Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Back in January, I posted about my 12 DIY Goals for 2012, with one project assigned to each month of the year. I am happy to say I am keeping up with my goals so far, and my February project, a board and batten hallway, is officially in the books! My mom came in for a visit last week, and with her assistance, I was able to turn the hallway leading in from our garage (a space that has, until now, been completely wasted) from this…
I can’t even begin to tell you how in love I am with this transformation!
Before I go on, a little disclaimer: You’ll have to bear with the photos of this space. Anyone who has ever tried to photograph a tight hallway with little to no natural light can attest that it isn’t an easy task!
Reality check: My family – all six of us – occupies a house that is only just over 1800 square feet, with no utility room to speak of. This hallway update is my way of making the most of the space at my disposal by creating a faux mudroom of sorts. This will be the place where we first deposit all of our bags, coats, keys and such when we first walk in the door, instead of dropping them like we have until now square in front of our front door. I am not going to miss that mess!
I think I might be the very last DIYer in the blogosphere to give faux board and batten a whirl. After accomplishing this project, I am wondering why it took me so long to hop on the bandwagon! It was so, so easy to do, and the way it transformed the feel of this space is absolutely incredible. I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks I learned from my board and batten experience along with lots of helpful resources later this week, so stay tuned!
The six hooks hung in the space are perfect for hanging coats, backpacks and purses.
A chalkboard made with custom-mixed chalk paint is just right for jotting down appointments, shopping lists and other can’t-forget bits of information.
A framed magnetic board will prevent me from losing important papers my kids bring home from school. Calendars, lunch menus and such now all have their very own home, and I can finally reclaim my refrigerator from all the clutter! (Be sure to stop by later this week, when I’ll share the full details for how I put both of the boards together.)
A letter organizer purchased at half off from Hobby Lobby is the perfect place to stash unopened mail and bills than need to be paid, as well as both sets of our keys. No more frantic searches for my keys as we’re walking out the door to ballet, soccer or doctor’s appointments!
I just love that everything has its own place, and that I now have a system in place to keep my life more organized!
Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing the specifics for how this space came together. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how truly easy this project was to complete!
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Don’t forget to also check out the DIY Custom Chalkboard and Magnetic Board tutorials and the detailed Board and Batten How-To for this space!