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Inspiration: Board and Batten in the Hallway

For some reason, the DIY projects I always want to do the most are the ones we put off the longest. Probably because the projects I am most interested in are the frivolous ones.

Right now our hallway is BORING. It’s long and narrow and lacks any traces of personality at the moment. While we (briefly) toyed with opening it up, it’s just not worth the trouble. Instead we widened the door to the living room by a foot (as evidenced by the lack of trim boards).


The hallway is too skinny for any type of console table. I’ve been imagining some nice architectural details in this space to make it a bit more interesting. There is no shortage of board and batten tutorials or inspiration photos online. The real question is… what type of board and batten? There are many ways to do it – different heights, widths, spacing.

Tall and Chunky:

via  Jenna Sue Design

Very Tall and Skinny:

via 6th Street Design School

Double Deckered:

via Storefront Life

Triple Deckered:

via Decor Chick

With Shelves:

via Casa de Lewis

Widely Set:

via Handmade Home

I’d like to continue going up our stairs like this too!

via Tiffany Ruda

After researching inspiration photos online, I think we’ve decided to go with the chunky, double-decker look.

Here’s a Photoshopped version of what I hope it will look like:


Then we will just need to get some color in there!!

That reminds me… that letter “C” on the wall is a DIY project I’ve been meaning to share.

Have any board and batten advice for me? I’m so excited!

Stair Fanfare

This is not what the Stairway to Heaven looks like.

This IS what the stairway of our house looked like last summer when we moved in.

Lest you all forget about those Barbie-arms peach colored walls that made up most of our home, here is a friendly reminder.

The staircase runner came with the house, and was quickly full of sawdust, spackle and paint flecks after our initial bout of DIY when we moved in.

And we ripped out the carpet.

After some cleaning and a fresh coat of paint (and we removed the handrail), it was looking a little fresher.

The staircase is right in the middle of the house – between the kitchen and dining room.

It’s looking better. But it’s lacking in personality. Soon enough.

For now I am happy with freshly painted walls and stairs!

But I have started looking at some new runners…

I was inspired by this beautiful re-do at Rare and Beautiful Treasures:


Tell me, do you like your stairs bare or carpeted?

Little Hallway Victories

When we moved into this house just over a year ago (I know! Can you believe it?) we had a teensy-tiny hallway closet.

Like, turn-the-coat-hanger-at-an-angle-to-shut-the-door tiny.

It was an easy decision for us to knock down the closet and build a cubby for our recessed refrigerator.

ignore the words – just reusing pictures people!

While we were happily using our new and improved kitchen the remnants of the project in hallway sat and waited. And waited.

And waited.

We finally got our act together.

We sanded down the spackle and primed the raw drywall. Then we painted it Martha Stewart’s Rice Paper to match the rest of the hallway.

Then we cut new molding and painted that Valspar’s Swiss Coffee like the rest of our trim.

And now it looks normal. Albeit slightly boring, but normal!

I do have some grandiose DIY board and batten plans for this hallway.

Maybe in the fall when we have more than two minutes to rub together!

: ) It’s the little victories!

A Peelin’ Ceiling No More!

The act of painting a ceiling in the worst. I take that back.

The act of sanding down a ceiling is the worst.

The spackle dust falls all over your face. It gets into your ears and pores. And there is no way to avoid it, because the only way to reach the ceiling with your sanding block is to stand on a ladder directly underneath the spackle snow. Actually, “snow” is too kind. Spackle dandruff is more like it.

I last posted about my hallway here, where I had finally painted the walls but neglected to paint our peeling, finicky ceiling.

When we installed our kitchen recessed lighting, we installed three in the upstairs hallway and one in our upstairs bath. We also removed the one ceiling light not-so-smack-dab-in-the-center of the hallway.

First I scraped down as much of the flaking ceilings as possible with a metal scraper.

Then I thinly spackled all the ridges to level out the ceiling surface with the surrounding area. The less excess spackle you use, the less you will need to sand.

I’ve used a number of different spackle brands during our renovations, but this SheetRock Joint Compound easily takes the cake as my favorite. It’s thick and gloppy, so it stays on your “spackle brush” (or scraper), unlike the lighter and airier ones, which can be more foam-like. It spread very easily and didn’t dry out during application.

And while the “dust control” feature doesn’t work miracles, I think it was a bit better than some others I’ve used.

After the spackle had 24 hours to dry, I started the sanding process.

I like to wear a face mask and work goggles while sanding ceilings. Otherwise you end up with plaster dust up your nose and in your eyelashes. I also like to wear a hat, because spackle powder in your hair can be hard to wash out completely.

As you can see, I don’t bother putting down drop clothes. Instead, I keep our Shop-Vac close by and use it regularly. (Don’t use a regular vacuum, you will ruin your filter.)

Next was painting. We use Valspar Ultra White Flat ceiling paint. We bought the 5 gallon bucket last summer and are just hitting the bottom of it now!

I have no ceiling painting secrets. Sorry. It’s a pain(t), but so worth it.

In a few spots, the new paint started to fall off in peeling areas I missed.

This was due to the extra weight on paint flakes that weren’t adhered to the wall. Don’t freak out if this happens.

The next day I scraped the flakes off, re-spackled and re-painted. This is why it’s important to scrape off all the loose pieces. Painting over them will not make them magically re-adhere to the wall.

That blue square is where the old ceiling light was.

And here is a good ole before and after shot.

Again, we painted the walls Martha Stewart’s Rice Paper, removed the old ceiling light and installed recessed lighting.

And what you see on the wall over there is an in-process subway art project taped to the wall with painter’s tape.

Just ignore that for now. Once I actually finish it I’ll post on it. So in a few months. : D

I bought this vintage poster at my favorite store in Gloucester, MA.

Key things to remember when dealing with a peeling or cracked ceiling:

1. Scrape. Scrape. Scrape. Use a metal scraper not a plastic one.

2. If you have lead paint concerns, do NOT sand. Research properly.

3. Find a spackle that works for you.

4. Sand first with a sanding block to get it flush with the ceiling. Finish sanding without a block to sand down any last nicks or ridges.

5. After you paint, you can always touch up with spackle and paint.

Have you had to deal with peeling paint before?