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 ๐Ÿ™‚  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰  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. Wow – that looks SO great!! My head is spinning just thinking about trying this out in my home…where, where, where?? Thanks for a great how to post!

  2. Wow! That looks great! And you make it look so easy. . .like. . .something I could do ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing. . .hope your kiddos actually *use* it!!!

  3. this is so gorgeous!! and you made it seem effortless! amazing

    now i want to buy a house so i can do it!!

  4. Love this- I did it in my front hall-simple but what a huge impact-looks great with the hooks too! Such a cute little girl you have and what an adorable niece!

  5. I love this look! And so convenient! What more can a girl ask for!
    Definetly on my do to list!

  6. Wonderful idea! Did a similar project adding P-Board as a backing and painted the P-Board in different colors! Did some awesome shadow boxes using the same concept and made them real big for the study, square shaped…angled them into diamonds and placed the books in them sideways, it makes for a wonderful non-traditional bookcase! Love your project!

  7. I love the board and batten for the hall! I haven't been digging it too much in regular rooms, but this looks perfect!

  8. I find it amazing that I can go through all the before & to-do pics and still get all gaspy in awe at the final result.
    This is beautiful! I love the addition of the hooks. Really takes it up like 10 notches! Well done!
    Also, so great to see God's blessing on another beautiful girl for your family to enjoy!!