How to install a board and batten wall for super cheap! from Thrifty Decor Chick

How to install a board and batten wall for super cheap! from Thrifty Decor Chick

Following likely back again and forth on what I desired for at minimum a yr, I just went for it. I hit a snag together the way and redirected…I will share that in a minute! 

I commenced with the cheapest wall mainly because it was the least difficult to arrive at. ) Here is how it’s seemed for awhile just after I constructed and set up my picture ledges/shelves: 

I commenced by eliminating the trim less than the stairs — it is rather standard for builders to use baseboard (did not get a before pic so this is another location on the stairs): 

baseboard as stair trim

The trim I was setting up to use is 1/4 inch thick and if you butt it up from the lesser aspect of the base, it didn’t meet up with up to my liking. I desired them to be as flush as attainable. 

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I really don’t Like the baseboards utilized as trim anyway, so I required to improve it up. I required something a tiny cleaner, so I was scheduling to use these skinny lattice strips from the hardware retailer: 
Lattice strips for board and batten wall

Here is the detail that at times bites me in the butt. After and awhile I am impatient and just want to get immediately after a challenge. Normally I would have the luan I typically use cut down rather of purchasing the lattice. Luan is only $15 for a 4×8 piece and it presents you ten or so strips (is dependent on how huge you have them minimize). 

Factor is, I was being lazy and failed to want to go get the wooden and have it slash down at the store. And the cuts usually are not often Terrific — it is a no cost (or extremely very low demand) provider and I am so grateful they do that at our regional components merchants. But at times they usually are not reduce effectively and you might be left with a large amount you won’t be able to use. It just depends on who cuts it! I wished to go the quick route this time and I must understand by now that that will not ordinarily close well. ) 

Soooo…when I took the foundation off beneath the stairs, the hole amongst the stained wooden and the drywall was too big for me to use the lattice. For all the sections farming the wall, I was going to have to use a thing broader. 

I didn’t even notice I experienced scrap strips of luan by now cut down in our garage from a further task. Score!! I was ready to consider all of the base off (except at the base) and substitute it with luan:

Installing a board and batten trim wall

This portion was very straightforward for the reason that I just held the old foundation up to the new trim and marked the duration and angle it essential to be cut. 

Now my trim experienced something it would fit perfectly flush against. You can see I also extra some alongside the remaining side so the full thing was trimmed out. 

I imagined maybe I could however use the slender lattice for the relaxation of the wall so I started setting up: 

Board and batten how-to

And I hated it. It seemed all incorrect. 

I do have to say — until finally it’s painted it truly is truly tough to visualize how it will glance. Continue to keep that in thoughts as you work on assignments like this. A coat of white paint (or whatever colour) will unify everything and make it seem much better 100 % of the time. 

I could just explain to straight away that the thin strips have been off with the thicker stuff framing it.

So I dug around more in the garage and uncovered more than enough of the luan strips to finish the entire wall. DUH. I could have saved so a great deal time! 

Here’s a tiny trick when you might be setting up trim up versus an angled wall or trim — keep the stop of the piece you happen to be installing up from the angle (use a amount to make absolutely sure it is really correctly horizontal or vertical):

How to get a perfect angle when installing trim

Mark the top rated and bottom (and then attract a line if your observed won’t have a laser line). Area your trim on the observed and transfer the noticed angle till it matches up. It will get you an specific match!

Figuring out the spacing for board and batten is a math game. I determine the space involving the two stop items of trim on just about every facet of the wall. That was 129 inches. My strips are 4.5 inches broad, so I figured out how a lot of I preferred (four) and subtracted that total: 

129 inches – 18 (4.5×4) = 111 

Then I divided 111 by how lots of “open” areas I’d have vertically. Four items of trim usually means five spaces so…

111 inches ÷ 5 = 22.2

I ended up undertaking 22 inches to give myself a tiny wiggle area. 

I included a horizontal piece throughout the top (placement is anywhere looks ideal) and I was finished!:

How to install inexpensive board and batten trim

Nicely not accomplished finished. Subsequent up: filling holes, gentle sanding and then at the very least two coats of paint, possibly a few.

I went with just one line across horizontally as an alternative of a handful of since I didn’t want it to get much too chaotic. It really is easy to get absent or add a lot more if I want to adjust it up. I want this to be an accent that provides character to the room, but I you should not necessarily want it to be the principal focal position. 

I need to have regarded that I’d like the thicker trim much much better anyway! That lattice was heading to be way also wimpy. 

I know it is really difficult to imagine this in it’s unfinished condition, but bare with me. When it is all white it will glance subtle, but will not likely overpower the house. It will be really really when I’m finished…that is the program. ) 

Oh, and I never prepare to get rid of individuals photo ledges so I trimmed around them. 

It is really been awhile since I have demonstrated you how to do standard wall trim with this low cost things. You can do so considerably with just a single 4×8 sheet! Stay tuned to see that initial wall finished up.

See under to see just a couple of the projects I have completed with these luan boards. It is simple to use and seems excellent when painted! 

Simple and cheap board and batten wall
Extend sides of islands ship lap
Gray shiplap walls with luan

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