Board & Batten in the Laundry Room

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This isn't a furniture build, but before I found Ana and built a few of her projects, I would never have attempted this! I did build the cabinet, and I think that the board and batten makes it really fit into the room.

I used 1/2" mdf that I had blue cut for me. I sanded, primed, and painted it a white that matched the existing trim. Instead of removing the existing baseboards, I cut the end of the batten at an angle and had it meet the baseboard. Before attaching the b&b, I primed and painted the wall the same white as the boards. A pneumatic nailer attached it to the wall and I then caulked all edges before painting it all with the final coat of white.

This was incredibly cheap to do and I LOVE the end result--although I must admit that it took me awhile to get used to such a dramatic change. Now I can't imagine how we lived with the "before" for so long!

If you want to see the entire process, you can read the posts on my blog:

The sign in the back of the room was also a DIY project that involved power tools:


wow - it looks great! I LOVE board and batten! what is the paint color you have on the wall above it? it's beautiful

Thank you! The wall color is Benjamin Moore Valley Forge Tan AC-35. I was planning on painting over that since we've had it for 10 years now, but I've gotten such good response about that color, I'm rethinking that!

I just want to thank you for posting this... I never knew what it was called. I had told my husband I wanted to do this to our room. And since he saw your Tutorial now he wants to do our main hallway and living room. He was like this is exactly how to make the house look country and clean how you like. So honestly I want to thank you for this and also say how beautiful it looks! You did such a great job and it really does make the built in look so much more like it has always been there!

So glad that it helped you out! I would love to see the pictures once you are done--if you take a few, let me know! Good luck--it really was easy to do. The most time consuming part was all the painting and caulking :)

Isn't this the built in that houses the litter box? Genius! And beautiful B&B! I'm trying to figure out where I can do this in my home and be just as in love with it as you are!


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Yes, the litter box is behind the fake doors. It has worked out FANTASTIC--I'm so glad to have that hidden now.

Good luck finding a spot for the B&B!

Holy moly...this is FANTASTIC! I absolutely love the cabinet that's hiding your shelf and hanging area. This transformation is incredible...and definitely keep that color!

I still love walking into this room because the transformation is so dramatic. I wanted to change it for so long, but I just didn't know how to start until I found Ana!