I’m always drawn to wainscoting and beautiful accent walls in homes. So, this DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting is definitely my style!
I used to think the boy’s bedroom was one of the only finished rooms in the house. But as things in the room were moved around and my style changed, the room lost it’s appeal. It needed an update. Especially after our youngest moved into a twin bed over Christmas. I knew it was time to build new headboards (DIY coming soon) and a wainscoting accent wall. This DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice battens turned out more beautiful than I’d hoped!
This DIY board and batten wainscoting isn’t very hard to install, but it does take time and detail work. But with the tricks and steps below, you can easily get this look for your home. Wainscoting can add instant value and classic style to your home. I think it’s always best to stick with wainscoting styles that work with your homes over all style too. I love beadboard, but never feel like it looks quite right with the traditional style of my existing wainscoting. But there are so many variations of wainscoting, you can always find one that works.
I use v-groove style boards in my Laundry and Powder Room instead of beadboard, since it seems to fit better with my home. In this bedroom I went with 5 1/4″ spacing between the battens. But you can increase the spacing, if you feel like that scale would work better with your home. Also, I went with floor to ceiling board and batten. But, again, this is an easy DIY to customize. Use chair rail or maybe a craftsman style rail to end this treatment 4′ or 6′ up a wall instead. Check out my favorite wainscoting, trim, and molding ideas on Pinterest for more inspiration.
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Materials needed for DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice
- Construction Adhesive (I used this one) that works for drywall and wood projects
- Latex paint of your choice, I used Behr’s Polished Pearl
- DAP White Latex Caulk, the Paintable Type
- DAP Plastic Wood w/ Drydex, for nail holes
- Primed Pine Lattice Moulding
- Miter Saw for the 45-degree cuts on the base board molding and lattice
- Brad Nailer & Brad Nails
- Use 3/4″ or 1″ Brad Nails for the lattice
- Caulking Gun
- Additional: ladders pencil, tape measure, spirit level, stud finder
Steps to Install this DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice
PLEASE NOTE: I added crown molding to this room to top off this board and batten. I don’t have a DIY for crown yet, but I love this Crown Molding DIY from Sawdust Girl, if you need to install that too. I used lattice as the battens because it worked with my existing baseboards. If you want to use 3/4″ thick boards as battens, feel free. This DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting will work with those too. 🙂
- Start by deciding how far apart you want the battens to be. I picked this spacing after seeing it a Disney’s Wilderness Lodge last year.
- Next, cut a spacing guide to use for your install. One of my crown molding boards was 5 1/4″, so I could use 1 long board as the spacer. If you go for a wider look, just use your saw to cut 2 boards to the correct width, one for the top and bottom of your batten.
- Now you should check the layout of your battens before starting. I measured my wall to find an mark the exact center. Then I centered a piece of lattice on the floor at that mark. I used my spacer to layout the rest of the battens on the floor to see where they’d end up on the wall. I really wanted to see if I was going to hit electrical outlets or door frames with a batten. If you have to cut around 1 or 2 outlets, that’s a lot easier than notching out a batten for the length of a door frame. So, if you want to avoid a strange or hard cut, you can shift the battens so that an open space between the battens is centered on the wall instead. If you’re doing a whole room with this treatment, you may have to adjust layout or spacing before starting or just pick the easiest cuts that still work for your design. 🙂
- If you will be adding a chair rail or other molding as a stopping point; measure, cut and attach that now.
- Sand all of your battens beforehand too. You won’t want the mess of sanding inside the house later. 😉
- Once the design and spacing are set, start attaching the battens to the wall. Measure and cut for each batten as you go, to account for slight variations in the length along the wall.
- Use a long level to make sure that first board is perfectly straight. After the first board, you can just use your spacers and skip the level.
- I used a thin bead of adhesive and brad nails to attach the lattice. The adhesive is really what holds the lattice to the wall. If you only used brad nails, you’d be able to easily pull the lattice off the wall, since it won’t be attached to any studs behind the drywall. The brad nails will give you a nice tight fit against the wall too. So, use brad nails every 12 to 18″ to make sure you get the smallest gap possible between the drywall and batten.
- Move the spacers from one board to the next as you go. You may need a partner, if you are using 2 spacers and working with long battens like mine. You can put your first brad nail in a batten near the bottom with just one spacer working as a guide, but before you put another nail in the board, you’ll have to check the spacing at the top of the batten. So, working with a partner might be easier and faster for you.
- Once all of the battens are glued and nailed into place, use that wood filler on the nail holes. Caulk will shrink a bit and isn’t sandable, so wood filler is best for this job.
- Now, on to the most important part…caulking. Caulk along each side of the battens to get a perfectly seamless look. Even with all of my battens, that only took about 1 1/2 hours. So, not too bad. Make sure to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away excess caulk. Also, cut the ed of the caulk tube with just a tiny opening since you only need a tiny bead for this lattice. Getting the caulk and wood filler looking great is the key to a professional looking job. Remember, caulk can’t be sanded. So, you need to have it looking great before it dries.
- Once dry, paint with 2 or 3 coats of your latex and you’re ready to show off your hard work!
You can find out more about the boys’ bedroom makeover plans here.
And see the tray ceiling wainscoting I just finished on our Master Bedroom Ceiling.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and install your own DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice! Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.