Over spring break last week our plans fell through and the weather was not good. We wanted to do a little project but one that didn’t take up too much time so we decided to do a little hallway makeover. I have been wanting to paint our hallway for months now! When we moved into our house we renovated our entire first floor and did a few updates and painting in the bedrooms. But for some reason never painted and cleaned up the hallway. Fast forward almost 2 years and there were A LOT of finger prints from the kids all over the walls. We have a little nook in the landing/hallway and I wanted to add a little something to the space to make more of another area in the house rather than just a hall.
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Heres a couple before pictures of the hallways. They were just an old white color with lots of marks on them. We decided to paint the halls the same color as our main living space to keep the flow. We also changed the handrails, outlet covers and light fixtures.
First you need to prep everything by removing hardware and cleaning things up. We took a razor blade to clean up and remove any old caulking around the trim.
We had a lot of holes from old baby gates as well as from changing the handrails. Jesse went through and mudded all the spots with drywall mud. This kind was pretty cool because it went on pink and turned white when it was dry so you would know when its good to go. After its dry give it a light sand to smooth out any uneven spots.
Then Jesse got to work on the new handrails. We went with a little flatter style and created a return on it so it went to wall at the end. We painted the handrails white and also spray painted the brackets black to update them a little.
Creating the new space
For the landing area I had an old white cabinet I’ve had for probably 10 years in our basement not really serving much of a purpose. I decided to paint it and when I told my husband I wanted to paint it pink he said “yeah go for it!” I was shocked so we went for it!
You want to start by giving it a light sand to have a little rougher surface for the paint to adhere to. I decided to use this Krylon spray paint since it was so small. One tip I will give you is to make sure the temperature is warm enough because I got too excited and painted it outside while it was still too cold out and some of the paint bubbled and peeled. That led to having to sand down some spots and redo it which took a lot longer than needed. Lesson learned! Slow down and make sure to do it right otherwise it ends up taking longer in the end! We also gave it a coat of a light satin finish lacquer to protect the finish.
Then we got to work putting everything together! All the pieces are linked below!
So I actually didn’t have to get too many new pieces for this space. I just moved things around that I already have. These gold frames I’ve had for some time and absolutely love them. I am a big fan of using command products for hanging practically anything! I used these hooks for the gold frames and these strips for the other frames and it was so easy! I added a few old books that were my dads and one of my favorite candles. Adding a really full philodendron gave it some green. I did buy this rug and I absolutely love it. It was a great price for the size and quality.
I love how much character this space adds and now its another spot for us to enjoy. Now the kids will sit here and play with toys or read and it makes me so happy! It honestly was just a random spot where I would leave laundry baskets after putting things away and now its so cozy.
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