Guys! Seriously! The title to this post is no joke! This is truly the easiest board and batten you will ever do! I could even go so far as to say, the easiest project you will ever do! So, I had this wall that had long overstayed it’s welcome! There was a time this rustic look fit with my style….
But those days have come and gone, and it was time to bring this wall up to date with the rest of my house! At first I tried painting it black, but, nope! I didn’t like that at all! Still felt too rustic. 🙁
So off came all of the rustic shiplap (which was actually pallet boards that I had stained to give them a dated rustic look–here’s the link for how I did that)….
Fresh coat of white paint and…..Yep! I like it better already!
So, let’s get to it! Here’s what I did…
THE EASIEST BOARD AND BATTEN DIY EVER
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4×8 Sheet of MDF Board (Amount and thickness is based upon space and preference; I prefer 1/2″ thickness)
Nails for Nail Gun (Size depends on thickness of MDF board; for a 1/2″ thickness, you’ll want 3/4″ or longer nails)
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Table Saw (optional) Home Depot will usually cut your boards to the size you need
Nail Gun (Hammer and nails work too, but much faster and easier with a nail gun)
Step One: Rip MDF boards
Rip your MDF boards to the width you want them. I chose to do 4″ wide boards. If you don’t have a table saw, some Home Depots will make your cuts for you. You could also use a circular saw. The number of boards needed completely depends on the width of your space. My wall space was very small, so I only needed 9 boards.
Step Two: Place your Boards
Find the center of your wall and attach your first board there, using a nail gun. Be sure to use a level to ensure that it is straight up and down…
Then use a 1x2x8 to space out your boards….what I mean by this is: after your first board is attached, place a 1x2x8 board flush against the side of the 4″ wide mdf board and attach your next 4″ wide mdf board flush against your 1x2x8 board, using your nail gun (again be sure to make sure it’s level)….
Continue placing boards all the way to the right of your center board and then all the way to the left. It is very unlikely that your last board on each side will fit perfectly. You’ll probably need to rip that board more narrow than your other boards. Rip it to fit, and attach it the same way you’ve attached all of your other boards….
When finished, your wall will look something like this….
And now you’re ready for paint. I wanted it to be pretty uniform to the rest of my walls and therefore, chose to go with white….
And a view from the other side too….
So incredibly easy! Ready to give it a go??
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Until next week,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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