How to add Board and Batten to a Laundry Room

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Welcome to our first real DIY project post! We are so excited to actually share the process of adding board and batten to a laundry room with you instead of just pretty photos of the finished product. Here’s a before and an after! Just so you know what you’re getting into, when all said and done, this project cost us around $250 for the materials.

Washer and dryer in laundry room before renovation
washer and dryer in laundry room with board and batten after photo

This all came about as a client wanted us to showcase their custom made labels for cleaning products, and somehow that turned into a full on laundry room makeover. We put zero effort into the design of our little laundry space when building our house last year, so this was a much needed sprucing up. We didn’t do anything crazy, just some board & batten around the walls, some wallpaper, a new shelf that we could actually reach, and a few pretty canisters of cleaning supplies. Easy! This whole project took about a week from start to finish, as we had some delays due to a snow storm. We love the outcome so much, and are genuinely excited to do laundry now! How crazy is that? We hope this post inspires you to spruce up your utility room / laundry space as well, as we truly believe that even the mundane things in life can be beautiful. Here’s a little step-by-step to how we achieved this half wall board & batten look.

Step 1 – Mark Studs

First, Zach marked all the studs where we wanted to put the board and batten, because we put a backer board up, and need to know where to drill into!

boy holding stud finder to wall

Step 2 – Mark the Top of the Board and Batten

Next, marked where we wanted the top of our board and batten to be. This is all personal preference, but we made ours 52inches above the baseboard. For reference, the ceiling is 8ft tall in this room. Once we marked the studs, we headed to the garage to figure out where we needed to cut holes in the backer board for the outlets, and then cut the board to our desired height!

Step 3 – Measure, Cut and Install the Backer Boards

After cutting all the backer board, we put liquid nails on the back of the boards and then screwed them into the wall. Next step is to repeat for all four walls in the room (this was certainly the most tedious step).

Step 4 – Fill the Holes

Once we had all the backer boards up, we used wood filler to fill in the seams and holes we created along the way. Once dried we hand sanded it to smooth any bumps! 

in progress photo of the backer board all put up
close up shot of backboard with the holes and gaps filled in with wood filler

Step 5 – Hang the Horizontal Board and Batten

Now it’s the fun part, putting up all the board and batten! We started by measuring all the horizontal bands. For these we used 1×3’s and cut a 45 degree angle on the ends. We put liquid nails on the back of these as we did with our backer board, and then used a nail gun to attach them to the wall (make sure they are level first!).

mid renovation photo showing washer and dryer in the hallway and a mess of tools laying around
What our upstairs hallway looked like for about a week. *Cringe*

Step 6 – Install the Butcher Block Counter Tops

After we finished the horizontal boards, we cut our butcher block counter top to size and attached it to the wall. We have it resting on top of the horizontal board & batten as well. This butcher block will be sitting on top of our washer & dryer to be used in place of the original shelf. We purchased the board at Home Depot.

butcher block counter top being push through a table saw

Step 8 – Install the Vertical Board and Batten

Next up, the vertical slats! We did the same thing here as we did with with horizontal. Once all the boards were up on the wall, we did a final caulking of holes to seal it all up, and then, paint!

Step 9 – Paint!

We used a Graco paint sprayer for this project, but really, any method of painting will do! The color we went with for the bottom half here was a custom color by Marquee. The top half is Snowbound by Sherwin Williams. It’s all really comin’ together!

Step 10 – Reinstall Appliances

After a few coats of paint, some sanding on our butcher block, and reinstalling the washer and dryer.

Step 11 – Hang the Wallpaper and Decorate

Next, we installed a wallpaper from Anewall on the back wall, picked up some decor, and called it a week! We hope you enjoyed this little step by step, and found some inspiration to freshen up your space as well. Some paint and a little decor can go a long way. If you have any questions at all, send us a message on Instagram, @aliviafields, and we’ll see how we can best serve you!

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Yield: Laundry Room Board and Batten

Laundry Room Board and Batten

washer and dryer in laundry room with board and batten after photo

Follow along as we refresh our laundry room with board and batten on the walls as well as a nice butcher block shelf above our washer and dryer.

Prep Time 2 hours
Active Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 2 hours

Materials

  • 1x3 MDF
  • Backer Board
  • Brad Nail
  • Wood Filler
  • Liquid Nails
  • Butcher Block Counter Top

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Caulking Gun
  • Impact Driver/Drill
  • Table Saw (optional, jigsaw or circular saw will work as well)
  • Jig Saw

Instructions

  1. Find and mark the studs on the walls.
  2. Mark a line around the room where you want the top of the board and batten to go to.
  3. Measure and cut the backer board to cover the entirety of your wall. Make sure to take note of receptacles or other holes you'll need to cut out of the backer board as well. A jigsaw works great for cutting these hole!
  4. Apply Liquid nails to the back of the backer board and sitck it to the wall
  5. Using either screws or a nail gun, tack the board up to the wall by either nailing or screwing into the studs.
  6. Fill any holes in the boards from screws or nails with wood filler.
  7. Once dried, sand the wood filler to create a nice smooth surface across the backer boards.
  8. Next up, cut your horizontal pieces of board and batten. Apply liquid nails to the back of them and nail them to the backer board in the desired location. Make sure to use a level to keep them nice and straight
  9. If you're going to install the butcher block shelf, now is the time! Cut it to fit in the space you want, and then set it on top of the horizontal 1x3s we just installed in the prior step.
  10. Now cut your 1x3s for the vertical section of the board and batten. Install them the same way we did the horizontal ones in step 8.
  11. Fill any nail holes left with some word filler and let dry.
  12. Paint your walls! We used a paid sprayer for ours, but a brush or roller will work too.
  13. Reinstall your washer and drywer.
  14. Style the space to your liking!

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