Grid Board & Batten In The Office

DIY, Projects

  1. Marty Oravetz says:

    Oh wow, tons of work but so pretty. I love the color too.

  2. Shannon Fox says:

    Prettiest little boxes I ever did see 😉

  3. Linda says:

    It looks amazing!

  4. Moriah says:

    Love, love, love!!!! Thank you soooooo much for this post. I wanted to do this exact thing as ournextvoriject and now I can easily show my hubby how. 🙂

  5. Linda Cole says:

    Love the new walls and the color!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

  6. Amy Kaminski says:

    That looks awesome!!! Can’t wait to see it come together.

  7. Gail says:

    Really loving this. You did an amazing job. Love the color also.

  8. Lisa says:

    Love this!! I’ve been wanting to do this in our house too.. one day hopefully ?

  9. Pat says:

    Thank you sooo much for revealing your project! My walls also have the texture and thought I could never achieve this look because of that. Anthony is an absolute treasure because most husbands (mine included) would run and hide. So I know what will be my next project!! Cannot wait to see your whole office when it’s done. Again, thank you!

  10. Kelly says:

    This looks so great and I just love the wall color choice! I am looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  11. CMT says:

    It’s really incredible how can it change just with imagination, work and some tools.


  12. […] When we first started talking about moving the office into the guest bedroom, one of the first projects I wanted to tackle, was trimming out the two windows. When we built the house a few years ago, we didn’t have extra money in the budget to trim out each and every window, so we opted to do round bull nose corners with a simple window ledge. Lately, I’ve wanted to start transitioning them over to something more custom looking, and the office was the perfect room to start, especially since we did the awesome grid board and batten walls. […]

  13. […] I love the sleek addition of the black to the room, and the way it looks with the walls… […]

  14. Sandy Woods says:

    This is an inspiration. It’s amazing what can be achieved with MDF & paint. You’ve got me thinking of some great ideas in my home. Thanks!

  15. […] and simple look sold me. I wanted the shelves to be warm, but clean cut and a seamless addition to the walls. We had a little bit of extra work attaching them, specifically because of our awesome grid board […]

  16. […] the line level and straight, we started installing the L brackets. The only catch, was that the grid board and batten we installed on the walls added another element of trickery. The bottom horizontal grid came down […]

  17. Gary says:

    This looks great! Quick question: how did you treat the pieces of mdf that did not have a stud to nail into? If your boxes were 21″ square (and studs are usually 16″ apart), I would think that many of your boards didn’t hit a stud. I guess the vertical boards would maybe hit studs at the top and the bottom (but maybe not because of the top and bottom boards)?

    Did you just nail the finish nails into the drywall? Did you put the nails at an angle? I guess the caulk would also act as an adhesive and would help? (particularly with the textured walls because you’d be running caulk the whole length of every board). Did you consider using construction adhesive or liquid nails or anything behind the boards? (makes them messy to remove or if you screw up and need to move one).

    I might worry that the vertical pieces (since they are long and heavier) would need a stud nail somewhere? How is everything holding up? Any advice on this?
    Thanks in advance!!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you Gary! We didn’t worry too much about hitting the studs as we nailed the mdf to the wall. There are plenty of nails to hold it all in place, and yes, we did add them at an angle throughout the wall. We’ve had zero problems with it, and we’ve used this same method throughout several different walls in our home. 🙂

  18. Nice project. I like how you went around the corner. We are looking at doing one wall as an accent wall in the bedroom. I’m wondering how easy it was to cut the mdf in relation to keeping straight and clean lines? thanks.

  19. Tom says:

    I really like this room. Great work. Thanks for all the details. I notice the final pictures don’t show the window trim color . Did you use white trim on the windows? We are planning a similar project and can’t decide if the window trim should be same color as wall. Do you have a photo on your site of the finished window trim? I looked around but could not find any.
    Thanks again

  20. Looks beautiful. Did you have to prime the mdf strips? I keep reading that after you cut the mdf would need an oil primer but we want to do a bedroom and not a bathroom so I wondered if I could skip that step.

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much! No, I did not prime the mdf strips. The paint I used was a paint + primer blend, but I don’t think it’s necessary to prime mdf separately.

  21. Lonnie says:

    Did you paint the window trim the color of the wall or white like the baseboard?

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