My Hall Wall

I hope you guys are sitting down because you are about to see something super exciting…
That is my hall.  Not a whole lot going on there… I know.
This is where we come in from the garage and my kids typically drop their bags on the floor.  After tripping on them way too many times I was finally inspired to follow in Ashley’s footsteps.
I love the way her faux board and batten turned out for the baby’s room so I thought I would do something very similar in this hallway.  Here is my very blank wall that I started with.

I started by measuring everything off.   I used 1×4 white wood pine so I would have a smooth finish.   I measured my top board first.   
I used my miter saw to cut all my boards.  For you guys who don’t own a power saw I also love using my small hand saw.  It cuts super quick without much work and it was only $12 at Lowe’s… Can’t beat that!
I put Liquid Nails construction adhesive on the wall where my first board would be.

I then attached my board to the wall.   I marked my studs for this board and used finish nails to secure it into the studs.  I knew I would be putting weight on this board so I wanted it up there tight.

I then measured where each of my vertical boards would be and cut them with my saw.  I put Liquid Nails on each board and secured it to the wall where I had measured off.

First board done!

About 20 minutes later I had them all done!

For my shelf I couldn’t go very big in this narrow hallway.  I was afraid someone would lose an eye on the corner of it.  I used a 1×2 in the same wood to create my shelf.  I added a line of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 1×2 and attached it to the top of my horizontal piece.

I secured it with very small finish nails.  Here it is drying…

At this point it was time to caulk.  Caulk hides all kinds of messes.  I love using it and for this project it covered up all my nail holes and seams where the wood meets the wall.
After the caulk dried I taped off my wall and painted the wood and the wall space in between with the same color as my trim.

I let it dry a few hours and then added hooks that I purchased at Lowe’s for the kids bags and other junk. Here it is all finished.  My next project (Oh how that list keeps growing) is to make something for above the shelf.  For now, you guys get to see it blank 🙂  You should also know that I did move 2 very large baskets of clothes that need to be folded out of the way so I could get this picture.  It’s funny how I seem to make time for projects and not laundry….

Hope you like it!  Thanks so much to Ash for tackling it first so I would have the guts to do it second 😉  I love the way it added some excitement to that very boring hallway!
On a fun and wonderful note…
Ashley and I welcomed our new baby niece over the weekend.  Our baby sister delivered this little cutie on Sunday and it was the best ever.
I love her to pieces and I was so blessed to be a part of it.  She is a lucky girl to have such amazing parents.  Thanks so much guys!  Ashley will be welcoming hers in a week so keep her in your prayers.
Have a great week!

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  1. Donna Hurst on February 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I finally finished it. It took me two days and since, not only am I a complete perfectionist, plumb, square and level are not in our house’s vocabulary. I am so tickled with it. I keep rushing into the room and just looking at it. Thanks so much for your blog and all the inspiration.

  2. Donna Hurst on January 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    My husband and I love your site. We will be swiping this for our own house. I am in the planning phases and trying to figure out the spacing of the vertical pieces. Since your wall and mine seem to be the same length, I was wondering if you’d share a bit more detail. Thanks.

  3. Amanda Woodruff Alred on April 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    did you do anything to meet the baseboard like miter the bottom of the boards or did you just leave the little gap? I want to do this but was trying to get away from having to remove our baseboards.

  4. monica on August 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love how this looks.. I have a narrow long hall and am not sure if it would work. How wide is your hallway?

  5. EMILY JO LEE on April 8, 2011 at 4:26 am

    love your hallway simple and so rewarding i am the mother of five boys and my hallway from the garage to the kitchen sees some serious traffic this will so fix my hallway

  6. Joshua and Rachel on January 6, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I love this!! So much that I did it my bedroom following your directions! I even did it ALL without my hubby 🙂 I posted about it but referred people back here to your blog!

  7. Pam on December 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Wow…that really turned out great. Nice job.

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