Board & Batten Hallway Progress

This just in: we have progress on our board and batten hallway (ya know that darn project that has been one year in the making?). Our hallway started out looking like this:
board and batten before Now, it’s looking more like this (well technically it’s finished, but more details on that Thursday!):



Excuse the change in lighting, we started this DIY in the early morning and finished in the afternoon (lots of sunlight changes throughout that time). Here’s a step-by-step GIF of what we got done so far!!!!!!

Hallway:updatedI’m in LOVE already and we haven’t even painted! I can’t wait to see the final product and actually was really surprised at how much easier this project was compared to what I expected.

I’m not going to re-invent the wheel by offering a step-by-step tutorial, especially since YoungHouseLove’s post and video tutorials are spot on! If you do plan on adding board and batten to a space in your home, I would highly recommend their comprehensive tutorial. IMG_1529However, I will offer a few other tips I learned along the way:

1. Put all of your tools on a small drop cloth in your work area. As you move down the hallway, simply pull the drop cloth with you. This will save time and ensure you always have all of your tools following you along the way. (pencil, level, tape measure, nail gun, etc).

2. Cut a “spacer” out of wood. Forget having to measure the space in between each of the vertical wood pieces every single time. Simply cut a piece of wood to the size you wish to space each vertical piece and use that to identify where to hang your next piece. This will cut down on the amount of measuring, will save time, and will decrease your chances of making a measuring mistake! Our wood “spacer” was 14 inches long.

3. Purchase your wood at least 48 hours before you get to work and let it sit in your home to “acclimate”. This will allow the wood to adjust to its new environment (contract or expand) prior to hanging it on the wall.

4. Pencil Marks: You can mark right on the wall since you will be painting the board and batten after you hang it. Therefore, measurements, level lines, or a sketch of where you’ll place each board can be marked right on the wall!

5. Use WHITE painter’s putty to putty the nail holes. It’s important to use bright WHITE in order to match it to the soon-to-be primer and paint. If extra gooey putty gets on your hands, use a little baby powder to remove it without a mess!

* Other Random Facts:
– Existing Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter
– Height: 36 inches
– Length in between vertical strips: 14 inches

Spoiler Alert: Like I mentioned yesterday, my amazing dad and I were able to get it done last weekend. So stay tuned… the reveal of our new and improved hallway is Thursday! And let’s just say I need to officially add “AMAZING GIFT FOR DAD ON FATHER’S DAY” to my to-do list. What would this rookie DIY-er do without him around?! #notmuch <– literally.

Bridget SignaturePS. Come check out the REVEAL here! Here’s a teaser…


  • This is such a nice way to dress up a plain hallway – I like the subtle texture it brings to the space. I’m looking forward to seeing the final painted result – looks fantastic so far!

    • Thanks Laura! I do have to say, I’m loving the new look. It’s brighter, seems bigger and a tad more “high-end” rather than so boring.

  • Thanks Jenny! Our walls are smooth/dry-wall. But adding MDF would probably do the trick for your textured walls. Same look, just a few more steps!

  • Mila

    Did you have issues with uneven walls? I am working on the same project and thats been my big concern – when i nail in one side, sometimes the other side pops out! (I’m a new follower – excited to have found a Chicago based DIY blog – yey!)

    • Good Question MIla. Our walls are NOT perfect, by any means, but we were able to hide some of the imperfects in the wood with chalk. But I can see where significantly uneven walls would be tough!

      And welcome!!! So happy you are a part of the DIY Playbook team. xo, b

  • I wish we had a hallway just so I could do this! Looks great so far!

  • Grace

    Hello! I love your blog; I check it daily. Maybe you could do a post on your all time top 10 DIY posts?

    • Thank you!! And yes, we love that idea! We’ll have to get it on the calendar =)

  • I love board and batten as well – we just added it to our guest bathroom (and totally agree that the YHL tutorial is on point!).

    Love it!! Can’t wait to see the final after photos. 🙂

  • Katie

    What kind of Painter’s of Wood Putty do you use? I’ve used Elmer’s wood filler in the past (although based on reviews it seems they may have changed their formula) and I found it really difficult to work with. Progress looks great!

    • Katie

      oops 2nd of = or 🙂

    • I used “DAP Painter’s Putty 53”. It’s super gooey but I really like working with it. I don’t know much about putty, but I hope this helps….

      Thanks Katie!