DIY Herringbone Board and Batten Accent Wall | Eclectic Farmhouse Home Office – ORC Week 3

Week three of the One Room Challenge is here and it is the half way point. Am I halfway done with my room? Nope not really. I have to be honest I was feeling super stressed this last week. Months ago my family planned a girls weekend away and it just so happened to fall right in the middle of this challenge.

I was also tackling my hardest project for the room, my DIY Herringbone Board and Batten Accent wall. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to add some character to this room and this DIY Herringbone wall accent was the perfect thing! Once I had my idea I searched around to see if someone had a tutorial on how to do it and I came up with nothing. So I am going to share with you how to install a DIY Herringbone board and batten accent to your home!

Tools you will need for your Herringbone Board and Batten wall:

  • Miter Saw
  • White Bead Board – Sheets or Planks
  • Liquid Nails: All Purpose Adhesive
  • Silicone Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Tape
  • 3/4 inch wide finishing trim
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun and air compressor (optional)

Starting off, I had a chair rail and trim already on my wall, which made it a little bit more tricky since I had to work within that set space.

I created my Herringbone accent wall with white bead board planks that were precut to 7 inches wide. I bought the planks as a trial run because it was going to be faster to just buy them that way and take them home and start working. However, buying the planks will be more expensive then if you buy a white bead board sheet and have Home Depot cut it down for you. Whatever you decided to use, make sure you are starting with long planks.

Herringbone Board and Batten Wall Tutorial

Figuring out how to begin was the trickiest part for me. It was a little overwhelming at first trying to figure out how to get the pattern started.

For my herringbone board and batten wall I worked in 1 foot space segments. I measured down my wall and drew a line at the one foot marks so I would know where my center was for each point.

Now that I have figured it out, it doesn’t seem that hard.

Step 1: Take one of your planks and cut the end at a 45* angle

Now the length of the board depends on the width of the space that you will be working in. Like I said I was working in 1 foot segments, so after measuring out 1 foot, I cut the other end of my board at the same 45* angle.

With a herring bone pattern you will have lines that will be angled up and lines that will be angled down, So you have to pay attention to the direction of the lines. Another thing with working with bead board is that you will have to pay attention to how the lines match up with one another. This is going to give you the herringbone look.

Black Sharpie art done by my 2 year old.

The simplest way to make sure that you have the same size boards is to make a templet board, lay that board on top of the next board that needs to be cut. Clamp it on and then cut the board.

I marked my templet boards with a special tape on both sides so I could easily find them in the midst of all of the boards. I only had three templet boards because I was making a repeating pattern that mirror images of each other. So if I needed boards angled up I would used the white sides of the boards as a pattern. If I needed boards that were angled down I would use the brown (reverse) side of the board.

You can number the boards to help you keep track of which board goes where. Also if you look closely I labeled by boards to say ‘Open’ with an arrow pointing to one edge. This was because the precut planks have these pockets that allow you to slide the skinnier edge of the board into it for a more seamless flush look. The ‘open’ edge side of the boards started with a different pattern. In order for my lines to match up I needed to make sure I was cutting each board the exact same.

The fastest way to assemble your herringbone wall is to batch cut your boards. This allows you to piece together you wall without having to stop and cut a board for each step. There will be a lot of cutting and trimming down so save some time and batch cut your boards.

Here is a little visual chart to show you how each piece works in the Herringbone pattern. For the small top triangle pieces and the tiny center triangle I just used some scrap pieces cut to fit.

Once you have all of your pieces cut for two sections, One angled up and the other angled down you can use your liquid nails to adhere your panels to the wall. Be sure to apply the adhesive to the back near the edges and center of the board for full coverage.

Place your pieces back on the wall after the glue had been applied to the back. You will be able to slightly adjust your pieces for a few minutes after putting them on the wall. You may have some pieces near the center points that do not want to sit flush with the wall. Take your hammer or your nail gun and apply a nail to the board as close to the seam as you can.

Keep working your way down the wall until you have all of your pieces in place. If you are working on a long wall, it may seem to take a long time, but eventually you will get to that last board and do a happy dance around the room like I did.

Getting the boards on the wall is just the second step. You may notice some gaping here and there where you boards didn’t line up exactly. I can tell you that my boards definitely did not line up exactly every time. Luckily I already wrote a tutorial on how to fill in those gaps from a previous One Room Challenge. For the full step by step head on over and check it out!

Here is a look at the Herringbone wall with the gaps filled. It makes a big difference!

If you have large spaces along the seams or if you had to used several nails along the seams you can add the 3/4 inch trim along the seams with a little bit of liquid nails. I will be adding the trim to my wall after I apply some paint to my Herringbone wall.

This project was seriously a labor of love. It took me a whole day to figure out the pattern for the wall and it also caused me quite a few tears of frustration. I hope you find my tutorial helpful and I would love to see your Herringbone board and batten walls!

I am so excited to have this finished! Now I can clean up all of the sawdust and get to completing this room!


Here is the To Do list for the room:

  • Prime the trim, walls and doors : DONE
  • Install custom accent wall design : DONE
  • Paint the trim, walls and doors
  • Install and paint the DIY plank flooring
  • Re-paint White round table
  • Install shelves in cubby
  • Buy new hardware for Buffet
  • Install new light
  • Reupholster Office Chair
  • Decorate the room

The media sponsor for this incredibly fun and inspiring event is Better Homes and Gardens.

I will link each week below as the challenge progresses:

My April 2019 ORC Posts:Week 1: Design Plan | Week 2: A Clean Slate | Week 3: You are here! | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

ο»ΏThe Guest Participant Link-ups:Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

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