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March 5, 2021

DIY Hallway Board & Batten Project

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We’ve tackled MANY projects here in this sweet house of ours…but this one may take the cake for biggest + most dramatic impact thus far!!! We’ve seen a ton of DIY board and batten tutorials/hacks/inspiration, so we knew it was something we would LOVE to try!  A few 1x2s, a couple days, lots of caulking and a gallon of paint later, we are OBSESSED!!!

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This project started like everything does…with Carson’s help and a round of before photos so we can see where we started!
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Then we ventured to Lowe’s to grab the primed pdf boards.  We went with the 1x2s because the smaller width seemed somewhat more modern to us! It felt a little more streamlined and allowed us to use more in the space!

 

Here’s a link to the ones we used:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Radius-Edge-MDF-Actual-0-656-in-x-1-5-in-x-8-ft/1000704332

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A few measures later, Bret started nailing them to the wall!  We cut ours to just under 4foot so we could get 2 vertical pieces from each board!  Plus this height hit at the perfect level, too!! It just felt RIGHT!!

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For our topper, we used one horizontal 1×2 AND a cut one on it’s side to create a ‘beveled’ look that matched our picture frame trim!
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After getting allllll the boards nailed and into place, the caulking + wood filling shenanigans began!  THIS was the most time consuming part.  Bret was obsessively checking each gap/seam/crack/nail hole to make sure everything was finished off nicely!

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After letting the caulk + wood filler fully cure, Bret sanded everything down smooth smooth smooth!!!
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Up next…PAINT!!  All of our trim work in the house is painted Sherwin William’s Accessible Beige, so we carried that same color up onto the board and batten to add some depth & extra impact to the look!  Bret’s favorite task is painting, so he was in his happy place!!

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AND MAN OH MAN…the final product is show-stopping!!! These afters are unbelievable!!

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Some side-by-side comparisons…Such a dramatic improvement!!😍
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And this is where it allll began.  This is what those spaces looked like when we bought our house!! A little paint and lots of love goes such a long way!!!

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Can you believe it?! We sure can’t!! LOL!  Here’s to making this sweet house our HOME!🥂

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