So, it’s negative 13º here today. Man, I’m cold just writing that. What about where you are? If you tell me it’s 80º and sunny, we can’t be friends anymore. At least not until it’s 80º where I live too. And since there’s not much else to do when you’re nose hair freezes if you go outside (not only gross, but true) we’ve been busy adding character to our builder grade home one project at a time.
(Oh how I promise to never curse your muddy messes again spring, please come back)
Anyhow, after finishing the plank wall in our stairway, the hallway looked a little…blah..and was in desperate need of some TLC. So we got to work lovin’ on it.
This is the hallway before. It’s ok. But certainly not special, except for the people in the picture.
A while back we added board and batten to our dining room and when finished, my husband wanted to do the same for our upstairs hallway. And while it’d probably look really good up there, I didn’t want the hallway to look too busy.
So one day when he was at work I got this great idea to surprise him with my version of updating the hallway. The plan was to have it all done by the time he got home.
I’m sure the DIY gods were having a good laugh because seriously though, who do I think I am? You’ve got two toddlers running circles around you, and you think you’re going to saw wood, install said wood and then paint it? In 4 hrs?
Nevertheless, I forged on. And while I didn’t get it done that day, it’s still quick enough that if you have a spare weekend you can update your hallway in two easy projects!
I started with the walls. On my first go ’round I gathered up some scrap boards from the garage. I found some 1×6″ boards and nailed them to the wall. And then my husband came home, took one look and said ‘nice try babe, but it all needs to come down’.
Wha?!! But I even got it all level and stuff. Only, if I’m being honest, I didn’t really know how to use the compound miter saw to make 45º corners so I just kind of made up my own way. Plus, the boards were too thick and stuck out past the door trim.
He was right, it needed to come down.
Then we got better stuff, which was 3 1/4″ x 3/8″ pine moulding and I learned how to miter corners. The right way.
We attached the moulding using a nail gun. Then filled the nail holes with wood putty and added a bead of caulk around all the edges.
See that little gray strip of paint? It used to be covered up by my first attempt.
Definitely a better mitered corner.
We painted the wall and trim a matching white. And project #1 of hallway update was complete!
You could easily add the batten part (the vertical pieces) to the wall if you wanted. Maybe we will down the road, after I live with this for a while…
Notice anything missing?
We added new light fixtures, but don’t worry, I’ve got the light bulbs on order. I bought these pretty edison light bulbs here (and so can you)!
And remember the kids art work from before? Well, here it is!
I can’t wait to share with you a simple way to update door trim with project #2, but this post is long enough, so it’ll have to wait!
Before you go, what would you do? Add the batten to the walls, or leave as is?