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1.06.2011

Board and Batten Reveal

I gave you a preview to the late night insanity in starting our board and batten project just two days before Christmas.  Well, we have one project that is done.  The hallway as you enter our house from the garage was every mother's nightmare.  It was painted in flat paint.  Flat paint.  Who paints walls in flat paint?!?  Perhaps someone with no children...

So, since this hallway is a magnet for fingerprints and scuff marks, I figured it would be a good place to start our board and batten journey.  Mind you, we decided to take the red-eye on this trip and started working on it at about 11:30 PM on December 23rd.  Yes, insanity rules.

Here is the photo montage - sorry for the before pictures - I was in a hurry to capture a few since I don't typically take pictures of hallways just for kicks.

Kind of a before picture - I was actually taking a picture of my new rug.  Isn't it pretty?

A picture from the opposite direction - at the beginning of the insanity.



The hubby measuring out the distance between the boards with a trusty paint stick!


Boards are up! 



AFTER - A crisp and clean space.


AFTER - View from the garage door


Another view - added another piece at the top to give it a more finished look



And another view in case you haven't seen enough


Now I need to finish the laundry room.  And the bar area in the basement...  Where did all of that late night motivation go?

UPDATED - Material Details
I have received a lot of questions about the board sizes and the measurements I used.  Here are the details:

The wood we used was primed MDF.  The sizes are as follows:
Vertical boards: 1 x 2 1/2" mdf
Large horizontal board: 1 x 7 1/2" mdf
Top "trim" piece: 1 x 1/2" mdf

The spacing in between the boards was about 12 inces.  We used a paint stick as a guide.

TIP:  Cut the bottom of your vertical boards at an angle so that they "taper" towards the trim (assuming you're not going to replace your baseboards).  That reall helps give it a more seamless look overall.

As for the height, that's a matter of personal preference.  Ours are about 65" high, from the floor to the top of the trim piece.  But, you can eyeball it and see what works best for your space.  We have 9' ceilings , so that height worked best for us.

We caulked around all of the mdf pieces and the paint that we used was an antique white (Porter Paints) in a latex semi-gloss that matched our trim paint. 

Jenny

73 comments:

  1. Jenny, I LOVE the board and batten! Your home is just gorgeous. I'm so glad I came across your blog. I'm a follower!

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  2. LOVE this!! I'm about to start a B&B project, so I'm so happy to have found your before and after pics! Can you tell me a bit about how you finished the top? What kind of molding is on top of that long board creating the ledge? Will you share this on my party tomorrow?

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  3. This looks so great. This may be a project for this year!
    Kim:)

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  4. Hi Jenny, I'm Tracy and I'm new to your blog. I just found you over at Transformation Thursdays. I'm you're newest follower as tonasun.

    I just love your makeover. The board and batten looks wonderful in that space. I know your husband and you must be so proud of it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Hugs...Tracy :)
    P.S. Stop by and visit my blog anytime.

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  5. Looks lovely! I really like it. I think I may attempt this.

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  6. Thanks SO much for sharing at my party! Come back soon!

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  7. I think it looks so much better! We keep putting it up at our house as well.

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  8. Wow! That looks amazing! Your house is just beautiful.

    Found you through j-a-girl and so glad I did! =]

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  9. Looks great! Love how it totally brightens up the space.

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  10. Your hall looks fantastic now - the combination of the board and batten and the lighter colour on the bottom just make it seem so much more interesting and fresh. I can't believe you started a project like that so close to Christmas - very impressive!

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  11. Really stunning. I love it. It is so fresh and crisp. Did you just paint inside of the boards, or are they boards as well? Well done

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  12. I love how it looks! I think I'll just scroll back up and enjoy the eye candy again. :)

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  13. looks awesome! I am dying to try this but can't figure out how because I have baseboard heaters. I LOVE yours though! I'm your newest follower!

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  14. Jenny-
    I just came over from Just a Girl's party and wow-o-wow! What a beautiful hallway. I think we all have a board and battan project in the makes. After seeing yours finished I'm excited for ours! Great job! I'm going to tweet this on Twitter and I just became a follower also!

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  15. Jenny, it is beautiful!! I'm dying to do this too, although it's not gonna happen this year, but maybe one of these days. You made it look so easy & it's amazing how this stuff really amps up the hallways. Gorgeous! Love that little piece on top too, that really finishes it off.

    Now, where did you get that beautiful rug?

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  16. Your hallway looks awesome Jenny...I love it! We are hoping to do some B&B in our entry/laundry room one day too! ~Deb~

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  17. Love the rug, love the green paint, love the design of your home, love the board and batten. A swooning new follower!!

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  18. That is so beautiful... WOW! How long did the project take you?

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  19. Wow!!! That looks awesome! It really brightened that space up. You guys did a great job!

    Love that rug too! Do you mind me asking where you got it.

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  20. What a beautiful result! I love the green wall color, any shade of my green is my favorite, but the white makes the space look very clean, bright and finished. Great job. :)

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  21. Just gorgeous! And I must say I love your area rug :D

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

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  22. You guys did a great job!!! I love this look, like you said it is so clean looking.

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  23. It looks beautiful! Tell your hubby "great job"!
    ~Amanda

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  24. This is absolutely stunning! Your hallway looks so fresh, crisp and *alive*! And, that rug is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. You have got to be kidding me! This is amazing! I am writing an article for Houzz this week on wainscoting, and this could definitely be in it. This treatment adds so much character to a space, great job!
    Janell

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  26. Just wanted to let you know I featured you today, so feel free to stop by and grab a button if you want! :)

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  27. WOW! Jenny this really looks beautiful in your lovely hallway. Love the wall color and rug as well.

    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

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  28. looks awesome - so clean and white. i did the same in my room a while back - i couldnt decide if i wanted to top piece to finish it off - but looking at yours definately makes me want to add it - thanks!!!

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  29. This is beautiful! I love the height of the b&b. I found you from Centsational Girl. I'm now a follower. :)

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  30. THAT was AMAZING!!! LOVE THIS!!! You have GOT to link this up at

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  31. I LOVE board and batten. Great work! I am drooling over that rug :)

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  32. You home is absolutely beautiful. Love the color on the walls, love the board & batten, and love the rug!

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  33. You make it look so easy! Can you tell me what size boards you used, 1 x 4 on the vertical and 1 x 8 on the horizontal? Would love to know. Thanks

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  34. Wow! I am trying to convince my hubby to do this. It looks great!

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  35. Jenny,

    This is such an amazing transformation! We also have a long narrow entry hallway -- but ours is the front entrance. Ours is also flat paint -- and we have 2 kids and a dog! I've been wondering what I could do to this hallway because there isn't room for even a table or shelf. It needs some personality... I think this may be exactly what I've been looking for!

    Thank you for the inspiration

    Billie
    www.designedforlife.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow, I love the way this turned out. What is the brand name of the rug?

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  37. Awesome! What is the color on your hallway walls?

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  38. Could you share some details? Did you buy the boards already white or paint them before installation? What size boards did you use? How did you decide your height and spacing? Did you paint in between or install something? Did you caulk? Why size board is in top? I love this and would love to try it but I need more guidance or I'm sure to screw it up! Thanks!

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    1. The wood that we used was primed MDF. Here are the sizes:

      Vertical boards - 1 x 2 1/2" mdf
      Large horizontal board - 1 x 7 1/2" mdf
      Top "trim" piece - 1 x 1 1/2"

      The space in between the boards was about 12 inches I believe. I
      think I used a paint stick as my guide! :-)

      One tip that I can give is to cut the bottom of your vertical boards
      at an angle so that they "taper" towards the trim (assuming you're not
      going to replace your baseboards). That really helps give it a more
      seamless look overall.

      As for the height, that's a matter of personal preference. I think
      ours ended up being around 65" high, from the floor to the top of the
      trim piece. But, you can eyeball it and see what works best for you.
      We have 9" ceilings, so that height seemed to work best for us.

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  39. I'm in the middle of doing this for my kids bathroom. How did you attach your boards to the wall if they are not in studs?

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  40. What is the final height of your board and batton? I am contemplating doing this in a couple of places and like the taller version, but I'm unsure of the height. :)
    Yours looks lovely!
    thanks
    Missy

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  41. This B&B is awesome, I have never heard of it before! Your home is beautiful!

    Marcie

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  42. Did you use an eggshell or semi-gloss finish for the white paint? Also was it the same finish as the paint color above the board? I'm taking on this same project in my home and semi-gloss seems like a good idea for the ease of clean up. Thanks!

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  43. Hi Jenny! I LOVE this board and batten in your hallway! Can you please give me the board sizes you used for the entire project? I am dying to do this in my hallway too! Thanks

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  44. Hi- Can you please tell me if you used 1x4 mdf boards on vertical and what size horizontal? I love the look and want to do this in the babys rrom due feb. and thought that I had to take off the baseboards and replace but I see you didnt and it looks amazing? I just want it to be perfect. Thanks a bunch. Erin.

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  45. Can you share what the white/cream color is on the board and batten and on the molding on the bottom of room, is it the same color on the moding? semigloss?

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  46. This is gorgeous! I am wanting my husband to do board and batten in my hallway and then in my kitchen. Did you all just paint between the boards? Also, my husband was wondering if you know how he attached the boards to the baseboard. Thanks!

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  47. Love this board and batten!!! can you please tell me the exact sizes of boards you used for the entire project? also, did you use a gloss paint? Thanks so much.

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  48. Hi Jenny, love that space. It turned out beautiful! What paint color is that green in your home? I just love it!

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    1. The green that was there when we did the board and batten is called Burlap by Sherwin Williams.

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  49. Hi Jenny, love that space. It turned out beautiful! What paint color is that green in your home? I just love it!

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  50. Jenny, did you answer the questions privately? I have questions, but they have all been asked. My most important question is, where the rug came from?

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    1. Some questions I did answer privately (before I had the ability to reply here in the comments!). I got the rug from the Ballard Designs Outlet. Even though I have repainted since doing this project, I haven't yet found a new rug (and still love this one). It will eventually find a new home somewhere in the house. :-)

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  51. Just stumbled accross this post thanks to Pinterest... I was getting ready to do something like this and THIS is my new inspiration! Thank you!!!!!

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  52. Please could you answer the questions posted from Heather B. Thanks

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  53. Looks beautiful.One question....if the vertical boards are only 12 inches apart, you wouldn't be able to hit studs with each one. did you use a liquid nails to attach them to the wall?

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  54. I really like this Board & Batten. I really like the height & want this in our new home. Thanks for the pictures!

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  55. I have redone my entire house...except the hallway...couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it. Now I know! Thanks so much for this!

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  56. This is so gorgeous. Can you tell please please please tell me where you got that rug?

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    1. The rug is from the Ballard Designs outlet store. It's a Safavieh brand rug though, and I just bought another (similar) one from Overstock.com.

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  57. I am digging back into your archives a bit but I just had to comment on your hallway treatment. It is beautiful! I love how it brightens up your hallway. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my board and batten treatment. Looks like we both love the look.

    I'm so happy to find your blog, there is just so much inspiration here! Can't wait until I have a bit more time to check it all out!

    Lynn

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  58. Love love love! I've done a ton of B&B in my house too, it makes such a difference. Great work! Would love to have you share on my weekend linky party http:/www.lovelycraftyhome.com

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  59. Exactly what I was looking for. Bee-U-Ti-ful result. Thank you so much for including what paint shade and type you used! - so frustrating when this is not referenced.

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  60. Exactly what I was looking for. Bee-U-Ti-ful result. Thank you so much for including what paint shade and type you used! - so frustrating when this is not referenced.

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  61. Love this wall treatment can you give an idea of the cost involved? Well done! It'sgorgeous!

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  62. Love this wall treatment can you give an idea of the cost involved? Well done! It'sgorgeous!

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  63. You still loving that rug? I'd be happy to buy it from you if you tire of it. Can't find anything like it, and the colors are perfect for my space.

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