Uffda! I feel like we’ve made leaps and bounds of progress in the nursery recently. I’m going to walk through the board & batten progress today with still photos, but make sure to check out the video at the bottom for more real time views of the space!
Once the drywall had been patched and sanded, Ken started in on the board and batten. There are a million great board and batten tutorials out there, so I’m not going to walk through the entire DIY, but here’s the gist. This tutorial and this tutorial were especially helpful in determining general board sizes and spacing.
1. First we attached 1/8″ thick 4′ x 8′ MDF to the wall with a nail gun. The overall height of the panels is 54″ which we chose specifically to time out with the mid-section of our double-hung windows. At this point, it’s wise to prime your MDF. We didn’t do this and wish we had. Once the boards are attached, it’s harder to cover every little corner with primer.
2. Next we attached the batten over top of the MDF sheeting. The vertical batten spacing varied from 16-17″ on center depending on the length of the wall and door/window placement. The board widths we used were:
- 6″h base
- 3″w verticals
- 4″h horizontal top board
- 2″w top ledge
- 1″ cove molding (just below the top ledge)
3. Once the batten were in, we painted everything with Behr, Whisper White in a satin finish. I think it took somewhere around 4 coats of paint even after primer. Yikes!
4. Last but not least, the wallpaper went up above the paneling. We used Nethercote from Hygge & West.
Okay before you go, check out this little video we put together explaining the progress we made this week. Check out my YouTube Channel for more videos and tutorials!