Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting Started Is The Hardest Part!

I've finally started on some projects around the house! I've been sitting around contemplating (while being overwhelmed at the sheer volume) what needed to be done for some time...not sure where to start.  Well, last week I jumped in with both feet. 

This is the back hallway in our house.  There is a laundry area (not really a room), a closet, a bathroom, a door to the pool, and a door to the garage.  Most of our house has a maple colored wood paneling, so needless to say there is a LOT of painting in my future...and after seeing how good it can look I am motivated to keep going.

Hall Before:

I had already pulled off the vinyl grasscloth wallpaper, so all that was left was to spray the walls with wallpaper remover and sponge off the wallpaper glue. 
This process was pretty easy, which doesn't seem to be my luck!

Hall During:

I primed both the walls and woodwork with two coats of Valspar Muti-Purpose Primer.
Above, the walls were painted BM Galveston Gray colormatched to Behr's Eggshell Enamel (latex), and the white woodwork was painted with BM Chantilly Lace color matched to Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel (latex) paint.  The type of paint was a tough decision, because I've always used Oil Based paint on woodwork, but because of the amount of wood I have to paint, I thought I would try the quicker drying latex version...Finger's crossed.

Hall After:

The floor is still taped off, because the white still needs another coat, and if you notice the bifold doors on the right...those will eventually be replaced by new bifold doors and painted the same BM Gray as the other doors.  The other thing you might notice is the lovely turquoise speckled laminate tiles we have on the floor.  We will replace the floor at some point, but it's just not in the budget yet.

I'm so pleased with how the gray doors turned out!  I am planning to paint the rest of the paneling the same white and all of the doors on the first floor with the darker gray.  I am also thinking this is the color I will be painting my kitchen cabinets...but those are down a little further on the list.

I hope you like them too!

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Shelley said...

Just looks amazing!!!

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

You did a great job, and I really like the colors, grey with black is striking. The Chantilly lace color works well with the other colors. Would love it if you posted at Sunday's Best Party. Sharing is a good thing!

HammBone said...

Looks freaking awesome!

Katie said...

That looks really great! I LOVE LOVE the color choices. I'm redoing a "hallway" in my house similar to this one and I put grey on top and white on the bottom, but I didn't even consider black doors... I LOVE how they look! I may have to pull out my sander and some black paint now :o)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi There! I just stumbled onto you blog. What a great site you have! I am looking forward to seeing all of your transformations! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!!

Ruth said...

Your hallwa transformation looks wonderful. Your color choices are perfect for the space!! We have to work on our home a little at a time because there isn't a lot of extra in the budget, either.


Rachael said...

Very nice. I bet you are happy every time you walk down the hall. Good work.

redfly said...

Love it! What a transformation. I love your choice of colors.

I'm one of your newest followers.

If you get a chance sometime, you'll have to stop by my blog.


AmieAnn said...

What an amazing transformation! Love the white wainscotting. I totally sympathize with you.. we gutted our house to the studs and started again moving stairs, walls and rooms.. took 2 years and we still are not done! But it was worth it.. can't wait to see your progress so I am your newest follower!
Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
Hope you stop by and enter my current and upcoming giveaways @ said...

Looks amazing and modern. I love the black door. ALl my door's are white, but I so love the dark.

A Vintage Green said...

Love the hallway transformation. I'm following, and putting a link on my blog under Creating... to your blog.
- Joy

Marilyn said...

This is so it..Great transformation.. :)) I found you over at TMT and had to stop in..Officially following ya with smiles..Great blog you have here with tons of creativity..Hope u can visit me sometime via TY. PS: Project Pink Blog Link Party is this weekend the 30th, would love for you to join over 50+ bloggers go PINK for breast cancer..You can find out more here..Wishing u a great week..

J's mom said...

I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. Thanks, Peggy.

Suzy said...

That is a HUGE improvement! I love the colors you chose. I was just contemplating oil vs. latex for my trim and I think the latex looks great in your hallway. Are you happy with it in real life? Did it leave brush marks? Thanks for joining my party!

Janny said...

This is fantastic! I love the dark colors. Our house has boring white doors- they are flat too- no panels or anything. It's always nice to find a great idea like this!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

What a great transformation! Love the new look


Chrissy said...

This looks great!! I love the white you painted the paneling!! I am your newest follower!!

Vicky said...

I love the new dark doors! They look so good. What a super transformation. I am a new follower from Making it With Allie. I am hosting a blog hop at
and would love to have you link up.

Ellie said...

It looks so nice! Totally makes me want to do black doors. Thanks for the inspiration!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a great job! Looks terrific!

I appreciate your participation in Potpourri Friday. Many thanks!

Patricia Torres said...

Thanks for being a part of the weekly story at Colours Dekor.. :-)

I'm following you now!! You've done a fabulous job with the door.. I sooooo know what you mean.. by starting the project is the most tuff part.. ;-)

Karima said...

Wow, what a lovely transformation, now gfc following you, Karima

Artsy VaVa said...

Much better! Love the black door.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Huge improvement. Found you via Shabby Nest. Would love for you to link up to my weekly Things I've Done Thursday party that runs until noon EST on Saturday. We also have a custom blog button giveaway going on right now!!


Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Much, much better!! Love the color you chose! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

ange said...

Looks amazing! I can see how you are motivated to keep going! Love the color choices. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

What a fresh outlook now! It looks really, really good.

At The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful job! The transformation is amazing and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Jami said...

Beautiful paint job!!! Love the colors! So happy to have you a part of the Tuesday To Do Party!

Delightful Order said...

You've been featured!

Thanks for linking to the party! Hope to see you back this Thursday.


The DIY Show Off said...

Super job! I love the transformation!

Ginger said...

Featuring YOU tonight over on my blog. You were one of the top viewed links at {wow me} wednesday last week. Feel free to come grab a featured button & join this week's party! Thanks so much for linking up last week! :)

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Mindie Hilton said...

Looks great. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

Greta said...

Hi Harper and Ollie's Mom. :) I love the transformation, makes me want to walk through this hall. Great job!

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