Tutorial: How to use lattice strips as an easy, economical alternate to install a Do-it-yourself batten wall for adding classic character to plain walls.

Lattice strips are the MVP of this Do-it-yourself batten wall task!

I mean they really are the unsung hero of a lot of little DIYs and crafts about in this article. (Try to remember that shower curtain art we framed with lattice strips a when back again?) This time it needed a highlight in the breakfast nook.

A DIY batten wall behind brass vintage sconces above a green banquette bench

Given that we kind of have an addiction to intricate wall molding all over listed here, it is completely no surprise at all that immediately after we concluded putting in and portray our Facebook Market banquette locate in the breakfast nook, Robert and I appeared at every single other and explained, “Something’s lacking.”

Those sleek walls necessary character! And lattice could do the task inexpensively. Because molding is a person of my preferred means to make a house search high-class.

A breakfast nook with olive green banquette, herringbone floors, white walls, and black bifold French door

What is Lattice?

Lattice is manufactured of thin strips of wooden most usually utilized in a criss-cross composition for trellises to help climbing vegetation in gardens or to serve as porch skirting.

But it’s ideal for basic wall molding assignments far too. (Variety of like Sharpie shiplap but way additional legit.)

The selling price of molding has skyrocketed recently (together with each individual other house advancement source), so we figured out a way to add expensive on the lookout batten wall molding for the portion of the cost applying useful dandy lattice strips at $1.28 for every linear foot.

If you have under no circumstances put in any type of molding prior to, it is the ideal rookie variation to check out considering that it requires no miter cuts and lattice can sit flush correct on prime of your existing baseboards considering that they’re thinner than common 1×2 boards.

a stack of lattice strips

How to Make a Batten Wall Using Lattice Strips

You could increase this vertical batten wall all close to the place, as wainscoting, or just as a board and batten accent wall. You could leave your walls plain without the need of any wall decor for a minimalist tactic or layer it with art for even much more character.

It would be ideal for including on to a basic kitchen area island too. Keep in head however, if you have a textured wall, the course of action won’t be as easy, considering the fact that you will need to have to add these MDF panels to your textured walls applying Liquid Nails and brad nails very first.


Actions to Make a Batten Lattice Wall

measuring a wall to place lattice strips for a DIY batten wall

Move 1 – Evaluate and Choose on a Structure

Measure your whole wall initially, decide how far apart you want your batten (vertical lattice strips) to be, and mark their placement on the wall with a pencil.

Keep in mind that lattice strips are 1 1/2″ vast, so aspect that into your layout approach. We established our battens to have an 8 1/2″ gap involving.

Move 2 – Lower Lattice Size

Measure the top of your wall from baseboard to crown and cut the to start with lattice strip to the desired size with a jigsaw. (Not all walls will be flawlessly the exact peak all the way throughout, so really don’t slice all of your lattice based mostly on that initial measurement.)

checking with a level to make sure lattice strips are perpendicular

Phase 3 – Use a Level to Check Lattice Placement

“Dry fit” the 1st lattice strip and use a amount to make positive it is flawlessly straight.

Phase 4 – Nail Lattice

At the time you’re joyful with the lattice strip placement, nail it to the wall with the brad nailer (or a hammer).

You can use development adhesive here as well, if you pick, but mainly because the lattice is so lightweight, it’s entirely optional. (The batten wall will also be simpler to get rid of without the need of adhesive later on if one particular working day you modify your thoughts.)

installing lattice strips for wall molding by dry fitting

Phase 5 – Repeat

Repeat Techniques 2-4 until finally you’ve put all lattice strips alongside the wall.

nailing lattice strips to a wall for DIY batten wall molding

Action 6 – Caulk Cracks and Wooden Fill Nail Holes

Caulk all of the edges of the lattice strips to fill all of the cracks, and fill all of the nail holes with wooden filler.

caulking and wood filling lattice strips

Action 7 – Sand Wood Filler

At the time the wooden filler is totally dry, sand easy with high-quality grit sandpaper (we use an orbital sander to make the course of action go a lot quicker). Brush away any sanding dust just after.

batten wall after caulking, wood filling, and sanding smooth before painting

Action 8 – Paint

Give every little thing a refreshing coat of paint and you are finished! (We painted the wall 1st with the exact same colour we planned to use on the lattice strips so that we wouldn’t have to perform all around all of the facts later on.)

batten wall painted white with brass vintage style sconces and green banquette

The Completed Batten Wall

Really do not you consider these two batten walls insert so considerably to this small breakfast nook corner? I love it so much!

We added these vintage fashion sconces to deliver extra mild into this windowless area. What do you consider?!

They get the job done so effectively with this linear chandelier that provides a contact of modern-day, and the brass pops against that batten wall we painted Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.

breakfast nook with green banquette bench, white batten wall made of lattice strips, and brass lighting

Wrapping Up Breakfast Nook Particulars

I still prepare to paint the air vent and include knobs to the banquette cupboard doorways.

(Now that it is dry, I have to confess, never adore the paint I had to use on the banquette many thanks to supply chain problems triggering my most loved cupboard paints to be bought out. But oh perfectly. If that’s our largest challenge, I’ll take it.)

I just received the get in touch with this 7 days that the freshly reupholstered cushions are completed! So it will all be coming collectively in listed here soon.

These Do it yourself herringbone LVP flooring however seem certainly awesome since we installed them a couple weeks back! Next on the checklist is developing a desk, refinishing some secondhand dining chairs for the other side, and introducing some classic artwork and decor finds.

It will be so charming as we wrap up the ultimate particulars.

olive green banquette bench in a breakfast nook with white batten, herringbone floors, and black door

Have you ever carried out a Diy batten wall in advance of? Or discovered a new use for lattice strips? They are the greatest for so a lot of things!

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