How to build a modern Board and Batten Accent Wall

This post has been sponsored by Behr Paint Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

See how to spruce up your hallway bathroom by learning how to build a modern board and batten accent wall treatment using the gorgeous teal hue of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint in Dragonfly PPU12-03 from BEHR’s 2020 Color Trends.

Hallway Bathroom Board and Batten towels

Bathroom Modern Board and Batten Accent wall treatment

I have been wanting refresh our hallway bathroom for a long time. However, I wasn’t ready to completely renovate it just yet. So, I decided to partner with my favorite paint brand—Behr—and begin phase 1 of our bathroom refresh. I also completed my first-ever solo power-tool project and could not be more thrilled with the outcome!

When picking my paint color, I knew I wanted something a little moody but still inviting—BEHR’s 2020 Color Trends color, Dragonfly PPU12-03, was just the color I was looking for. Be sure to check it out for yourself on the Behr 2020 Color Trends page or in person at your local Home Depot. 

And have you seen BEHR’s Color of the Year: Back to Nature S340-4? It’s a restorative and meadow-inspired green, and I may just need to head over to Home Depot again and find a place to use that color soon!

I stopped at the Home Depot store and picked up a gallon of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Interior Satin Enamel Paint – this is the paint we always use in our home because we love that it is a durable paint & primer in one. Plus, Satin Enamel Paint will be perfect for our bathroom with the added moisture from the shower.

Bathroom Update-Behr Dragonfly teal Paint

Let’s take a quick peek at my “before” bathroom. We have a few must-stay items, namely our very Southwest saltillo tile (a burnt orange color) and our current blush pink fixtures (toilet, tub and sink). I thought the teal in Dragonfly PPU12-03 complemented the orange tones in the room.

Bathroom Update-Behr-BEFORE

What supplies do I need to make a modern board and batten project?

MATERIALS:
(5) 1x4x8 Pre-Primed MDF Boards
(1) 1x2x8 Pine Trim Board
1 1/4 brad nails
Paintable Caulk
Lightweight Spackle
BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Interior Satin Enamel Paint in Dragonfly PU12-03

TOOLS:
Paint Roller + Brush
Miter Saw
Pneumatic Nail Gun
Nail Setter set
Hammer
Level
Stud Finder
Measuring tape
Sand Paper
Pencil
Utility Knife
Prybar

How do I make a modern board and batten wall?

Prior to starting this project, I drew out and decided on my dimensions for each piece of my board and batten wood treatment. 

The first step to creating a modern board and batten accent is to remove the baseboard along the wall. I used a utility knife to score along the top caulked seam and a prybar to pop it all off.

Bathroom update, remove baseboards

Next, based on the total height of your board and batten (mine was 55″ tall in total), measure and mark with your pencil. Using a paint roller, give your wall a first coat of paint. I was immediately smitten with the color!

Bathroom Update-Behr-Paint Dragonfly teal

While the wall was drying, I painted all of my trim pieces. I had five 1x4x8 pre-primed MDF boards and one 1x2x8 pine board for the top trim. I love BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Interior Satin Enamel Paint for bathrooms because of its long-lasting finish and that it’s washable.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step paint trim

Once the trim pieces were dry, I placed my baseboard on the ground and made sure it was level. Then, using a stud finder, I marked all of my studs at 24″ on center.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step level and stud finder

Remember, this was my first ever solo project using power tools. My husband gave me some direction that morning before he left for work but otherwise, I completed this project on my own. 

I then used a pneumatic nail gun to secure my bottom 1x4x8 board to the studs. I ended up nailing every 8″ to make sure my board was flush against the wall. FYI our walls were exactly 96″, so I didn’t have to cut the two main horizontal boards.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step nail gun base board

Once my baseboard was secured, I measured from the top of that board to ensure that the remainder of my wood would stay level. 

Since I wanted my entire height to be 55″ from the top of my baseboard, I marked at 45 1/2″, 49″, and 49 3/4″ along three different spots for the next installation steps.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step measure on wall

I then installed the main top trim 1x4x8 board using the nail gun.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step top trim piece

I had calculated that I would need six vertical boards in total. So, next I began measuring from the top of my bottom baseboard to the bottom of my top board to get the exact measurement each vertical would need to be cut. They were each 47″, give or take a little bit.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step measure

Then, using a miter saw, I made each of those exact cuts and using the nail gun, secured them to the wall. In addition, I also put a nail diagonally where each vertical board met the baseboard and top board for extra strength.

Bathroom Update-Behr-nail gun trim board and batten

I made sure to tamp each of those diagonal nails in with a nail setter and hammer because it was difficult to get the nails flush in the wood with that tight space using with my nail gun.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step countersink

Next, I filled all the nail holes with spackling. I used my finger to put the spackle in all the holes. Once it was dry, I used a lightweight sandpaper to remove any excess spackling.

I applied paintable caulk on all the trim edges next. I was so worried the caulk would eliminate all my perfect straight lines, but once it was dry and I painted over it, it really made everything look perfect.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Step spackle

My final step was adding the last 1x2x8 pine top trim piece. One end of the pine trim hit our door jam, so I ended up having to hand-saw a small notch out of the board to make sure it fit properly.

Bathroom Update-Behr-Notch cut

A few more nails to secure that piece, and the construction portion of this project was complete.

I gave all the trim pieces, caulked edges, and spackled nail holes one final coat of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Interior Paint in Dragonfly PPU12-03, and my project was officially done!!

Bathroom Details

I installed four wooden hooks to hang our bath towels on.

Hanging Bathroom Towel Board and Batten

I keep catching myself walking past this bathroom, and the Dragonfly PPU12-03 paint color makes me smile every time.

Bathroom Update Behr Dragonfly Teal Paint

Not only does the entire family love how this DIY board and batten wall turned out but I feel so excited to try my hand at another wood project! It felt so scary to try all these new power tools, but it was thrilling to make something with my own two hands.

Hallway Bathroom Board and Batten towels

This board and batten accent wall really is such a simple and affordable project that can totally change your room and add character! 

Hallway Bathroom Update Behr paint

I added a few pieces of art, a wall clock, and a hanging air plant.

Bathroom Update - Behr Teal Paint

Next, I will be adding wallpaper above my board and batten, changing out the hardware on our vanity, and painting the rest of the room to complete the look. 

Hallway Bathroom Modern Board and Batten, deep teal

Thank you to Behr for this gorgeous paint color!

And be sure to keep following along for the next phase of my Hallway Bathroom project!

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13 thoughts on “How to build a modern Board and Batten Accent Wall

  1. Your project turned out really beautiful! I love that you kept the terra cotta color as an accent to go with the floors. Where did you get the “WASH” sign? It definitely adds charisma to the look!

  2. amy – i absolutely LOVE this!!! the color is so perfect to tie in what you needed to keep in the bathroom with a modern, clean, fresh look! it’s totally perfect and you did an awesome job with those tools! i’m definitely inspired to try something like this!!!

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