Easy DIY Board and Batten Wall for Under $100

Easy DIY Board and Batten Wall for Under $100

Written By Alyssa Ficcaglia

Recently Anthony and I tackled one of the many projects on our home to-do list. We have desperately been wanting to create a more functional entryway into our home. We were constantly using the backs of our dining room chairs to hang our coats and my purse. Our dining room always looked cluttered and while we have an entryway closet, that tends to be storage for our heavier winter jackets. We wanted to build something that could be sort of like a catch all for our everyday coats, sweaters, or bags. We wanted it to be clean looking, minimalistic, and most importantly inexpensive.

After doing some research we landed on the idea of doing a board and batten wall with coat hooks. This project was by far the easiest thing we’ve ever done, and I believe people of all experience levels will have fun with it. Altogether it took less than two days to completely finish it and the end result is beautiful. An added bonus, the entire project cost less than $100 to do.

Since it was so easy and affordable we wanted to share step by step how to create your down DIY Board and Batten Wall.

For the budget of this project, we calculated the price of every single material we used besides nails, our Brad Nailer, and a stud finder. If you don’t have one, you can use a hammer and nails, just get nails long enough to go through the boards, dry wall, and into a stud. It should also be noted that our wall measured 6 feet high by 7 feet wide. Larger areas will increase the budget as you will need to purchase more wood and possibly more paint. 

Materials you will need:

-1x4x8 select pine (common boards): We needed 6 pieces total for our 6’x7’ wall
-1x3x8 select pine (common board): You just need 1 to use as a “shelf” at the top of the wall
-Wood Filler
-Putty Knife
-Spackle if you have any holes in your existing wall that needs to be patched up
-Sanding Block
-1 Quart of Paint
-Angle Paint Brush & Roller
To prep and make your life easier, sand down each piece of wood before installing them.

STEP 1: Make A Game Plan

Take the time to figure out how your ideal height and width. Our wall is about 7 feet wide and we decided we wanted to use the whole wall for our board and batten. We then determined we wanted it to go 6 feet up the wall starting at the top of our crown molding. 
There are two ways you can go about doing this. The easiest way to map out your wall is to find all the studs and place your vertical boards on those studs. By using the studs you are able to have more accurate and even spacing between each board.

STEP 2: Hang Your Top Board

For your board and batten the first piece you want to put up is the top board that goes the entire length of the wall you want to cover. In our case we measured a 1x4 board to 7 feet and cut off the excess. Once your board is the cut to the length you need, mark off how high you want the top of your board and batten to go. For us our top board went up 6 feet high. In the first step you should have already marked where all the studs are, so now all you have to do is level your board and use your nailer (or hammer and nail) to attach the board to each stud all the way across. We did two nails per stud.

STEP 3: Add Vertical Boards

Now that you installed the top piece of your board and batten, take the rest of your 1x4s and cut them down to the size you need. Measure from the top of your crown molding to the bottom of your top horizontal board. I highly recommend measuring each space. We made the mistake of measuring one space and cutting all the boards down to that same size. We didn’t realize our floor wasn’t exactly level so some pieces ended up too short and we had to start over. Once you have all your pieces cut, secure them to the studs using your nailer. P.S. something to keep in mind is you may need to cut out spaces for outlets if that just happened to be where one of your boards lays.  

STEP 4: Create Boxes

Depending on how tall/long you made your board and batten wall, you should just be able to use the scrap pieces of wood from when you cut down each vertical piece. You want to measure the place between each board now and cut down a piece of 1x4 to fit snugly into the space. These pieces will run horizontally between each section creating the little boxes at the top of your board and batten. Our boxes measure 10 inches down from the bottom of the horizontal 1x4 board.  To attach them, we shoot a nail at an angle from the small horizontal piece into the vertical piece, two nails per side. 

STEP 5: Add the Top Shelf

The final step is to take your 1x3 board and cut it down to the length of your entire board and batten wall. Then you are going to lay this piece on the top of your first horizontal 1x4 board creating a little ledge or “shelf” at the top. This step isn’t necessary but I think it really helps pull the whole thing together.

Prep for painting

STEP 6: Fill in Holes

Using wood filler, fill in all the nail holes and any imperfections in your wood boards. This will give you a nice clean finish and make painting a little easier.

STEP 7: Paint

This step is self explanatory and totally up to you. Paint the existing wall and the new boards you added whatever color you choose. We went with a white colored paint. The exact color I used was Behr Swiss Coffee. Use the angle brush to cut in, I personally love the Wooster Angle Brush because the handle has a bit more give to it so it’s easier on the wrist. Then use a small roller to paint the boards and wall spaces in between each board.

STEP 8: Add Hooks

The final step is to add your desired hooks. I went with a more farmhouse style hook that has a matte black finish. Click here for a link to the exact hooks I used on our wall. I used two hooks per section and attached them to the center horizontal pieces.

Ta-Da! All done! 

Wasn’t that easy? This simple project has made a world of difference in the organization of our home. You can add a bench in front for more storage or just leave it wide up to really open up the space in your home.

Let us know if you try this yourself! Share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook @littlefelladesignco.

Alyssa Ficcaglia

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