Hallways Need Style Too – $100 Room Challenge

hallways are rooms tooPlease come back to my blog after you see these before pics, it can only get better from here. I am joining in on the $100 Room Challenge!! You can read about why Erin started this challenge on her blog  Lemons Lavender & Laundry  I know the group of bloggers joining in will blow me away with their creativity. The goal is to make over a space with a budget of only $100 dollars in the month of July. We have 4 weeks and I already feel like the clock is going faster than it was yesterday.  At the end of this post you will see all the other crazy amazing bloggers taking this challenge on too! I love a good challenge and this is going to be a big one! Wanna see what is just to the right of the above pic?

The dreaded hallway!!!!

Hallways are rooms too, before pics, $100 room challenge

I bought things for this hallway 3 or more years ago and it still hasn’t even been started. There is always something more important to tackle. But it is finally time!!!!

Drab hallway your days are numbered!!!! Gold paint and rainbow runner I am talking to you.

My home is on the small side. It is 1600 sq ft. The hallway is literally the middle of the house. You must see it and walk through it to get to any place in the house. It has been on my list of things making my skin crawl for a very long time.

For starters it is sooo dark. The only light it gets has to stream in from the rooms. So if any of those doors are closed it becomes a cave. I can’t change that. But I can brighten it up by painting it all white and adding some modern details.

I am craving the simplicity of the white and a resting place for the eyes because every room coming off of this small space is a different color.

I have never claimed to know what I am doing.

Glad that I got that off my chest.

But really, I started this blog mostly to share my journey as I update my house and find my style.

I am going to be so happy to see the mistake of this gold hallway erased. ERASED!!!

I have gathered some inspiration pictures on my HALLWAY board on PINTEREST

They give a pretty good idea of the direction that I am heading.

Let’s take a little tour…..

This is the view just to the right of the first picture. As you walk through the archway I like to refer to it as the east wing. (courtesy laugh now)

Hallways are rooms too, before pics, $100 room challenge

The door straight ahead is the hall bath (the guest bath and my boy’s bathroom for the last 12 years…that has been interesting and on a side note vinegar neutralizes pee, you are welcome). This bathroom is an orangey pink that had some sort of canyon in the name. It needs updating too but I have since visited Sedona and I love the color again. It reminds me of the red rock formations and the vibrant sunsets. It can stay…for a little while.

Hallways are rooms too, before pics, $100 room challenge

The dog crate is always there and I need to find a solution because I hate it!!!

The open door is my room, which is painted a gray called revere pewter by Benjamin Moore.

Do an about-face as you leave my room and you see this…..

This linen closet counter thing that they put in tract houses just to torture us.

It is my drop zone. Which is a fancy way of saying it holds all of my junkola, and yes that is a martini shaker. I have no explanation.

Hallways are rooms too, before pics, $100 room challenge

The laundry room and garage are straight ahead and one of the boys rooms to the left and the door to the right is a coat closet that I want to retrofit with all shelving.

Turn to the right and head the other direction…

Now you are walking back to the living area of the house and on the left you pass my other son’s room which is painted a deep blue.

Hallways are rooms too, before pics, $100 room challenge

You can see how it is the hub of my little house and how it desperately needs a makeover to help the other spaces flow. This hallway is a busy little place. There are 6 doors, a linen closet, a coat closet, the drop zone, we enter from the garage through the laundry room and you walk through to the living area of the house.

Which brings me to a few of the spaces that I have already made over that can be seen from the hallway.

The living room was my first makeover here on my blog and my first time participating in the One Room Challenge where I spent alot more than $100 dollars.

See that reveal HERE

3 ways to use tropical statement leaves like monstera and palm fronds

My youngest son’s room that I made over for The One room Challenge in the Fall of 2016

See that transformation HERE

Mid Century Inspired Teen Boy's Room

I did a mini makeover on my bedroom last fall after we got a new Tuft and Needle mattress which I wrote an honest review for…

Modern Rustic Bedroom

Modern Rustic Bedroom

When we bought this cookie cutter tract house in 2004 gold and earth tones were THE THING!! Over the last few years I have been trying to bring in the brighter whites, and bold blacks which pair with the warm wood I already have. I am slowly finding my style.

I am getting there!!!

I feel like this hallway will unite all of these areas and that my house will finally be a better reflection of ME!!!!

To be honest I have not completely finished brainstorming this project. I can finish with $100 because I already have the paint, and the door knobs. That will help tremendously.

Please come back next week to see my plan and the cost breakdown!!!

Week 1: Before pics

Week 2: The plan

Week 3: Progress pics & DIY projects

Week 4: The reveal

See All Of The Makeovers Coming This Month:

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20 thoughts on “Hallways Need Style Too – $100 Room Challenge

  1. I know you’ve been wanting that hallway to be lighter n brighter for quite awhile Jess, so I can’t wait to behold the finished product! I can totally see Willow all snug as a bug in a cute converted end table instead of her cage~ I mean crate! LOL I think you ought to keep martinis in the shaker, on ice, and just grab it as you come in the door & head down your new hallway to relax:)!!

    1. That is what I am hoping!!! I love what you did with your hallway. With this 100 challenge I will at least be able to get the bones in place. Looking forward to seeing your sunroom!!! Thanks for following along.

  2. Girl I am so excited to see what you do with your hallway!!! I think you need to somehow work in The martini shaker!😉 Also I love your blog and with that being said I think we should be friends! I feel like we have a lot in common! Can’t wait to follow along!

  3. So exciting! Obviously you are a glutton for fun and punishment that you are up to this again! But I know you have been ready to tackle this for a while and can’t wait to see how you transform it in the grand style you have in mind. Go forth and conquer while I head over to your Pinterest inspiration board.

  4. Painting the walls and all those doors white should be a big improvement. You’ll love it. How about track lighting to spotlight the walls and pictures?

    I’ve signed up so I can watch the progress.


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