Friday, April 6, 2012

Hall Makeover Reveal

Like a typical ranch-style home, our living room and kitchen are on one side of the house and the bedrooms are on the other. This hard-working hallway has doors to the bathroom and three bedrooms as well as two closets.  

Our hall is 36 inches wide which doesn't leave room for even a narrow bookshelf or display table. I recently painted all of the trim white and painted the walls a neutral gray.

I don't have a great 'before' picture, but if you take a look at the image below you can get an idea of the amount of oakey orangeness we had going on in the hall. I'm not one to always advocate painting all woodwork--I think it can be beautiful when done right. Ours was not. 

Wow--where are my sunglasses?! We lived with that for three years before my husband refinished the floors and I started painting everything else! Honestly, I'd forgotten how dirty and gross the before was and I'm even more thankful for our new, clean hallway! Whew! 

Here's the hall floor after it was refinished. I think it's one coat of walnut stain and a couple coats of poly. I like how you can still see the grain of the wood but there's no more orange! 

You can also see the terrible shape that the rest of the trim was in. Our home was abused before we rescued it! I just don't understand how a door frame to a bedroom can be THAT banged up after one previous owner (even though the house is 50 years old)!

Here's a short anatomy lesson of our hallway as you enter it from the kitchen. Walk to the end (the bathroom) and turn around and you'll see this:

I used off-the-shelf white trim paint from Walmart and worked in fits and starts. That's a lot of trim, folks! I mixed the gray myself using a slate gray-black I got in the oops section with the white trim paint, and used the slate color for the doors. "The Plan" includes eventually replacing the hall doors, but with needing new hinges and door knobs for these four doors plus the door to the basement, that adds up right away, so I chose just to paint them for now. 

One of my favorite elements of the hall makeover is these fun striped closet doors! They took way too much time and effort, but it gives the hall some fun character. 

Isn't that fun?! I'm so glad I took the time and effort to add the slate stripes to the white doors. If you want to see what is behind these two sets of doors, you can see my linen closet here and my craft closet here.

Another area I'm working on in our hall is a gallery wall. I'm collecting and re-framing milestone pictures of my three boys and will hang them as I get them done. When I was new to blogging I made this 'family rules' sign using stickers and spray paint on an old bulletin board. I wasn't thrilled with how it turned out--lots of underspray on the letters--but my husband really likes it, so I hung it in the hall. I do like what it says: it's the Ten Commandments in my modern language translation. I think that's a great set of family rules!

I made a display board for the plethora of art pages my sons generate. It's hung at their level so they can change out the display when they want. I'll do another post later with more images of it and my Pinterest inspiration. :)

Let's see another before-and-after of our hall, shall we? 



Much better!

Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Ellie- What a difference some restaining and paint can make. I know that while you make it look easy it is a LOT of work. you have little ones to work around. GREAT job! xo Diana

  2. Ellie - it's AMAZING!!! Love the art display, and the milestones photos, and the closet doors, and the room doors, and the white trim, and the refinished floors, and, and, and EVERYTHING!

  3. Looks great!! I am curious if you have painted ALL the oak trim in the house or just certain rooms?? Our oak is 20 years old and is very orange...think I would just like to paint out the oak in the upstairs and bedrooms!!

  4. TannaB--I've been working on the trim one room at a time. The bathroom was totally gutted 3 years ago, then I slowly did the 3 bedrooms, now the hall. I painted the trim around the windows in the living room and kitchen but have yet to do the baseboards because we haven't refinished the floors in those rooms yet. If the trim had been a nice shade of brown or at least in good shape, I probably wouldn't have done it, but it was totally beat up and ORANGE! Set small goals if you want to do it too--it does make a huge difference!

  5. Awesome makeover!!!! I love so many parts of it! Especially the kid's art hanger, and the stripes on the closet doors!

    Great job!
    @ Creatively Living

  6. What a great solution for a ranch style home's hall! Looks awesome!

  7. Can't believe how different (and better!) those floors look after the refinishing. I know that's a hard job to do! This both inspires me to do my own dingy hallway and reminds me why I haven't tackled it--looks like a lot of work! Really lovely.

  8. Ellie you did a great job! Love the new look! Love the stripes, the painted trim and the sliding doors!

  9. Those striped doors are stunning!

    And your clothespin art display - fabulous!!

    I feel for you - painting all that trim is tough - but it was definitely worth all your effort!


  10. Huge improvement! The floor stain did wonders, and the painted trim and walls completed a much calmer space. Very nice. I love the artwork hanger! I may have to do something like that for Prince CuddleBunny.



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