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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  • SusanBlue Greenwood SusanBlue Greenwood on Dec 01, 2016
    How to paint/dye/stain upholstery

  • Collette Whelan 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?

  • Becky 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!


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  • Olen Olen on Dec 28, 2019

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

  • Christina 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!