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How to Make a Board and Batten Bathroom

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I love the way that a room with board and batten looks. I think it looks so refined and beautiful. So when I decided to tackle our half bath, I definitely wanted to incorporate board and batten into the new design. If you love it like I do, I put together a tutorial on how to install board and batten in your room.

DIY Board and Batten Bathroom - Splendry

We have textured walls so we needed to cover up the texture. To do this, I decided to use 5.2 mm plywood sheets to cover the texture and make a smooth wall. It was a lot easier than trying to remove the texture. If you don’t have textured walls then you won’t need the plywood sheets.  We got our wood from Lowes.

Here’s what you need:
  • 2mm 4 ft. by 2 ft. plywood sheets
  • ¼ in 4 ft. by 3 inch poplar boards
  • Molding of choice- we actually used a baseboard option
  • Brad gun and nails
  • Caulk
  • Patching Compound
  • Paint

How much plywood and poplar board you need depends on how big of space you are applying the board and batten too.

  1. First, we cut our sheets of plywood so that each board would be the same length on all the walls. Then we made cut outs for the sink, outlets and toilet on each of the corresponding boards.DIY Board and Batten - SplendryDIY board and batten - Splendry
  2. Next we leveled off the top of the boards so they were all even.DIY board and batten - Splendry
  3. After all the boards were on the wall and even, we used our Ryobi brad gun and stapled them to the wall.DIY board and batten - Splendry
  4. The small poplar boards will go on top of where the sheets of plywood meet. We made sure they were straight and leveled them off. Then nailed them into place.DIY Board and Batten - SplendryDIY Board and Batten - SplendryDIY Board and Batten - Splendry
  5. Now it was time to add the molding. We used a baseboard and flipped it upside down. I liked how it looked so don’t be afraid to think outside the box for your molding on top of the boards. We cut the corners at a 45 degree angle. We also didn’t place molding behind the mirror. We just measure the mirror and left enough space accordingly. Then we nailed the molding into place.DIY Board and Batten - SplendryDIY Board and Batten - Splendry
  6. After all the trim work was nailed in place we caulked around the top of the poplar boards and molding and around the sink. Then I filled in the nail holes using some dry wall patching compound.DIY Board and Batten - Splendry
  7. Lastly, I painted all the boards and the molding the same color as the base in the bathroom. The color is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White.

That’s it! I loved how the bathroom turned out. You can see the complete renovation here. Board and batten is really easy and I hope you try it in your next room. Let me know if you have any questions!!

DIY Board and Batten - Splendry

DIY Board and Batten - Splendry

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