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.
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!
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