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DIY Board And Batten

I have been fighting with this space for awhile now. It’s our side entrance, that basically us and everyone of our good friends use to get into our home. It’s full of shoes, dirt, and doesn’t feel fresh anymore.

So I decided that the catch all wood organizer hanging on the wall needs to go and I wanted to add more board and batten to make the space cohesive since the other walls have board and batten as well.

First, I removed the wood organizer as well as the base moulding. I wanted to match the rest of the board and bFirst, I removed the wood organizer as well as the base moulding. I wanted to match the rest of the board and batten so I purchased 1×3 primed MDF boards for the vertical pieces and 1×4 primed MDF boards for the horizontal pieces. These boards are less expensive and don’t have knots to contend with so they are perfect for this kind of project.

Using my miter saw, I cut the 1×4 to length for the base. I then cut another 1×4 to length for the top of the board and batten. I did these two boards first so I can accurately measure the vertical pieces.

I used my brad nailer to nail the boards into the studs but you could easily just use a hammer and finishing nails. From there, to get the spacing correct for the vertical pieces, I measured the length of the wall minus the width of the two boards, which in total were 5″. That gave me the measurement of space between each vertical piece.

One of the boards was on a stud, so that was simple to nail into the wall, the other I used liquid nails as well and nailing it with my nailer for extra hold.

The next 1×4 pieces were cut to size to fit in between the verticals and that was it!

Of course with any project, caulk is your best friend. I used DAP caulk which is my favorite to go over any gaps in the wood and against the wall. When that was dry I gave everything one coat of simply white paint.  

Since I was updating the space I decided to update the paint color on top of the board and batten as well. But before I could paint the new color, I needed to vacuum up the cobwebs and dust all around the corners of the ceiling as well as the other board and batten.

To make this task easier I grabbed my new Roborock H7 Cordless Stick Vacuum. This vacuum is so easy to use, lightweight and cordless. Switching out the attachments takes no time at all so I can easily move from the floor to the ceilings, to all the little edges the board and batten create.

After painting the top of the walls, Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore, I painted a second coat of white on the board and batten and added hooks from Hobby Lobby. Shortly after that I decided to use up the rest of the paint and paint the door as well. Of course I am team scrape, not team tape. So when the scraping was done, cleaning up the debris of the scraped off paint was quick and easy using the H7 vacuum.  

What a difference in this space! It looks so clean and a little more sophisticated. The Roborock vacuum will also be a lifesaver since this is where we all enter the house. The kids track in dirt, sand after the playground, and salt in the winter. With the Roborock vacuum it makes it easy to go from floor to rug, and switch out the attachments as necessary. Just a click!

dining room pictured with links to projects

To learn more about the Roborock H7 cordless stick vacuum you can head to their website or even purchase on Amazon here.