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Board & Batten {post 6} Angle cut at the baseboard

Hi all!  I had a recent question in the comments from Kelly asking for close up photos of how the batten meets the baseboard when I posted my Laundry Room board and batten project.  Since it was awhile ago, I had to go back and review the five posts on that project.  But I was confident that I would find the info, in order to link to the post in my reply to her comment…but I actually discovered that I never provided a picture of that particular part.  Huh!  Thanks for asking for that, Kelly, because that would be helpful!

So now I am correcting that oversight :)

If you read Post 1, you will see that I decided to go with 1/2″ thick batten because I didn’t like that the 3/4″ boards created more of an obvious cut-back where it meets the existing baseboard molding.

In Post 3, I show how I decided to slice off some of the batten so it met the baseboard–but I didn’t go the more popular route that other bloggers have gone, with a 45 degree cut.  I showed that 45 degree cut on the 3/4″ batten in post 1, but the 1/2″ board is not cut back at all in that post.  I only took off enough of the board, so that the cut sat on top of the baseboard already on the wall.

Here’s how it looks in close-ups on the wall and complete:

Batten angle close up

And also how it looks at standing height:

Batten meets baseboard

I remember being a little worried that the 1/2″ option would be thick enough, since many bloggers were using the 3/4″ option.  I have no regrets going with the 1/2″, and I prefer that the batten doesn’t stick out any farther than it does in this room.  I also like that everything is slightly smaller than the door moulding and the built-in cabinet face frame boards.

So there you go–thanks for asking for this info Kelly!

You may not look too closely at anything other than the batten in these pictures.  I need to freshen up the ding marks on the doorway with new paint.  And maybe eliminate a dust bunny…or two…or seven.  Truly, after showing some other messy areas in our house over the years, you’d think I’d be over any embarrassment, but it turns out that I’m not, lol!

Posts in this series:

Board & Batten {Post 1}

Board & Batten {Post 2}

Board & Batten {Post 3}

Board & Batten {Post 4}

Board & Batten {Post 5} The Reveal

Board & Batten {Post 6} Angle Cut at the Baseboard

Board & Batten {post 5} The reveal!

Done!  The board and batten is done!

I’m going to admit something other blogs may never do–I had an evening with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach because I had most of it up and I wasn’t loving it.  Literally a sick stomach.  I was SO SO SO sure that I was going to be absolutely bonkers in love with this when I was done and I wasn’t feeling that.  It felt too busy in that smaller space, and I was thinking that maybe I should have stuck with just an accent wall of it.

But it was mostly up, so I completed it, caulked it, filled the nail holes, sanded, and painted.  And ate some Tums.  I was liking it better, but I was also afraid that I was just trying to talk myself into liking it.  Once I pulled up the blue tape on the floor I was feeling better about it.  I started clearing out the mess of tools and miscellaneous clutter that happens during a remodel and felt better yet.  Then I put the light switch covers back on and was well on the way to really liking it.

Remember what it looked like before:

And now:

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Board & Batten {post 4}

This one is for Jaime, and I apologize that it took me a few days to get this out here.  Jaime asked in a comment from a previous post about the top board in the board and batten:

Pink toes – question about your outer edges (corners) on the top boards – I think I see they are square cuts flush over each other and not mitered? I think this looks fine because that’s what my plan is too. Does is really look fine or should I bother to miter?

Yep, it is square cuts that butt up against the next board rather than mitered corners.  I did this for a few reasons:

  1. I was attempting to use only 1 sheet of 4×8 mdf and I didn’t have a lot of room for error
  2. I don’t have a lot of experience with mitered joints like this, which meant I would probably have a lot of errors :)
  3. I was a little afraid that the mitered joints using mdf might not be able to withstand the abuse they will probably take on the corners where these will be.  Since mitered joints are cut at an angle, they don’t have the thickness the butt joints do.  I haven’t worked with mdf prior to this, so these may be unfounded concerns, but it was what factored into my decision.

As far as whether or not they look fine, I’m good with how these turned out.  They would be even better if I had perfectly matched up the ends.  Most of them were really good, but I did have one that could have been better.  Here are some close ups:

These were not painted yet (just primed), so the sheen of uneven.

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Board and batten {post 3}

Well this project was just flying along when I finally hit a snag!  The laundry room is right off our kitchen, so we put in pocket doors that would enable us to close off the laundry room due to noise or to lock in these two at night:

Sure, they look all innocent and cute here, but it’s not cute when the tiger one jumps on your head at 2 am.  Why does he jump on your head you ask?  Well that happens to be where the pillow is.  Which he thinks is his.  So in the laundry room they go.

Back to the pocket doors–these doors are housed behind this wall here:

 

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Board and Batten {post 2}

Well I’ve sat here trying to think of a great way to start this post, and I’m at a loss.  My brain is tired–I have just started a project that will last the next 10 weeks (nope, not the board and batten project!) and it’s not DIY, so I can’t even blog about it.  AND I am obviously taking on the board and batten at the same time.  I always have more energy in theory than reality.

So I’ve gotten some stuff done on the board and batten in the last day.  Went to Lowes and got the 1/2″ mdf and had the nice man cut them in 8′ strips–4 at 4″ and 14 at 2″.  That left me with about a 3″ extra strip.  The cuts aren’t perfect, but I think they will do.  I hope.  I haven’t done anything with them yet, except this:

I had to sand them on the cut sides, prime them, sand them again on the three painted sides, and prime again.  I assembly line painted the edges:

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Board & Batten {post 1}

Hmmm, how to make this interesting.  Board and batten news in blogland isn’t exactly new.  You’ve probably already read a gazillion posts about it.  Like Karla or perhaps Centsational Girl.

If you have managed to get this far into your existence without knowing a thing about board and batten, here is a breakdown from This Old House.  Most people in blogland ignore 5)panel, 6)baseboard, and 7)shoe moulding, instead just painting the wall behind the batten the same white as all the boards you are applying and leaving the existing baseboards.

That’s as much time as I am going to devote to a tutorial since there is a plethora of information out there already.  If you have a specific question, please contact me with the button on the menu and I will get back to you.

What you have to decide for yourself is:

  • what material you are going to use: boards, plywood, lattice, or mdf
  • what board thickness you want to use
  • what dimensions you want for your top rail and battens
  • how high you want it to be on the wall

Here’s what I’ve chosen after doing this:

3/4" material on the left; 1/2" material on the right. The 3/4" material is cut at a 45 degree angle so it doesn't stick out from the base moulding.

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