How To Update A Boring Hallway With Board And Batten & A Gallery Wall

Don’t you just love a great makeover? I do and this one was super fun & easy. I teamed up with Nations Photo Lab to update this boring hallway and give it a little more character. We are so happy with the results and I can’t wait to show you how easy it was!

These photos have adorned our walls for many years and they are all so special. I just didn’t feel like this was the best place to spotlight them and I have so many family gallery walls. I really wanted to make this space pop and have a bit more style. This is the hallway our guests use to visit the bathroom and many people walk here.
So to add a bit of texture, we decided to do some board and batten first.
First we found and marked the studs. Then we added a 1″x 4″ horizontally across the space first. It’s best to use the 2/3 rule when doing treatments where you divide up your walls.
Next we added a 1″x 1″ to create the look of a little shelf and add some dimension to the look.
The next step was to add 1″ x 2 1/2″ board vertically. We used a board and batten calculator we found on the internet to help us with the spacing.
Next, I painted all the areas in Sherwin Williams Alabaster in eggshell finish. Then I added some hooks for a decorative element and the ability to hang decor and change it out.
I really wanted the art to still be something special and meaningful so I decided to use photos we took of our favorite places and areas we have visited. I sent them to Nations Photo lab to produce them into black and white canvas prints. I just love how they turned out!
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To add one more point of interest, I “framed” the canvas prints with empty black frames. I love how it made the prints pop a bit more and brought more black to the area.
The final result is so fun and really makes this area more of a statement. The project was completed in under 2 hours and was very inexpensive!
So what do you think? isn’t it such a fun “art gallery?” Anyway, don’t be afraid to go out of the norm and dress up your hallway areas. You really can add so much character and create a space you love, even if it’s just a hall.
I always love comments and feedback so feel free to add your thoughts or ask any questions.

Happy Decorating!

February 25, 2019

  1. Kris says:

    I really love this. I have been wanting to do the exact same look for my hallway, now I have something to show my husband. May I ask what paint color is on your walls, as well as doors, and lastly the super cute toilet sign? I really love the style of your home, so beautiful but comfortable.

    • says:

      Hi Kris,
      Thanks for all the kind comments! It was such an easy inexpensive project. The wall color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish. The board & batten is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams and the doors are Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in satin finish. The toilet sign is from Hobby Lobby. Good luck with your project, you will love the results!. Thanks for following and come back soon !!
      ~Deborah xoxo

  2. Laura says:

    Love this!!!!! It’s one of my favorite things you’ve done ❤️

    • says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks so much for the kind compliment. It was such a simple nad inexpensive project too. It just added so much character to the hallway.
      I really appreciate you and your feedback!
      ~Deborah xoxo

  3. Kim Cox says:

    What are your dimensions from floor to top board? And how much space in between each board. Love this project. Getting ready to do my hallway and entryway. Thanks so much for the help!! Kim

    • Deborah Bitton says:

      Hi Kim,
      The dimensions for the floor to top is about 62″ and the distance between the boards is 13″, however that will all depend on the size of your space. If you google board and batten calculator you can find several ways to enter your dimensions to figure out the distance you’ll need between your boards to get it to fit for your wall space. Also, it depends on how much space you like or how you’d like it to look. Hope that makes sense and let me know if you have more questions.
      Thanks so much for following along and I hope you remember to subscribe for all the newest updates.
      ~Deborah xoxo

  4. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for all your help. This is our weekend project!!!

    • Deborah Bitton says:

      Hi Kim,
      Yay thanks best of luck with that. Send me a picture…
      ~Deborah xoxo

  5. Tebeccs says:

    This os so awesome, where did you find the word art?

    • says:

      Are you referring to the Family sign on the before picture? If so, it’s from Hobby Lobby.


  6. Rebecca says:

    Yes thanks!

  7. Nanci says:

    My husband is concerned about how you attached the verticle boards. He wants to make sure it stays put! Lol.

  8. Kristi says:

    What board and batten calculator are you referring to?
    Thank you

  9. Morgan Mitchell says:

    Beautiful! What did you use at the bottom so it looks nice with the baseboards?

  10. Angela Booton says:

    Hello! Getting ready to do this project in our entry way. I love what you did. Where did you purchase your coats hooks?

    • says:

      Hi there!

      Yay thats awesome. I found the hooks at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them black (they were a rusty iron color )

      Good luck with the project !

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