I am so pumped to show you my back hallway makeover! With just a little bit of material, paint, and elbow grease, the overall transformation is dramatic!
Before we get to the before and after photos, I have to say that for a while, I have been wanting to quiet the color of the walls in my home, as well as declutter and reorganize my room spaces so that each one exudes more zen and serenity.
For several months, I have been looking at Pinterest and home decor magazines for some ideas and inspiration for freshening up the house and incorporating this calming vibe.
Here are a few of my favorites.
I pinned and flipped magazine and catalog pages until I finally came to the conclusion that all of the spaces I was drawn to had one thing in common: neutral walls with white, gray, and black accents.
This revelation was exciting, but also a little bit of a bummer because I love color. Love, love, love it. But, if I was going to get the look and feel I was after, I knew that color was going to have to be the accent in each space, and not the main attraction.
However, I realized that having a neutral backdrop was actually freeing me to explore and integrate more color options in my decor. This means that instead of being limited to colors that compliment my wall color, I can swap out area rugs, pillows, and art at whim. Accents of color can be changed seasonally or when I want to change the mood of the room. WIN.
So, without further adieu, here is the hallway transformation.
Here’s where we started. A few years ago, we painted the hallway a nice shade of robin’s egg blue called Rainwater by Martha Stewart (you can find it at Home Depot). I completely forgot to take a “before” picture, so the only photo I have of the space before the makeover is this one of my daughter and I heading out last year on a late-night Target run in our p.j.’s. 😉
We really wanted to add a little bit of personality to the walls since we were going to be painting them a very light, neutral color, so we raided our mish-mosh stash of materials for DIY projects. We found our girls’ old bunk bed slats in the garage and decided to upcycle them into board and batten.
Here is a shot of the raw product up on the lower half of the wall. We (and I mean my hubs) installed a 1 x 4 from Home Depot as a cap on top of the precisely-cut bunk bed slats, and a 1 x 2 as a baseboard to create a more uniform look. Then he caulked and applied wood putty to the spots that needed filling and eventual sanding.
Once all of the paneling was complete the painting began. I was so pleased with the look of it after the first few coats of paint went up.
For the board and batten, we used Sherwin Williams paint and matched it to the current trim and door color in our home. It took three full coats of paint to cover the trim and blue paint surrounding the boards.
Once the white paint dried, we tackled the walls. We used Sherwin Williams Harmony in Steamed Milk. Harmony is a more pricey line, however, it has no VOCs, is more environmentally friendly, and barely has any odor. It also rolls onto the wall beautifully.
Here is the final result.
I absolutely love this space. I hung a black and white pastel piece that my daughter created on the wall and I am digging the interest it lends to the space. And I intentionally try to hang art with personal meaning, and I adore my daughter’s beautiful creativity. It makes me smile when I walk in the door every day.
Here’s an angle of the hallway that includes the DIY light pendant that we made a few years back from a couple of old flower hanging baskets and an inexpensive light pendant from Home Depot. You can find the tutorial we followed here.
Making this light was a breeze and I love the cool shadow it casts on the ceiling in the evening.
Now I’m on the hunt for a new rug for this space. I’ve been eyeing this one from Pottery Barn.
And I love the tiny chevron pattern on this one from West Elm.
I’m also crushing on this rug from Overstock. Isn’t it fun?!
What do you think – should we stay neutral or go for the pops of color? Either way, the space looks amazing and I can’t wait until the new rug goes in!