The First Course
I chose 1″x3″ pine for the ‘battens’ (there are no boards, just the painted wall). I chose mid-grade stock, but next time I’d pick a higher quality. Even though our house is only a few years old there’s still not a square wall in the place — a better board means less touch-up when all is said and done.
I got the exact measurements for the whole project from the computer (using Adobe Illustrator… old habits…), which was invaluable. I used a jig (and level, obviously) to space the boards as I hung them). A few finishing nails hung them in place while a bead of Liquid Nail dried.