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DIY Board and Batten: How to Glue Your Way to Custom Woodwork

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Last night, as I worked on migrating this particular post from the old site, I ran across a “before and after” picture of last year’s kitchen nook refresh.

Who remembers when this room was transformed with a can of paint, a few strips of wood, and a bottle of glue?  

Or that the board and batten addition was so easy, I installed it all by myself?

How about the fact that, until about a year ago, I had an awful love-hate relationship with board and batten …..or woodworking of any kind?  With all of this going on, it’s a miracle that the kitchen nook ever made it to 2016.

To be clear, I loved how all woodworking looked, I just absolutely hated how much it cost.
IMG_2432 And, I actually don’t know when the epiphany hit,

but one day,

I had a light bulb moment that would change my life….and my home….forever.

Ok, I’ll admit, it started with reading all of the wonderful tutorials on the internet and laying out a great plan for the rooms.

And, although the results from my first attempt were acceptable,

it still seemed like I was doing it the hard way.

I mean, ripping custom-sized boards from plywood and installing them piece-by-piece is surely

not for the faint of heart.. 

This, I decided, must be why woodworkers charge so much.

Not because it takes so much talent or skill, but because it is such a giant pain.

IMG_2462So, when it came time to install picture frame molding in the dining room,

I actually built the frames from stock molding and then installed them on the wall.

This was easier, but still more difficult than it needed to be.


Now, fast forward to the kitchen nook redo.

This time, I needed to tackle the woodwork in an area with nine-foot ceilings all by myself.  Because of this, I needed super easy to cut and super light moldings.

If I had any hope of getting this completed alone, I had to convert the installation into more of a “craft” project and less of home improvement project.  It took some thinking and careful planning, but I managed to come up with a plan that worked.  It actually worked!

And, I’m thrilled to share how my little nook went……..

Eat-InBandBbefore&afterCollage…….with zero miters and zero nails.

I know, it sounds crazy, but I’m not kidding.  I simply cut and glued my way to custom-made woodwork.

And, you can, too.

The trick is to break it all down into steps.


Since this area is a small space and I needed to make the woodwork cohesive with the rest of the “traditional” house, I couldn’t go all craftsmen, cottage, or farmhouse with this addition.

I also didn’t want to worry about the boards being so chunky that I needed to redo the baseboards to prevent them from hanging over the top because the B&B board was wider than the baseboard.  You know, the muffin top effect?  Ewww…..no.

Quite frankly, all I needed on the walls was a little texture and definition so that when I painted the lower part of the wall creamy white, it still looked like part of the house.

Enter……… screen molding……and its BFFs….wood glue, tape, and caulk.

To make the wall strips, simply (1) measure the length for the molding, (2) cut the molding to length, (3) smear glue on the back, and (4) stick it to the wall using a level and tape.  When the glue is dry, remove the tape and caulk up the edges.


Wall Top:

Then, follow the exact same steps for the horizontal wall top.  The only difference is that the screen molding is first glued to a strip of lattice molding and then glued to the wall.


Window Valance:

For the valance, just follow the steps again to create boxes across the top of the wall.


And, that’s all there is to it.  Amazing, isn’t it?

I may never use miters or nails again.  LOL.

Oh, and that love-hate relationship with woodworking…….well let’s just say that it’s still there…..only different.

Now, I love installing woodwork in the house, but hate that I don’t have it all done.

Funny how a little wood glue and tape can completely change a person’s perspective.  🙂


This project is actually only one of several projects that was completed for the Kitchen Nook’s #30DayFlip Challenge.

How to get a custom drapery look from ready-made panels | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com

The tutorial for making the custom draperies from ready-made panels is linked here.

The tutorial for turning a TV cabinet into a kitchen cabinet is  linked here. 

TV cabinet divided in half, refinished using Fusion Mineral Paint, and installed as a cabinet | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Thank you for sharing your time with me.

It’s such an honor to have you stop by.

I hope you will continue to follow along as more projects get underway.

Simple and easy custom woodwork can be done with a $10 handsaw and a bottle of glue | Find all the details at The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com



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  • Reply theenchantedhouseok February 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

    No miter is very attractive to me. I am going to file this under “Things I can do”

  • Reply 1915house February 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    This, Is. Brilliant! I have some walls in my home that could really benefit from this treatment! I’m putting this on my list of “to do”! Thank you for sharing such a great idea, Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thanks so much! So happy it’s an idea you can use. Thanks for stopping by…..Appreciate so much. Susie

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