Surprisingly Easy Board and Batten DIY In 12 Steps

Who wants some charm in their house?  I DO!!! So I went out there, found it, bought it and installed it [well … my hubby did, I painted it and gave instructions].  New houses now a days although beautiful, don’t have the charm that older homes have. They are missing the pretty woodwork, the arch ways and tall trees that older homes have.  When I say new homes, I mean the ones in neighborhoods, because you can have a new house with charm but it was most likely custom built.  But don’t get me wrong there are perks to having a newer house in a neighborhood too, like energy efficient, stainless steel appliances, low owner maintenance, convenient shopping centers, sidewalks, pocket parks, pools, the list goes on, so I am definitely not complaining. I love my home; it just needs a little hand in the character department in my opinion.

I was inspired by Pinterest {of course} to do my own board and batten. Sure I could have hired a carpenter but the hubby and I thought we were handy enough for us to give it a try.

Our Motto: What’s the worse that can happen, we mess up the walls and we have to pay someone to come fix it? Ok no biggie.

We did our research and then one weekend we just went for it. It took some planning of course, like with any other project. Over breakfast and coffee we made a supplies list, and wrote a few “this is how we are going to approach this” steps.



Our approach list:

  1. Pre Order supplies and tools needed via Homedepot, Amazon or Lowes
  2. Home Depot Trip for supplies
  3. Clean the area
  4. Measure & write it down
  5. Measure again
  6. Cut wood
  7. Apply glue
  8. Nail it
  9. Spackle
  10. Sand
  11. Paint

Our supplies list was not long since we already had miter saw, finishing nails, tape measure, sander, wood glue, paint brushes and roller. If you don’t own a miter saw, you can take advantage of the free cuts at your local Home Depot. (We got 4 free cuts).

Supplies Needed:

Pressure treated Fill-strip lattice in white
Wood Siding Panel Used the back because my walls texture
Spackling paste
Sanding block
Paint & Primer

Here is the final product! TAH DAHH, CHARM!  You can see the progress pictures and the before. What a difference! I love the results and now I have a little bit of that charm I was craving thanks to my hubby.


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