Board and Batten Wall Treatment in the Kids’ Bathroom

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bathroom board and batten

I’ve been hard at work on our master bath/bedroom/sitting area, but I’ve kind of stalled out on it.  The painting is all done, and I love it–Benjamin Moore’s Pebble Beach–but until I get all the furniture arranged just the way I like it, and the bedding figured out, I can’t show you the final reveal.  In the meantime, though, I wanted to share the board and batten treatment that I did in my kids’ bathroom.  It was a very easy project, and I love that it added six hooks to my kids’ bathroom wall–they don’t use towel bars, after all!!

Here’s a quick before picture.  Sorry that I already took off the switch plate on the light switch.  It was just a boring wall, with one towel bar on it.  What a waste of space!

There are so many board and batten tutorials out there in blogland that I won’t recreate the wheel here.  I did use Centsational Girl’s post more than the other ones; you can check it out here.

**By the way, if you have tile in your room like I do, try to determine whether or not the baseboard was installed before or after the tile.  My baseboards were put in before my tile, so when I removed the baseboards it was a NIGHTMARE.  If I had known that, I would have left the baseboards in place and just dealt with it.**

I have a miter saw but not a table saw, so I took all my measurements to Home Depot, and had them cut everything for me.  All of this was done before I had my nailgun birthday gift, and while it would have been way easier with the nail gun, this still wasn’t too bad.

Here’s a during picture, with the battens put up but not painted:

And here are some shots after I primed, painted two coats of semi-gloss latex, and added the hooks (and towels).

board and batten bathroom wall

While I was at it, I decided to trim the HUGE mirror the builder glued above the double vanities (the one in my bathroom still has to come down, and hopefully I won’t cut myself to shreds doing it).    Here’s the before of the mirror (sorry for the mess!):

I really liked how this turned out, and it was easy with my miter saw, some finish nails, and a little Gorilla glue!

I have a boy and a girl, and they share the bathroom, so we have to go with a color scheme that works for both genders.  We chose “colorful” for our palette.  Bright washcloths in a galvanized pail and flossers in a small apothecary jar mark the line between brother’s and sister’s sinks!

Let me give credit where credit’s due:  here’s the link for the printable from TechnologyRocksSeriously.

I changed out the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with this cheerful polka dot ones from Hobby Lobby; but I kept the old silver ones in case I need to change things back for resale one day.

And, yes, there’s still one thing to do…I have to patch the drywall on my daughter’s side of the sink, where I pulled out the medicine cabinet.  There wasn’t enough room to trim the mirror and keep the medicine cabinet, so now there’s a hole!

Always happy to show you my dirty laundry (as it were) here on Magnolia Lane!

I hope you’re coming along with your 2012 to-do list, too!  You’ve got plenty of time. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. You are simply amazing dear Christy!

  2. What a difference the board and batten makes!! Great job – love it!

  3. Instead of patching the hole where the medicine cabinet went … you could use the little sheets of tile and make a cubby hole shelf for your daughter to use.

  4. Hey Christy,

    Bathroom looks great and I love the bathroom rules ;->

    Janet xox

  5. Wow! What a difference that makes in the whole feel of the bathroom. What a great way to bring some character to a newer space.

  6. Everything looks fantastic!! Love the B&B treatment and framing out the mirror made such a difference. We did the same with ours and love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week~

  7. What an awesome bathroom!! Even the knobs are adorable!!! Love the board and batten!

    Thanks for linking up to Creatively Living!


  8. Looks great! What dimensions of lumber did you use? I’m trying to decide between 1/4″ for the battens and 1/2″ for base and top, or larger…. yours looks great – was it the same dimensions as on centsationalgirl’s blog? The different lighting makes it hard to tell. I love it!

  9. Amy-
    Yes, I used the same dimensions as Centsational Girl. 1/4″ thick for the battens and 1/2″ thick for the base and top. A variation would also look good, but this is what my Home Depot had. Good luck!

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