Monday, April 11, 2016

Hallway Makeover with Board and Batten Moldings

It's been almost five years since we moved into our house and we've done too many renovations to count!  Here's a little history about our house... when we first started looking to move to the area, we were pregnant with our first baby.  We saw this house online and it was a no brainer, we wanted to scoop it up right away... until we saw it in person.  It was brand new house but had been sitting on the market for almost three years at that point.  When we walked through I remember saying, "Huh."  Not "wow" not "oohhh"  just "huh."  It was in the PERFECT location.  It had the most incredible views, it was on a circle, it offered privacy while still being among neighbors... but the house was all wrong for us.  It had white carpet everywhere, brass light fixtures throughout the entire home, the washer and dryer hookups were in a closet in the kitchen, the kitchen itself looked like it belonged in an apartment, and the list goes on.  We passed immediately and spent the entire next year checking out over 40 other homes in the area.  All the while this home was in the back of our heads and we were constantly going back to it thinking, "how could we change that, how could we redo this, what could we do to make this work for us?"

At one point during that year of searching, the house went off the market.  Another couple had a contract in on it and I remember feeling so disappointed.  Thankfully, that couple backed out of the deal and I think at that time we knew that it would be our next home.  I couldn't be any more thankful for this house... I know it's cliche but it's not our house, it's our home and I think we love it so much more because of all the love and attention we've put into really making it perfect for our family.

The house is amazingly open... so much so that we really only have one hallway in the entire house.  It's where we enter when we use the garage entrance (which is always) and it was desperately crying for a face lift.  I found some inspiration on Pinterest, showed hubs, and he was off and running.  Once he got started, we loved the look of it so much we decided to carry it into one of the living room walls. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it because it looks amazing.  We topped the moldings with a picture rail so I could add some pretty art and photos, and I found some beautiful hooks at Home Depot that help to make the hallway more functional.  We painted the moldings in a pale gray called Smooth Stone by Glidden that pairs great with the wall color (Wood Smoke by Glidden) and we brightened up the dingy white garage door by painting it Lake Country by Valspar. Check out the transformation!

Before (poor neglected hallway)
he may have had to do a lot of work, but he got a new nail gun out of the deal... and a new sander.
already looking better!
love at first sight
ready for accessories!
this is the wall I was talking about that we decided to include instead of just stopping in the hallway.  I LOVE it.  The hallway ceilings are 9ft. so we went with a 66" height for the moldings.
I love that I have a place for more photos and a little graphic art (LOVE at home print can be found here)
I'm crazy about these hooks by Liberty Hardware, found at Home Depot.
it's like a breath of fresh air.
wooden letter from Michael's (already painted white, just added some burlap fabric for hanging)
One more reminder of just how boring it was before..
and after!

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