Board and Batten Hallway Project

Board and Batten Hallway Design Board

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In the summer of 2010, I overcame my fear of power tools put up board and batten in our living room. It was life changing. Ok, so life changing is an exaggeration, but it was room changing. I love looking back at my old posts on HGTV’s Rate My Space and seeing how our home has evolved since 2007. Over the past few years, our home has gone from being dark, masculine and traditional to being lighter, brighter and more of the vintage-classic design that I’ve grown to adore.

before and after of living room with board and batten

If you’re not familiar with board and batten, it is a series of evenly spaced strips of wood that can extend at chair rail height (about 1/3 up the wall), picture height (about 3/4 up the wall), or all the way to the ceiling. I prefer East Coast Creative’s definition: “Really awesome molding that is sort of chunky, with clean lines, and is arranged in fun rectangular shapes.”

In this picture of our living room, I pointed out where the board and batten ends and our hallway begins. My plans for the hallway redesign include extending the board and batten wall treatment all the way down the hall.

Board and batten and Charleston sign in living room

Here is our hallway in all of its 1990’s brassy-knob glory. It’s not horrible, but it could use some updating and character.

hallway before picture

I found my inspiration from one of my all-time favorite blogs, The Lettered Cottage. Wainscoting and grasscloth…be still my heart.

Hallway inspiration from The Lettered Cottage
via The Lettered Cottage ; 

I came up with a design board to show you how I’ll take my inspiration and use it for our hallway redesign.

Board and Batten Hallway Project

1. Instead of the single shelf that holds our family photos, I’m going to make two knock-offs of Pottery Barn’s Holman picture ledge using Ana White’s instructions for making ten dollar ledges.

Pottery Barn Holman Ledge

Pottery Barn Holman Ledge2. I am replacing the track light with the small Carriage Light Chandelier from Ballard Designs. I was able to buy it on sale for 20% off and scored free shipping on top of that!

Ballard Designs Carriage House Small Chandelier
Ballard Designs Carriage House Small Chandelier

3. My apologies to all of you Wallpaper Haters, but it’s going up…do or die. I’ve always loved the texture that grasscloth gives a room. The board and batten will extend 4 1/2 feet up the wall and this grass cloth wallpaper will go above it.

Mandarin Fantasy Grasscloth MFP-565

4. On the left side of the hallway, there is a 28″ x 23″ HVAC intake. I’m wanting to use the open frame cabinet door tutorial by Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl to make a cover for the HVAC intake, but it will be one door instead of two. This gives me a good excuse to finally buy a Kreg Jig!

idea for HVAC air return using tutorial from PrettyHandyGirl.com5. I considered spray painting the brass knobs and hinges but changed my mind after trying to take off one of the knobs. They are nearly impossible to remove without damaging them. I found a supplier on Ebay that sells knobs and hinges in oil rubbed bronze for a pretty fair price.

Ebay ORB knobs
ORB knobs from Ebuilder Direct on Ebay

6. I still haven’t decided on a runner, but I like the Belgrado Ikat Rug from Ballard Designs. I’ve purchased their indoor/outdoor rugs before and I like being able to clean them with a hose in the driveway. Unfortunately, since I put this design board together, the runner is no longer available in beige. 🙁

Belgrado rug in beige from Ballard Designs
Belgrado Rug from Ballard Designs

If you know of a good replacement for the runner I had picked out, I’d be ever so grateful!

So now that I’ve shown you the design board for our hallway, I need to get busy working! I know there’s a ton of tutorials for board and batten on the internet, but I have some tricks that I learned from the last time I put it up. I’ll be sharing those with you soon!

Want to see the finished hallway? Click this link for the board and batten hallway reveal!

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  1. Hi Tricia,
    I am a newbie at your blog and I have to say that I am loving all of your projects. You are so creative. I love this inspiration board by the way.

  2. What a beautiful plan Tricia. I’m sure you’ll pull it off in style!! Your new picture holders are just what I envision for the new/old rain gutters I was gifted. They just need a bit of making over first 😉

    Excited for tomorrow 🙂 Shannon

    1. The rain gutter picture holders are a smart idea. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! Yes, I’m so excited about today!!! Thanks, again, Shannon!

  3. I think the grasscloth is terrific! And I’m swooning over your mood board in general. It’s going to look fantastic! Cant’ wait to see it.

  4. I can’t wait to see this! You go girl! Seriuosly, your board looks great & I love everything you have already done. We think the same & in fact I have that chandlier in cream, just haven’t put it up yet, love it though. Have a great weekend!!!

  5. So glad you broke out the power tools, the B&B looks amazing! Love the light! Australia has a phobia of pretty ceiling pendants I’m sure, I can never find stuff as good as that. Can’t wait to see the new space.

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