The hallway, right off my kitchen, leads both to my back door/porch and down to my unfinished but functional basement. It has been creepy and ugly in that hallway forever.
I used to just shut that door and pretend the hallway didn’t exist. But, my washer and dryer are downstairs! I had to open that door. Heidi and I have referred to it as “the murder’s hallway” since I moved into my house many years ago.
I also realized I was missing out on the beautiful natural light that streams into my kitchen when I leave that door open. So, I called in the girls and we made a plan!
The challenge: Improve it easily and inexpensively and use only what I already had on hand? Steep requirements, but we were up for the challenge.
Our 4-Part Plan:
- Add baseboards using plywood I had left over from another project. It was only my hallway. It didn’t need to be super fancy or require refined carpenter work. Just needed to be a bit more finished and a lot less creepy.
- Spray paint the hardware black. I didn’t want to buy new hardware and flat black paint seems to make anything look better.
- Paint the walls, newly installed trim and stairs. I had some blue paint left over from my kitchen. I like the color and extending that color into the hallway could visually extend or enlarge my small kitchen space when the door is left open. Summer is coming and I want to leave that door open without the creepy factor.
- Replace the bare bulb with a light fixture. Forever it has been a bare bulb up there. It was like entering an interrogation room minus the smoking interrogator. I’ve seen that on TV. I’ve never been in an interrogation room. A trip to Home Depot landed us an inexpensive fixture.
The most challenging part of this project was the waiting. Due to drying time between caulking, lunch, priming, lunch and final painting it took a couple of weeks. What’s a couple of weeks when I’ve been freaking myself out every time I open that door.
No more murderer! Yeah!
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