12 inches so I could fit two slats instead. Of course these were measured a little smaller since they ended at the counter instead of the molding.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    Okay. Now that all the painting is done. I started to realize that my 1x2s weren't as straight as I thought :) You can see where they bow a little bit against the wall.  But no worries! That's a super easy fix :)
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    I used some caulk to fill in the seams :) This is white silicone caulk. I just ran a bead of it along each seam, and then ran my finger down it to smooth it out and push it in the gap. I then took a damp towel and ran it back down the seam to clean it up. Easy Peasy!
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
     You can't see the gaps at all now. I used this caulk where the 1x2s met the 1x4 and where the 1x4 met the top 1x2.
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    So, I wanted to put a shelf above the toilet, but when it came around to doing it, it looked really off. The board and batten was just too high. It now was measuring about 67 inches from the floor. I didn't have very many more inches to work with :) But I did want more of a ledge that 2 inches(or in reality, 1.5 inches. Why do they call it a 1x2 when its really a 0.75x1.75??? same with any other 1x4 or 3 or 2x6 or, well...you get my point). So to solve this problem, I just nailed on a 1x4 back on top of the 1x2. This gave me more room to put larger accessories and possible rolled up hand towels in the future :) But I think I currently have more towels than I need, so thats why you don't see any there for now.lol

    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    Here you can see where I placed the slats on the wall by the counter. They are closer than the others, but who will really notice or care? :) I'll show you how I did this mirror frame in an upcoming post. Total cost for the frame? $4. Yup :)
    DIY Board and Batten -This bathroom was done for only $11!
    And there you have it! Total cost of this board and batten - $10.75.

    It took about 6 hours to complete. Most of that was watching paint dry...and listening to American Idol :) I hope I covered most of your questions, let me know if you have any more!

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    34 comments:

    1. I love this and amd trying to figure out which room to try this in! You made it see so easy. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. We have done two board & batten projects in our home & have used 1x2's and 1x4's both times! It really is so much cheaper & you still can achieve that classic B&B look every time! Your bathroom turned out beautifully! Great job!

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    3. Yupper! 1x3s are what we used in our living room and dining room last year too - far cheaper than mdf! And our room is huge compared to your bathroom, so that was a good thing for sure! Loving the new look in your bathroom!
      Shannon
      (www.akadesign.ca)

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    4. Hi Alicia - saw your post on Tip me Tuesday linky party and had to stop by for a better look and say hello!! Gorgeous makeover!!! Thank you for sharing this tutorial...what a huge difference it makes to give the walls some detail! I can't believe how the white paint as well, has changed the look of the vanity too! Very chic! I am so glad I found your blog - am your newest follower and am pinning this Tutorial. Please visit my blog and say hello - I love to make new bloggy friends and follow me back if you would like to keep in touch :) Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

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    5. alicia, this is really great, i love, love, love this and am totally putting this in my new master bath. i've just purchased an old sideboard to use as the vanity, i think it's going to look great together. i'm all about the caulk, cause putty, caulk and paint make us the carpenters we ain't :D

      i'd love for you to come share this at my center of attention sunday link up at http://cadeedee.blogspot.com/2012/04/center-of-attention-sunday-sunday.html

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    6. Another solid example as to why I MUST install board and batten some where in my house! We have a down stairs bathroom with the same problem-no windows and in a hallway. It's currently covered in grasscloth wallpaper and I can't even imagine how to remove it! If I can maybe I'll do BB in there!
      Just came across your blog from TDC and I love it! If you have a second stop by mine!

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    7. I love this SO much! I am in the process of renovating my bathroom and this is exactly what I have been looking for. Convincing my hubby to let me do this - that's another story. Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm hosting a brand new linky party on my blog Organizing Homelife and I would love for you to link up this post! http://www.organizinghomelife.com/archives/2863

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    8. Wow what a difference. I've been wanting to put up board and batten for awhile thanks so much for the tutorial. I would love for you to come share at my link party if you have time.
      Amy
      homehappyhome.blogspot

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    9. Your bathroom looks beautiful! We did a board and batten in our bedroom and I love it. Great job of the makeover!

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    10. LOVE IT! I'm doing this when we remodel our bathroom! I am linking to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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    11. I LOVE this! I was one of the gingersnapcrafts co-hosts and will be featuring you tomorrow. I've already pinned it. Great project!!
      Karah

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    12. Gorgeous! I love that you did this yourself & it looks amazing. Found you through Karah's blog, The Space Between and I'm a new follower :)

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    13. First, this is amazing and EXACTLY what I will do in my bathroom. Second, I might have to go back and add to the walls in my Steampunk study, so that it looks like paneling. Thank you so much and I paid careful attention to the tip about making sure the wood is straight.

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    14. Incredible. I can't wait to try this in my own home. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions!!!

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    15. Beautiful! It makes such a huge difference in this little space--makes it feel 5x bigger! I think you should force your guests to use this bathroom now, just so you can show off your victory :)
      And you were probably asking a rhetorical question, but the reason that lumber is not actually the size it says is because of how the lumber was sold back-in-the-day. A 1x4 used to be sold as a rough-cut, which means it really would measure 1"x4". However, whoever took it home would then plane it down to smooth out the rough cut, which would leave him with a 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of lumber. Now the lumber companies do it for us, and we buy "pre-planed" pieces, so they already have the excess shaved off. Again, you probably didn't want to REALLY know that...but it can be your fun fact for the day :)

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    16. i absolutely love this..what a fab job you have done here.. i am showing my husband this as i really want the same in my bathroom.. thanks for the inspiration!!

      charl
      x

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    17. Looks amazing! You have totally inspired me! :)

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    18. Are your walls textured? Just curious. I am getting ready to do this in my kitchen and it has textured walls. I keep going back and forth on what to do with the board and batten part. Get rid of the texture or will it be ok with it? Love it!!

      Kelly @ The Creative Chickadee

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      1. My walls are textured and they turned out perfect. It gives it a little bit more of a 'rustic' look, not as modern as if you were to get rid of the texture all together though. So its up to you what look you are going for.

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    19. I am going to do my bathroom in B and B after seeing yours! Great job! Where did you get your white shower curtain?

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    20. I have the same question about texture as Chickadee. Are your walls textured? If not, do you think this would lose its charm and effect if it was done to textured walls?

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    21. Count me in on the textured walls question. I want to do this in our laundry/bath but worry about the texture throwing the whole thing off.

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    22. I love this! I have been planning a B&B treatment in my bathroom for about a year and keep hemming and hawing over what material to use. I love what you did, and I looooove the price even more! I also love your shower curtain! Where did you snag it if you don't mind my asking??

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    23. Did you replace your existing baseboards or use what you already had in place? Also, when you painted the walls and the boards, what finish of paint did you use (satin, flat, etc)?

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    24. what kind of paint did you use for the white? was it a satin finish?

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    25. So glad I came across this post! What a transformation. We're just in the middle of our own bathroom makeover and I'll certainly be trying this!

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    27. I really like the shower curtain. Did you buy it or make it. I find that there is only one size shower curtain so to get something bigger (or odd size) they have to be made.

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      1. These are actually curtains from Ikea. I hated how small most shower curtains were, but as long as you use a liner, you can use practically any curtain instead. Here's the tutorial on how to do it:http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2012/03/turn-curtain-into-shower-curtain.html

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    28. hi, you can have textured walls and just use plain wall paper where you put the board and batton, putty it to smooth out the seams, once you paint over it it looks smooth, its ok to have the texture wall painted above the board and batton

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    29. Could you please give a recommendation on a nail gun? I know absolutely nothing about them, but would be mainly for doing small projects like this. Any help would be appreciated!!

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      1. Porter Cable is my choice. I haven't had a single issue with them. Depending on your project you'll want the finishing nailer or the brad nailer.

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    30. Did you have space behind your toilet to fit your battens? If not, what did you do? Thank you!

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