Beautiful Board and Batten Wall With a Hidden Door

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We recently finished creating a new bedroom suite for our client, with a beautiful board and batten wall with a hidden door.

And we are so excited to share it with you!

Our client, Karla dreamed of a walk-in closet, with all of her clothes in one space.

Clearly, getting ready in the morning was difficult to say the least, because she had clothing hanging in 4 different closets in her home!

Her dream was one large walk-in closet, however her small room prohibited that.

But with re-imagining her space and adding square footage from the room next door, we were able to give her the bedroom suite of her dreams.

In this post . . .

  • Before Bedroom Renovation
  • Board and Batten Wall Design Plan
  • Wall Demolition
  • Install Wall with Pocket Door
  • Install Molding for Board and Batten Wall
  • Board and Batten Wall with Hidden Door
  • Shop this look . . .

Check out our clients reaction to her new bedroom suite.

Before Bedroom Renovation

Let’s take a look at Karla’s room before.

The current room was 10′ x 11′, plus a 4 1/2′ wide closet.

If we took down the wall between the bedroom and office, we could create a large walk-in closet, as well as a sitting area.

Board and Batten Wall Design Plan

Here is the plan we came up with for the new bedroom suite.

We would create a sizeable walk-in closet at the far end of the room.

Create a desk area in the former closet of the office.

And now with the bed centered on the closet wall, clearly we wanted to create a gorgeous feature wall.

But there would need to be a door on the feature wall for the closet.

And what better way to do that than with a beautiful board and batten wall, concealing the door with molding.

To plan out our design for this beautiful board and batten wall, we made a sketch of the wall on graph paper and began laying out our pattern.

The width of the battens (vertical boards) was determined by the size of the pocket door.

Another thing to consider, this design should be centered on the bed.

You can see from our drawing the first row of horizontal boards across the top aligned with the top of the door frame.

Then the other horizontal boards were evenly spaced on the remainder of the wall.

Wall Demolition

Before we could start implementing this design, the wall needed to be removed between the two rooms.

Once the demolition was finished, an electrician installed new can lights in the sitting area, closet area and centered a light fixture over the bed.

In addition, drywall was also installed in the area where the wall was removed.

Install Wall with Pocket Door

Next a new wall was framed for the walk-in closet.

It was built 4 1/2′ from the existing wall, thus creating a 4 1/2′ x 10′ walk-in closet.

Also in this new wall, we had a pocket door installed.

Finally drywall was installed on the wall, preparing it for our board and batten feature wall.

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Install Molding for Board and Batten Wall

The base molding and the header molding were first installed.

Then the battens or vertical boards were installed, followed by the horizontal boards.

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Also all of the boards were caulked, and nail holes puttied.

Then primer was applied to the wall.

To create the concealed door, molding was also installed on the door following our board and batten pattern.

In order for the pocket door to slide properly the molding for the door needed be about 1/8″ thinner.

This was achieved with a belt sander.

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Here’s our feature board and batten wall with the beautiful charcoal gray paint.

The same charcoal gray paint was also used in the closet with white shelving.

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Board and Batten Wall with Hidden Door

And here’s the completed room.

The pocket door with our board and batten design slides neatly into the wall.

Don’t you love the classic pattern of the board and batten wall?!

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As the wall came down between the two rooms, so did the linen closet.

So not only did we need to create space for all of the clothing, but also an area for bedding and towels.

The white cabinet also stores 24 pairs of shoes.

A soothing color palette of grays and blues, create a relaxed and calm feeling in this bedroom suite.

At the other side of the room, in the former closet we created a “cloffice”!

Yes, we turned the other closet area into a mini office!

A beautiful vintage french dresser and nightstand were refinished for the room.

It’s hard to find solid wood furniture these days.

It’s definitely worth the effort to refinish them and bring them back into the room.

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We hope you found a little inspiration here today.

Are you ready to create a board and batten wall in your home?

Maybe with a hidden door?

We certainly love the look of a paneled accent wall, it can add a bit of architectural detail into any room in your home.

I certainly love the bead board wall we installed in my laundry room.

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  • Jan Mynatt Casady Jan Mynatt Casady on Mar 06, 2022

    I didn't see what you did with the original closet. Perhaps I missed it?

  • Robyn Robyn on Mar 06, 2022

    I absolutely love this idea! I have 2 closets that could be converted into one as well. I just have to convince my hubby to do it! Lol

    May I ask where the comforter came from? It is really beautiful! 😊

  • Vanessa Simmons Vanessa Simmons on Mar 06, 2022

    Why do we have so many clothes? Do we need them all? I've cut way back on my clothes and have lots of open space. It is freeing.

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  • Norma Norma on Mar 15, 2022

    How do you open door and haven't seen it completely closed I want to try a version of this.

    • Sunny Side Design Sunny Side Design on Mar 18, 2022

      The door opens easily by just pushing on the molding. We didn't want to add any handle and obstruct the beautiful wall design. The pocket door has a soft close mechanism, you just pull it gently and it softly closes by itself.

  • SpudBread SpudBread on Apr 07, 2022

    Totally exceptional idea - INSTALLATION AND RE-WORK PROJECT -- braaaaaavo!!!! -- for both rooms etc! (the "soft close" feature of closet door is MAGNIFICENT!).