Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Hall of Doom

Right off of the kitchen is the hallway that leads to the bathroom and to both of the bedrooms.  This hallway...it's interesting.
This is an old picture...I promise the board and batten is all painted now! 
To start with it was all paneled with patterned paneling...and by 'all' I mean ceilings too! It's very narrow, but that is kind of par for the course with older small homes, so that was never a big deal.  What was a big deal though?  There were these two strange little transom type things that were only about 6 feet off the ground.

Matt is 6'2" so I will let you figure out how many swear words that lead to in the middle of the night. We were a little worried about what we would find when we opened up those little transom-thingies, but to our relief there was nothing more than old plaster and a few random 2x4s (not actually supporting anything) that needed to be busted out. Of course...then we realized we had busted out spots in our ceiling...
The actual supporting beam sat just a wee bit lower than the ceiling, and we didn't want to mess with that, so we knew we would have to come up with a solution of some sort.  But still - we soldiered on.

We took down the flickering fluorescent lights and hung the simple "boob lights" that everyone else in the blogosphere is taking down.  They aren't the prettiest things I have ever seen - but they are a huge upgrade from what we had before!

We had lots of family help, and in a weekend we tore down the old paneling in the hall and hung new drywall.
(Oh PS - the picture on the far left above is what our floors looked like when we tore up the carpeting).   This was more Matt's area than mine, so after lots of sanding and dust, Matt gave me the go ahead to do the "pretty stuff".  I painted it the same color as the living room (Gelato by Valspar) and then Matt and I worked together to try to duplicate the original baseboards in the rest of the house.  We ended up getting pretty close!

We also boxed out the ceiling beams in rough hand-cut lumber that we found in the attic, to give the look of actual exposed beams.  Since this is such a narrow hall, we really can't hang any picture so the beams add a lot to the look of the hall!

We still have a few things to check off in this area, namely :
-replace basement door (the one in the foreground of the above picture)
-repaint ceilings
-paint doors

Over all though - I am VERY excited about having this mostly done.  Here is one more comparison picture to show how far we have come since the beginning!
I kind of forgot that at one point there was no wall between the bathroom and the kitchen...


  1. That is a great transformation. It completely updates the look of your hall... and I love that floor color. If I had real wood floors I would definitely be staining mine a darker color.
    P.S. I like your mudwall area off to side. :)

  2. It looks so much better! I love the stained exposed beams, they are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks! I like the way those turned out as well!


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