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How to Install Board and Batten

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Discover how to set up a Board and Batten wall. We’re right here to help you do it you with expert-searching effects!

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Do-it-yourself Board and Batten Wall Tutorial

Components for Putting in a Board and Batten Wall:

  • Boards for Base Molding: We chose 1×8 MDF
  • Boards for Crown Molding: We opted for a easy relatively than ornate seem and chose 1×4 MDF.  We ran one on the wall and one on the ceiling to develop a wrapped-corner seem.
  • Battens (vertical boards): In the past we have employed 1×4 or 1×2’s that are the same thickness as the higher and decreased molding, but this time I desired the battens to be smaller and insignificant to develop a mild texture. At our community Dwelling Depot they had some three three/4″ x one/4″ thick unpainted MDF strips identified as MDF Bender boards. They ended up in the lumber isle near the plywood and NOT with the moldings.  They ended up a fantastic price and just huge adequate to be ripped (reduce length-smart) in half to develop the subtle seem I was going for.
  • Table Noticed
  • Nail gun and nails
  • Caulk and Hole Patching Compound
  • Paint
Be guaranteed to verify out this tutorial for excellent board and batten spacing!

Board and Batten Step one: Set up Base Molding

Measure, reduce, and set up the base molding.

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The stair employed to be wrapped with carpet, but we desired to stay away from that and clear up the seem.  We designed out the stair a bit and then wrapped it with the MDF.  We got lucky and the MDF was the specific same peak as the stair!

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Board and Batten Step two: Set up Crown Molding

Measure and reduce your crown molding items. Utilizing the ceiling piece as a spacer, push the wall piece up to the ceiling piece (you will need to have a helper to do this, which is why we didn’t get any photos) and nail in place.

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Up coming set up your ceiling piece.

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*Suggestion*  We didn’t have joists to nail the crown  molding to on this portion of the ceiling. You can use anchor bolts for a Ton of additional function or you can do what we did: to continue to keep the board in place, put in two nails at a forty five diploma angle to the appropriate and then immediately flip your nailer the other path and insert two more in a forty five diploma angle to the still left. The “v” created by the nails functions like an anchor. I wouldn’t do this with heavy beams, but for a lightweight molding, it is effective perfectly.

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Board and Batten Step three: Ri
p the Battens (if required)

Our battens required ripped in half, recall.

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And for the reason that we reduce ours, we took the time to sand down the leading two edges of the board to guarantee that the edges ended up clear and that all imperfections ended up sanded down.

*Suggestion* Reduce edges of MDF often need to have sanding.  Because MDF is so easy, the imperfections will be quite apparent the moment you paint. Don’t skip sanding!

Board and Batten Step 4: Set up the Battens

Be guaranteed to make your spacing excellent.  Observe this board and batten spacing tutorial and you will end up with the expert-searching effects you want!

one. Mark out the spacing.

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two. Measure the peak you will need to have for that batten in that place. Reduce your batten. (Do this for every single batten, as ceilings and flooring are not as stage as you assume!)

three. Spot the base of the batten at your spacing mark and nail the moment near the base of the board to maintain it in place in accordance to your spacing mark.

4. Spot a stage on the side of the batten board and regulate the board right until it is flawlessly vertical.

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five. Nail the moment near the leading then secure it to the wall with a couple more nails in the middle.

Follow this tutorial for installing board and batten floor to ceiling. From Remodelaholic.

six. Repeat the system with every single batten.

Board and Batten Step five: Patch the nail holes and caulk all the seams

Patch the nail holes and caulk in between the boards and the wall to fill the gaps.

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Board and Batten Step six: Paint

We chose Sherwin Williams Significant Reflective White, and, oh, the difference the paint tends to make! Make guaranteed to examine your paint job from the still left and appropriate to guarantee every single inch of the battens is included in paint. It is quick to skip the skinny side following to the wall!

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For portray the molding following to the flooring, I employed heavyweight scrapbook paper as a “drop cloth” of sorts. It moved alongside conveniently and slid underneath the hole of the base molding flawlessly with no taping essential!
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And we’re accomplished! See how the battens just form of soften into the wall? They present a slight texture and pattern but they are not the focal position — precisely the subtlety we desired!

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This write-up originally printed 05.04.2013 // Current 03.06.2020

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