Ah, the evolution of a hallway! It's about time we finished this hallway! I got motivated at the last second, and sent hubby to the lumber yard to pick up some wood. I really wanted to make this hall a functional place while keeping it aesthetically pleasing as well and fitting in with our farmhouse. I have always wanted to try a DIY board and batten wall, and knew that I could make this work in here!
My idea for the space was a two toned accent wall, with the board and batten only coming up halfway up the wall. The top of the wall was going to be painted white while I decided on a wallpaper for that area. And the board and batten was painted a deep bold black! I had to figure out how to turn this into a functioning mud room as we don't actually have one of those. This hallway is our drop zone, so it needed to serve as coat storage for the winter months. I ordered some wooden shaker wall hooks to use for this space and we got started!
In order to figure out your spacing for your board and batten, you can actually use a website to do so. You can use this on here! We simply used an air nailer to nail the boards into place. I then used some paintable caulk and a caulking tool to fill in any gaps so that the board and batten looked seamless with the wall. You can see this entire process by watching the video below!
Family Photo Gallery Wall
For the top portion of the wall, I really wanted to add some family photos to our home. We've lived here 6 years, and this entire time, I've never actually printed any family photos out. I decided to do a gallery wall here, and ordered from a company called Mixtiles. I did this because you can simply upload the photos you want, and they already come framed. The frames also have an adhesive backing on them, so you don't have to use nails or screws to hang them. And they can be moved over and over, so no need to get them perfect the first time!
I used 20 mixtiles to fill this entire wall and absolutely love how it turned out! It was such an easy way to add a personal touch to our home and a no brainer gallery wall!
This wall actually houses the humidifier and thermostat controls. Last year I had the idea to cover them up by hanging a vintage cabinet over them with a functioning door. We were nervous it would affect their operation but they worked just fine, so we hung it up here again so that we don't have those unsightly things on our walls!
This used to be a vintage medicine cabinet and I found it for about $40 in an antique store. It needed some reinforcing with some screws, but I love the way it looks and the charm it adds to our hallway and gallery wall.
Wood Peg Hooks
Because we really don't have a need to hang coats and jackets here in the summer, I went ahead and hung up a few decorations. This hallway will become more of a mud room in the winter time when we are wearing heavier coats out of the house. We used shaker wood peg hooks that just screw into the trim. You can purchase them here on Amazon! I left them unfinished but you can paint or stain them.
This hallway connects our laundry room, bathroom, master bedroom and kitchen together so it is used and travelled often. It only made sense to place the "mud room" here as it is the heart of the home! I am so glad we finally tackled this and on a very small budget! Overall the lumber cost $88, the paint $20, and the mixtiles were gifted by the company so those were no cost at all! $100 isn't bad for a whole new space!