Our entryway has long been a blah area. We have had huge white walls and this ugly border running along the bottom of the wall and up our staircase that doesn’t match our decor. We had decided that we would take the border down and paint the whole area, all the way up the two-story entry and staircase as well. We obviously were not looking forward to that huge task but were willing to do it. As we were sitting on the couch Friday night, board and batten popped into my head. Duh. Why had I not thought of this before? Well it has turned into possibly my favorite project we’ve done so far. Friday night we decided to price out some wood at Menards (hot date with the home improvement store) and ending up finding some 1x3x12 pre-primed mdf on sale for $4.50 a board and went for it. Here is the awesome before and after (parden Pudge jumping in my pictures as usual):
I can’t even tell you how much I love it. Here is the tutorial on how to create this beautiful, inexpensive look for yourself.
Measure your height and mark your walls. Our height is about 61″. We used where our coat hanger currently is as a starting point and put the boards right under that. You can mark your height wherever looks best to you. We used a laser level and chalk to mark the walls all the way around.
Then to start the vertical boards, we decided on 12″ spacing between boards. We started in a corner and put that board in first. Then marked a foot and put up the next one and so on. We measured the length from the top board to our base boards at each spot because the floor is not always level and each board ended up being slightly different lengths. It took about two hours to get all the boards measured, cut, and nailed up.
Our last step was to paint everything. We decided on a blueish-gray color and love it. It is a perfect in-between of the blue in our kitchen and the gray in our dining room. Here are a couple more views of the finished product:
The total cost for the entry: $42.