Entryway Board & Batten

This entryway needed some love to create a welcoming entrance into a beautiful home. Board & batten is an easy and inexpensive way to add instant character to a room. It can be done multiple ways, but I will show you my favorite way to create the look.
Attach 1x3 pine boards vertically to the wall with nails. The width between the boards depends on the look you're going for, but I space the boards between 12-16" depending on the wall size.
Attach 1x4's horizontally above the 1x3's. To create a small box at the top, which is optional, add small boards vertically on top of the 1x4 board to square off the area. A 1x4 board will complete the box across the top.
Use a 1x2 pine board to mimic a ledge at the top of the 1x4. The ledge is optional, but it looks finished and gives an area to display some frames or artwork.
Add a small trim piece under the 1x2 ledge that was installed so it creates a seamless look.
Once all the boards are on the wall, paint the boards and the wall the same color. Hooks add useful space and look nice too!
What a difference a couple boards on a wall can make! The compliments will come rolling in if you try board & batten somewhere in your home! Check out my blog for the full tutorial!

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Have a question about this project?

5 questions
  • Mary Fehlberg
    on Nov 5, 2016

    Did you just put the boards on top of your baseboards? How does that work since they aren't the same size?

    • Christina
      on Nov 6, 2016

      They sit right above the original baseboards otherwise you can replace the baseboards with the same type of board so it matches. Honestly once it's all painted white it's hardly noticeable unless you look closely.

    • Debby Durband Burns
      on Nov 18, 2016

      When I did mine my boards were larger than my baseboards so I used my miter saw to cut a 45 degree angle on the base. It was a pain in the behind but worth it to me as my boards were more noticeable. It turned out just beautifully and I can't wait to put board and batten in my upstairs bathroom

    • Penny W
      on Dec 28, 2016

      Debby Durband Burns could you please add a picture of yours? I'm trying to visualize the 45 degree angle on the base. Thanks!

  • April Wood
    on Nov 10, 2016

    Can you tell me how you attached the boards to the wall? Obviously there's a variety of ways so I'm wondering what works best for you. Thank you!

    • Christina
      on Nov 10, 2016

      I used a nail gun to attach the boards to the studs. Works great and doesn't leave noticeable marks on the board.

    • Debby Durband Burns
      on Nov 18, 2016

      I used liquid glue before using my nail gun, but then my walls had no studs behind them so I had to.

  • SusanBlue Greenwood
    on Dec 1, 2016

    How to paint/dye/stain upholstery

    • Paula
      on Dec 11, 2016

      I had the same question...sorry!

    • Cathy Bernard
      on Dec 2, 2018

      Could you please drop into my email a quick overview on the procedures of to paint/.dye/stain upholstery as I live right near a habitat for humanity store and need used furniture and your techniques would work wonders. Can you do the same things to old and dirty lampshades? THANK You.

  • Collette Whelan
    on Jan 30, 2017

    hi this looks lovely. did you have to cut the pieces to size or are they readily available in those measurements?

    • Christina
      on Jan 30, 2017

      I cut the boards down to size because I wanted them a tad bit shorter. You can leave the boards at the 6 foot length if you don't mind them extending up the wall further.

  • Becky
    on Aug 12, 2019

    I LOVE your board & batten idea! The white is so crisp and yet welcoming. I can't access your blog, it says it is unavailable. I would love to see the full tutorial! I want to do this in my home now!

    • Christina
      on Aug 13, 2019

      Sorry my website was hacked so they took it down. I’m working with them to rid of the infected files. In the meantime if you want to email me I can help you through the steps! My email is chrissytorr@gmail.com.

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  • Olen
    on Dec 29, 2019

    I love the batten board look. Do the 1x3 boards stick out farther than the baseboard?

  • Christina
    on Dec 29, 2019

    No they line pretty even minus the rounded part at the top of the baseboard but I’ve also done it where I’ve replaced the baseboards with the same material!

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