We finally tackled our bedroom project!  We created a feature wall for the bed in our master bedroom by putting up board and batten.

I’d read several tutorials online and my mom helped me plan. We took measurements and decided on board sizes (18 inches from the ceiling is where the molding starts, and the boards we used are 3.5 inches).   I bought one sheet of MDF board and had the guy at Lowes cut 14 3.5 inch strips.  I brought all my measurements into the store so that we didn’t have to do any cutting at home.   From all of my preparation, I thought 1) I could do it myself.  2)  It would only take an hour or so.  I was doing one wall not the entire room. Well, I was wrong. I didn’t do it all by myself.  I am grateful for A’s help. I do know how to properly use the compressor and nail gun now.

We had some issues with a bad level reading level but the board visibly slanting.   We had to pull nailed in boards out of the wall more than once. We got both horizontal top boards and bottom boards nailed in only to discover the wall did something strange and the vertical pieces did not fit on one end or in the middle.

We ended up building from the top down.  On the wall, I tried to space the boards out according to where the studs are.  That ended up with the boards being 13 inches apart.  It’s not perfect.  There were two in the middle of the wall that, to get the spacing right with the studs, had to be about 11 inches apart. But that’s directly in the middle and then the 13inch spacing goes out from the middle on both sides.

Putting the board up took about 2.5 hours.   As I said, we had to take things down a few times.   Next up was painting.  Painting the board and batten white showed up all that other molding in the room (which was cream) so I set myself up for a lot of painting. I was painting for DAYS.  And I’m still not done. There are four doors in the room. And I skipped those, so they still need painting.  The board and batten wall took three coats of paint (Valspar Ultra White in semi gloss).     I painted the rest of the room Benjamin Moore’s Gray Wisp color matched to Valspar’s low VOC paint in an eggshell finish.    Gray Wisp is very similar to Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage.  It can look blue at times and it can look more green at times depending on the lighting. Ironically, it never really looks ‘Gray’.

Here is a ‘before’ pic. (For the more distant before pics, see this post.)

And here’s how the room looks now.

master bedroom

This is the wall opposite the bed, the TV wall.

Media console

This was a relatively inexpensive update.  I walked out of Lowe’s with a receipt for $102.  That included 2 gallons of paint, the MDF ($24 for the board), the two trim pieces, and a few miscellaneous items (painters blue tape, a small jar of oops paint, etc).   What do you think?  Have you totally changed the look of a room lately?  Or does anyone feel my pain of painting for hours on end for several days in a row?

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35 Responses to New Look: Board and Batten in the Bedroom

  1. NatiRoche says:

    I love it! I also like the use of the J on the lamp. I need Martha to visit me and help with decorating.

  2. Elle says:

    OH MY GOODNESS…i think it is WONDERFUL!!! that could have something to do with the fact that you used a shade of my FAVORITE color!! it reminds of the color in my room, but with all the white yours is so bright and happy! i also like your use of tiny bits of greenery. this solidifies my plan to use a version of that color in my next apartment.

  3. WoW! That looks amazing!!! GREAT job!! I absolutely love the paneling!

  4. MARIA says:

    I love it!!!!! Will try it sometime. Love your new glass lamps as well.

  5. J. says:

    Thanks for your kind comments!

  6. BJ Buck Johnson says:

    Great Job!!!

  7. Martha says:

    You did it again. Its beautiful and so serene.

  8. Wow this came out so nice! I love the wall and the color of the room. Great job!

  9. Toni says:

    Wow! It turned out beautiful. I have been wanting to do this on one wall in my family room. Looking at your wall I can see well worth the effort. Looks like I have a January project. I am a new follower.

  10. Awesome! I want to do that now! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Denise says:

    it looks gorgeous!!!! We have almost the identical MB layout, and similar colors. I love the added texture and look of the B&B. Nice job! Hope the painting has an end in sight- that is a big job!

  12. sherry hart says:

    What do I think?????? Fabulous! I want so badly…..

  13. sally says:

    I LOVE how it turned out…beautiful!! I found your blog from the power of paint party.

  14. Miriam says:

    I think you found your calling!

  15. Joy Brimingham says:

    Beautiful! You have inspired me.

  16. Just found you on Better After and I’m totally shocked by the transformation. I think it’s one of the best before and afters I’ve ever seen. Love this idea! Great job. M.

  17. Philippa says:

    Do you know what I really notice, which I only learnt not that long ago. The raising of the curtain rail! Makes SO much difference right?! Well done!!

  18. Dee says:

    I love the difference! Your beautiful bed now stands out and is the focal point of the room.

    I posted my bedroom too. I had to deal with plaster walls that needed a lot of fixing after I took off the wallpaper.

  19. Sharon says:

    I gasped when I saw the “after” picture. Your hard work and patience most definitely paid off. Great job!

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

  20. Gussie says:

    I love it! U have such such a good eye and super inspire me! U have such an awesome helper too 🙂

  21. Tanya Agnew says:

    BEAUTIFUL! CLEAN! BAD! EXCEPTIONAL! You gave that room the ULTIMATE transformation! I can’t wait to see what wall art you will DISPLAY!

  22. What a gorgeous transformation! I just love the look 🙂

  23. It looks so welcoming and peaceful! I really need to tackle my master…

  24. Heidi says:

    Amazing. I wish I could think of a room to do that in!

  25. Gor-geous! Oh my goodness. You made that room so fabulous. Yep, I pinned it. 😉

  26. Lori says:

    K… so I stumbled across this post earlier this week and absolutely fell in LOVE with it! I actually just came home with my paint! I chose a slightly darker colour BM Raindance (and not just because I love the name) and BM Ancient Ivory for the B&B wall and trim! I am super excited!!! Thank You so much for sharing your ideas!!! 🙂

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  28. I love your bedroom. The board and batten is a great look, but I love all the little accessories and other touches.

  29. Board and batten makes the world of difference, right? Just love how it freshened everything up!



  30. Jennifer@Blissfully Ever After says:

    I love the transformation of your space. The wall color is fabulous! I did a similar color in my $100 laundry room makeover….it is amazing really at how much a difference paint can make!! Great job!

  31. Theda says:

    Very beautiful! Found your blog from Southern Hospitality.

  32. Absolutely gorgeous! It really brightens up your room. 🙂

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