Upstairs Hallway (mini) Makeover - Part 1 of 3

I have a problem with staying focused on just one thing… in pretty much every area of my life, but especially with home projects! That’s why (in the midst of my One Room Challenge) I’ve already started planning little makeovers for our guest room, guest bathroom, playroom, dining room, and upstairs hallway. They’re all just in the design board/ ‘dream of ideas’ phases though, except for the hallway. I already had a gallon of “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, so I decided to paint a swatch on one of the walls to see what it would look like… of course the “swatch” turned into painting almost an entire section (whoops)!

 Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom.  You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom. You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

 Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed.  The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed. The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

 Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms.  You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in.  For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured.  The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms. You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in. For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured. The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

 This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

The hallway has always just felt very “blah”. The white paint on these textured walls really wasn’t doing anything for me. It felt very unfinished. Here is my idea for the space:

1.) Use the paint we already have (Agreeable Gray) for the walls, and also give the baseboards and trim a fresh coat of shiny white paint!
2.) I’m not 100% sure what wall decor I’ll end up with - but I thought it might be a good place for my thrifted wicker wall planter!
3.) I’d also love to find a vintage oil painting or a print of an oil painting. Nothing too loud, something with earthy colors. There is only one decent sized wall up here and I definitely don’t want it to feel crowded.
4.) I really want to replace the small light fixture with this one from IKEA. It’s only $19.99 and would really give the area an updated, more modern feel.
5.) This rug is one I found on Google, and most definitely not one that I could afford! I’m hoping to be able to either find a new runner with a vintage look or one that has the neutral, relaxed vibe I’m going for. The wall to wall carpeting that came with the house is in really good condition, so it would be a huge waste to rip it up or try to have it replaced anytime soon. I really am not a fan of the brown color though- so anything to help brighten it up would be ideal!
6.) I still have some paint left in the Cyberspace color that I used on all of our first floor interior doors, as well as our nightstands. Every time I painted one of our doors downstairs, I always regretted not doing it sooner! I’m hoping that I’ll feel the same way about the upstairs doors!

So those are my plans right now and I think it’s a pretty good starting point! There are a lot of doors up there, so there isn’t much wall space. Hoping I’ll be able to get the painting finished pretty quickly because of that.

I think these changes will help the hallway feel cohesive with the rest of our house! Plus with our master bedroom being updated- I can’t have the hallway leading up to it looking ugly!

I definitely won’t be finished with this space before my One Room Challenge reveal because I won’t have time to get to IKEA this weekend for the light. But I should be able to put up a pretty decent progress post by next week- so be sure to check back! And don’t forget that my Master Bedroom One Room Challenge REVEAL will be posted next Wednesday!!

One Room Challenge Week 5: LAST Post Before The Reveal!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
It’s Wednesday, so that means another progress post on my One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover! It’s also week 5, so the next post will be the reveal… and since I need to take the “reveal” photos this weekend, I really only have the next few days to finish!

(If you need to catch up: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)

I honestly didn’t get as much accomplished last weekend as I had hoped. I didn’t finish painting our walls - but I’ll be able to do that pretty quickly. I also didn’t decide on what I want to hang above our bed- I have a couple ideas, but I need to try them out! I did find that black metal plant stand in the photo above at Goodwill. It didn’t have a top to it though, so I had to come up with a creative solution. I had a spool of macrame cord leftover from an older project, so I used that and started wrapping it around the top - I had no clue what I was doing so I didn’t bother to take any tutorial type photos!

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 Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

I love how it turned out! It ended up being the perfect little side table to this chair, and can’t beat only spending $6! I also started using hemp cord to weave a bottom shelf on my nightstand. I was inspired a table that Amber Lewis sells in her shoppe. I don’t have any photos of my progress on that, so you’ll have to wait until next week!

Here is a good view of our new rug. It ended up being absolutely perfect, and it was under $100! I’m still playing around the styling and placement of art, so this view could be a lot different next week! Let me remind you of the “before” view of this angle…

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I’m so glad I signed up for this challenge - it was the push I needed to tackle this space! I’ll be working super hard the next couple days to get all the last minute details taken care of. Can’t wait to show off the finished design, and even more excited to have a master bedroom that we love! Don’t forget to check back next week for the final post of the challenge!! You can also head over to the official One Room Challenge site to check on everyone else’s progress!

One Room Challenge Week 4: Paint Can Fix Anything

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge! That means after this post, there is only one more progress post and then the big reveal! (Catch up with my posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

I guess I’ll start out with a good progress photo, followed by a before shot!

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One of the main things I did this past week was decide to paint our current nightstands. I was having such a hard time finding nightstands that I liked that were the right height. I guess our mattress is abnormally tall?? I know that in the past, I would try and rush the process and that’s when I end up with pieces that I want to replace like 3 months later. I really didn’t want to waste my time or money making that mistake, so I tried to think of a interim solution that still looks good and wouldn’t ruin my design.

I remembered that we still had a ton of leftover paint from when I painted our downstairs interior doors “Cyberspace” by Sherwin Williams. The color is the perfect dark gray/ almost black in certain light! I painted both of our nightstands this color and I really like them! I can’t even tell you how many times paint has come to my rescue!! I’m still going to keep searching vintage stores for the perfect nightstands, but this way I can actually wait for the right ones!

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I replaced the knobs on our dresser with these simple black ones from Amazon. Such an easy update, but they look SO much better!

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 Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either  repose gray  or  agreeable gray .

Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either repose gray or agreeable gray.

I also found this amazing painting at local vintage shop! I love the colors in it, and I’m trying to brainstorm a way to use those colors in other areas of the room!

Other things I got done in the past week:
- Almost finished painting our walls Pure White by Sherwin Williams
- Rolled out our new rug, with help from my husband (I don’t have a photo of that yet, sorry!!)

What I have left to do:
- Finish painting walls
- Decide what to hang over bed (DIY abstract art??)
- Decide where to hang other art/ plants
- Style nightstands

I also feel like something is missing from my design but I can’t put my finger on it. I’ve been thinking about possibly painting the window trim to be the same color as the closet area (repose gray)?? Or painting the closet doors that cyberspace color? Change the light/plug switch covers to matte black? I don’t know - but hoping I figure it out soon!

Check back next week for my last progress post!! And as always, scroll through the amazing progress of the featured designers + the other guest participants!