Since so many of you asked for details on the entryway, I decided I would just write up a post with the how to. Overall, Jami’s entryway was my inspiration but I also looked at this Centsational Girl blog post to get some extra tips. We didn’t follow anything exactly, so I’ve included the basic steps we took below. We were kind of flying by the seat of our pants!
Measure, measure, measure! I went over our calculations a million times to make sure we had this correct! Here are some basic details concerning the measurements -
As you can see in the above photo, we bought 1″ x 3″ and 1″ x 6″ pieces of pine. FYI – a 1″ x 6″ piece of wood is actually only about 5.5″ across and .75″ thick and a 1″ x 3″ is only about 2.5″ across. Consider this when taking your measurements (we learned this the hard way)! The 1 x 3 boards were used in the middle and for the shelf. Every other board is 1 x 6. We had Lowe’s cut each piece to the specific length that we needed it. Then we came home and sanded any pieces that were still a bit too long.
Most of the tutorials that I have seen for board and batten call for a nail gun and MDF boards. We weren’t ready to dish out the $$ for a nail gun, so the man at Lowe’s actually suggested that we use pine (which is much lighter than MDF) and just use our drill to secure it to the wall. The price was about the same for pine as MDF, so we went for it. We started at the bottom, using our level to guide us, and drilled our boards to the wall. We tried to find a stud whenever possible and we also tried to drill the screw far enough into the board so that it would be flush with the board.
We used another 1 x 3 board to create a shelf on top. We just nailed this piece into place. We also picked up a piece of primed base moulding and nailed it right under the shelf.
I went back and filled all of the holes from drilling in the screws with wood filler.
We then sanded down those areas to make them look as flush as possible with the wood. I also went through and caulked any tiny spaces that were still visible between the wall and the boards.
After you’ve waited the allotted time for the caulk and wood filler to dry, it’s paint time! I ended up spending more time painting because our first choice of white paint just didn’t look right. Once we got a better white, I probably painted three coats. And that’s it!
Add some hooks and cute photos to your shelf!
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