Tuesday, March 6, 2012

board + batten

when we moved into this house, right away our entry way was on my mind. the one downside of choosing this particular house over others in the neighborhood was that the front door empties right into the living room (with a little divided off area) verses a hallway leading back to the living/dining space, this is not ideal in my mind but the other amenities of this particular house trumped this small one.
i knew we needed to do something to give it a statement and functionality - a bench? no room, shelving? not really accomplishing what i need, or just some plain hooks? still missing that grand statement i want to make. then, i came across this idea and literally leaped out of my chair, could it be? the perfect diy i was looking for, for this little space? yes!
this was such an easy project for the novice home diy'ers that the husband and i are, and it took minimal tools which is great. because we have, like none. (ok, we had to borrow a saw from the neighbors). try and not look to close, because it is not perfect - but i'll take it! i love that i can hang all the kids and my stuff right there at the door! it sure beats the heap it was always in before.
simply put, we measured, cut, and hung the boards. sunk the nails and covered them and other problem areas with a layer of wall filler, then sanded for a smooth surface. then we, layered in a line of caulking on all the seams to the walls and in-between boards, smoothing in with our fingers then wiping away as much excess as possible. i threw on SEVERAL coats of white paint (behr ultra, from home depot) - it just wasn't looking white enough, then i realized i really needed to let it dry completely and then reevaluate. it looked amazing in the morning! finally tim hung our hooks and we sat back in awe!
i am sure at this point you are side eyeing the trim down there - so let me answer your questions. we struggled with what to do here, on this tutorial their boards were the perfect width to sit on top of their trim but we were not so lucky. we debated tearing that one piece out, but then we would have to meticulously cut in the connecting trim and we're not that talented. even though we were skeptical of what it would look like finished, we love it! i don't think you really even notice it (except in this photo obviously) and it doesn't really hang over that far. also, someone mentioned that now we have to paint our door trim white - that just won't ever happen, we would have to redo ALL the trim in the whole house if that was the case since it is all coordinating. i think it is ok here because there is a barrier between the paneling and the door, of grey wall.
now i just need to find the perfect thing to lean/hang on/above the ledge.

supplies:
1x2 primed pine boards
1x3 primed pine boards
white satin paint (we did satin, because in an area that sees a lot of shoes we needed clean ability!) the exact kind was behr ultra pure white, low odor/zero voc self priming in satin.
hooks of your choice! ours were simple ones we grabbed for about $1.30 each at home depot.
paintable caulking
nails
nail sinker
hammer
saw
level

total cost: $35-40, not bad!

lessons learned: if i were to rewind and do this project again, i would opt for the pricey-er wood for the boards like hemlock or something. this stuff had seams, nicked easy, was warped and hard to find a good piece and in my opinion just looked 'cheaper'. but, and this is a great but...it totally works, it was easy to prep and paint. so if you are looking for a cheap way to spruce up any area this stuff works!

this was during, i forgot to take a full before photo but you get the idea! i had previously painted living room grey but left this area the original color in preparation for that to be all white.
 here, is so you can get an idea of where/how that entry space works and is located.
that is just plain old wall under there! just painted the same white as the boards to give it a custom paneling look.
this is just to show you what size board we used where, and where we cut and pieced together (the back lines) the original tutorial i think used wider boards, like 1x4's and such but once we got to home depot with our small area in mind we went with no bigger then the 1x3.
i would love to hear if you try this out!

8 comments:

melissa rohr said...

Wow, looks great!

melissa rohr said...

This is amazing!!!  (BTW, I want that owl back pack!  SO CUTE!)

melissa rohr said...

It looks so great, I love it!  We have a huge entry way wall smack in front of our front door, and I am dying to do something with it, but alas hubby isn't on board with a big project :-(

melissa rohr said...

I love this a lot. :) It looks so expensive, very pottery barn!!!

melissa rohr said...

It turned out awesome!

melissa rohr said...

I think it looks great and it looks so simple to do! And I didn't even notice the trim until you mentioned it so I wouldn't worry about it at all! :) 

melissa rohr said...

Looks wonderful!! 

melissa rohr said...

Melissa, this looks really really good. Nice work!