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Whole Wall Board & Batten In The Bathroom

Hey friends! I hope you’ve been having a great summer so far!

Thanks SO much for all the kind feedback on our bathroom remodel. I already posted the scoop on the oyster shell mirror and the marble tiled floor, and today I wanted to wrap up this room with a look at the whole-wall board and batten I installed. Whenever I start a project I like to study pictures of other rooms ad nauseum, so for those of you who also like the up-close details of how it all comes together and the finished project, this is for you!

A light and bright bathroom makeover | Shine Your Light

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At the beginning of the One Room Challenge I was envisioning a square board and batten wall treatment like this one from Serena & Lily….Serena and Lily nursery featuring square board and batten wall.

I love the square B&B and am dying to do this somewhere, but after a serious amount of measuring, sketching and drawing on the walls, I realized this was just not the space for it – too many obstacles to work around between the bi-fold doors to the laundry, window, door into the room, vanity and toilet.

SO…Plan B. Since the position of the toilet prohibits moulding behind it – it’s flush with the wall – I created a design around the toilet.

This toilet has a light and deep cleaning mode with the push of a button!

Somewhere along the way I realized the boxes that the battens created would be great for framing out pieces of art (and by art I mean photos I’ve taken on our travels)……

A coastal bathroom makeover

….and the Kelly Witmer watercolor that I’m obsessed with.


When you’re installing either half or whole wall board batten to a room, you can either have the battens abut in the corners, or wrap the boxes around the corners like I did. This worked out with the spacing I needed to use for the toilet.

Board and batten boxes that wrap around wall corners | Shine Your Light blog


Sometimes when you’re in the midst of a remodel it feels like all you do is take one step forward, two steps back……….

Battens, glued with Liquid Nails, attached to the walls with approximately 78 nails :), in completely the wrong spots. Removing them wasn’t pretty!

Boards sometimes get cut too short even when you measure twice. Most likely to happen when you are cutting your last piece of moulding and you either have to trek back to the store for more or make do with what you have. 


All those time consuming finishing chores like sinking nails, filling them, sanding, caulking, painting and caulking some more are worth your time when it’s done and you’re happy with how it came out. I promise!! It’ll be worth it in the end!

Adding board and batten style moulding to a bathroom.

Hanging crown moulding remains the bane of my existence, although the Kreg Crown Pro jig that I bought for this remodel did help substantially once I watched some YouTube videos and wrapped my brain around how it works.

As much as it pains me to cut the right angles and join those darn corners perfectly, I just love how crown finishes off a space! I hate myself for loving you, crown moulding!!!!

Crown moulding installed over a 2" base gives the finished product a more dramatic feel.


Ryobi was kind enough to send me their cordless nailer to try and it was perfect for this job. It runs on the same battery pack that powers the Airstrike drill that I already had, so while I was using one battery the other one would charge, and I never ran out of juice.


The other little detail that I wanted to note about this whole wall board and batten shebang are the baseboards. I removed the original wimpy baseboards and replaced them with 5″ board. After the battens were installed vertically, I capped off the baseboard with cove moulding. The final trim, which I debated long and hard over whether to use, is shoe moulding at the bottom of the baseboard. Although the baseboard sits on top of the tile edges, the shoe moulding disguises any poor tile cuts and I’m amazed at how that little detail really cleaned up my tile job.


One last look at this room when we first moved in (7 years ago on August 1!!) to today. The power of paint and a little woodworking, crazy right?Bathroom Before and After | Shine Your Light Blog


If you’re considering a whole wall board and batten project, I hope these random tips and thoughts will help you work through your design and figure out what’s best for your space!

Wishing you a fun weekend ahead!



Ryobi Airstrike Cordless Nailer

Kreg Crown Pro

Liquid Nails


Caulk Gun

Print over toilet – Kelly Witmer’s Ocean Landscape

Frames for travel photography

Toilet – American Standard Self-Cleaning ActiClean

Wall paint – Benjamin Moore Simply White, eggshell

Trim paint – Benjamin Moore White Dove, semi gloss



All the details on the large-scale herringbone marble tile floor.
A trick to a large herringbone marble tiled floor for less.

Coastal art prints for those of us with salt water in our veins 🙂 

Stunning coastal art limited edition prints.

A tutorial for how to clean and use shells to create a one of kind oyster shell mirror.

How to clean oyster shells and create a beautiful one of a kind mirror with them.


Large Herringbone Marble Tile Floor - How To DIY It For Less
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Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Lisa, this makeover is amazing! And I love crown so much but I have yet to tackle it in my house. Maybe you need to come help me :) I will make lunch.


Thursday 3rd of August 2017

In a heartbeat! That would make installing crown about a million times more fun!!!

Michelle O'Connor Ryan

Saturday 29th of July 2017

I just shared this with my husband. I love it. Love everything about this bathroom.


Monday 31st of July 2017

You're so sweet!! Thanks for stopping by here Michelle! I appreciate you so much.

Calypso in the Country

Friday 28th of July 2017

Lisa, I am so impressed with all the work you did on this bathroom! You must be thrilled every time you walk in there! Enjoy your weekend! Shelley


Saturday 29th of July 2017

Thanks so much Shelley! It was fun to work on but I'm so glad it's done! (especially since it's the laundry room and I'm in there all the time! :) ) Have a great weekend my friend!