Board and Batten

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.

Next, we cut our boards to size and nailed them into the wall.  

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:

I am planning on repainting our mirror now so it stands out more.  I can’t wait to show your our staircase version tomorrow and the entire finished product!

The total cost for the entry:  $42.

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  1. Maggie Blettner says:

    Woa! That looks so cool! Fun idea. :)

  2. Hey Jess & Mike,
    Love the board & batten. Looks great and I think Pudge had a great pose for that photo.
    I want to see the staircase!
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Angela Jones says:

    WOW! I can’t believe the difference! It is beautiful; and the pudge looks pretty good too (ha)! I was very anxious for that wallpaper border to go…great job you guys!!!

  4. I love it! I’ve never considered anything but white for board and batten (future DIY) but it looks stunning! We have those date nights too! lol And I love Pudge!

    I’m including a link in this week’s highlights. Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade. ;)

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. I just love your board and batten. I just finished a similar project in our mudroom. I hope you will stop by and check it out. I love the color you chose. I did the opposite (white on the board and batten and a very similar grey/blue on the top). Yours is so cool. I’ve never seen it that way. I love it. Your bench is gorgeous as well. I host a party on Wednesdays (the link opens on Tuesdays at 8pm EST). I hope you will join in.

  6. Hi
    Love the look of your board and batten – and the idea of painting it non-white!! Thinking about doing this in my home but have been trying to figure out how to get the bottoms to look nice – where they meet up with the baseboards!? What did you end up doing? Are your vertical slats the same depth as your baseboards?? Thanks!

    • Hi Jenn! Thanks for your sweet comments:) Our batten boards are almost the same depth as our baseboards so we lucked out there. There hang over like 2 cm so not enough to bother me but this is all about personal choice. I have seen others who have taken out their current baseboards and bought thicker ones to match their batten which will obviously cost more in the overall project but may look better on your project in the end. I think it’s up to you!

  7. I just recently found your blog and have enjoyed all the fun ideas. I saw that you’re a teacher. I taught last year (first year) and took this year off due to having a baby and plan to go back sometime in the near future. I would love to see pics of your classroom as I’m sure it is packed full of awesome and creative ways to organize etc. I’m sure you could have a whole seperate blog about it lol

  8. I recently found your blog and love it! I am currently looking for a soft blue paint color that leans on the gray side for my dining room chairs and inside the open cabinets. I have been looking, and looking, and looking for the perfect color! I really love this project of yours and really like the color also. Could you tell me the name of the color? Thanks so much and cannot wait for your next post! Keep up the inspiration!


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