Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.
So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.
Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!
First off, I have to say – I love my Zircon StudSensor (that you can buy here). I have used their products for over 10 years and it has saved my hide on so many projects. Anytime I choose to hang something without using my stud finder, I always end up regretting it (and so do my poor walls). I have showcased the StudSensor HD55 in a lot of my previous posts and I am so excited to partner with the Zircon team and showcase the StudSensor L70 during this project! Make sure to follow their instagram page here for lots of creative home ideas.
You will need to know how many boards you will use and pick these up at Home Depot (they are called MDF Bender Boards for $3 each).
Length + Height + Spacing
First, measure the length of your wall. This is the first measurement you will need. Then decide how tall you want the boards to go (I picked 6 feet, they are sold in 8 feet lengths), this is your height. Then decide how many boards you want and the space in between. I recommend 16 inches apart because this is the standard length between studs. I needed a total of 14 boards for my wall (only $42). Add in a bucket of paint and you are in about $60, that’s a deal!
Make sure the wall is cleaned from debris and you have patched any holes you might have. Sanded them down and wipe off any dust.
The Zircon StudSensor L70 is one of the easiest tools to use in your tool box. Add batteries and place it vertically onto your wall, taking care to move it slowly and steadily. You will push the black button on the left side and wait for a beep. Once the light turns on and it beeps, you are ready to look for your studs.
Move the stud finder slowly across the wall. As it gets closer to a stud, you will see the bars begin to light up. Once you have hit the center of the stud, all 4 bars on each side will light up and it will beep again. This time the arrow will show. Make your mark here. Continue to do this across your entire wall.
Also note that this Zircon StudSensor L70 can find wires as well as DeepScan though metal. It is such a great asset to any DIYer.
Additionally, mark near the top of your wall and the lower end of your wall. Then, you can use a laser level or chalk line to make sure you are marking the exact place of the stud. Sometimes they are not perfectly in line, so this helps to make sure you are hitting the stud each time with your nail gun.
You will add your top vertical board first. Cut additional pieces if you have too, to make the entire distance. Use a level to ensure the board is even as you nail it in. Use your nailer to apply nails into the spots where you’ve marked your studs.
After this board is up, you will add your horizontal boards into the studs where you have marked. Make sure to measure carefully as you go to ensure they are evenly spaced. Know you have an inch or so of room to move the boards to one side or another since the studs are 2×4’s which are 3.5 inches wide. Mike likes to lay out all the boards first to make sure they are where he wants them before nailing.
The hardest part is done! So easy right? Now you just need to paint. I always prefer a paint and primer (I use BEHR) because it is easy to apply and takes only a coat or two. Otherwise, you will need a primer coat because the MDF board will soak up the paint. For this project, I did primer first and then added 3 coats of Sherman Williams Whitey White paint.
This is the fun part! I reused most of what I had, then added a few new items to freshen the room up. Here is a recap:
What a simple way to uplift this room! I know you can do it too. Let me know of any questions you have. You can do it!