Hallway Remodel

May was a busy month for us. Not only did we remodel our bedroom, but we also began tackling the hallway upstairs and eventually the dining room. Granted, we just put the finishing touches on them both a couple of weeks ago.

Our hallway basically, sucked. I HATED the color. Truly, hated it. It was this gross tan that reminded me of what I clean up out of my children’s diapers for years. It just looked like crap, literally. I don’t know why anyone chose this color. For the record, we had every intention of changing it shortly after we moved into this house 8 years ago. But then when you look at how high the bottom step is from the ceiling, you realize that you’d probably have to hire out and that just sounds expensive. So…. it sat. For 8 grueling years I stared at this hideous color.

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And look at that ceiling fan!!! The wood floors look nice though:)

Clearly, this would have to change and my husband was thrilled when I mentioned it.

It took 3 gallons of Behr Ultra Frosted Lemon to tame this hallway and after 2 gallons into the project, it got dark out and the lights got turned on. Let just say that lemon meringue pie came into mind. The semi-gloss base probably wasn’t the wisest, but we do have 2 children who are constantly running up and down stairs with dirty fingers. And quite frankly, I wasn’t going to start repainting it. Not when the end was in sight!!!!

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I wanted to get a brown shade to tone down the yellow, but I wasn’t able to find one that I liked. So, I went with the white 2 inch wide faux wood blind from Better Homes and Gardens and I hoped the curtains would help with the brightness.

These 3 pictures were a set that I found at Target for $60, and the brown definitely helps bring down the yellow.


Last, but not least, this is the chandelier that I found to replace the fan, since the electrical box was too small for the one that we bought. I thought I would hate not having a fan cool down the hallway or bring up the heat, but I think this looks better.


Throughout all of these remodeling projects, we have learned so much. Every step of the way has been a learning process for us and I’m glad that we are doing this on our own.

I’ll post about our dining room remodel soon. We finished that one up a few weeks ago, but the bulk of it was done back in the end of May/beginning of June.