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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Entryway Project :: Board & Batten Detailed How-to

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!

I hope this answered all your questions! If you left your email address on the last post you should’ve received an email from me! Happy Monday:)


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April 20, 2012 - 9:56 am

Michelle - I luv luv luv your entryway project!! I was just wondering if you would mind Sharing about how much the cost of the project was? Thanks

April 21, 2012 - 4:22 am

admin - Hi there! Thanks! So I didn’t add it all up, but it really wasn’t too expensive. I want to say the lumber was about $60 and that was the most expensive part. I had to buy caulk, paint, wood filler, and the hooks, but I am guessing that was all around $40. So about $100?!

June 14, 2012 - 10:54 am

Katie - your entry looks awesome! it has inspired me to take on a similar project at my house :) how high is your shelf? starting to draw out my measurements and trying to figure out exactly how tall to make it all. thanks!!

June 14, 2012 - 11:13 am

Sada - Hi Katie! It’s approx 62 inches up I believe…

June 15, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Sarah - Do you have this continued on the other side of the hallway?

June 17, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Sada - Sarah – No, it’s just on this one wall.

June 18, 2012 - 8:34 pm

renea - How exactly did you nail the shelf on the top? This is amazing!!!

June 19, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Sada - Hi Renea! We nailed the shelf into the piece of wood directly underneath it. So we had to place the nails toward the back of the shelf closer to the wall so that it would go down through the horizontal piece of board underneath it. We probably used 5 or 6 nails total. Does that help?

June 22, 2012 - 11:23 am

Karen - This is so awesome!
Can you tell me how wide it is, end to end? I have a space very similar to yours at our entryway, but I think the wall might be longer… Wondering if it will still look ok with a few more of those 15inch spaces?

June 22, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Sada - Karen – the wall is approx 80 inches long or 6.75 feet. I think it would still look great on a longer wall!

June 24, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Gracelyn Fullilove - I don’t know if you remember/recognize me… I’m Jesse Fullilove’s sister, and sister-in-law to Kourtney Sides Fullilove. I found your blog through Pinterest – link to your entryway remodel – which is amazing by the way!! I recognized your picture and thought “I know her!”…. really great website, and amazing photography. I am so inspired! I love DIY projects and hope to one day have a site like yours, well put together! Just wanted to say hi and tell you I really love your style and appreciate your posts!! Best to you!!

June 24, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Sada - Hi Gracelyn!! I definitely remember you! Thanks so much, so great to hear from you! :)

June 25, 2012 - 8:57 am

Rebecca - This is GREAT – and exactly what I need for the hall to my garage since I don’t have room for a mudroom. We actually put all th wood up yesterday, not we jsut need to paint. Thank you for the awesome idea and instructions and I hope ours turns out looking as great as yours!

And FWIW to others, our wall is about twice as long, so we doubled the amount of space between. I’ll post picutes on my blog with a link back here once its all done.

June 25, 2012 - 9:01 am

Sada - Awesome Rebecca!! Can’t wait to see it! :)

June 30, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Deborah - Excellent DYI project and very well written! Thanks for the details. This will look fantastic in my farm-style house!

June 30, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sada - Thanks Deborah!

July 7, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Summer - Just curious, how high are your ceilings? We have high ceilings and I’m trying to judge how high I should go up the wall to look proportionate. Thanks!

July 31, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Lindsey - I am sitting here with my pad of paper, calculator, pen and measuring tape….scratching my head! Sound familiar? How high is your shelf? When i added up your measurements I get 60 inches? Is that right? I feel like that is low….help!!!!

July 31, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Sada - Lindsey – Haha! No 60in is right! I’ve seen people go higher though.

August 2, 2012 - 12:14 am

Sue - I’m in the “waiting for the caulk and spackle to dry”-stage now – I adapted your design to fit our space, so I’ve got 45″ across and 48″ tall – works perfectly for our wall! :)

Don’t be afraid to monkey with dimensions, people who want to try this – mine is smalled than the Lewis’ B-B project, but it works for our space. :) I did goof and get two boards cut too small, but thankfully, I had some leftover 1×3 from which we cut the proper-sized pieces. :) *phew*

August 2, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Sada - Awesome Sue! Thanks for sharing :)

August 13, 2012 - 11:29 pm

Debbie - what type of white paint did you end of using? was it a high gloss? We are doing a similar project in our dining room

August 16, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Sada - It was actually just a semi gloss. Since I painted the whole lower half of the wall and the board and batten I actually just used leftover white paint that we already had…but I’m sure high gloss would look nice for the trim pieces!

August 17, 2012 - 11:14 am

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August 20, 2012 - 8:13 pm

kelly - i knew the moment i saw this blog post that that is what i wanted in our new (to us) house. we are renovating and this is so perfect, my son just knocked it out in a morning and i’ll paint it and decorate it! thank you soooo much for posting this. i LOVE IT!!

August 20, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Sada - Awesome! So glad it worked for you Kelly! :)

August 23, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Kathryn - Hi there! Ok I really do loooove this and have a very similar spot at my front door that I’d love to build this for. However I am scratching my head about what to do with the existing baseboard? I notice yours is not there – did you remove it first? If so, what did you then do to the existing baseboard at the left and right to make it “match up”?

August 24, 2012 - 9:49 am

Sada - Yeah, we took ours off but a lot of people just keep it and build off of it. We made the corner section match up with our new piece of baseboard.

September 1, 2012 - 10:56 am

Faye - This is beautiful and you make it look so easy! I am definitely going to make this a weekend project at my house soon. Thank you for sharing :)

September 2, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Sada - Thanks Faye! It was pretty easy! If we can do it, you can do it! :)

September 8, 2012 - 8:12 am

Dee - I have to say I have this SAME blank wall when I walk into my house, my fiance and I are looking for ways to update an older home- THIS IS PERFECT!

September 23, 2012 - 11:11 pm

Lindsey - We JUST finished painting our new entry wall, and I LOVE it!! I’m so glad that I came across this project on PInterest! We did make 1 little change… we used beadboard, and it looks fantastic! Also, for the person who asked about the baseboard, we removed ours, and then put the trim (not the full baseboard) back up so that it would match the rest of our living room. We have one LARGE living/entry area. Hope that helps. Now… our paint does not look right either! I’m thinking we might need a warmer white rather than a bright white. Do you know what color you used? Thank you again!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

October 15, 2012 - 10:29 am

Elizabeth - Can you please let me know what paint you used. Thank you! : )

October 19, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Jasmine - Where did you get your hardware/coat hooks? How much were they? We are starting a similar project tomorrow! Thanks for all the measurements and tips. Very helpful!

October 23, 2012 - 12:18 am

Adrienne - I am pretty much obsessed with this look! Love it! I am all about adding more organization to any space I have and this does it in such a fun, stylish way. I am by no means a home decorator so my question is, would you ever put the wainscoting up on both sides of the entry walls, hooks on one side, and a small entry table with a mirror above the table on the other side? I’m looking for your honest opinion so if its a terrible idea, say so! Any other ideas of inspiration would be much appreciated, too! Thanks!!

October 24, 2012 - 11:33 pm

Sada - Adrienne – I think that would be a great idea! I wish I had a longer entryway in order to add a small table, etc.

November 2, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Lauren - Hello! We are getting ready to attempt this same project on a wall in our mudroom that gets a lot of traffic, and it’s also where we hang our coats; did you do anything to anchor the coat hooks to the pieces of pine batten? I’ve been trying to figure out how to ensure they are stable, and since it’s not drilled into the wall, I’m having a hard time figuring that out!

January 2, 2013 - 9:45 am

Christy - I am thinking of doing this to both walls of my entry way, but one of those walls continues down into my living room. I thinkin continuing the look into ,y living room would look okay. I wouldn’t put the hooks down that far, but I would definitely do the pics. Do you think this would look ok?

January 2, 2013 - 9:52 am

Sada - Christy – I think it could work! What if you only put hooks up on the side that is shorter? Then the longer side can just be more for show and a picture ledge?

January 16, 2013 - 1:38 pm

katy - Love , love , love this! Perfect solution to an entryway that has no closet! My husband and I just built it with some modifications to fit our space and we couldn’t be happier with it! thanks to you and your fabulous inspiration.

January 22, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Samantha - Oh I hope you will see this and reply. I have a desperate question! I am sitting here scratching my brain on how to make this work. I see that you said your entry way is 80″ and mine is 81″. If each end board is 12″, how did you fill the entire 68″? You said the 1×6 is actually only a 1×5.5 or 66″. That leaves a few inches where there would be a gap. How did you fill that gap? Also, if the 1×6 is only .75″ thick, how do the 1×3 meet it so perfectly? Did you have them shaved down to .75 also? Or do they stick out over the 1×6?

January 22, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Samantha - Oh, I meant each end board is 6″ for a total of 12″. Thank you!

March 10, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Glenda - Did this as a Sunday project. Looks fantastic. Love love it. It does take a Lot of measuring I’m so pleased with the results

March 15, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Nichole - Odd question for you.. how do your pictures and things stay on the shelf without falling every time you shut the door? We just put our version of this up and I’m wondering about setting frames and other “pretties”on the shelf. Thanks so much for all the info…it’s been invaluable getting this project done!

March 15, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Sada - Nichole – a few people have asked this question, but for some reason, we don’t seem to have a problem with it. Nothing has ever fallen off the shelf. Our front door doesn’t really slam hard enough I don’t think? Sorry, I am no help! You could test it out and if you think something might fall, take extra measures to secure everything on the shelf :)

March 16, 2013 - 10:14 pm

katie - I LOVE this. I want to do it behind my door, and i think i might do it my kids bathroom too, and maybe the laundry room too, hmmmm where else i could use this in the house :) hahahaha. endless possibilities.

March 23, 2013 - 5:39 am

Meghan - Forgive me if someone has already asked this, but would this look ok if the lower horizontal board were placed above existing baseboard or should the baseboard need to be removed? We live in a newer house and I think my hubby would be somewhat hesitant to remove it…we’re not really the handy type, but I’m trying to be!

May 25, 2013 - 6:51 am

jma - I copied your project into my front entryway and my cost was much lower. I got my wood, not pine, at the local hardware store for $15 in total. I already had caulking. The primer, I used Zinsser, was $15. and then only had to put on one coat of white paint to finish it off and already had a 1/4 gallon leftover from another project. I bought my hooks from a dollar store for $1. each…..totalling…roughly $40.00. Thanks.My entryway look great:)

July 23, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Entry Makeover | a dash of cinnamon - […] I wanted to simply remove the door and build a bench as I had seen on The House of Smiths.  Then Casa de Lewis gave me the idea to add board and batten and hooks to the wall next to the closet.  They made it […]

October 17, 2013 - 8:49 am

.:karen:. - Beautiful! I’m also going to try to make this my own on a 45″ section of wall in our townhome. It’ll be a bit more difficult because we have a vent on that wall, and not much room between the wall and door, but it’ll still help in the long run, I feel. This seems very achievable to me. Have my plans already laid out.

My question is what kind of screws did you get? Just wood screws? And what size was suggested to fit through the .75″ of wood with enough grip to bite into the drywall and hold in place?

Thanks in advance! Found you on Pinterest and so glad I did and that you also referenced your inspiration post too! :)

October 22, 2013 - 8:05 am

Stacie - I am thinking of doing this in my laundry room/mudroom. I am impatient, so I was thinking thatI may just use my paint sprayer and spray the paint on, what do you think?

October 22, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Sada - Stacie – I think that would work!

November 5, 2013 - 6:21 pm
November 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

Amber - Going to make this a Thanksgiving weekend project in between all the shopping :) For paint, what kind did you use. Gloss, semigloss, flat and did you use the same kind for the trim and the wall?


November 21, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Sada - Amber – I’m fairly positive it is eggshell because we used what we already had on hand for the most part.

November 22, 2013 - 10:01 am

Kristen - I love this and want to do it in my entry way! I just painted the walls grey and I need some white in there to lighten everything up! I am thinking of doing it on this wall, but I am not sure if it will look “right” with the stairs right there? Any thoughts?

November 22, 2013 - 10:18 am

Sada - I definitely think you can still make it work. Just think of it as its own area separate from the stairs and the board and batten will create that division.

November 26, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Amy - I just found your blog through Pinterest and I am hooked! You have such a beautiful home! Can you tell me the paint color of your original blank wall? I am trying to find a light color that will have a subtle contrast with our white trim, but will still feel more white than beige. Yours looks like just what I am looking for!

December 20, 2013 - 11:54 am

SB - We moved into our new home almost a year ago. Lots I family coming in for Christmas next week and need a coat rack! We may be crazy but we are going to tackle this project in our home tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

March 10, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Lauren - Hi there! I’m attempting this in my entryway but am stuck on how to meet up the existing baseboards on the right and left… I know someone already asked but I don’t understand what you mean by “making them meet up.” Can you tell me how you did it? PLEASE & THANK YOU!

March 24, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Allison - We just finished copying your idea in our entry way, and I’m just in love. If I could figure out how to post a pic, I would.

Thank you! The method worked perfectly and was a much needed solution in our home.

August 7, 2014 - 5:22 pm

katie - My question is do you have textured walls? We have orange peel walls- would this look ok with those?

August 22, 2014 - 12:46 am

Ruby - I have the same question as Katie. I have orange peel walls too. Would I need to add some thin smooth boards first? Thank you so much for a fabulous idea! Ruby

August 22, 2014 - 12:53 am

Sada - Ruby – we have slightly textured walls and we did not lay any boards to cover it. I’m sure it is a design preference, but it doesn’t bother me. Up close you can obviously see the texture but the texture doesn’t stand out when looking at the overall wall.

August 22, 2014 - 12:53 am

Sada - Katie – we have slightly textured walls and we did not lay any boards to cover it. I’m sure it is a design preference, but it doesn’t bother me. Up close you can obviously see the texture but the texture doesn’t stand out when looking at the overall wall.

October 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Andrea - Love this! We’re ready to put our second coat of paint on ours, but are having trouble finding hooks we like. Where are yours from? Thanks for the cool project idea!

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