DIY Board and Batten Reveal + Glidden Review & Giveaway!

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Woo to the hoo! It’s DIY board and batten reveal day!

If you missed out earlier this week, I revealed our foyer makeover and shared all of the details for part one of our DIY board and batten.

I’m so excited how this one turned out!

Last week, our foyer looked like this:
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That shiplap wall added tons of character, but the front door…not so much. It was still very plain builder grade.

Our hallway connecting our foyer and living room was rather one-dimensional too. It was dark with no natural light and had no wow-factor at all.

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On Sunday, this was our situation. Fresh bare board and batten just begging for a pretty paint job.

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We spackled, caulked, and sanded all of the wood knots, seams, and nail holes to prep for a smooth finish.

I shot this prior to sanding. (Sanding is important, y’all.)

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Then taped up our trim.

Olivia helped out too. Can you tell by those little tape pieces stuck on the wall? She calls them stickers. Bless.

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Glidden Paint was so wonderful to send a gallon of paint to me to try out. This was the first time I’d ever used Glidden Paint Duo Paint + Primer after using many other brands before, and I’m sold on this one.

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Staying under budget is really important to me in all of my projects (if you’ve been following for a while, you probably already know).

Glidden is inexpensive, but it didn’t behave like a cheap paint for me. I was really happy with the coverage, and the finish was really smooth. A great quality paint brush can make a huge difference (mine has seen a lot of action).

I used the color Crisp Linen White in a semi-gloss finish.

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I started on the trim first, and I feathered it out as I went so I didn’t have a hard paint line showing.

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Lola was my supervisor, as usual. She’s my naptime DIY buddy.

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Once the trim was done, I started rolling with a mini roller.

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I always like using a plastic grocery bag as a paint tray liner for quick clean-up.

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The paint is low VOC so, thankfully, it didn’t stink up our whole house. There was no smell at all.

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I ended up doing two coats since I was painting directly over rather dark wall paint and wood. It dried really quickly though, so as soon as I was finished with one coat, I could start on the next.

After painting our entire hallway and foyer with all of those little trim details, I still had a cup or two of paint left in my gallon can. You can see lots of reviews from other DIYers on their Ratings and Reviews site. (I usually like to do my homework on that kind of thing.)

The whole process was tedious but worth it! I lurv our hallway now!

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It’s finally a space Robert and I are proud of and flows so well into the rest of our house.

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It adds so much charm alongside our $80 wood beam doorway.

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Next stop on our to-do list is painting that front door something other than white. What color do you think we should do? I’m leaning toward something gray or blue but I’m stuck.

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For comparison’s sake, can we check out a real before picture here? I shot this on closing day in December 2013.

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We’ve come a long way in less than two years.

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Our $35 wagon bench we found on Craigslist pops so beautifully against our shiny new trim.

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We’ll be adding hooks and a little art above the bench eventually too.

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If you ever want to go the DIY route for some board and batten yourself, be sure to pin this post:

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And about that giveaway? Glidden® is giving away a $50 Home Depot gift card if you want to try out their paint too. Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (Eligible only to continental U.S. residents. Contest ends 9/6/15.)

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  1. Over from Sand and Sisal. Beautiful transformation. Another option, painting inside of door, same as outside. Pretty color. Also love that bench!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Our builder painted the outside. I’m not even sure what color it is. It’s whatever HOA approved for our house. The joys of being in a cookie cutter. 😉

  2. I am in the process of diying my rental home on a very small budget but I am in no hurry so its all good…I love what you did and i’m thinking about trying it or at least talking to my SIL who is doing all the labor thank God for him….I also like the wood beams you used on the entry way of a room and I was wondering if you have any info on how you did this? TIA

  3. Sooo yummy! I adore board & batten, you and your hubs have inspired me to talk it over with my dear man… I do need to ask though, how high are your ceilings..? Mine are only 8ft and I worry that board & batten may make my ceilings look like they are even lower… Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated 🙂 Until I read Alison G’s great comment about staining the front door to match your console table top & beam doorway (fantastic idea!), I was thinking that a darker version of the Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash you used on the console table would look great.

    1. Thanks, Min! My husband has said before, “I bet all of the husbands of the women who read your blog absolutely hate me because we give them more stuff to put on their honey-do list.” Haha! We have 9 ft ceilings, so we had the space to take it up that high. I’d maybe go 3/4 up the wall for an 8 ft ceiling if that’s what we had. Thanks for the door ideas! The only down side to the pine door idea I realized is our HOA has to approve everything about the exterior of our house, so they may not go for the wood door idea. Paint is Plan B now. We’ll see. 🙂

  4. I love it! You’re much quicker than I am at completing projects! I have been working on installing board and batten in an upstairs bathroom and it has taken me a few months 🙂 I have a very similar bench too that I was thinking about dumping off, but seeing yours has given me some inspiration for is. Thanks for the giveaway, I can think of lots of ways to use that $50!

    1. Thanks, Melanie! We made this one quick but we’ll be taking a breather from the power tools for a little bit. I like powering through and getting it done than having to look at the home improvement mess for weeks on end. Definitely don’t dump your bench! I know about 30 other people who want one just like it. Haha!

  5. Lauren, this looks amazing! I’d love to put board and batten in our 1932 cottage home, but since the walls are plaster, I’m not sure it would look as smooth as yours in between the boards. Yours turned out really lovely…and you’re blessed to have a hubby to enjoys doing projects with you 😉

    Just love your site! BTW, do you have pics of your chalkboard wall in the kitchen? A-dor-a-ble!

    1. Thanks, Caryn! Oh yeah the plaster could be tricky. I have no idea how I would tackle that. Maybe one day it can work out for you though. I’m sure a 1932 cottage already has lots of lovely character.

      I’m definitely very blessed with this handy hubby of mine. We crank up the music as we DIY, dance around, and make a date of it. 😉

      I really need to show more of my kitchen…but I’m just not in love with it right now since we’ve barely touched it. There’s a another shot of the chalkboard in our home tour but that’s about it for now. We’re hoping it will get a makeover in the spring. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  6. You are a machine lady!!! The difference that board and batten/wainscoting makes never ceases to amaze me. It looks awesome and like twice as wide! For the door, I vote a light gray, similar to the inside of Sarah’s from Life on Virginia Street. Second choice is the stained wood vote above.

    1. You read my mind, Emily! I’m definitely considering that color that Sarah used. Thanks, lady! By the way, I just spent way too much time the other day pouring over your Style Me Pretty feature. So gorgeous.

  7. Looks awesome! Love the board and batten! I’m hoping to do that in my house when I redo the kitchen living room and hallway. Thanks for sharing! Thinking about the shiplap for my bedroom.

  8. This post is timely for me! After coming back from a weekend away and finding my pedestal sink floated away from the wall in my 1/2 bath, I removed it to patch it up and decided I wanted to do my first attempt at board and batten in this small room to add some interest. After reading this, not only do i have confidence to use these boards vs. MDF i was going to do, but I really think it will lighten up my dark entry hallway as well. What a transformation for yours— thank you so much for sharing all your instructions / details.

    1. Yay! I love it when that happens! (The timely post thing, not the pedestal sink issue. That stinks!) I’m so glad it could help!

  9. Wow you have been busy. If it were my door I think I would buy a new pine door and stain it to match the table top and the diy doorway. You can buy them at a fairly reasonable price. And it will block sound better.

    1. Ooh! Good idea, Alison! I would LOVE to have a wood door but it all depends on the budget. Thanks for the tip about the pine. I’ll have to look into that.

      1. Your welcome. I think a pine door would look great. We installed them in our hall and trimmed them with pine and I am happy we did. It’s been a while but I think the doors were around $80.00. Good luck with it.

      2. You could also try painting it to look like wood with a faux wood painting technique. That way, you don’t have to worry about matching the outside color to satisfy you HOA. If you don’t like it after you try it, then you can get a new door. Just a thought. Can’t wait to see the hallway in person! It looks great!

  10. Love it! I put up Board and Batten in our side entrance and wanted to do shiplap in our front entrance but was wondering about the 2 different styles and if they would work. Your’s looks great! I used MDF and thought it was pretty inexpensive but yours was even more! I will have to remember the furring strips!

    1. I was a little worried about that too. And then I just went for it. Haha I love how ours turned out though. I had to dig up a lot of inspiration of other homes that I’d seen it in to give me the courage though. I say go for it. 😉

  11. Lauren,
    I just had to leave a comment right away. This looks so awesome! What a transformation. I have been dreaming of doing this in my house. I think you have convinced me. Like you, I have a beige builder grade house I am working with. Furring strips are a brilliant idea but sometimes it can be hard to find enough good ones. The thing that has me stuck in my tracks is that I have an off white kitchen with with chocolate glaze. The rest of my house has white doors and trim. I’m just stuck on the color of the board and batten. Plus I think I want to paint ALL of my interior doors. I’m stuck in a color loop. On your door I think I would go with a grey blue. Something that looks great with all the duck egg.

    1. Thank you, Nancy! I agree. Finding good furring strips takes a little while to sort through the stack. But I was determined not to spend a lot. Wood filler and a sander can do awesome work though. I think for the board and batten color, I would match your existing trim unless you plan on painting that some day too. I think it’s okay if the cabinets are a little different from everything else. Interior doors painted to contrast board and batten is soooo pretty. I don’t think I’ll ever have the courage to do that. Hope you figure it all out though. The hardest part of decorating is figuring out your direction, for sure.

    1. Thanks! I know what you mean. I was very intimidated but my desire to have b&b won out. Haha! Thanks for the door color input!

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