Batten Board Square Grid Wall
Our family room has seen many changes over the last 9 years. The latest being a batten board wall that was just recently installed. When I decided to make the large wall behind the fireplace a focal point I was flooded with ideas. There was the possibility of wallpaper, a bold pop of color, a block print or a batten board treatment. There are many types of batten board so choosing one that complimented the traditional mantle was important. After much debate, a few years worth in fact I finally pulled the trigger on a square board and batten grid wall.
In my mind these things always seems so easy. Ha! The tricky part was deciding on how many rows. Once we did that the measurements for each square fell into place.
I made this graphic to show you the measurements on 5 horizontal rows running vertical on a 9 ft ceiling. This was the hardest part believe it or not. I scoured Pinterest, some walls had 22″ squares which would have given me 4 rows, that didn’t look right. Some also showed 15″ squares, which seems too small. What I learned is that it’s best to lined it out with painters tape. The tape was 2″ and so was the MDF strips. It was only until I had a visual I was able to make a concrete choice.
Taping out from the center with 5 rows our squares ultimately became 17.75″. The top, bottom and sides were framed out first with 2″ MDF strips, 1/4″ thick. They were secured with Titebond Premium Wood Glue and 23 gauge pins nails in a pneumatic nailer.
The horizontal lengths were installed next. Then came the vertical strips, which was a little more tedious.
Once the wall was all installed it was time to caulk.
I used one coat of Benjamin Moore primer. Then it was onto the color. My choices were an earthy green, white or warm, pale gray. You all voted on Instagram and the winner was Calm by Benjamin Moore.
I gave it 2 good coats. If I selected a darker hue, I would have done 2 coats of primer. The MDF really soaks up the paint.
Calm is a soft gray hue that compliments many styles and palettes. I am already thinking about it for our bathroom. It is very similar to Classic Gray.
The pillows are from my shop City Farmhouse and Co. From right to left you have Carmela, Napa, Duryea and Cambria.
All in it cost around $100. What do you think?
Have a happy day!
certainly adds something to your room! You got a lot of bang for the buck.
Thank you Sandy!
yOU MUST HAVE A DOUBLE MATH MAJOR. eVERY THING LOOKS GREAT. (BEAUTIFUL)
Ha! I had a lot of help:)! Jen
I love the new look – just lovely! You gave me an idea for a wall in my family room that needs a textured wall – thankS!
hope your squirrel problem has been resolved!
THank you Olivia!Stay Safe & healthy! Jen
Wow! This is one of the best additions to your home i’ve seen! I love the texture on the walls and how the art is layered in front of the textured wall. you are so talented to be able to create such a beautiful wall in your beautiful home.
Thank you Michele!!!
Who is the artist that did the two paintings? They are just lovely.
It’s Dan Hobday! https://www.etsy.com/shop/DanHobdayArt?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=677562296 Thank you!!
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