Weekend Warriors: Front Hall Board and Batten PART 1

Come back for Part 2!

Originally this was going to be one post, but the reality is we have a 7 month old who isn't big on home improvement projects! Bryan ended up doing most of this himself. Thankfully the noise isn't too bad in the back of the house where Everett naps so we only had to work around the times when he's trying to fall asleep.  


We debated where to do this project. We have a large entryway, a front hallway where the secondary bedrooms and bathroom are located, and a small garage entry hallway. I deced the garage entry hallway would be too small to have bags and jackets hanging on the wall. The main entryway would have been perfect but I would really rather have a nice big table there with art and bins for shoes. The point of the hooks was for Everett's stuff anyway, so it just made sense to put it in the kid part of the house.

We poured over blog tutorials on Pinterest. There are a million ways to do this project. Check out my Project: Wall Treatment board for ideas for your own project. These were our favorites:
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There was no one tutorial that we followed. We just pieced things together, took some measurements, and headed to Home Depot. We walked the aisles checking materials and prices. There may have been a better way, but this method worked fine for us! We were itching to jazz up our boring house. (Seriously, we are living in the Land of Beige right now. Blegh.)
The first step was taking off the baseboards. We debated redoing the door frames as well, but decided it was too much work for right now. The boards were a weird paper composite, not wood, and pretty much popped right off. There was damage to the drywall but nothing the new boards won't cover up.
Our walls are textured so we had to make a decision about how important a smooth background was to us. We decided we wouldn't like the look with the texture so we first put up plywood 6 feet high. Cutting around the light switch and the electrical outlet were the only tricky parts of the project. My dad is an electrical engineer so we're going to have him check that everything is up to code.
Everett was still crawling around and making mischief the whole time of course. And demanding milkie breaks. 
We wanted to keep this project super cheap. Poplar would have been a nicer option, but we decided to go with the cedar. We had to pick over the boards and the back sides of the boards weren't usable. The boards are thicker than the door frames so they do hang out a tiny bit. It's not as noticeable as I thought it would be. (That's why we considered re-framing the doorways.)
Once the horizontal boards were finished it was time to measure the vertical boards. I knew I wanted to fit at least three vertical boards on the right-hand side so that I can put three hooks, but otherwise there really was no set way to do it. All of the tutorials we looked at said they just picked a number and spaced the boards accordingly. I did want to make sure that none of the vertical boards hit the light switch or outlet, so I started there. I really just played around with some small pieces to see where things lined up. I tried 15 inches, and then 14 inches. Both had a weird spot. 15.5 inches was our lucky number.
We did this over two weekends. It honestly wasn't too bad. A bunch of cuts and a bunch of nails. Lots of measuring. This was our second home improvement project other than landscaping outside (painting Everett's room was the first project) and it was definitely an easy project. We went ahead and bought an air compressor, a nail gun, and an electric sander. We borrowed a saw from Bryan's dad.

But of course, we aren't done!! We still have to putty the holes, fill the cracks with caulk, prime the wood, paint the walls/ceiling, and paint the wood. The board and batten will be finished then, but to fully finish the project we are going to go back and add a ledge for photos and hooks for Everett's jackets and bags. 

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10 comments

  1. This is going to look SO pretty when it's done! Excited to see it finished!

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  2. Reading this post reminds me so much of when our girls were little and we did so much DIY work around our old house in England. Your after pictures look fantastic so your hard work really paid off. Great that you have the skills to do this yourself, can you imagine how much this would cost to contract out! I look forward to seeing more updates on your projects. Good luck
    Sue @ www.NoFixedAbodeForSue.com

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  3. Wow, what a great idea! Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  4. Okay, first of all I love your blog name and your design is great, too! I love this project and wish we had a good place to do this.

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    1. Thanks!! Love the name of yours too. Where in Texas are y'all? We're in Houston.

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  5. Looks great! I've always wanted to do this in my hallway!

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  6. Oh my gosh! This is absolutely stunning! Looks like a lot of work that paid off in the end! Beautiful.

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    1. LOL it's far from done! You are sweet for saying that though. :)

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  7. VERY VERY COOL. I can't wait to see how it looks. This is such a great idea.

    Stephanie @ thedishbcs.com

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  8. OMG this came out so cute!!!! I want to do this to my entrance way super bad now!

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