DIY Home Project: Board and Batten Entryway Wall Update

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My wife and I decided to spruce up the entry way into our home. She deserves the bulk of the credit for the project and did much of the work. I helped when needed. We chose the board and batten style update for our entry way. Simply put, the update consists of adding vertical slats, a horizontal board, and a top rail to give it some depth and character. This was a weekend project.


  • (3) 7-foot-long 1" x 3" boards (for vertical slats)
  • (2) 8-foot-long 1" x 4" boards (for horizontal rail)
  • (2) 8-foot-long 1/2" x 1" boards (top rails)
  • box of 1 1/4" finish nails
  • interior paint
  • carpenters glue
  • paintable caulk
  • Medium-density fibreboard (It's easy to work with and is perfect for trim work. It doesn't appear to be as strong as wood, but it is primed white and perfect for this project.)


The tools required for this project are common and inexpensive. No power tools required.

  • hammer
  • painting supplies
  • miter box and saw
  • tape measure
  • level
  • caulk gun
  • stud finder
  • level
  • countersink punch

Two Problems We Encountered

It wouldn't be a real DIY project if there wasn't a screw up and a fix. In this case we had two.

  1. In the picture below, the left-most arrow points to the distance between the light cover plate and the top rail board. We actually forgot to take into account the thickness of the top rail when we installed the horizontal top board. We got lucky and everything just fit, but it had us worried for a few minutes. Sometimes you just get lucky.
  2. The right-most arrow points to the nails we used to secure the top rail to the horizontal board. They weren't finish nails, and we couldn't countersink them. We had to try to countersink them the best we could. Once the top rail was painted, you can see a small "bump" in the top rail where the nails are not properly countersunk. I'll do better next time!

Time Required

Everything was done in a weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday. Here are the time estimates:

  • 2–3 hours for planning (My wife loves to look at projects online.)
  • 1 hour for the first coat of paint
  • 4–5 hours to cut and install the horizontal and vertical slats (My wife did most of this. I helped when needed.)
  • 2 hours for final paint and clean up

The final product looks nice, and I think it will add value and enjoyment to our house.

© 2019 Doug West

seethalakshmiRagadesigner on March 21, 2019:

Nice article, Thanks for sharing this kind of information.modular kitchen

Doug West (author) from Missouri on March 18, 2019:


Thanks. The project was surprising less painful than I expected. Actually kind of fun.

RTalloni on March 18, 2019:

Indeed yes, the final product looks nice, as does your tutorial. Thanks for sharing this method of dressing up your front hall. Viva team projects! :)



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