Today I’m sharing all the details on my 2020 Extreme Master Bedroom Makeover DIY Board & Batten Wall.  This blog is actually a part of a series, so make sure to follow along to see the entire process from start to finish.  This was a relatively simple project that I completed in one day, for less than $70!  

If you’ve been following along on my YouTube channel, then you know that we are finally styling our master bedroom.  This is truly an Extreme Master Bedroom Makeover that included a DIY Board & Batten Wall, new lighting, new flooring and updated bedroom furniture.  Here’s a look at the before:

Wall Width is 226”…very wide.

I will usually do some sort of creative stencil on accent walls in our home.  But I really wanted something more sophisticated for our master bedroom.  After a coffee and Pinterest session one morning, I decided to go with Board & Batten for the accent wall.  Here is what my original design looked like. 

The wall is really long, and I didn’t want it to look too busy, so I decided on 3 boxes in each horizontal row, and 8 squares across.  To figure out how to evenly space out the boards, I had to do some creative math.  First I guesstimated the number of boards I would need to create 8 squares across.  I guessed 8, but it ended up being 9.  I multiplied 9(boards) x 4(inches in width) which equaled 36in.  I subtracted 36″ from the width of the wall of 226″.  226″ – 36″ = 190″.  190″ divided by 8 squares equals 23.75″, or how much space needed to be in between each board.  Confused yet?  There was probably an easier way.  But I was an English major…you do the math.  😉

The math worked out perfectly though.  Once I had the spacing figured out, it was time to go get the MDF boards.  I wanted to have large boards cut down to size, but they told me it couldn’t be done, and that the MDF would rip to shreds.  So I went over to look at the Primed MDF boards.  There were two problems.  First, they were almost $10 each, and that was WAY more than I’d planned on spending.  Secondly, the pre-cut primed boards did not measure out to be a full 4” wide.  So after I made a bit of a fuss, I got the original MDF board cut down to size…and it did NOT rip to shreds.  Total spend on MDF boards, $52!

Once we got back home, I mapped out the project with a pencil on my freshly painted walls.  It wasn’t necessary, but I wanted to get a really good visual of what everything would look like.  After I finished my map, I started installing the vertical boards first, because less cutting was involved.  

I mapped out the design before I started the installation process.
As usual, it’s a family affair. 🙂

After the vertical boards were installed, I moved on to the horizontal boards.  Thankfully I didn’t precut all of them based on my original measurements…a few of them needed a tiny bit more, or tiny bit less to be cut.  

If you prefer, you can use wood glue to help secure your boards to the wall.  But I opted to only use a nail gun.  That way if I wanted to change the wall later, it would be a little bit easier to remove the boards.

I finished up by filled in any gaps and nail holes with wood filler, I painted, and then caulked.  Don’t skip the caulking step.  The wall looked SO MUCH more detailed and finished once I caulked it all.  Makes a huge difference.

Over all, including the wood filler and caulk, I spent a little less than $70 total.  And I finished the project in ONE DAY!  I’m really excited about that way it all turned out.  And I’d like to encourage you, if you’ve never taken on a DIY Board & Batten Wall like this…YOU CAN DO IT!

I hope to see you back for the next version of this project.  Below is a list of everything I used. 

Materials I Used For Project

  • Level
  • 1/2 thick MDF cut down into 4 x 8
  • Nail Gun & Brad Nails
  • Saw for additional cuts
  • Wood filler & caulk
  • Paint

Thanks for stopping by! Click below to watch a full video tutorial of the entire process. And until next time, Love & peace

5 Responses

  1. Hi Mell. A few weeks ago I was about to spend hundreds of dollars trying to replicate a wall like this and I backed down from it because I didn’t want to spend the money and because of the math. I was afraid to get the measurements wrong. If you can please tell me how you did the math to divide the boxes I would appreciate it. Thank you

  2. I loved your video on your Master bedroom!!! Guess what we are doing today!!! We have subscribed!!

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