It’s been a month-and-a-half in the making, but after wiping the sweat and sawdust off my brow, I can say that the board and batten hallway makeover is finally complete.
I’ve wrestled with the wallpaper, showed the nail gun who’s boss…lady, and told the Kreg Jig, “I don’t need no stinking YouTube tutorials”.
I might be exaggerating a little, but there is a certain amount of empowerment you get when you try out a new skill and don’t fail miserably at it, especially if that skill saves you money by doing it yourself.
The Board and Batten
To save money, my husband cut down a sheet of MDF and I adhered the strips directly to the walls with construction adhesive and a nail gun. I’ll share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way with you in a later post.
Today, I’ll show you everything we did to give this hallway some much-needed charm on a budget. I’ll include a cost breakdown and resource list at the bottom of the post.
The Before Pictures and Inspiration
It all started with an inspiration board and a hallway that hadn’t been updated in eight years.
Long ago, we put up track lighting and painted over the dark wood doors and molding with white paint. She looked much prettier than her 80’s throwback style but she still sported her shiny brass knobs like a pair of gold hoop earrings.
Texture was added with the grasscloth wall covering.
If you are hesitant to use grasscloth for fear that it will get dirty, installing it on the upper portions of the walls will keep it out of reach of little one’s PB&J-covered hands. You can also go the extra step to make the wallpaper more dirt and dust resistant by applying a thin coat of Minwax water-based Polycrylic with a sponge roller. The Polycrylic also gives the grasscloth wallpaper a subtle sheen.
DIY Gallery Wall Shelves
In my original plans, I wanted to build the knock-off version of Pottery Barn’s Holman Ledge using Ana White’s instructions. Instead, my husband and I built a set of picture ledges using pine boards, crown molding, and a strip of lattice wood for the front ledge.
You can find the tutorial for building these gallery shelves in this link.
They were a little over double the cost of materials of Ana White’s $10.00 shelf plans, but much less than what we would have paid for Pottery Barn’s shelves. I adore the side profile of the crown molding.
Although we had a shelf for our family photos before, only half of the pictures fit on the old shelf. The other half had to be hung on the wall. Now, we have two shelves that allow us to change out or rearrange the pictures without putting any nail holes in the walls.
I reused the same frames. They were all spray painted white to keep the space fresh and light.
I waited for about three months for Ballard designs to put their Carriage House chandelier on sale. Well worth the wait!
DIY Air Return Vent Cover Makeover
I was inspired by the open frame doors tutorial from Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl to give our HVAC air return cover a glam makeover. I made some modifications to make it work for our opening that I will explain in greater detail in a future post. Otherwise, check out her tutorial for building the frames.
Update: The vent cover tutorial can be found in this link.
The hall bathroom that you see to the right will be getting an update soon thanks to Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage who sent some samples of Maison Blanche’s La Craie paint!
Here’s the budget breakdown on how much we spent to give our 1980’s rancher some cottage charm:
Small Carriage House Chandelier from Ballard Designs (20% off plus shipping) $139.00
Oil-rubbed Bronze Knobs and hinges from Ebay for (6) doors $96.00
(1) 4 X 8′ sheet of 1/2″ MDF $25.00
Construction adhesive, nails, and caulk $11.00
Materials to build both of the gallery shelves $56.00
(2) double rolls of Grasscloth Wallpaper $90.00
(2) small containers of wallpaper adhesive $14.00
Materials to make the air return cover $37.00
Primer and Paint (not included in price since we already had these, but I used Sherwin-Williams Multi-Purpose Primer and Proclassic Enamel in gloss)
If you’re like me, when you make over a room, you may ask yourself, “Is it all worth the time, money and trouble?”. But when you step back and see the results, you know it’s all worth having a home that truly reflects the things that you love.