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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 :: DIY Board & Batten Revealed!

Update: For a detailed how to – click here!


A couple weeks ago I saw this blog post from Jami at Hello from the Natos. I came home and said, “Reagan I want to do this to our entry way. This weekend.” And for some reason, Reagan said, “Ok. Sounds good.” So we did. We started with this blank slate I showed you last week –

And we went to work.

I swear I did a lot of the work too! It’s just easier for me to take the pics:)


As with any big project, we had a few hiccups, but we were able to finish the next weekend!

And here she blows…


I am SO happy we finally have some photos up! I still have the props we used for our engagement session with Bend the Light, so I thought it would be cute to display them with the pics I had printed.

The print, “Always Radiate Sunshine” can be found at Erin Jane’s Etsy shop!

Still love this poster from Made by Girl.

Dublin Dr. Pepper bottles from Dublin, TX. Represent! They were a gift from Sara and J!


The only thing we are still working on is the light! The light fixture AND the lack of natural light (as I’m sure you can tell by my photos).  We are in the process of trying to fix both, but I love how our entryway is much more cheery! I find myself just staring at it, ha!:)


Frames – Ikea

Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware – Target

Chenille Jute Rug – Target

Large Vintage Dr. Pepper Bottle – Ebay


If you want more info about the lumber or the how-to on the project, see this post!


Sada Lewis Photography

March 27, 2012 - 4:33 am

Wendy Thomas - This is fantastic!

March 28, 2012 - 4:22 am

Shelly R Wilson - Oh so glad i found you! What wonderful inspiration!

June 24, 2012 - 4:26 pm

arielle - I love this idea- I have the perfect wall for it, but we rent our house. I wish there was a way I could apply a similar style while renting, ideas would be appreciated!

June 24, 2012 - 7:19 pm

TracyMB - Perfect solution for no front closet – looks amazing too. Great job you two! :)

June 24, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Sada - Thanks Tracy!

June 27, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Tiffany - I love it! Great job! One suggestion for more light for this area is the paint out your front door in a lighter color – I know many people would squeem at the thought of painting natural wood, but I think it would look terrific. :)

June 28, 2012 - 3:14 pm

April - Why don’t you put in recessed lighting? That would solve everything. You could paint your door as Tiffany suggested.

June 29, 2012 - 2:44 am

Jeniffer Wangui - Your work is good.

July 2, 2012 - 6:48 pm

david - That looks terrific and is a truly brilliant use of space!

Thank you very much – I’m off to find a suitable wall in my house.

July 25, 2012 - 8:47 am

Heather - OMGoodness… hubby WILL be doing this today!!!! I <3 it!

July 25, 2012 - 8:42 pm

Laura - Can you provide some how-to instructions?

July 26, 2012 - 1:05 am

Carrie - Just finished doing this today in my entryway… how it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.

July 27, 2012 - 12:19 pm

LA - Job well done! One question, what type of screws did you use to fix the board to the drywall, in places where there were no stubs? We have some pretty old drywall, and I don’t trust it with screws alone. How many screws per board were needed, roughly?

July 31, 2012 - 1:42 am

Breanna - This is great!

July 31, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Sada - LA – Since we took the original baseboard off we could see where the studs were, so we made sure to screw in screws where we knew there were studs.

July 31, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Sada - Carrie – Awesome!!

July 31, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Sada - Laura – the instructions can be found here –

August 1, 2012 - 8:37 am

Inspire Me Heather - Well hello there! I just found your site today and so glad I did – it’s beautiful here! I have this post featured on my mudrooms and entryways post today, you’ve done a lovely job!

August 1, 2012 - 8:52 am

Sada - Heather – Thank you so much!

August 10, 2012 - 11:09 am

Sunnyorsi - I love what you’ve done here. As far as your need for more light, how about this great idea:

August 27, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Pauline - This looks Fantastic! I’d love to do something like this, however, my entry is painted a beautiful green so would you do this out in white or paint it the color of the walls?

August 27, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Sada - Pauline – I’d still do it in white!

September 1, 2012 - 9:09 am

Karen - Love this! This looks fantastic you two! One suggestion for more natural light is to install a skylight or tube light in that area. We have one by our front door and it let’s in a ton of light! Hope this helps.

September 2, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Sada - Thanks Karen! Skylights are definitely something we are going to look into at some point. I love all the natural light they bring in!

September 5, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Gimena - HI! First of all, I’m in love with your blog! congratulations!. Second, and this is going to be a really really stupid question…how did you guys manage to not have any of the “screw holes” (don’t know how to say this in english) shown? I mean, I can see he screw the top very closed to the edge and probably cover them with the top where you hanged the frames but what about the bottom?

Im sorry, I know this is probably really silly question but I have no idea how to do this and no money to have someone do it for me so I am going to give it a try…

Excuse my english! greetings from Argentina!.

September 5, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Gimena - Ok, Sada IM SORRY! I found the answer to my question on a different post. Thank you so much for doing a detailed how to! =)

September 5, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Candi - Love it! Do you have problems with the door hitting the shelf? Just worried about the kids flinging the door (even with a stopper) and items being shaken off…

September 5, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Sada - Hey Candi! I don’t have that issue yet, but we don’t have kids! Well, one in the oven! It’s not an easy door to fling open, but that would probably be an issue if yours is. I would just make sure to hang your art instead of just leaning it…

September 5, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sada - No problem Gimena! :)

September 21, 2012 - 7:19 am

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September 23, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Jewel - My Husband and I made this for our Entry Foyer this weekend. It was the perfect application for our needs and so incredibly easy! Couldn’t love it more, thank you for sharing your idea!

September 25, 2012 - 6:16 am

Beckie - What a great use of space and LOVE the colors!

September 29, 2012 - 3:22 pm

sandy - Love what you’ve done with your entryway! Ours is very short on space as well. Your pictures are gorgeous, your decor is fabulous, your blog….LOVE IT! I have one question, where do you put your shoes?

October 21, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Amy - I am doing this for sure !! I LOVE THIS and Don’t know why I never thought of it myself!

October 26, 2012 - 10:03 pm

mandie - Do u have step by step instructions for this? And a list of materials?

October 29, 2012 - 12:24 pm

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November 6, 2012 - 8:37 pm

AID - Can we have the measurement of your wall and wood used. Height and Width?

November 28, 2012 - 9:45 am

Stacy - This is fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

November 28, 2012 - 1:17 pm

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December 7, 2012 - 1:52 am

Angela - Hello,
We will a new house next year around Paris and I will certainly get inspired by your creation to decorate the entrance. Thank you for your good idea !
I will keep following your blog.

December 9, 2012 - 12:14 am

cece - Did this over the weekend and LOVE it! Thanks for the great instructions and tips!

December 9, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Sada - Awesome Cece!

December 11, 2012 - 8:36 pm

rachel monheim - I love what you did and am totally going to copy you in my mudroom…which is a very skinny little room.
…and idea for your front door…cut out the 1/2 window and 2 small squares from the top section of the door. Leave the bottom 2 raised panels. Buy a 6-panel window and insert it in the top. It would give you loads of natural light. I saw this on a pinterest post and it was wonderful, and something I had never thought of. Anyway… nice entry!! Thanks for your post.

January 14, 2013 - 11:52 am

MarieRoxanne - I love it, and it “completes” the entrance. (found this on pinterest and will now follow your blog!)

January 28, 2013 - 2:42 pm

katy - Love, love, love this! Perfect answer for an entryway with no closet! We just finished ours and love it! Thanks for the easy to follow instruction and pictures!

February 13, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Brittany - This is awesome! Have you thought about a basket by the door for your keys? I thought that would be perfect on the corner of the shelf.

February 16, 2013 - 8:12 am

Amanda - I love the look and functionality of your new entryway! One question though, do you have board and batten touches throughout your home or just here? I’m trying to figure out if it would work look-wise to do this is my tiny, smack-in-the-middle-of-my-house-where-three-living-areas-come-together entryway or if it would just look weird to have 4 ft of board and batten without any other in the entire house. Thoughts? Thanks!

February 19, 2013 - 10:07 pm

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February 25, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Sada - Hi Amanda! I think that board and batten is a pretty classic design feature and would not look out of place!

February 25, 2013 - 6:14 pm
March 2, 2013 - 2:35 am

Emily @ My Love for Words - I found you through pinterest a couple months ago, and I wanted to thank you for inspiring me to diy board and batten in our home. I’ve wanted this for years, but the estimates we got to have it done professionally were ridiculous! ($4,000 just for our dining room… no thanks.) I truly thought we’d never have board and batten in our home, but your tutorial gave me the courage to try it myself, and I love it! We still need another coat of paint and to hang the hooks, but other than that we’re done. As corny as this sounds, this really is a home dream coming true so THANK YOU!!

March 5, 2013 - 9:39 pm

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March 17, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Erin - My husband and I just completed the entry way project ourselves this weekend! It is wonderful and although we had to cut around a heating vent, still looks amazing. Thank you for the inspiration! We have lived in our “first home” for almost a year now and continuously LOVE making our own marks on the place, this obviously being one of them!

March 18, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Sada - Wonderful Erin!! :)

March 19, 2013 - 4:09 pm

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April 4, 2013 - 3:16 am

Ems Macapaz - That idea was great!I have an idea now that I can apply to my house,thanks to your brilliant idea.

July 14, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Christina Askins - My husband and I just completed our entry project using yours as inspiration. Thank you! It looks so good and now we have friends asking us to do similar projects in their houses :)

July 22, 2013 - 6:25 pm

abri - i love this!! waht’s your wall paint color?? I love it!

July 31, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Sada - Abri – I actually don’t know! When we moved in it was painted this color. Sorry :(

November 6, 2013 - 1:21 am

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January 14, 2014 - 7:14 am

Tina - If I could attach a photo I would. I saw this on Pinterest. I drooled for a lonnnnnng time. Then the right comment about coat space to the right daycare parent of mine, VOILA! I have copied your wall in my room that has almost the identical entryway. THANK YOU!!!

January 16, 2014 - 7:05 am

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January 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

Denise - Looks great! You guys have done a wonderful job. Glad to see more DIY’s out there too. It is a bright and happy space to great you every day, enjoy.

April 2, 2014 - 7:44 pm

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April 2, 2014 - 8:45 pm

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April 3, 2014 - 7:59 am

Valerie - We did this a couple weeks ago behind our door. What an improvement! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. We did add some beadboard behind it for interest and it looks just amazing. It’s been 2 weeks and I still catch myself staring at it. :)

June 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Katie Stephens - Are your walls textured? I was wondering if you can still do this with textured walls. It’s meant to look like one piece so the texture would show between the boards right? Our home was built in 2002 so we have textured walls and popcorn still on our ceiling.


July 31, 2014 - 10:34 am

Madeline - Wow, I love this. It’s always hard to make mud room area look beautiful and bright. My faves are the Dr. Pepper bottles.


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