We are about to embark on a huge master bathroom remodel! Woot woot! But before we delve into the world of making our bathroom completely unusable for weeks or months at a time, we decided to tackle a bit of a smaller project to update and upgrade our master bathroom: DIY Board and Batten (without replacing your baseboards!)
Yes, you read that right. We did NOT replace our baseboards. I will show you how to make this work without that added work and expense! Pretty awesome little trick.
Also, I am super thrilled to be able to work with both The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape to bring you this post today and to be a part of their amazing Blog Hop! Woot woot!
Supplies for installing board and batten without removing baseboards:
- 1″ x 4″ primed wood (these will become your vertical and horizontal board and batten pieces)
- Decorative Trim for the Top, primed (be sure that the bottom of the trim is at least 3/4″ thick)
- Smaller Decorative Trim for the Bottom, primed (this will “extend” your baseboards, be sure one side it at least 3/4″ thick)
- Semi-Gloss White Paint (we use Porter Cliff White as it matches our existing molding)
- Paint Roller (4″ – 6″ in size)
- Paint Tray
- Foam Paint Brush
- Ryobi® AirStrike Cordless Brad Nailer (or similar)
- 2″ Brad Nails
- Compound Miter Saw
- Electric Sander
- 120 Grit Sandpaper
- Paintable Wood Putty
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2080EL
- 1″ x 4″ will be used for a top and bottom horizontal border and your vertical pieces, so get enough to be able to horizontally go around the room, twice. Plus enough for all of your vertical pieces. Be sure to add a bit extra for your cuts and just in case.
- Get enough top and bottom decorative trim to go around the room horizontally. Be sure to add a bit extra for your beveled cuts and “just in case”.
- You do not have to buy pre-primed wood. However, The Home Depot had a great selection and we knew it would save us a ton of time and money since we wouldn’t need to prime the wood ourselves prior to painting! So consider buying primed wood if possible.
Steps for installing board and batten.
- The first step was to determine the height we wanted our board and batten to be. We decided that we wanted our 1″ x 4″ top horizontal piece to be equal to a horizontal piece found on our doors so we began there.
- We first installed our top horizontal 1″ x 4″ piece by lining the height up with a particular piece in our door and then used the nail gun to adhere it in place. There is no need to bevel the corner cuts on this piece of wood, but you can if you like. Be sure to use a level during this step!
- Next, we placed our top decorative trim on top of the 1″ x 4″ top piece and nail gunned that into place. We cut all of these corners at a 45-degree beveled edge so that they fit together well.
We had one “tricky” wall where the trim would sit very snugly between two door frames that met where the trim would go at a 90-degree angle. Because of how thick our trim was, we needed to notch out a bit on the top of our trim to fit underneath the door frame. Then we worked on our bottom molding.
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- We wanted to have a board extending out from either side of each corner, and at every door jamb. So we started there.
- In theory, you should have vertical boards equidistant from each other.
- However, due to wall size and variation, this isn’t always possible.
- Wour eye won’t notice a slight difference when the walls are perpendicular or parallel to each other. So you can actually get away with a bit of fudging here and no one (except you) will know!
We ended up placing a board in each corner and every place our wall ended (like into a door jamb). We left the two smallest walls alone at that point. Putting another board in between them would have made the board and batten pattern too busy.
Then we caulked around every single edge and joint. This is what gives you your nice, finished, professional look! So take your time to caulk well.
Then we applied wood putty to every nail hole. Again, this will give you a nice, finished look so be sure to do this.
Then we let it all dry completely. In fact, we took the rest of the night off and went to bed!
Next comes my least favorite part. There is always one part of DIY-ing that isn’t anyone’s favorite. And mine is sanding. It just makes such a mess. So for whatever reason, it is my least favorite part! But it is desperately important! So even if you don’t like it, you can not skip this step!
So I sanded it well, and then I wiped it all clean! I love to use baby wipes to clean sawdust off of surfaces, but a tack cloth or clean rag will work well too.
Finally, it was time to paint! We used ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector. We simply ran this along the top of our trim and along the bottom trim near the floor to protect our walls and our floors while painting.
I love their Delicate Surfaces tape because it is perfect for use on delicate surfaces including painted walls! And I hate it when I tape and paint an area, only to remove the tape to have it take off paint! That is the worst! And ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape went on simply, and came off without a single hitch! It was perfect!
So we taped, painted (several coats) and then took the tape off.
The next day I was ready to style my new board and batten bathroom! After talking with my husband and doing a little shopping at the local craft store, I found the most beautiful, aqua, distressed frames! And I knew these would look really nice in the bathroom! They gave it a perfect pop of color without being overpowering and I honestly just loved the frames!!
So I took to Facebook to try to figure out what to put in the frames! You guys gave me some of the most amazing suggestions of places to look for prints!! I found some really pretty ideas, but nothing spoke to me. I also didn’t want to use photos of my family in the toilet room…I didn’t want to feel like I was being watched while in there!
So after hours of searching through all your suggestions and not finding anything that truly spoke to me, I decided to use a few photos we took while vacationing in fun locations over the years! I turned them black and white, sent them off to be printed, and LOVE how they look in there! Especially with the aqua frames!
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Please note that I am not a professional. I am just sharing what worked for us. As always please use all proper safety precautions and read and follow all manufacturer instructions. Please note that I am not responsible in any way for any outcome if you try this yourself. I am not liable for any injury or additional cost or expense incurred. I always recommend consulting and hiring a professional if needed. And always be sure to check with local building codes to obtain all permits needed for any DIY project.