My Hallway Remodel!…and other hallway ideas.

Here is my “spruced up” hallway.
There are so many great ideas on how to beautify a hallway.
Everyone loves some board and batten.
I personally love Classy Clutter’s stripped hallway.
…..and a tasteful picture collage is always a good way to go!
When we moved in the hallway looked like this…
Pretty bleak huh? …and the previous owners had four dogs. It didn’t smell pretty.
With a little paint and trim it now looks like this…
Here is a list of our improvements:
1. We painted all the old doors and scrubbed/chipped the paint off all old hardware and door handles. The door handles were vintage, dating back to the 40’s and I really liked them, and decided to keep them.
2. We painted the ceiling. Ceiling tiles are not my fave thing, but it was most likely an asbestos ceiling and I didn’t want to mess with it. Painting it actually made it look fairly decent.
3. We added recessed lighting. The hallway used to have florescent lights. We hired a electrician to put in all of the recessed lighting in the house. It really did make it look more updated.
4. I added some bling hardware to the push door. This push door had a shinny gold door handle….not my favorite thing.
This is the new jewelry on the door.
5.  I painted all the walls with a light blue paint. I had a hard time finding what I wanted and ended up mixing two different blue of paints together.
6.  I added some decor….
If you haven’t seen the tutorial on this pantry door I turned into a picture frame, you can see my tutorial HERE. 
7. I added baseboard and quarter round.  I think this really accentuates the long lines of a hallway.
8.  I also added faux trim. Well, the stuff on top is real, and there is a little bit of trim about 2 inches down, and the rest in between is painted. You can see my tutorial HERE.
9. I’m not even sure what I was going to put for #9. Even though it’s not in the right spot, I guess I’ll talk about that wall of closets! It is ESSENTIAL…. because we don’t have a garage.  I have my pantry, my camping stuff, my holiday decor and ….
my beloved sewing space in this closet wall.
(These are pictures of my sewing space. To see more of it click HERE)
You can obviously hold a lot in one of these!
10.  We put in new flooring. That carpet had to go!
So that is it.
Downstairs hallway complete! I think we painted the walls 4 yrs ago. Nothing like doing the details the last minute!


  1. I wrote a post on hallways one day and I really thought I was crazy. The ones I showed were so pretty, but I wondered who would care about hallways (besides me). I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one interested in making my hallway look nice. Haha! Yours looks lovely!

  2. Major improvement! Looks great! I love your little sewing closet that is awesome!

  3. WOW, I can’t believe the difference in the before and after, it looks amazing!!

  4. Love this! So crisp and clean!

  5. Looking good! Love all of the little touches:)

  6. I Love your Little Sewing area!!! WOW!! Cool hallways Katie!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looks fantastic!! I was wondering how you painted the ceiling tiles and how difficult it was to do? I have a drop ceiling in my basement and would love to just paint instead of spend money on new tiles.

    • I have a sheet of ceiling tiles. They weren’t individuals, but I think you could paint individual tiles too. I used a heavy nap roller and used a sponge brush to get into the cracks inbetween the ceiling tiles. It looks much better! I think it’s definetly worth a try. I used the same paint I used on the trim, so I wouldn’t have to worry about taping. I used Berkshire White from Walmart. The Colorplace brand by Walmart is made by Dutch Boy and covers well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks so much! Mine are individual tiles so I think I will just take them down and paint them individually.I don’t really care for the drop ceiling but it is necessary in my basement so if it turns out half as good as yours I will be happy!

  8. Love your hallway! Using the door is brilliant! Stopping by from House of Grace!

  9. What a wonderful remodel! It really looks so much more bright and inviting. I love your little sewing area!!

  10. what a change! Love it! 🙂

  11. Such a gorgeous transformation. You really put some thought into this and utilized the space well. I adore the framed photos made out of a pantry door, great idea!

  12. It turned out lovely!
    ♥ Terrie ♥

  13. I adore your hallway!! Beautiful job! Visiting from Southern Lovely. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Your hallway is looking great I love the little hidden stations very clever use of space. I have found Iv put heaps of attention into my hallway as well but it still needs some final touches near the entrance, some artworks or something to add a bit of a wow factor when you walk in the front door. Looking good 🙂

  15. Wow, what a crazy transformation. I love what you have done with this space. Just brilliant. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  16. Love the framed out frames. Super chic hallway!

  17. It looks great! I love the floor, and that picture frame is fantastic!

  18. looks wonderful!

  19. Your hallway is beautiful! What a great transformation.
    Mary Alice

  20. I love your hallway. The crystal handles are beautiful.

  21. Love your hallway and the sewing closet!! It’s so nice. You put a lot of work into it. Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!

  22. It looks beautiful! I love the way you put a big frame around the row of pictures. That looks awesome!

  23. OMG. Okay, I never say or write OMG but, really! That little sewing nook closet is cute!

  24. This is so cute.. I love it, my favorite part is your sewing space.. LOVE it! Thanks for linking up, i’m pinning this. 🙂

  25. Your hallway is absolutely beautiful! What a great transformation 🙂 Adore your little sewing corner too. Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  26. I LOVE the idea of a sewing space hidden away in the closet! I’ve never come across that before, but it seems like such a clever way of keeping everything neatly tucked away, but still easily accessible.

  27. That door “frame” really adds a lot to the space. Great overall improvement. I could use a hallway of closets in my house! (although if I had to sew in one of them there would be supplies overflowing into the hallway all the time)

  28. love your transformation! I am your newest follower! hop on over my blog and you’ll find plenty of frugal decor, projects and more. hope you’ll join me

  29. Beautiful! I love the hidden sewing closet. I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  30. Nicely done! I love the frames with your pictures and the door hardware 🙂

  31. Great makeover. Looks much better now with all your details. Thanks so much for linking up to the Hot Fun in the Summertime link party.

  32. Katie, it’s just beautiful and I love your sewing nook! so cute!!


  33. It’s so bright and airy. I love the framed photo frames.

  34. I love your hallway!!

  35. you got most clicked on link at New Nostalgia’s AP Tuesday! Thanks for linking up. Would you mind linking back and adding our name under Tuesday? Thanks & congrats!!

  36. Everything you do is FABULOUS! Fun chatting with you the other day!!! Featuring you on Saturday!

    XO, Aimee

  37. That is really really a great makeover! I’m so glad you got featured over at the picket fence! You totally deserved that! I love your little sewing space tucked in there!

  38. Awesome! The hallway is beautiful and the treasures behind those doors! Love the sewing closet! 🙂 Great job!

  39. Your hall looks fantastic! Really amazing how some paint and a few small details can make such a difference!

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