Hallway Before and After

Welcome to my hallway before and after!  It’s been a while since I started this project, so I’ll give you a little refresher.  This little spot in our house had never been painted and the primed walls picked up every smudge and bump.  We had put off doing anything in this area because we had second floor construction going on during the past couple of years.  We had a console table placed in the hallway, which never really served any purpose and drove.me.crazy because it wouldn’t sit flush against the wall due to the baseboard heater placement.  After I drew up my little plan, I got to work painting, adding shelves and applying some faux paneling.

Suffice it to say that Chris and I actually enjoy walking through this hallway now.  Here is a side-by-side comparison for you.

Can I just tell you how much bigger the hallway feels without that table sticking out awkwardly!?

Here is a view coming from our kitchen.  See all those walls in the background that still need painting?  Yikes.

Of course, you guys were by my side 100% when it came to decorating the shelves on both my first and second tries.  Thanks to your advice they are looking pretty sharp, if I do say so myself.

And then there is the faux paneling that we now love.  Chris even commented that he wished he had thought of this solution in one of his previous homes.  What can I say, I’m always right.

I used white satin Olympic No VOC paint on the paneling and molding to make it look different than the walls, and to make the faux look a little less faux.

I even got my act together and applied chair rail and a faux panel square to the other side of the hall, too, even though the top half hasn’t been painted.

So now the whole hallway is really looking more together!

And in true one-thing-leads-to-another fashion, painting the half wall of paneling wasn’t quite that simple.  In applying that bright white paint, I realized that the trim, doors, baseboard, etc. in the area were still just primed.  The difference was obvious.

And so, I painted a bit more than planned…

But the end result was crisp, bright and well worth it.  And doesn’t the paneling look nice below the shelves?

Now I just need to finish painting all of those walls, perhaps add faux paneling up the stairs, and I definitely need to find a good runner to cover up the white linoleum warm up the floor.  Ah, the projects never end!

Psst…two of my favorite bloggers inspired the faux paneling.  Thanks to Sarah and Katie for the inspiration!

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  1. Mary @ redo101.blogspot.com says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous transformation! I linked up from Between Naps on the Porch, and I followed your blog!

  2. Kim says:

    Looks stunning! I have the same wall along the side of our staircase and I can’t wait to do something similar with the shelves. Great job!

  3. You did such a great job! It looks so much more interesting; not just a “pass through”. Check out Ballard Designs for a runner – I’m really happy with the indoor/outdoor runners in our entry. It took a while for them to unroll (had to weigh them down with books), but they’ve held up great, despite my cat’s attempts to destroy them. When they go on sale, they’re quite reasonably priced.

  4. Leigh says:

    That looks amazing. It really does pull everything together to look “finished”. I like that if you change your mind later, it is no big deal to change. We had a wood-panel removing nightmare.

  5. Laura says:

    You did a great job on the hallway. I have an idea for the floor. We just covered up our old linoleum kitchen/foyer floor with RomaStone. They are self stick tiles that you can put up next to each other or put grout in between. We had a friend (who tiles) do it for us with the grout & it looks like real tile. It’s not that expensive & goes right over the linoleum.

  6. Kelly Foy says:

    I have been wanting to do this in my living room/dining room for over a year… I just had a baby and now that I’m finally able to see my feet, I could probably get on it! I love your blog (just found it today) and have now added it to my favorites bar!! Thanks so much.

    – Kelly

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