I was beginning to think that I would never be able to say these words, and that I was stuck in some sort of hellish Groundhog Day scenario where I’d just be working on my hallway from now to eternity without ever actually moving forward, but finally…the hallway is finished.
It doesn’t seem like there would be much to do in a hallway, right? But this hallway has undergone quite the transformation since we bought this house. So let’s start with a few before and afters, shall we?
This was the view into the hallway from what is now the music room when we bought the house.
The doorway was very narrow already, but it was made to feel even narrower with a folding vinyl “curtain” that was installed in the doorway. And just like most of the other rooms, the hallway had green carpet, polystyrene tiles on the ceiling, and a drab flat antique white paint color on the walls.
I widened the opening between the music room and the hallway, removed the carpet and refinished the original hardwood floors, removed the polystyrene tiles, had the whole thing re-drywalled, and in general, opened up and lightened up the hallway.
The original coat closet was just inside that doorway to the right, blocking the view of the hallway bathroom. When the furnace was added to the house, the coat closet was used to house the huge intake duct, which filled the entire closet, making it no longer useful as a coat closet.
During the bathroom remodel, I removed that coat closet completely, along with the huge metal intake duct that was inside…
…and then I moved and widened the bathroom doorway. This was the view from inside the bathroom looking towards the hallway during that remodel.
So now that view to the right from the doorway between the music room and hallway looks like this…
Just to the left inside the doorway, the previous owners had built an additional coat closet to make up for the loss of the original coat closet to the ductwork. So all of this in combination — the very narrow doorway with closets on either side — made this hallway feel very cramped and closed in.
Now that the closet on the right has been removed, and the closet on the left has been replaced with built-in cabinets that aren’t as deep as the closet, things feel much more open.
Once you got past the closets, then there was a wall of shelves on the left (most of which had been removed before I took this picture), and there was also another tall, enclosed, movable storage unit on the right. That was also removed before I took this picture. The previous occupants definitely liked to have many storage options. 🙂
I used both of those areas to add some color and decor to the hallway.
On the left is a series of colorful geode watercolor prints that I found on Etsy (source in the list below).
On the right is the little console table that I built specifically to fit this space, along with one of my favorite pictures from our wedding day that my mom turned into a “watercolor” with her Photoshop magic.
Standing in front of the bedroom doors and looking back towards what is now the music room, you could really get a sense of how closed in the doorway and closets made the hallway feel.
Removing one closet, decreasing the depth of the other storage (from 24 inches to 18 inches), and widening the doorway went a long way towards making this hallway feel brighter and much more open.
Here’s a better view of the larger closet that the previous owners had built to replace the storage in the original coat closet lost to the furnace intake duct.
Tearing that closet out was one of the very first projects I did right after we bought the house. First I took all of the green carpet and carpet pads up, and then I tore down that closet…along with some of the polystyrene ceiling tiles and some of the 1″ x 4″ boards they were stapled to.
And I also learned that at some point, everything was painted seafoam green — the walls, ceilings, trim, doors, and even the exterior wood siding. I’ve found this color on every surface except the wood floors.
And now that closet has been replaced with this custom, built-by-my-hands cabinet that has storage in the top with adjustable shelves, two drawers in the middle, and a big compartment in the bottom that houses my cat’s litter box, with an entrance on the side where she can easily get in and out.
So that’s it for the before and afters, but I also tried to get some pictures showing how the hallway connects and relates to other areas of the house.
From the hallway bathroom (i.e., while standing at the sink) this is the view into the hallway…
Standing over by the cabinet and looking into the music room, you can get a glimpse into the kitchen…
Those chairs and side table in the music room are still awaiting their makeovers. 🙂 I can assure you they won’t be used as-is in that room.
Standing in the music room over by the doorway into the kitchen and looking back towards the hallway, this is the view…
And finally, from the chairs in the music room, you can see the entryway wall, the hallway, and of course, the music room wall that has the piano against it.
I kept forgetting to order the dummy doorknobs (i.e., doorknobs that don’t turn) for the bathroom doors. I finally did that yesterday and they should be here Wednesday. But other than that one very minor thing left to do, I’m so unbelievably relieved to be done with this hallway. This thing has been like a heavy weight on my shoulders for months now. Every time I’d want to work on something else, I’d feel this twinge of guilt because I really needed to finish the hallway first. Well, no more. I’m now free to work on other things completely guilt-free. 🙂
Products, Sources and Links:
- Paint color – walls, trim, cabinet: Polar Bear, Behr
- Paint color – stripes on wall: Classic Gray, Benjamin Moore
- Paint color – doors: custom mix, Behr (click here to see formula)
- Paint color – ceiling: white flat ceiling paint, Behr
- Paint color – console table: Kendall Charcoal, Benjamin Moore
- Paint color – lamp base: Coral, Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint, gloss finish
- Ceiling light: Overstock
- Geode watercolor prints: WatercolorPaperie on Etsy
- Black frames: Hobby Lobby
- Double white on white 24″ x 36″ mat: Amazon
- Matte gold 24″ x 36″ frame: Hobby Lobby (custom order section)
- Console table: DIY instructions here
- Kitty Pass wall tunnel: Amazon
- High wall cat litter box: Amazon
- Gorilla Grip cat litter mat: Amazon
- Built-in cabinets: DIY instructions here
- Matte black Schlage Plymouth with Addison Rose doorknobs: Build.com
- Lamp: Marshall’s (used to be turquoise)