Board and Batten Bedroom Wall Tutorial (A DIY Master Upgrade) Watermark Shop Blog

Board and Batten Bedroom Wall Tutorial (A DIY Master Upgrade)

Of all the areas in your home, your bedroom should be the room where you feel the most at home. It should make you feel comfortable, cozy and relaxed.

I wanted to make our master suite to be a space where my spouse and I would be able to connect and decompress from the stress of the day. A space where we felt at peace and comfortable. 

Currently, it felt cramped, and it was a little too feminine with all of the pink tones – we just didn’t love it.

Before Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop

This is the before photo of our master bedroom. See what I mean? It was just lacking so much!

Pinterest is a great place to start digging for ideas. I came across some amazing before and afters of amazing board and batten wall transformations.

I loved how the accent wall made these rooms look so polished and put together, but ultimately I think it was the dimension on the walls that drew me in most, I loved how it gave so much life to a boring plain wall.

Plus, adding a pop of colour really pulled the space together!

Key Products Used

We used a number of products for this makeover, and the full list is at the bottom of this post. We get asked often for these three specific products and thought we would answer that question first. Here they are below.

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Warm Antique Brass Plug-in Light Fixture Beige Linen Tapered Cylinder Shade for Bedroom Bedside House Reading Living Room Home Dining – Possini Euro Design.

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Board and Batten Bedroom Wall Tutorial- The Best DIY Upgrade


I noticed I was saving a lot of images with green tones and after Lucas’s approval that was the direction we decided to go in. 

I’ll admit, I was scared. I am a ‘white walls and white, white kitchen’ kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong- I love the colour. But I was afraid this change would make our small room look dark and dungeon-like. “It’s just paint,” Lucas kept telling me, “you know we can always just paint over it if we hate it”. I totally needed to hear that as it made me feel so much better and confident in our decision.

For some strange reason, I was always afraid to hammer a nail into the wall to hang a simple photo just in case I put it in the wrong spot. But hey, we’re on lockdown so I had all the time in the world even if this plan totally backfired.


Alright, let’s dive into this DIY! Before you head out to pick up your supplies, here’s what you need to do first!

  • Determine the design of your board and batten accent wall, how many panels do you want going vertically and horizontally across the wall, you will need to measure your wall to make sure that your pattern runs evenly across the wall and does not cover any electrical outlets. Otherwise, you may have to cut around them. This will help you determine the amount of batten to buy. 
  • How much spacing do you want in between each of your battens? This will also determine the amount of board you will need to buy.
  • How wide do you want your batten to be? Some people prefer a more narrow batten and some prefer a wider batten. We wanted the vertical boards and horizontal boards to be narrow.
  • Have a few paint colours in mind. I recommend getting some samples first especially if you are unsure about the colour and want to test some out.


Here’s a list of supplies that you will need to start your board and batten wall project.

  • Batten – we chose MDF for this instead of hardwood, this saved us some money (½ ” thick by 2 ½” wide MDF is what we chose for our project)
  • Boards – we chose not to use boards for a couple of reasons, our walls were lightly textured and we felt that the batten looked fine without the boards, we also wanted to save time and money
  • Wood Filler or Spackle
  • Nail Gun
  • Saw / Mitre Saw
  • Paintable Dap Caulking
  • Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint – (our paint is Behr and it is called Boreal from Home Depot)


We decided that 6 sections for the pattern were the perfect amount for our board and batten wall. We used painter’s tape to mark out where the batten would go on the wall, our’s are spaced out 21″ apart and the total width of our wall is 144″ for reference. We made sure that the batten wouldn’t run into any of the outlets on the wall. It’s ok if it does, you would just have to cut the batten to fit around the outlet, so just another step we tried to avoid.

We ended up trying a few paint samples that we got from Home Depot for $5 each and it was worth it! You’ll see my paint examples below!

Before Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop 3
Before Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop 2

We used ½ ” thick by 2 ½” wide MDF instead of hardwood for the batten. It saved us some money, plus we wanted the thickness to be around ½” and could easily find that option by using MDF. Once our pieces were cut to size it was time for them to go up! We used a nail gun to secure each piece.

Pro tip: Cut a piece of scrap wood the size of space between each batten (21″ for mine) so you can easily run it between the battens to ensure it’s evenly spaced and skip the tape measure each time you lay a new batten.

At first, we chose to go with just vertical boards as seen in the first picture above, but we changed our minds and added one horizontal board across. It was definitely the right choice, we love it so much more than without. You can add more horizontal boards for a different look, there are so many options to when building your board and batten accent wall.

To prep for the painting, we used wood filler over the nail holes and over any imperfections on the drywall’s surface. You can use either wood filler or spackle for this. Once it has dried, you can sand it down so that it is flush with the wood.

We then put caulking on the seams between the baseboards and the walls. You really don’t require a lot of caulking, just a small bead around the seams goes a long way. Then smooth over it with your finger to remove the excess.

Before Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop 4


Now the moment of truth – the paint. I was still nervous at this point, but after the first stroke of paint, I was sold, and I was in love!

We chose BEHR paint and the colour is called Boreal from Home Depot. We choose an eggshell finish for the paint.

The Watermark Shop - Board and Batton Paint


Seriously what a transformation! It’s crazy what a few pieces of wood and paint can do to create such a beautiful accent wall! The batten wall made our room look so much bigger and everyone who has seen our room in person has made the same comment! We even got rid of our queen bed and added a king and still, the space looked bigger.

We also added wall sconces instead of using lamps on our nightstands. We didn’t want to hardwire them in as we would have to commit wholeheartedly to the location of it. So we chose one that just plugs into an outlet, no hard-wiring required. We love the ones we chose as they came with a wire cover that runs down the wall in a straight line, instead of having the wavy cord hanging. I’ve linked the exact lights below under the product used.

Our room now feels so open, and installing a wall treatment is great for resale value, especially if your master bedroom is a little on the smaller side, the vertical and horizontal lines from the batten wall really opened the space up. I now want to install board and batten accent walls all over the house!

After Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop 4
After Photo Bedroom DIY Board and Batton Upgrade The Watermark Shop 4 (2)
Afer Photo Board and Batten Blog Post The Watermark Shop

And that’s it! I hope this encourages you to take a stab at a board and batten accent wall DIY project yourself!

Jenn Signature

THE PRODUCTS – used for Board and Batten wall and to style the finished master bedroom

If you’re interested in some of the products and decor in our room, here are a few links for your viewing pleasure!

Wall Sconces – I purchased our wall sconces from Amazon. We wanted sconces that didn’t require wiring, so we chose this one that had a cover that went over the wire down the wall. I wanted the gold to be a little bit more brassy so I ended up spray painting them to tone down the yellow. They turned out exactly the way I wanted them to! I used Rustoleum spray paint in satin bronze.

They are also dimmable lights, which is what we were looking for and I highly recommend it!

You’ll notice that there is a top piece on the sconce that isn’t on ours in the picture. I decided to take them off as I like the space better without them. They come with the top piece but you can decide to put them on or leave them as we did.

Possini Euro Design Cartwright Modern Swing Arm Wall Lamp Warm Antique Brass Plug-in Light Fixture Beige Linen Tapered Cylinder Shade for Bedroom Bedside House Reading Living Room Home Dining
  • UL listed. 15 1/2″ high x 6″ wide. Extends 15 3/4″ from the wall. Shade is 4 1/2″ across the top x 6″ across the bottom x 11″ high. Backplate is 4 1/2″ wide x 7 1/2″ high.
  • Uses one maximum 40 watt standard-medium base bulb (not included). LED bulb recommended for maximum light output. Dimmer switch on backplate.
  • Cartwright plug-in wall lamp with cord cover from the Possini Euro Design brand.
  • Warm antique brass finish over metal construction. Linen tapered cylinder shade. Lamp swings left and right.

Hanging Planter Basket – these are from our online shop, Watermark! They come in a 4″ and 6″ pot, both linked below.

Turkish Throw Blanket – this blanket is from Watermark

Woven Embroidered Pillow Cover – the pillow featured in the basket and the right side of the bed are from Watermark

Night Stands – are from West Elm, called the Midcentury Nightstand

Bed Frame – I purchased the frame from Wayfair, it’s called the Colette Low Profile Platform Bed

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What kind of Skills Does One Need for a Board and Batton Project?

If you look through each of the steps that we took, you will see a breakdown of the types of skills you will need for the project. It was actually a fairly easy project to complete, but I did need the help of my husband to cut the pieces and to use his air nailer to pin nail the pieces onto the wall.

I feel like there is a number of different kinds of people that could definitely do this project from empty nesters to college kids this project is for everyone that feels crafty and wants a little upgrade.


  1. Erika Hull

    Hello! Love the colour of this wall! is it boreal forest by Benjamin Moore? I can’t seem to find just a boreal. Thanks!

    1. Hi Erika! So happy you like the colour, I love it every time I look at it. So, you caught my mistake, thank you! The paint was actually BEHR – not Benjamin Moore! The colour is still Boreal. 🙂

  2. Hi, and where is the rug from? Thanks!

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      The rug is from Homesense

  3. Marisol Rivera

    How far apart did you space your batten?

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      The batten is spaced out 21 inches.

      1. How far is the horizontal board from the ceiling?

        1. Jenn Duxbury

          It’s 17″ from the ceiling.

  4. Can you tell me what kind of dresser you did? I am having the hardest time deciding on what kind of dresser to do since my bedside tables are white ( very similar to the ones pictured), and I am doing your exact wall, I couldn’t help myself, it was so gorgeous!!!

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      I actually just have a white dresser also. It doesn’t match the nightstands as I don’t love the look of matching furniture, but it seems to work out well in my space! I’m so excited you are doing the same feature wall. I fall in love with my wall every time I see it! Tag @thewatermarkshop when you are done, I would love to see the finished product! 🙂

      1. I sure will! Thank you for your help, I do have a question about your bed, that is my biggest hold up right now. I LOVE the bed you chose, but when I was researching it seems my mattress size will leave quite a bit of space with the slats showing (a few inches), do you have that problem?

        1. Jenn Duxbury

          Yes, it does leave a little bit of space, but we moved the mattress to cover more of the side you see when you walk in, so it doesn’t bother us. The bed was worth it, I love it so much!

          1. Okay, last question–did you by chance use a flat paint on your walls? I did satin and it is showing every imperfection! Thank you for being such a help!!

          2. Jenn Duxbury

            No problem Kelli! I used eggshell finish.

  5. What color did you use on the coordinating, neutral walls?

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      I wish I remembered! I painted the walls when I first moved in almost 5 years ago and can’t seem to find the paint can. It’s fairly white though!

  6. What color is used on the other walls? We’re redoing the master bedroom and I really like the two you used here together.

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      I can’t seem to find the paint can that I used for the neutral walls. I painted them almost 5 years ago now. The colour is pretty white though.

  7. What is the width of your wall? Mines about 120” wanted to compare to help decide how many sections to fit

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      The width of my wall is 144 inches. Hope that helps!

      1. Yes it did, thank you!
        One more question, how many inches did you space the horizontal batten from the top batten?

        1. Jenn Duxbury

          There is a 14.5″ gap between the batten (measured from the bottom of the top batten to the top of the lower batten)

  8. Laura ross

    I love this! I would also love to ask where you got your bed!??

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Thank you so much! The bed frame is from Wayfair. It is linked at the bottom of the blog.

  9. Perfectly ԝritten cоntent, tһank you for selective іnformation.

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Thank you so much!

  10. What wooden boards did you use exactly? Can’t find any mdf boards that dimension…

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      They were available at Home Depot, their stock does seem to fluctuate so it’s possible they may be out.

  11. What size nails did you use?

    1. I think we used 18 guage 1.5 inch nails…maybe 2″ but i’d have to check.

  12. How tall are your ceilings?

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      They are 8′ high.

  13. Chris Korres

    Looks really nice, what sheen paint did you use for the wall?

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Thank you! It’s an eggshell finish

  14. Brandon Barbery

    Did you glue your boards since you weren’t nailing into studs?

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      No, we didn’t glue the boards. MDF is fairly light in weight so we just used a nail gun. We used around 9 nails on the boards going vertically, so it’s very secure.

  15. Hi Jenn, love this project ☺️ I’m actually in Australia but planning to do something quite similar with the battans and paint colour! Question on your wall lights- how long is the cord cover, does it go all the way to your power point, or the bedsides cover it up if they’re short? I’ve always loved wall lights but been to scared to commit to the wiring, what you’ve done is brilliant!

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Hi Hannah! I too have a hard time committing to wiring and it’s a lot more work as well. The one reason I love the sconces I found was that they come with a wall covering for the cord, which makes a huge difference to me, it just makes it more clean. My specific light (which I’ve linked in the post) comes with a 30″ long cover and an 8 foot long clear silver cord. The cover goes all the way down to my side table and the cord comes out from the cover just below my side table. I do use an extension cord underneath my bed that I plug it into as I also plug my chargers etc to it. Hope that helps and all the best with your DIY! 🙂

  16. Hi! I’ve already picked out this paint to add an accent wall to the bedroom so was looking at pictures of it in bedrooms and came across this page!
    You’ve inspired me to add the batten!

    Question please – did you nail the boards right in to the wall? I know you already commented that you didn’t use glue, but anything I should be mindful of when nailing straight in? Nervous about nailing in to the wall so many times

    Thanks in advance

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Hi Stacey! Yes I nailed the boards right into the wall using a nail gun. The holes are quite small but do need to be covered with wood filler or spackle and then they are good to paint! Good luck with your DIY! 🙂

  17. Hi!

    what bed frame and night stands are you using?

    love this!

    1. Jenn Duxbury

      Thanks Chris! The bedframe is from Wayfair and the night stands are from Westelm. Both are linked at the bottom of the blog.

  18. Thank you for your detailed description! I would just like to know if caulking is only done on the base boards or on all of the edges of all boards? Thank you kindly.

    1. Hey Carlos, we did it on all the edges of all the boards. This increased the time a little bit but definitely gives it a more finished look.

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