If we have to quarantine, we might as well get some projects done, right??

I’ve been staring at this plain wall that faces my backdoor all quarantine. It’s long enough that it just looks like something needs to go there! So I went to the only place to go when you need ideas; Pinterest!

For reference, this wall is the first wall you see when you walk in the back door. We only come into our house using this door and currently, I have a small row of hooks hanging on the opposite wall. All of my daughter’s jackets and hats hang on the opposite wall.

I’ve been obsessed with board and batten walls since I saw a few people start posting about them on Pinterest. There were a few posts about people creating board and batten walls as a make shift mudroom area.

When my husband and I first started looking for houses, a full mudroom was number one on my list.

Guess what I didn’t get??

So when I saw all of these super creative people creating mudroom walls, I knew it was the perfect solution!

I need to point out before I start that I am the least creative person in the world! The idea came from Christina on DIY Mommy blog. I highly recommend you head over to her blog to see the amazing work she did!

I found her blog on Pinterest and LOVED her idea for a board and batten wall! Her blog post laid out how to tackle this project perfectly so this post will follow every step that she took with a few changes I made that fit my space better!

Materials Needed:
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Caulk
  • Paint
  • Level
  • Paint Brush
  • Roller
  • Miter Saw
  • 16 Gauge Finish Nailer
  • Liquid Nails
  • Spackling
  • Sanding Block
  • 1×4 Wood (4)
  • 1×3 Wood (3)
  • 1×6 Wood (1)
Step 1:

Measure the wall!

Our wall was 51″ long and we have nine foot ceilings. We made our board and batten wall the entire length of our wall and six feet tall.

Step 2:

Create the outline of the board and batten wall!

This step ended up posing a problem I hadn’t thought about. My husband was concerned about ripping off the baseboard because the square board on the bottom wouldn’t match up to the baseboard on the other corner of the wall.

We ended up placing the bottom board just above the baseboard. I was afraid it would look funny but it actually looks fine!

I’m grateful for having an incredibly handy husband! This entire project would have never happened if it wasn’t for him! I’ll mention this about 1,000 times, but I’m horrible at math. He did all of the measurements and figured out the spacing between the center boards.

I knew I wanted an odd number of boards in the middle so it didn’t look perfect and I wanted the board across the middle to be off center.

My husband purchased the wood from Lowe’s for just over $40. He made all of the measurements and cut out the frame of the wall. He used wood glue to initially glue the wood onto the wall and then added nails to make sure it would hold up!

The spacing of our boards is roughly 9″. Despite this all being my husbands specialty, it did take him a while (and a lot of choice words) to figure out the exact spacing.

This step took about four hours of cutting the wood and then nailing it to the wall.

Step 3:

Spackling to cover holes and seams.

Spackling is so easy, even I can do it! I went behind my husbands work and added the spackling to all the dents or imperfections in the wood and around the seams.

The spackling took no more than thirty minutes to do.

Step 4:

Sand the spackling!

I went over all of the spackling with a sanding block the next day and made sure each section was smooth. Just like spackling, this takes no skill at all and was quick to complete!

I’m not a perfectionist in the least bit so I’m sure this wasn’t as perfect as it could be.

Step 5:

Caulking the sides of the wall.

Thank goodness for husband because I did not think about caulking the sides of the wood. My husband went through and put a thin layer of caulk around the side of the wood. This really gave it a finished look.

Step 6:

First layer of paint!

This is when the whole project really looks like it is coming together! I painted the whole thing white. Once again, not a whole lot of skill is needed for this part of the project.

I used a roller to paint every panel of the wall and board and then went behind with a brush to make sure I got all of the corners really well.

This step took me a little over thirty minutes to paint the whole thing.

Step 7:

Paint, paint and more paint!

You know what tops my list of least favorite parts of projects? Painting.

But I managed to paint this wall four times over the course of three days! If I painted the wall twice in the same day, I made sure to give the paint an hour in between each time I painted to make sure it was really dry.

If I loved to paint more, I probably would have done five coats but I think it still turned out pretty good!

Step 8:

Creating, painting and installing corbels.

Did I mention my husband is handy?

I saw where DIY Mommy’s mother made her corbels and I wasn’t holding my breath on my husband being that good. But…

My husband shocked me and made the corbels!

It took him well over a week to make the corbels from an old piece of wood we had. After going through this step, I highly recommend just purchasing some corbels!

The ones my husband made actually turned out really well but for the trouble that he went through to make them, I would just recommend purchasing them! When we put the shelf on top of the corbels, we realized how important it was that the top of the corbels were sanded down the same way so the shelf laid flat.

Personally, I think some black metal ones would look amazing and very industrial!

When my husband finally finished the corbels, I quickly painted them and my husband used the same wood glue to glue them to the wall. We also used tape to really secure them overnight while the glue dried!

The glue we used dried yellow and oozed out of the side of the corbels so I quickly painted around the sides of them one more time after the glue dried.

Step 9:

Paint and install shelf!

We had a 6 foot piece of wood that I painted the same color white. Once it was dried, we put a thin line of glue on top of the corbels, placed it on top of the corbels and stapled it down.

My husband decided to caulk around the underneath of the shelf and the corbels one last time to make sure everything looked flush!

Step 10:

Add hooks!

You’re almost done!

Once I figured out how many hooks I wanted on the top row and the bottom row, all we had to do was get the exact spacing. We were able to quickly install the hooks!

I found the hooks I used on Amazon! I got 10 of them for just under $15!

That’s it!! The project is done!

Before:

After:

And I love how it turned out!

This wall is exactly what I needed to organize our coats and it looks much better than what we had before! DIY Mommy had a really great blog on this that was very easy to follow along!

What do you guys think? Let me know if you tried this project too!

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