Installing Board and Batten Trim

I mentioned the other day that I had been a very busy girl with a BIG project in my kitchen and dining area.  I am so happy to share it with you now that I finished on Thursday.    I have seen board and batten trim all over Pinterest and had pinned several pictures over the past year.

This is the last room in my house that had the original wood trim.  I have been wanting to tackle it for years…yes, years.  But I didn’t mind it as much as other rooms because the room gets a lot of light. But it was time for a change.

I could not be more excited about how the board and batten trim turned out.  BIG squeal!

Installing Board and Batten Trim

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First, I painted the upper part of the wall with the Desert Tan from Benjamin Moore. (I used this in my living room so I had just enough to use for this project.)  I started on Sunday afternoon with prepping and taking off the old chair railing and heading to Home Depot with my list of supplies.

Then, I painted the lower walls with my Hi Gloss Decorator White. This is the same paint I used on all of my trim in my house so I wanted it to match.

Then, I primed the wood trim around the big window and the sliding glass doors with 2 coats of primer. I took the pickets off and spray primed them outside.

I used 1 x 4 MDF primed boards as the horizontal board and 1 x 3 MDF primed boards as my vertical boards. I had them cut at Home Depot to 48 inches each. They came 8 feet long so I just had them cut them in half ( be sure they measure the boards if you have them cut for you. They were actually a little longer than 8 ft so I just made sure they were exactly in half.)

I installed the horizontal boards first by holding up a vertical board along each wall and then used my level to make sure every thing was even all the way around the room. I am a big measure-er. :-) I used my jigsaw to cut the horizontal boards and the shorter boards that went under the window.

I used 2 inch nails drywall nails to hang all the boards.

I spaced my horizontal boards 12 inches apart. This was another part I measured a lot. I wanted to make sure they would all line up right before I started nailing. But it worked out really great. I have a couple of small corner walls that I didn’t worry about the 12 inch rule. I just centered a vertical board on those walls.

Next I caulked ALL them seams of each board.  Anywhere there was ANY gap I caulked it. I am in love with caulk!! It makes any unfinished looking job look completely awesome! I ran a line of caulk and then took an old damp t-shirt and ran my finger down the line of caulk to smooth it out.

Next was to finish the painting of these board and batten trim. I used the same white trim paint.

I am going to eventually replace the very small crown molding that was here when we moved in as well.  It’s in need of a nice thicker piece of molding.  The next little project for me.

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Installing Board and Batten Trim7I am sharing this project at some of these great Weekly Linky Parties.


  1. says

    Your board and batten project turned out great! The white gives it a lovely, fresh look. I’ve been considering board and batten in my dining room as well. I could only hope it would look this nice! :)

  2. says

    Wow that really made a big difference. I have chair rails in our dining room and have been thinking about making a change when I take down the wallpaper. This looks like a great solution for us. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    G’Day from Oz! You are so clever to be able to do all this. The room looks amazing. What would we do without Pinterest!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share this post at my Say G’day Saturday Link up. It’s on now and this would be a perfect addition.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Sherri says

      Thank you! I will head over now and link up :-) I will also add you to my Linky List I have posted. Have a great Sunday!

      • says

        Thanks so much for joining in with the Say G’day Saturday linky party! Thanks also for adding my party to your list. I’ve just pinned your post to my Say G’Day Saturday board!

        Best wishes and hope to see you at this weekend’s link up.
        Natasha in Oz

  4. says

    What an awesome difference! Love, love, love the paint color of the upper wall too. I would never have guessed it to be in the tan family. It looks from the pictures to be the exact color I have been looking for. I’m going to have to find a Benjamin Moore Dealer around here. Thanks for this creative project post!
    Blessings ♥

    • Sherri says

      Oh YES! I have been talking about it for years! I am so in love! i just looked at yours and now I’m kind of wondering if I should have done the 2nd horizontal board too. It looks fabulous!

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