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The Panel is IN! Board and Batten in the Entry Hall

I have finally finished the board and batten paneling in the entry hall and it looks amazing!

Over spring break we took on a “little” paneling project in our entry hall and loooooong hallway (when I say long, I mean it is loooooooong – I’ll measure it and get back to ya’). We did the same style of board and batten paneling as we did in our Ensuite revamp. I will be back really soon with a detailed tutorial on how to install board and batten yourself but today I will show you how things are looking now in the entry hall.

Board and Batten Entry Hall graphic.

Do you remember what it looked like before? This is how the entry hall looked when we viewed the house before we bought it:

Entry before polaroid.

When we first moved in we kept the wall colour (Grant Beige by Benjamin Moore) and added a long wooden storage hutch that we had made from old kitchen upper cabinets. We also hung a gallery style display wall above the cabinet. This is what it looked like right before we started our paneling project:

The hallway in progress picture.There is a big skylight right above our entry hall, but it is attached to a long hallway that has absolutely no natural light. We wanted to add some interest and brighten up the whole area, so board and batten was our answer! We painted the paneling Cloud White and the walls above are Colorado Gray, both by Benjamin Moore.

The entryway painted a light blue, with a wooden sideboard.

I love the decor results, and just finished putting up the gallery wall today (though I have space to add one more thing that I am working on right now…)

Gallery wall above board and batten.


The board and batten wall in the entryway.


There is a wooden stump beside the sideboard.


Board and Batten Entry Hall chair.

There are still several design tweaks left in the room.

Things left to tweak in the entry hall with arrows pointing to the items.

I have one more little creation to add to the gallery wall. I am still trying to decide what to do with the chair (paint it? what colour? leave it wood? what do you think?). I also want to paint the inside of the door a bright fun color (yellow??), and I think a new area rug would be an asset to the space. We also plan to add hooks along the other side of the wall. I will be back soon with these updates and with more about our hallway transformation.

(Update Alert): I played around a little – added some new flowers to the cabinet top and added a little white fish to the gallery wall. I like these little tweaks… more tweaks to come:

Fresh flowers are on the wooden sideboard.There is a white board and batten wall.

Make sure to comment below with what you think I should do with the old chair… and what colour you would paint the door? (My husband votes white, of course:)

Thanks for reading! And remember, my housie friends, HOME wasn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!







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  1. Hello from Australia 🙂 I love this board and batten project in your entry. I would love to do the same in my entry. I cannot find the tutorial that you said was going to be posted. Can you please let me know where to find it. I would love any help that you can give me. Many thanks.

    Kind regards,


    1. Hello Kylie!
      Thanks for drawing that to my attention. I realize now that I never did post my tutorial on B&B in our hallway, and we have since added it to our dining room and I didn’t share that tutorial either. I will have to get that post written up! I do have a tutorial for doing floor-to-ceiling board and batten (we installed it in our bedroom). The difference to do it part way up a wall would be to select a finishing point, and then cut your boards to that height. Install all your vertical pieces and then cap them with two top boards (we used a 1×5 with a smaller cap piece of 1×2 that extends out from the wall as a little mini shelf). Here is the link to the full height tutorial if that helps: http://thehappyhousie.com/diy-floor-to-ceiling-board-batten/
      Good luck with your project!!

  2. Hi there, Found this post through pinterest. Love the B&B but can’t find the tutorial. Can you share what size boards you used? Looks like a 1×6 for top and bottom trim, 1x3s for vertical slats, and a 1×2 for the shelf? What is the door trim too? 1×4 for vertical trim and a 1×6 on top? Thanks!

    1. I need to write the tutorial on that Meghan!! Thanks for the reminder. We did use MDF trim boards – You guessed the measurements of all our trim perfectly – wow, what an eye!! I’m seriously impressed. And really, thanks for the reminder- I should get that up soon!

  3. What a fabulous entryway! i love the board and batten and the new paint color looks beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring this today. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn 🙂

    1. Hi Jenn! Yay!! I am so excited to hear that! Thanks so much for your kind positive comments. Have a fabulous day:)

    1. Hi Rose! I do love the improvement that the paneling has made. Thanks so much. I will hop over and check out your mat!

  4. Beautiful job! I’m looking forward to your tutorial because I’d like to do this in my dining room. Regarding the chair and door- go find yourself a colorful piece of fabric to choose your chair and door colors. The fabric can then be made into a pillow for the chair. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

    1. Hi Patti!
      Great piece of advice, that is always what I tell people to do! I should have the tutorial up next week:) Thanks for your comments!!

  5. Hi Krista! Love it!! Wish we lived closer so you could come over…. I was thinking of you today as I was hanging some pictures… I am not good at this stuff!
    I have 2 questions for you; color schemes! How do you pick color out and arrange it so there is a flow to the home? And 2nd, picture arrangements…how do you organize pictues..?
    Thanks Krista! I love checking out your blog!

    1. Hi Krista!! Nice to hear from you! I think you have two really great questions… I think I should write about those on the blog because I bet lots of people have the same questions! When you say colour schemes do you mean paint colours? Or accent colours? Or both?

    1. Hi Danielle!
      Thank you. I am really pleased with how the board and batten has turned out. Now just working on some little tweaks to the entry hall!

  6. I love the transformation! The board and batten is so pretty! For the chair, I think I would either leave it or maybe paint it one of the fun colors you want to add to the space.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    1. Thanks KC! After a few nights of puzzling it through I think I have found some inspiration for the chair and door… thanks for your suggestions!! And I love going to your party each week:) See you soon,

  7. Oh how I love a good B&B project. I keep thinking that I will do this, but I always chicken out of the work. I don’t think it would be hard. Just don’t want to do it on my own. 🙂 Anyways….are we still voting? It’s been a bit since you’ve posted this. My vote if it were my space, would be to paint the interior door yellow for cheer only if you really love yellow. Keep in mind, it’s spring now and yellow is delightful! I do love it myself. However, sometimes, I make decisions based on the season. How will that door look in Fall to you? I did my door in a Springy color and thankfully, I’ve loved it in all the seasons. I think that it is because I just love the color itself. And the chair? I really like the softness the pillow adds. Ever thought of an upholstered chair? If that’s not in the budget, it may be fun to have it be a gray washed color? It’s tricky with the wood top of the red cabinet. Oooo! That red cabinet would be DARLING with some cutey knobs on it. Maybe something with yellow to tie in the front door?
    Phew, this is a long winded comment. Must be feeling chatty today! On a final note, I adore your tile!

    1. Hi Megan! Nice to meet you, thanks for your thoughtful comments! I agree – I often am influenced by the season for my colour choices!! Some really great ideas – you have totally given me some food for thought here. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Crystelle! Lol, thanks for your kind comments… I will do a DIY Tutorial on it soon- pretty easy install and it sure makes a big difference in a room!

    1. Hi Tammy!
      Thanks so much! I like how the brightens up the red cabinet (I had been growing tired of it before…). Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again.

  8. Love it! It’s amazing what B&B can do to a room! We did a wall in our Kitchen last year and just did our entire Family room last month. AMAZING difference. I love the Colorado Gray color you chose. And I vote yellow chair (or coral) and white door. 😉

    1. Thanks Nancy… yes B&B does make a huge difference…doesn’t even feel like the same room anymore. I think I will carry this wall color into the kitchen as well…thanks for your ‘vote’ – great ideas!

  9. I love your new look! You did a great job on this entryway! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Nicole

    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for your kind comments. So thrilled to have you following now, I will definitely go over to your blog:) Nice to meet you!

  10. I LOVE your style! And I vote with you on the yellow door. How cheery & bright. Especially when you see the yellow flowered branches…that had me sold! Thank you for sharing on the DIY party. I’m wanting to do this in our mudroom! PINNED =)

    1. Hi Marcy! Thanks for your ‘vote’ in my favour!! I love those forsythia branches too. It is my favourite flowering shrub because it is the first thing to bloom after a long grey winter – a promise that spring is around the corner. Good luck with your project! I will be posting a how-to on board and batten soon as well.

    1. Thanks Anu! I remember your entry, I think it was the first post that brought me to your blog – it has such a fun fresh crisp organized look!

  11. Looks great! I especially like the way the red accents pop against the wall color. Love that wall color. I vote for a yellow door and chair. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

    1. Hi Courtney! So far everyone is on board for the yellow door so it seems it will be a go… think I have a fun plan for the chair too:) Check back soon!

  12. Hi Krista, what a great transformation! Definitely a new rug and I love the idea of a yellow door. I am having a “yellow phase” at present and keep looking around my house for things to paint yellow. I, too, find that husbands have absolutely no vision and cannot imagine what a finished project will look like. Ah the joys of sharing a house with a decoration-blind person!

    1. Hi Susan!! So glad to meet you! Thanks… the yellow is really inspiring me too right now… check back a lot more yellow coming soon:) I think I will win my husband over with the door, fingers crossed! Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again,

  13. I LOVE the colors! It’s fresh and inviting. Love the red cabinet and the yellow flowers add a great pop of extra color. As for your chair, it really works with the finish that it is now, because it matches the top of the red cabinet. Great job!

    1. Hi Kelly!
      Thank you!! I agree, the chair does tie in with the top of the cabinet… I think I have a plan for a way to incorporate that WITH a paint color… Stay tuned!! Thanks for your visit!

  14. It’s really nice Krista! I really like it! I think the door might look very nice in yellow! (I always wanted a yellow door, I’m considering painting mine soon but in black) as for the chair, I don’t know which color ? 🙂

    1. Hi Ingrid! Thanks! I think the yellow would look nice too… if it doesn’t I guess I can always repaint:) I think I have a plan for the chair now.. a bit of a twist.

    1. LOL! Mine always loves it once it’s done… just can’t always see the “vision” beforehand! I think those are fabulous suggestions Kelly! Thanks:)

  15. Hi Krista! This is my first time visiting. I love your new wall. I think coral would be a fun color for your chair and maybe leave the door white and get a fun striped color rug! I love all the gallery wall too. I also wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my blog. I am offering a giveaway right now for an enamel numbered sign which I think would look great on your wall. 😉 You should come enter! Have a great weekend!!!

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thanks so much for telling me about he giveaway! I have thought a little about coral too…. wonder how it would look next to the red. I have seen some fabulous coral painted pieces lately and I LOVE them too! I agree, a striped rug (or other fun geometric) is definitely needed! Thank you for coming by too:)

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I agree, much brighter. I was growing tired of the red…but like it much better against the crisp white. Thanks for your visit! Hope to see you again,

  16. I absolutely love it. So. Much. Better. I really love the color palette you have chosen. So bright but mellow. How long did it take you to do the board and batten? I am thinking about doing something similar to this and adding the hooks you used in my living room entry. I just have to find a new color for the walls. As far as your questions go my ideas would be to paint the chair either green or a bright blue. I love the idea of the door being yellow. A bright fun rug would tie everything together. Try Urban Outfitters they have some really fun rugs for good prices. I’m so excited to see what you choose to do. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I will check Urban Outfitters out…I think green or bright blue are great ideas for the chair. I will do a tutorial soon on board and batten – installing it doesn’t take too long but there are definitely finicky after steps with filling/dapping it to make it look good that take a little while. Depends upon how big an area you are doing.

  17. I love the board and batten Krista, It’s so gorgeous. Yellow would be perfect on your door. I’m sure you’ve seen Dash and Albert rugs, they have so many beautiful ones that I think would fit perfectly into your style.

    Hmm the chair is a tough one. I definitely think paint it…maybe one of the colors that is in the little map art on the wall would be fun.

    1. Hi Maria! Glad you like the idea to use yellow:) I will check out the Dash and Albert rugs… and I think looking at the maps for a colour is a great suggestion, thank you!

  18. Wowza! This is beautiful, Krista! I love how light and bright your entryway looks now! Where did you get that key?

    I vote to paint the chair white or a green that is close to the green in the maps you’ve framed.

    You guys did a great job! Love it!

    1. Thanks Tara, they key is actually from a store we have locally called Home Hardware that has some fun housie types of items… I have seen it at a little boutique as well so I think they are “out there”. I thought white would be fresh but would it blend too much? I am considering green but I don’t want to make it look like Christmas… hmm I will check out the maps – good idea Tara!!

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