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DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice

I’m so excited about this beautiful DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with that chunky crown moulding!

This DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice battens turned out more beautiful than I’d hoped! I used to think the boy’s bedroom was one of the only finished rooms in the house. But as things in the room were moved around and my style changed, the room lost it’s appeal.

It needed an update. Especially after our youngest moved into a twin bed over Christmas. I knew it was time to build new twin headboards and add some real style to the walls.

This DIY board and batten wainscoting isn’t very hard to install, it just takes time and detail work. But with the tricks and steps below, you can easily get this look for your home.

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Wainscoting can add instant value and classic style to your home. I think it’s always best to stick with wainscoting styles that work with your homes over all style too. I love beadboard, but never feel like it looks quite right with the traditional style of my existing wainscoting. But there are so many variations of wainscoting, you can always find one that works.

I use v-groove style boards in my Laundry and Powder Room instead of beadboard, since it seems to fit better with my home. In this bedroom I went with 5 1/4″ spacing between the battens. But you can increase the spacing, if you feel like that scale would work better with your home.

Also, I went with floor to ceiling board and batten. But, again, this is an easy DIY to customize. Use chair rail or maybe a craftsman style rail to end this treatment 4′ or 6′ up a wall instead.

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UPDATE: You can see the Boys Bedroom Full Reveal now. I’d love for you to stop by and check out all of those before and after photos, it’s a little shocking. 🙂

Before updating this bedroom with crown molding and DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting.


This beautiful DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting has completely updated this bedroom with a new high end designer look. And it was pretty easy. See the full tutorial and DIY tips here. #AbbottsAtHome #Wainscoting #DIYProjects #HomeRemodeling

Materials Needed

  • Construction Adhesive (I used this one) that works for drywall and wood projects
  • Latex paint of your choice, I used Behr’s Polished Pearl
  • DAP White Latex Caulk, the Paintable Type
  • DAP Plastic Wood w/ Drydex, for nail holes
  • Primed Pine Lattice Moulding
  • Tools
    • Miter Saw for the 45-degree cuts on the base board molding and lattice
    • Brad Nailer & Brad Nails
      • Use 3/4″ or 1″ Brad Nails for the lattice
    • Caulking Gun
    • Additional: ladders pencil, tape measure, spirit level, stud finder

Lattice Board and Batten Wainscoting Steps

PLEASE NOTE: I added crown molding to this room to top off this board and batten. I don’t have a DIY for crown yet, but I love this Crown Molding DIY from Sawdust Girl, if you need to install that too. I used lattice as the battens because it worked with my existing baseboards. If you want to use 3/4″ thick boards as battens, feel free. This DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting will work with those too. 🙂

Crown Molding Installation above board and batten. DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with lattice. Wainscoting ideas with classic style and Farmhouse woodworking charm.

A closer look at the crown molding I installed. I used 5 1/4″ base board under the crown to give the crown a chunky, richer look.

Step One

Start by deciding how far apart you want the battens to be. I picked this spacing after seeing it a Disney’s Wilderness Lodge last year.

Step Two

Next, cut a spacing guide to use for your install. One of my crown molding boards was 5 1/4″, so I could use 1 long board as the spacer. If you go for a wider look, just use your saw to cut 2 boards to the correct width, one for the top and bottom of your batten.

Lattice boards attached to wall with spacer as a guide. White DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with lattice. Wainscoting ideas with classic style and Farmhouse woodworking charm.

You can see the long piece of 5 1/4″ board I used as a spacer here. The fit is so tight, it holds the board up.

Step Three

Now you should check the layout of your battens before starting. I measured my wall to find an mark the exact center. Then I centered a piece of lattice on the floor at that mark. I used my spacer to layout the rest of the battens on the floor to see where they’d end up on the wall.

I really wanted to see if I was going to hit electrical outlets or door frames with a batten. If you have to cut around 1 or 2 outlets, that’s a lot easier than notching out a batten for the length of a door frame.

So, if you want to avoid a strange or hard cut, you can shift the battens so that an open space between the battens is centered on the wall instead. If you’re doing a whole room with this treatment, you may have to adjust layout or spacing before starting or just pick the easiest cuts that still work for your design. 🙂

White DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with lattice

Checking out the layout before going with the design.If you will be adding a chair rail or other molding as a stopping point; measure, cut and attach that now.

Step Four

Sand all of your battens beforehand too. You won’t want the mess of sanding inside the house later. 😉

Sanding the primed white lattice. DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with lattice. Wainscoting ideas with classic style and Farmhouse woodworking charm.

I sanded all of the boards and cleaned them up before cutting them to size and taking them inside.

Step Five

Once the design and spacing are set, start attaching the battens to the wall. Measure and cut for each batten as you go, to account for slight variations in the length along the wall.

Step Six

Use a long level to make sure that first board is perfectly straight. After the first board, you can just use your spacers and skip the level.

Step Seven

I used a thin bead of adhesive and brad nails to attach the lattice. The adhesive is really what holds the lattice to the wall. If you only used brad nails, you’d be able to easily pull the lattice off the wall, since it won’t be attached to any studs behind the drywall.

The brad nails will give you a nice tight fit against the wall too. So, use brad nails every 12 to 18″ to make sure you get the smallest gap possible between the drywall and batten.

Adhesive on lattice, with brad nailer, and adhesive in caulk gun. White DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with lattice. Wainscoting ideas with classic style and Farmhouse woodworking charm.

You can see the amount of adhesive I used here.

Step Eight

Move the spacers from one board to the next as you go. You may need a partner, if you are using 2 spacers and working with long battens like mine. You can put your first brad nail in a batten near the bottom with just one spacer working as a guide, but before you put another nail in the board, you’ll have to check the spacing at the top of the batten. So, working with a partner might be easier and faster for you.

Step Nine

Once all of the battens are glued and nailed into place, use that wood filler on the nail holes. Caulk will shrink a bit and isn’t sandable, so wood filler is best for this job. If you’re new to DIY wood trim check out this post for tips on where to use caulk or wood filler on wood trim.

Step Ten

Now, on to the most important part…caulking. Caulk along each side of the battens to get a perfectly seamless look. Even with all of my battens, that only took about 1 1/2 hours. So, not too bad. Make sure to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away excess caulk. Also, cut the ed of the caulk tube with just a tiny opening since you only need a tiny bead for this lattice. Getting the caulk and wood filler looking great is the key to a professional looking job. Remember, caulk can’t be sanded. So, you need to have it looking great before it dries.

Step Eleven

Once dry, paint with 2 or 3 coats of your latex and you’re ready to show off your hard work!

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This beautiful DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting has completely updated this bedroom with a new high end designer look. And it was pretty easy. See the full tutorial and DIY tips here. #AbbottsAtHome #Wainscoting #DIYProjects #HomeRemodeling

That’s it for this DIY Board and Batten tutorial. If you’re still not sure that this wainscoting style is for you, check out this DIY Picture Frame Wainscoting video, then head over to the Picture Frame Wainscoting tutorial to see the steps and more pictures.

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You can find out more about the boys’ bedroom makeover plans here.

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And see the tray ceiling wainscoting I just finished on our Master Bedroom Ceiling.

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Feeling inspired? Get out there and install your own DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting with Lattice! Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Just want to verify, looks like you placed the lattice directly on the Sheetrock. Did you sand down the texture first? Looks beautiful and much more polished than headboard!


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Oh, just realized you could also be asking about a textured wall. My walls don't really have much texture. If you have a wall with a lot of texture, you'd probably like the look better if you can strip the texture or just use 1/4" plywood panels over the textured walls. :)


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Hi and thanks! I did sand the lattice with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth it. I used the primed lattice boards from Home Depot or Lowes. 1 side is pretty smooth and 1 is rough. You want the smooth side facing out. I love this look too. It's timeless. Good luck with your project!


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Where did you put the lattice? I don't see it in any of the pictures.


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

The thin white boards are lattice boards. They're sold like that at lumber and hardware stores. :)


Monday 5th of March 2018

I love this tutorial!! It look fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things - I'm going to feature you!


Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Thanks so much! So excited about the feature. :)

Michelle Meyer

Monday 5th of March 2018

Love your DIY tutorial. The room turned just beautiful!


Monday 5th of March 2018

Thanks so much Michelle!


Saturday 3rd of March 2018

I love details like this in a house. You did a fabulous job. I had beadboard installed in my laundry room but you are inspiring me to give it a try in another room.


Sunday 4th of March 2018

Go for it! I bet it'll look great. Thanks!

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