This DIY board and batten project is cheap and easy to do. It’s great for those who want a bit of change to a room but don’t want to commit to something big and expensive. You can change one wall or do an entire room. Thanks to Bless’er House for the great idea.
A 1x4x8 furring strip costs less than $2.00 at most hardware stores. That’s 70% cheaper than MDF boards. And they’re solid and ready to put up without any ripping. It was still quite a tedious process, since it is board and batten after all, but it eliminated some extra steps. And I love how the whole project turned out.
Here’s what we used: (Affiliate links provided below noted by asterisks. For more information, see my disclosure here.)
- 32 1x4x8 pine furring strips (or however many you need for your space)
- 4 1x2x8 pine furring strips
- 2 boxes of 2 inch finishing nails
- Hammer or brad nailer (I’m so ready to get my hands on one of these*)
- Stud finder*
- Table saw* or circular saw*
- White trim caulk*
- Wood filler*
- Medium to fine grit sandpaper
Our hallway is very long, and we still ended up staying under our $100 budget. Furring strips are da bomb diggity, y’all!
1. We placed the boards (the horizontal 1x4s) at 65″ on our walls using a level, with the top of the 1×4 at the 65″ mark from the top of our existing baseboard.
(I tried my best to remember to take pictures as we worked but this was definitely a two person job.)
Images from Bless’er House.
For the full instructions visit Bless’er House.