We are on to some of the final steps of our bathroom renovation. If you’ve read other posts, you will know that we built this bathroom from nothing; we had to frame it, drywall it, add new plumbing and electrical, tile, etc. Finally getting to trimwork feels so good!
We chose to do a board and batten style wainscoting in the bathroom for a number of reasons. First, the simple, clean lines of the board and batten style matched with the craftsman style look we have throughout the rest of the house. It also added some nice character to a room that wasn’t original to the house since all the other rooms in our house have original trim work from the 1920’s. We also have really high ceilings, so it broke up the wall nicely and allowed us to put some unique accents on the upper walls (wallpaper, open shelves and vintage hooks!).
Below is a simple tutorial for how to create the board and batten look yourself!
- quarter round
- 16 gauge nail gun and nails
- primer and paint of choice
- painter’s caulk
Step 1: Determine the dimensions
1×6’s will installed horizontally along the bottom of the wall and 1×4’s will be used for both the top horizontal piece and the vertical pieces. Determine what height you would like your board and batten to fall and mark that height at various spots throughout the room. Find studs to determine where the vertical pieces will fall. Most homes have studs every 16 feet, but that’s not always the case. You may also want to place vertical pieces on all of the corners like we did.
Step 2: Prep the Wood
Determine how long each piece will need to be and cut to those dimensions. We recommend priming and painting the wood before installation, but that is optional.
Step 3: Install trim
Use the 16 gauge nail gun to attach the trim pieces to the wall in the places you have predetermined. We recommend nailing every 12-15 inches on both edges of the wood. Make sure you are nailing into the studs, although with the vertical pieces you can nail into the studs on just one edge and the other edge can be just into drywall if needed. The 1×6’s should be attached to the bottom first. Next the 1×4’s for the top should be installed. Make sure to use a level before nailing it in place. Last, install the vertical pieces and adjust them as needed. Some may need a small amount taken off to fit between the top and bottom pieces. Again, check for level before nailing in place. Finally, install corner trim around the bottom.
Step 4: Finishing details
Fill nail holes with wood filler. Once dry, sand down the excess wood filler. Fill any gaps that remain with painter’s caulk. Finish by touching up the paint where the caulk and wood filler was installed.
As you can see from our photos, the final step in our bathroom project is to install our vanity. We are building it ourselves so it has taken a little bit of a back seat until we finish up some projects in our basement that make it hard to do woodworking down there. Hopefully, we’ll have it by the end of the month, though!
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