Board and Batten Coat Nook….Finally!!

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Ever since we moved in a little over a year ago, I’ve been planning and re-planning this little area next to the laundry room. Since coat season is on it’s way, we desperately need someplace that’s easy for the kiddos to hang their 5,000 coats and jackets….along with a place for snowy boots, hats, gloves, and scarves (and bills).  Otherwise, it all ends up on the floor

I also just stumbled upon board and batten recently and I LoVe it! (I know, I’m a bit behind on that) It’s easy enough to do, as long as you have the right materials. I also found some helpful tips from a few fellow bloggers.

 I made some handy coat hooks awhile back for our old house and we STILL needed more hooks, so I added alot more this time.

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This is what it looked like before I started. Cluttered and bare and useless.

I started out with the primed MDF, but it was so dense and heavy and difficult to nail into the wall and thicker than I really wanted (yep, I made some unnecessary holes, don’t tell hubby). So, I went back to Home Depot and got the lattice strips like Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick did in her tutorial. I also picked up some molding/door casing that is thin and easier to nail through. They were easy to find and were all in the same aisle. Make sure to use liquid nails as well as regular ones to make sure they stay up.


Lattice strips -however long you decide to make them….mine are 6ft tall and they are 3/8 inch thick and almost 1 1/2 inches wide

Trim/molding/window casing for the top – 3 1/2 inches wide for the top board and 2 1/4 inches wide for the ledge

Cove trim for decoration

Liquid nails and/or adhesive construction caulk

Finish Nails or nail/brad gun

Paint ~ I used semi-gloss

Wood filler

Start by heading off to Home Depot or Lowes to get all yer supplies (not like I did and had to make several trips) They will even be nice and cut all of your trim for you. I wanted mine to be nice and tall, so my lattice trip is 6 feet tall.

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Before you start nailing, measure (and re-measure) how you want to space the strips. Make sure by measuring and marking the whole length of the strips to make sure it’s even.  This was a small space, so my strips were only 11 inches apart. Then, put a bit of liquid nails or adhesive on the back of the strips before nailing it in place. I used finish nails, so it took a little longer than a nail gun would have. Make sure you nail them so they are buried just under the surface of the wood.

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Do the same with the top board and ledge. Sorry I didn’t take pics of these parts, but you can see great ones from Kate over at Centsational Girl who always does an awesome job.  I decided to not pull out the baseboard to do the traditional flat board, but if it was a larger area I probably would have.

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I added the cove trim last and just used adhesive, since it won’t be bearing any weight.

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Ta-da! Now caulk the edges and fill the holes with wood filler. You can also caulk the nails holes, but make sure you don’t overfill, since some caulks aren’t sandable but should be paintable.

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Sand and then paint the whole thing and add the hooks and bins….and you’ve got a coat nook!!

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I wanted tons of hanging space for allllll the coats we have, so I got the ones with 3 prongs and added 12 of them!

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The bins I got from Pick Your Plum and slapped on a rectangular piece of chalkboard vinyl so each kiddo can have their own for hats and gloves. The tippie top one is for the mail and bills.

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For boots and shoes I found a cute rug at Target along with a sturdy boot tray to harness snowy or wet boots and shoes. It’s a good size and will be great for letting those stinky things dry and air out after a hard day in the snow.

I think that’s about it….I am SO happy to finally have this ready to use! It took about 4 hours to complete (or double that if you’re OCD like me) and the painting took the longest. This is a small area, but I still had to do the cutting in (painting the outline with a brush) around all the edges and corners and then had to roll between the strips. Make sure you get a paint with primer in it.

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Close-up of the top part.

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…..annnnnnd the bottom.

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The side hooks.

Well, I have plenty more to do around the house, since there’s not that much practical storage here…

Have fun!

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About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


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