If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that we recently updated our dining room wall by adding a board and batten feature wall. We had tackled board and batten before in our living room and I swore up and down that I would never do that again! It was tedious… cumbersome… tiresome… I could literally go on and on. You can view our living room transformation here.
Even though we absolutely LOVE our living room wall, we learned so much through the process. Most importantly, we learned just how uneven and concave our walls are. And that was one of the biggest challenges we faced. We used MDF board which was not forgiving at all. We spent countless hours trying to correct the gaps and really make the wall look seamless. With that being said, when I had the idea to create a feature wall for the dining room, MDF board was out of the question.
After doing a bit of research, I decided I wanted to give lattice strips a try. I knew they would be forgiving, inexpensive and less bulky than the MDF. For this wall, I wanted the woodwork to be subtle. The lattice strips were also a perfect fit against the existing chair rail and crown molding. After all was said and done, I couldn’t be happier with the final look! The wall really adds brightness back to the room and makes it feel more formal which is exactly what I wanted.
Here’s a look at the transformation of our dining room:
So! How exactly did we transform our dining room wall? Keep reading to find out!
DIY BOARD AND BATTEN FEATURE WALL
Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get started:
Brad Nailer or Finish Nailer
White Paint with Primer
Nail Whole Filler
Fine Grit Sandpaper
The first thing we did was draw a pattern for how we wanted our strips. I’m such a visual person so this is absolutely necessary for me. Oh, and I must warn you. A lot of our work is done at night when the little one is sleep so please excuse the dark photos.
Next we measured our wall to figure out how many strips we needed. We purchased 12 strips for about $4 a piece, but used 10.
Now to the fun part! We prepped the wall by lightly sanding down any imperfections in the wall. Next we started laying our strips horizontally. Laying your strips horizontally first will prevent you from having to make a million cuts. And, it makes it easier to fit your vertical strips. I was too anxious to start before actually purchasing a nail gun (which we did the next day), so painter’s tape helped to keep the strips in place. The next day, we went back and used the nail gun to reinforce the strips.
After the horizontal strips were up, we then went back and filled in our vertical strips. You may have noticed from my sketch that we chose three sections. Two smaller sections on the sides and one larger section where the mirror sits. We chose to space the vertical pieces on both sides 16 inches apart.
Once we had all of our strips secured to the wall, it was time to prep for paint! We used nail filler to fill in the nail holes and spackle to fill in the seams and gaps.
But here’s where it gets tricky. Remember how I mentioned our walls are extremely uneven? So even though the strips molded to the curvature of the wall unlike the MDF board used in the living room, we still had a ton of gaps to fill.
And even worse…. this!
After we filled all the holes and spackled the gaps, we sanded the spackle lightly until smooth with a fine grit sandpaper, applied one coat of paint and then caulked. We chose this order because it helped create a more seamless look once the final coats of paint was applied on top of the caulk.
Here’s a look at the finished wall after all the strips were applied.
And here’s a look after the first coat of paint.
And then the final coat of paint!
I just love how the subtle detail and white really opened up the space! It definitely made the room feel more formal. The next thing on my list is to replace the vent cover, replace the curtains with a fun vibrant curtain, raise the curtain rod and find artwork for the wall.
Don’t forget to comment and tell me what you think! Is this something you think you’ll try in your own home? Have questions about this project? Just drop a comment down below!