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Hallway Makeover: The Beginning

Hallway Makeover: The Beginning

Initially my plan was to re-do the laundry room (a major job including changing plumbing and electrics around) but hubby wasn’t available to work on it with me.  Check out our temporary laundry makeover!

So instead I am focusing on the entryway and hallway in our small 3 bedroom brick and tile 1970’s house.

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Entry and Hallway Makeover: Is It Possible To Be Beautiful?

So let me introduce you to our very bland and boring, small entryway and hallway…

Here she is!

hallway makeover the before

On The To-Do List:

Front Door Update

A new front door with glass to let light in, as the entry and hallway is a very dark space.  If that doesn’t happen, the existing door will get repaired and painted.

So Much Painting

Painting base board or skirting board, metal door frames, doors, walls and ceiling.  There’s at least 6 doors there!  Yes, a lot of painting!

Oh I want to do something interesting with the blue door you can see in the pic above.  It’s actually the linen cupboard and I must have had an urge to paint it blue a few years ago.  Time for a change!

Decor & Lighting

A new welcome mat.  This one has seen better days!

Spot the bare light bulb above.  I’ve got my eye on a DIY semi-flush mount light to put there.

hallway makeover before

The current bookcase is getting moved to a different part of the house.  Too much kids’ book clutter near the front door.

I know it is traditional to have a console table, lamps and mirror in your entry, but I am hoping to have no furniture in this small space.  Instead I want to install a small jarrah shelf with brackets.

I would also love to have a large plant near the front door.  I have to see whether we get the new glass door or not first. 

hallway makeover before

Family Command Centre

Around the corner in the hallway we have an area for the kids’ school bags and shoes.  I have a couple more items to add to this space to make it an effective family command centre for all of us to use.

And The Painting Continues

Do you notice where hubby has already started patching the ceiling ready to paint (above)?

We had a few areas which had been damaged from water leaking through the roof.  Thankfully all repaired now.

Where Can I Add Pallet Wood?

Oh yes, this is what the doors and frames currently look like.  We have ruled out buying new doors to replace them, as it doesn’t save any time or money over painting the existing ones.

However I would LOVE to add molding to them to make them a lot more interesting!  Can I make it from pallet wood we already have? That will be a bonus project anyway depending on budget and time.

Also I want to do a pallet wood family photo to hang up on the wall in the entryway.  Should be fun!

hallway makeover before

The Plan For The Entry and Hallway Makeover

I must have to say that narrowing down what I want to do with this space, has been difficult!  Too many ideas, a budget limit and brick walls that are hard to do anything with.

But after deciding not to go with my “pink fabric as wall paper” idea (my 8 year old son was relieved), here’s what the plan is…

More Before & Afters