Monday, May 21, 2012

A Fresh Hallway Make-Over

We are in the process of painting all of the woodwork in our house a crisp, clean white.  So far, we've managed to complete the living and dining rooms as well as the bathroom.  Our small hallway is located in the middle of these three rooms and was our next project.

Before we get to all of the after shots, we'll begin with some before shots.  Do you want to know the sad part about this poor hallway? We never realized just how ugly and neglected it was until it was shown a little love.  If you looked closely, this space showed some abuse and age.  This next picture is the doorway into our kitchen.  A previous homeowner must have tried to put some wood filler in at some point, but to no avail.  This space really did take away from the beautiful, newly painted woodwork in the rooms we had already completed.

This project involved hours and hours (no, we're not kidding) of filling holes, gashes, and scratch marks with wood filler.  We then had to wait for the wood filler to dry, sand it smooth, and then sometimes repeat the process.  Surprisingly, this small space took a long time to prep before we could even think of priming and painting it.  

Around the kitchen doorway, Jason removed some of the moulding and replaced it with some extra found inside one of the closets in our house.  The old moulding was too damaged to work with.  The moulding from the closet fit almost perfectly.

There were quite a few gaps between the walls and door casings.  Filling them was important because we knew they would be even more visible after the woodwork was painted white.

To remedy this, we used some Dynaflex 230 Sealant.  We've used this product in other rooms of our house and it works great!

We filled nail holes and those pesky little knicks and scratches in the wood with Minwax Stainable Wood Filler and sanded them smooth after they dried.

We also had to deal with a few larger areas to fill in some of the woodwork.

To fill the larger holes, we used DAP Plastic Wood, which is stainable and sandable.

Here is what the DAP Plastic Wood looks like when it is dried and sanded.

Before we get to the good stuff, here are some "before" pictures of our sad, dark little hallway.

After a little elbow grease and some painting, this hallway is so much brighter!  The power of paint is really amazing!

Jason hung our bathroom door on a track so that it slides over the doorway instead of opening up into the bathroom.  When we first moved into our house, much of the bathroom was taken up with the bathroom door.  For awhile, we had it swing out into the hallway, but it was still obnoxious and took up what little space we had in the hall.  Now that the door is on a track along the wall, we claimed valuable space in the bathroom as well as in the hallway, and goodness knows we need it in our little house!  Jason plans on covering up the metal track with some woodwork, which will also help in stabilizing the track.  We also plan on adding crown moulding to match the living room, dining room, and bathroom.

We love the original hardware in our home.  It stands out so much more now with the white paint.

There was some extra space on this wall by the laundry chute because the bathroom door was hung on the track.  We decided to incorporate a picture gallery wall to liven up the space a bit.  The little gray dresser below the gallery wall holds extra towels and toiletries since our bathroom is so small and doesn't have much storage space.

The frames on this gallery wall are a mix of Target and thrift store finds.

Do you have a space you've re-done simply with a little work and some paint?  Please share!

Thank you for reading!


  1. Oh My word!! SOooo much better!!
    It is beautiful... Love, love the door on the track.....& my boys still tell stories about the laundry shoot in the old house.. (What got thrown down there, including the little brother : )
    Great Transformation!!

  2. Wow, amazing transformation Lizette! You're right, the old hardware looks awesome against the white paint. Love the blog - so much inspiration!

  3. It looks great, Lizette!! I can't believe how much brighter it looks. Do you use that laundry chute? I also love that little dresser. Fit there perfectly. :)

  4. Lizette, I just love your house. It's so bright and pretty and well styled. We've had two fixer uppers and while it's, it's completely worth it when you sit back and enjoy the changes. I know you get that!

  5. Wow, what a difference! Great job--and all the colors in your photos are perfect in that space!

  6. This came out SO cute! Your hallway is great inspiration for mine! We're in the LONG process of painting our wood white too and it's just taking way longer than expected. I just found a cute little table for our hallway and now I'm looking for some wall art or frames like you have.

  7. So beautiful! I love the wall color and the white trim is so sharp!

  8. I think I just visualized how my home will look once I relieve her from her oak-trimmed misery. I was trying to describe to the hubs what I wanted...I will be showing him your post. Beautiful, and now following!

    Tanya :)

  9. This looks great! We just went through a similar process with our front entrance!

  10. GORGEOUS, who would of thought that after all these years WHITE is the new thing. Just white crisp walls. I love it. Great job. I would love for you to come by tomorrow evening and link this up to COM-MONDAY. I get over 430 plus links. Winks, jen- COM

  11. What a cute space! I love how fresh it is and how you brought in simple pops of color. The gallery wall looks faro too! I'm your newest follow. I would love for you to come follow me back! :)

  12. Love the idea of hanging the bathroom door on a track. Definitely an idea I could use in my teeny, tiny bathroom. Could you tell me how your husband converted the door from hinges to a track? Thanks!

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