With our home finally clear of all the holiday decor and only a few days into the new year, Justin and I decided to take on a DIY project I had been eyeballing on Pinterest for a while – board and batten walls! I loved the idea of board and batten walls but was never quite sure where to incorporate it into our home design. They seemed to add so much character to a home that I was waiting for the perfect idea to strike.
We have 2 small blank walls that separate the dining room from the kitchen and it just felt like such a wasted space. In our home we don’t have a true entrance or mudroom so we use our side porch door for the main entrance in and out of the home. Realizing we needed a place to hang coats, masks and bags when coming in the house, we decided that the walls between our side door, the dining room and kitchen would be the perfect place to incorporate our board and batten wall idea and create our very own “drop space”!
Pick Your Design
First we mapped out exactly how we wanted the design to look. I wanted to make sure that our wall had a small shelf perfect for a set of keys or a wallet. There are tons of design models you can follow on Pinterest but we ended up just mapping out our own. In the end, we made ours ours 5 ft tall and has a 4 inch shelf at the top.
Build Your Design
We purchased 3 inch primed MDF boards to map out most of the design. The paint is traditional white paint also used on the rest of the trim in our home. Justin used this small project as an opportunity to buy some tools he had been eyeballing for a while but otherwise the end result cost less than $100.
When it came down to the build, it’s a really simple project! After cutting the wood to length, it was secured using a brad nailer. I used putty to fill in any holes and Justin caulked any areas where the boards were not flush to the wall. A few coats of paint later and we were able to bring our vision to life!
Decorate and Enjoy
Since this space was to act primarily as a drop zone, I wanted to find good quality hooks that also would match the rest of the space. These are actually bath hooks from Target but they do just the trick! I’m still on the hunt for a few more accessories to decorate the shelf and space but its already become one of my favorite spots in the home.
We are absolutely thrilled with the end result and have already put it to use! Its given me so much more motivation to explore more small DIY projects for our home.