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.
|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|
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.