Entryway Refresh- Board & Batten

8 Materials
4 Hours

This is a great time to start those DIY projects around the house. We decided that our entryway was a much needed area that needed a refresh! The bonus is we spent $0 as we had all materials on hand from previous projects! Follow along for a DIY Board & Batten accent wall.

Remove Any Items From Wall

This is what the original space looked like, and as you can see.. not a lot of character here.

Patch Any Holes

I had these three small areas to patch on the wall from where the mirror was.

This is the Spackling Compound we used to fill the holes.

Sand The Holes

After the compound dries you want to sand down the areas. I only had 80grit sandpaper on hand that I could find. I would have used a higher grit sand paper like 120, but I used materials I had on hand. I was sure to sand every lightly.

Double Check Measurements/Cuts

Once we cut our boards to the right length we put them up to ensure all measurements & cuts were accurate. We used 1” x 3” pine strapping we had left over in our garage.

Nail Your Boards

We used a Brad Nailer to add finishing nails into the wood to secure it to the wall. Make sure you hit studs if you can to make sure your wood does not go anywhere.

Add Your Small Boards

We then added in the small boards. The spacing between boards was roughly 14”. You can put your boards anywhere.. this is all up to your personal choice and how big you want your squares to be. We didn’t want ours too close to the light switch.

Add Your Ledge

I wanted a little ledge/shelf are for the very top. I think this completed the whole look! This was you can put pictures on top if you wanted. We used a 1” X 1” piece of strapping for this and again just nailed it in place with the Brad Nailer.

Apply Painters Tape

I then taped off any areas I did not want to get white paint on.

Pick Your Paint

I decided to go with white for the board and batten. It’s always a good idea to use a paint and primer in one on your pine boards. You want to make sure the wood doesn’t eventually bleed through your white paint.

Apply Your Paint

This is after the first full coat of paint. I started painting the wood first and then moved onto the wall. I ended up doing three full coats to get the coverage I wanted.

I used a small brush as well as a small roller.

Caulk Your Edges

Once the paint was fully dried I caulkers all of the gaps between the wood/wall. I just used a wet rag to wipe off any access. This part is time consuming however I personally think this finished off the look & makes it look seamless! Also, I always buy “paintable caulking” .

Pick Your Hooks

I wanted this area to still be functional and a space where guests can hang their coats, etc. I had a pack left over of these hooks and decided to use them for this space.


We simply measured and placed the hooks centre of each board and drilled them in. We used three hooks as we added three centre boards across.

I absolutely love how this wall turned out!! Adds character & is also functional for our everyday life!

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2 questions
  • Anne Zweifel
    Anne Zweifel
    on Apr 7, 2020

    I really like what you did, what if you add a storage box at the bottom to keep boots n wellies, umbrellas in AND you can sit on it to put them on/off ???

    • Meg
      on Apr 25, 2020

      Thank you! I wanted to keep the space clutter free as much as possible!

  • Michelle Maginnis
    Michelle Maginnis
    on Apr 6, 2021

    in hindsight would you have painted (at least two coats) of the boards prior to installation?

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  • Linda
    on Apr 30, 2020

    didn't see the finished product!

  • Linda
    on Apr 6, 2021

    Wow, you did an excellent job! The look of the entry is great and now so functional. Just great. Thanks for sharing.

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