Entry Room: Board and Batten Wall

My Entry Room: Board and Batten Wall with Hooks for Our Guest {and us through winter} is FINISHED…well, almost!  I need to add a few pretty touches, but I have to say, it definitely has some GOOD Bones!

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It looks so “polished” without even a single touch of bling or pretty!  I love taking a totally unused wall and giving it a purpose…a pretty purpose!  Here are the cliff notes on how the board and batten went up!!!

This is pretty much standard for all of our projects!  We’re both VERY MUCH Visual Processors, so we measure the wood that  we’re planning on using, since wood measurements that hardware stores use are ever true to size.  Why?!?  I have no idea!  Then we grab our level and tape measure and do a little art project on the wall!  For as often as we do this, it’s amazing that our kids don’t draw all over their walls…hopefully I’m not speaking too soon!!!
I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on board and batten that with a coat of paint, the trim pieces alone definitely look GREAT without messing with the  rest of the process.  I thought we’d go the easy route, too and not worry about the details….Four Boards Later…Um, Honey, Um, I think it’s not quite looking right.  To which he reminded me that he’d told me that it wasn’t going to look right!  Ha.  Should have listened  I guess!
Sweet man that he is….measured and cut four pieces of 1/8 inch thick furniture backing board that was laying around in the garage and helped me get the look I was wanting!   In hinds sight, I definitely recommend covering the complete wall with backing and then adding the trim…just sayin’…at least if you’re a little bit…. um…at times…particular!?!
Maybe if our walls didn’t have so much texture!?!
The crow’s foot definitely has depth!
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A Lot of Primer!
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I’m loving it with the touch of my Restoration Hardware Hook Splurge!   Hahaha…sometimes the jewelry is just what makes the outfit, right!!?  I did look at several hardware and craft stores before deciding this was my only choice!
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Totally love the industrial feel to this satin nickel hook!  Love it!  Yes, I do have a thing for Restoration Hardware accessories…see here.
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Want to see more great tutorials for board and batten?  Check out this handy diagram over at This Old House.  Now how to decorate with Board and Batten…here are a few ideas I’m holding onto!  {and there are even more board and batten examples are found here}
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I love the vintage pails and dinner bell!  -House and Home
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Family Portraits!  -Hello Newman’s
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A Lovely Summer Touch! -It’s The Little Things
Family Gallery Wall -Centsational Girl
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Plates on Display -Thrifty Decor Chick
I’ll share my decorated Board and Batten wall with you…VERY SOON!

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  1. sheryl says:

    Did you use liquid nails on the backboard? How did you attach it to the wall? Did you caulk the battens?

  2. Where do you find the furniture backing board?

    • Aimee says:

      You should be able to find it at all home improvement stores, Amanda! Happy Woodworking!!! XO, Aimee

      • BECKY says:

        is there another name for this furniture baking board? Love this and I want to do this in our bathroom!!!!

  3. I have to get those hooks now! I’m doing b & b in my entry too. I love how you did double rows of hooks

  4. I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    I’ve been a big fan of B&B for some time, but haven’t gotten the guts to try it out myself. Yours looks great!

  5. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    Beautiful! This adds so much character.
    xo, Sherry

  6. Emily Morgenstern says:

    This has been on my to-do list for my hallway forEVER! If only I could get my hubby on board!

    And, I’ve always wondered about the textured wall issue! This definitely helps me make my decision for the future! 🙂

  7. cathy@my1929charmer says:

    Love board and batten! Like how you added a backing, I don’t think it has the same effect without it. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  8. Katie says:

    This is awesome Aimee!! I love how much is changes the look of the wall! I have the perfect space I might have to try this on! Great job!

  9. Jenn Gray says:

    I simply LOVE this. Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

  10. Ingrid@morestylethancash says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and the advice about the backing board. I am going to tackle our front hallway this summer and am trying to read as much as I can about it. Of course the design I have chosen is quite finicky but I figure if I am going to spend the time on it then I might as well go big LOL!

  11. Milla says:

    Very nice! Adding the backing was such a great and necessary idea. I think the textured walls might have ruined your vision. Good job to you and the hubby!

  12. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says:

    Great job, can’t wait to see the rest of the story. I am so impressed with your DIY talent!!

  13. Liz @ Love Grows Wild says:

    It looks great! I can’t wait to see how you dress it all up!

  14. Michelle says:

    I love this idea so much because it just makes it look so doable, thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas and photos!
    Hope you have a great day!

  15. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

    Thanks Linda!!! Definitely great minds think a like!!! Who doesn’t have a major crush on Restoration Hardware?!?! You, Me, Centsational Girl…the list is long! That store totally ROCKS!!! XO, Aimee

  16. DIY Show Off says:

    Beautiful! I love your hooks and the solution for the textured wall – you did a fantastic job, Aimee (and Mr. Overflowing!) 😉

  17. Our Pinteresting Family says:

    Beautiful job!! Megan

  18. Anne says:

    It looks great!

  19. Jenny says:

    Lovely! And great idea to sketch it out first! Board and batten has made its way into my home as well, and I love it! I hope it’s as timeless as I think it will be. :-). Well done!

  20. Lindsay says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to see the big reveal! You do such amazing things! I want to live in your home, actually. 🙂

  21. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    I can tell it will be marvelous.

  22. Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} says:

    I adore board and batten treatments, and yours turned out great! And the jewelry totally makes it 🙂