Battles with Board and Batten – ORC Week 2

Find out how to do a quick and easy board and batten with only two power tools! I am sharing my learnings from this project so you don’t make the same mistakes

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge, where creatives from all across the globe take on the challenge of making over a space in 8 weeks (usually 4 but extended due to COVID-19). Last week I shared my mood board for the space I’m making over – our flex room or loft area upstairs. My overall idea is to add wall treatment using board and batten, some wallpaper and some funtional shelving.

So this week, I finally got started on my board and batten wall and while my process was spot on, I made the terrible mistake of buying the wrong kind of wood which cost next to nothing but didn’t give the polished trim look that I wanted. I’ve always gone in store to pick out my wood but this time I was trying to avoid crowds so I decided to order it online. Here’s the fun part, I accidentally ordered the wrong kind of wood 1×3 furring strips when I should have got select pine or MDF.

I started off by skim coating the wall (smoothing out the texture) by layering on joint compound using a putty knife and smoothing it out with a regular shower squeegee. This was my first time skim coating and it was as tricky as I had expected. I finally got it right by the second coat and sanded it down to a smooth surface when it was dry.

Next I installed a 1×4 directly on top of the baseboard and then cut my 1x3s for the vertical battens at 36″. On top of the battens I nailed in another 1×4 and to finish it off I did a chair rail with 1x2s.

I chose a deep moody green called “Current Mood” by Clare Paint as the wall moulding color and I’m trying out a modern look by painting the entire wall the same color! Here’s where I left it at. Listing all project tools and the CORRECT supplies at the end 😀

I’m loving the look!

Tools Needed:

Brad Nailer

Miter Saw


Material: (measure according to your wall)

1x4x8′ Select Pine or MDF

1x3x8′ Select Pine or MDF

1x2x8′ Select Pine or MDF

If you have any questions head on over to my Instagram stories to see what went wrong with my board and batten and how I made peace with it in the end!

Go check out what everyone else is up to with their One Room Challenge makeovers!

See you next week!

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  1. Love the paint color choice! Clare has such great branding – what has your experience been like with using their paint? Looking forward to following along with your room!

    1. Thank you so much Katie! I have had the most AMAZING experience with Clare. This is my second time using their paint and I don’t think I’m using any other paint again. It has the best consistency, the flow of paint is amazing and I have tried it on my heavily textured walls which are a pain to paint on. This is my honest opinion on their product 🙂 It’s truly worth it.

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