board + batten tut

Thought I’d show ya my board and batten entryway since the holidays are sneaking up on us & we’d like to start displaying goodies on that entryway shelf.  [Whew!..major run-on sentence!] Hope you benefit from our board + batten tut!
Board + Batten:
It surprises me some people still aren’t familiar with board & batten treatments & even confuse them with bead board.  It’s a major trend here in AZ and esp all over blogville.
It looked easy enough so we didn’t follow a specific tut, just did our own version…that’s the nice thing about B&B, you really can do whatever you’d like and it still looks fab!
Let me show you what we did to give this rickety old house a fresh face lift for not a lot of dough!
Pretty much I’m in camouflage mode with this house…there are so many deep rooted problems/updating needs that we decided to make it look pretty before we eventually get down to the nitty gritty.
Entryway BEFORE:
Here’s the angle looking in from the kitchen.  I know, bad picture quality AND badly in need of decor help, eek!
Angle looking in from my craft room.  This room has blah tile and blah dingy paint on the walls.
How to apply board and batten:
a.  Top molding is about 5″ thick, we placed it 41/2′ up from the floor.
b.  The vertical slates are 11/2″ thick and were placed every 16″ apart.
* A nail brad tacked all these babies securely to the wall.
…We’re makin progress, yippee!…

c.  Caulk caulk and more caulk those stinkin little holes!
e. Paint bottom half & all molding white.
f.  Paint top half whatever color you prefer.
Entryway AFTER:
[I’ve made more progress on this room since this picture but what a difference right??]
Sure this tut makes board & batten sound really easy.  It’s not a hard project, H-O-W-E-V-E-R, it IS tedious and very time consuming.  Weekend project?  Yes…IF YOU HAVE A BUDDY.  My hubby took pity on me and finally helped me caulk all those many holes then helped me prime prime prime + paint paint paint.  LOTS OF WORK!
Did anyone noticed the door changed colors during that tut, lol?
Door makeover:
During the middle of the b&b treament, I HAD to paint that dreary door!  It was so dark & didn’t allow any light to come in the front of the house.
On the right side of this pic you can also see the picture mantle that was created using a 5″ piece of wood.  It was simply nailed in laying flat [on top of the 5″ moulding] then a second smaller moulding was nailed underneath it so it gave the shelf a bevelled look.
Here’s an after shot before we painted the trim and the rest of the board & batten white.  MUCH better!  I also spray frosted the windows so no one could see in but it still allows light to come through during the day.
Love the fresh room!
Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Megan - Love it! It's so bright and clean now!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan @ - That turned out great! I'm so jealous of your huge entryway. Both of our outside doors come directly into the room. Maybe our next house will have an entry as great as yours. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Joy - I can't wait to move into a house we plan to stay in so that I can do this. I have it all figured out in my head… I just need hubby to finish school so we can move:)

    You did a beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy - That looks so great! I would love to do something like this! What a huge difference! Great tutorial! It for sure brought up points of the process I had never thought about!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happyReplyCancel

  • Tanya - It looks amazing…LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Oh wow, this is so wonderful! I love the new look of it! Fabulous job!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share!

  • Christina - Wow!! What a transformation!
    Looks awesome!

  • Vicky - I cannot believe you did all that and what an amazing difference you made. You must be SO proud! Looks great!

    I am a new follower from the Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design. If you have a chance come by and say hi.

  • Lil' Luna - Love. Love. Love… thx for running tonight gals – always LOVE our chats. XOReplyCancel

  • HI THERE! - It looks great! I have been wanting to try this forever but I am a slow worker at best and can only imagine how long it would take me!! Love that you painted the door too – such a great job! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. Off to explore your blog some more!
    Jenn :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight - This looks FABULOUS! I love it!!! Great job!

    xoxo, Ashley JReplyCancel

  • Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight - This looks FABULOUS! I love it!!! Great job!

    xoxo, Ashley JReplyCancel

  • Sommer - What an incredible entry way! Love the double doors and the walls turned out awesome! I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XOReplyCancel

  • WhyCuzICan - Lovely redo! Yes, I've been seeing B & B all over blogville lately! Yours is OUTSTANDING (and the door makeover really ties it all together)

    Visiting from Designer Garden's VIP Linky Party today!

    Suzanne in NW IllinoisReplyCancel

  • Marie - Turned out beautiful! It makes such a big difference! Thanks for linking with us at Show & Share!


  • Ty and Whitty - I am stopping by to let you know that I featured your DIY Board and Batten on my blog from my party show and share. Check it out and grab a feature button. I hope you link up again :)

    A mommy's life…with a touch of YELLOW

  • DIY: Ombre Accent Wall | DownEast Home - […] leftover paint to create the color pallet! The top coat is white, which was left over from this board and batten entryway. The second coat was left over from this living room painting project. The third color is the […]ReplyCancel

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