Master Bedroom Update: DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting

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Hello My Dear Blog Friends,

Today I hope to inspire you to create your own DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting. My Master Bedroom Makeover is slowly but surely coming along nicely. I am happy to say that after weeks of working on the walls, they are finally finished!

I began by painting the walls before we put the new flooring in. I figured it would be easier since I didn’t care if paint spilled on the old, cruddy rug. I painted the top half of the wall a pretty soft blue and the bottom half of the wall satin white about 34″ up from the baseboards. Here is a photo of the room as the floor was being installed…..

master bedroom makeover

To create the board and batten wainscoting I started with fourteen 1/2 inch thick 4″ X 6′ Fence Pickets at Lowe’s for $1.09 each. Each one was very rough to the touch so I sanded them smooth with my electric sander.

diy wainscoting fence pickets

I painted each one a yummy deep chocolate brown.

fence pickets diy wainscoting

Being that I am doing an Equestrian Theme in the bedroom, I wanted to give them a slightly rustic, shabby chic look. I went over each one with two coats of satin white paint using a dry brush effect so the brown would sporadically show through.

painted fence pickets

Once the paint was dry I cut off the rounded dog ear on the top of each picket, then cut each 70″ board in half.

I nailed each picket to the wall spacing them about 24″ apart, using a level as a guide.

DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting

Instead of capping it off, I stopped there and started on the damask stencil design on the upper half of the wall. I bought a large damask stencil off of Ebay and used a small roller to apply the paint.

damask wall stencil

I really was not loving the endless sea of beige damask on the wall. (this picture is awful, it looks orange. My apologies.) It was overwhelming and bland. I will show you how I fixed that issue in a moment.

damask wall stencil

Days later, when all of the stenciling was completed I moved on to capping off the Board and Batten Wainscoting. I bought a few 8′ long 1″ X 3″ furring strips at Lowes for about a buck a piece. Since they were cheap, they were not exactly straight. I ended up screwing each board directly into the wall studs so they would lay flush. I chose to counter sink each screw and followed up with Spackle to cover each hole.

diy board and batten wainscoting

Not looking too pretty here!

diy board and batten wainscoting

A few days later I went around the room caulking the gap where the board met the wall and also did this to each individual picket. It took me about two hours to caulk the whole room.

caulking diy board and batten wainscoting

When that was dry it was time to touch up all the paint. You can see in the photo below what I did to the stencil design. Every few stencils, I went back in and lightly highlighted the design with a dark brown and pink. It makes the wall pop, gives your eye a place to rest. It looks amazing.

diy board and batten wainscoting

I took it a bit further and added a little bling to each highlighted stencil by sticking one of David Tutera’s Adhesive Rhinestones to the bottom. You can purchase them online or the bridal section of Michael’s Craft Store. Sorry I don’t have pictures of the finished look yet but it does give the room some added elegance.

david tutera rhinestones

And here is a larger view of my new walls and my version of a Board and Batten Wainscoting. What do you think? I love the look. It was a challenging and time consuming project but well worth it.

diy board and batten wainscoting

In case you are wondering why the bed looks a bit bland and low, well, it is! The mattress and boxspring is sitting on the floor because my bed frame is patiently waiting in my garage for it’s facelift. I also have a pile of fabric waiting to be transformed into a new coverlet for the bed.

Stay tuned to see how my master bedroom makeover is progressing!

Have a great day!




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5 Responses

  1. Kathleen


    Love this board and batten. I plan on doing that someday. I currently live in a brand new house that is finished. How boring! I love what you did with the stencil. I love stenciling. Thanks for stopping over to my blog. I’m following you on bloglovin.

  2. Cheryl

    Hi Lisa! This is such a creative idea. We moved into a very small 1930’s lake cottage about 4 years ago and one of the highlights is how we’ve remodeled our upstairs into a master suite. I’ve been dragging my feet on decorating because I don’t want to get it wrong and waste money on having to do it all over again. I was gonna do beadboarding but want to do that on the ceiling. This is gonna happen here too. I’m excited!

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