Hi all! I am in the process of updating our builder grade kitchen island with batten and stain. I’ll share the steps of putting the batten on in this post. I’ll go over the staining in a follow up post.
Blah builder-grade ‘before’ picture.
First I pulled off the old trim. It popped off easy.
Then I measured and cut the batten with our miter saw. I attached the vertical ends first using a brad nailer.
As long as I was careful with my measurements, it was an easy project. I did it myself without any help.
Then I measured, cut and attached quarter round trim for the bottom to give it a “finished” look.
Since I’m planning on staining the island I made sure to use “STAINABLE” wood filler for the nail holes and gaps. Otherwise your patches won’t blend in.
I was impressed with how the batten and trim changed the look from cheap looking builder-grade to a custom high-end piece. The cost of the wood was less than $30.
I did the whole project by myself while my husband was at work. But I confess. I had to call him and ask him how to load the brad nails. As long as I have power tools, and the project doesn’t require any muscle, I can handle it. If a project requires strength – forget it, I’m out.