ENTRY WAY REMODEL-WEEK 3

ENTRY WAY REMODEL-WEEK 3

Welcome back to Entry Way Remodel-Week 3. I’ve decided on the Board and Batten style to install along with priming the walls & purchasing materials.!!!  If you haven’t had a chance to read my WEEK 1 or WEEK 2 posts you can find them here and here.  For week 2 I left off with painting the walls in preparation for installing the board and batten and a rough sketch of how it was going to look.

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The very first thing I did was install a 5″ board horizontally across the wall as an extension of the trim above the formal living room and then continue it up the rest of the stairs.

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The next step and probably the most tedious (and this was the case when I installed Board and Batten in my Family Room was figuring out the spacing.  I cut a couple of the 1.5″x8′ MDF boards and taped them to the wall and played around with it.  In the end, 12″ spacing is what worked best. 

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Once the spacing was figured out I started installing the vertical strips on the lower part below the header trim above the formal living room.  I used a nail gun and liquid nails to secure the trim to the wall along with ensuring each piece was level. I cut the bottom of the vertical strips at a 40-degree angle to match up with the stair stringer (white piece of trim that the stairs butt up to)

MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE-ENTRY WAY REMODEL-WEEK 3

Now it was time to install the header for the upper portion of the wall.  I wanted it to match the height of the window base above the front door which is about 20′.  Since the longest MDF I could find was 10′ and the wall is 15′, I used the smaller 5′ piece right above the entry and then had the longer piece extend across the wall.

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After the upper header was done, I installed a 3″ piece of MDF on top of the header to give it a finished look and then started installing the rest of the 1.5″ pieces vertically.  You can also see in the second and third picture how I eye-balled where the height would be and painted more than I should have.  In the WEEK 2 update, I shared how I planned to keep the upper half the color it is, Revere Pewter because when I painted the entry last year I told myself I was NEVER EVER EVER going to paint up that high again! I had some pretty sketchy moments and had the ladder come out from under me twice and had to bail off onto the stairs, luckily I was not hurt. 

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That’s it for Week 3!  This was an exhausting week, to say the least, but I am glad the majority of it is finished and I am so happy with how it has all come together!  Make sure to check back next week to see what I have accomplished!

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