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:
- 9 - 1x2 (8 foot)
- 2 - 1x4 (8 foot)
- Nail gun
- White Caulk
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!