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February 22, 2009

Hall shook up

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Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Met Monday every week :-)

My Met Monday transformation this week isn’t exactly a room… but it’s one of the biggest and most-used spaces in the house. Any guesses? It’s a hallway transformation!!

When you think about it, your hallway is an important space in your home. Most, if not all, rooms in your house likely come off of the hallway. You walk down the hallway to get from one room to another. Maybe you see your hallway when you’re sitting in your kitchen or family room. So why not make your hallway a pretty place to look at and be?!

Here are some before pics (taken in December and in mid-project, as you can see!!). The wall colour was BM Crown Point Sand…

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Victoria suggested I paint the hallway a light gray. I’ve been really into gray lately, so I took her advice and went on a search for just the right gray. After trying out lots of grays, I decided on Pratt & Lambert Windham. It’s a nice warm light gray with a subtle brown undertone. Very pretty :-)

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Painting the vaulted ceiling was my least favourite part. Scaffolding = SCARY!!

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That was step one of the transformation. Next, I decided it was finally time to do something I’d wanted to do for years. I wanted to paint all the white doors…

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A dark chocolate brown…

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I LOVE MY DARK BROWN DOORS!! They give the hallway a much richer look and feel. And the white door trim stands out much more now than it did against the white doors. The dark brown is Nunavut by Sico.

Some more shots…

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And then there was one more project to do. I forgot to take pics of this wall before hubby started to made some changes to it:

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It was a mess before – light switch on the left, thermostat just left of center, niche just right of center, doorbell box higher up on the right, electrical outlet, central vac outlet. Too much going on and nothing I could do to make it look better. Unless… we moved the thermostat to above the light switch and removed the niche altogether…

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Much better!! I painted the doorbell box gray too. Now the wall was a blank slate. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. My inspiration was this wall from a room designed by Samantha Pynn, host and Creative Director of Pure Design and Design Editor for Style At Home magazine.

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I created a floor-to-ceiling art gallery wall. The frames are Ribba from Ikea. I took the photos of our pets and had them enlarged and printed at Costco.

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This really is an ideal wall to feature as a gallery wall. You see it when you walk down the hallway, coming down from the stairs to the loft, and from the sofa in the family room.

So that’s my hallway transformation. Hope you enjoyed seeing the changes we made, and maybe you can take away some ideas from it for your home :-)

Now, head back on over to Between Naps on the Porch to check out some more wonderful Met Monday transformations :-)

25 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

This looks wonderful, and gallery walls are always a sure hit with me! Love the surprise of the chocolate doors with the grey and white, never would have thought of that, but it really works with the color of grey that you chose. We are planning on redoing our front hall this year, and this will give us some inspiration! Thanks, Kathy

janet said...

oh kelly, im so jealous that you have your gallery done....lol LOVE LOVE LOVE IT
Hugs
janet

PAT said...

Beautiful metamorphosis! I love the doors painted chocolate, the grey walls, the gallery...all of it!! Great post!

marty39 said...

Kelly, this is just stunning. I would never have put the chocolate with the gray, and yet I just love it. I think the doors being painted dark with such a brilliant decision. I love the art gallery. Your hall is just fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Momovthree said...

What a beautiful space! I really like the art gallery and I love your brown doors as well! They really make a statment and look gorgeous.
~Michelle

Karla said...

Oh my...Kelly, it is beautiful! I bet it's even better in person too, right?! Your chocolate brown doors are awesome! Totally jealous! :)

~Karla

Mrs B said...

For a moment I thought the pictures of the photo gallery was from one of those fabulous home magazines with drop dead gorgeous interiors...then I realised it was your own home! What beautiful photographs of your animals ...I am definately going to be inspired to do that as well in my own home. Another project for Mr B - Hanging Pictures as well as the Letter wall you posted about in previous posts.
Once again, always enjoy reading your blog everyday.
Mrs B

~CC Catherine said...

Kelly, What a tremendous amount of work you did on these wall/hall areas. I love the end result! Also...thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments on some of my posts while I was traveling. ;) ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

MeganSloan said...

Great job! I love the color combos!

janet said...

thanks for stopping by to visit me and i figured that is what you were talking about and i like it better too because the flowers were just too much on a small cabinet. Awww look at your furbaby laying on the floor, he is so gorgeous!
hugs
janet

Shelia said...

I'm so loving your posts! This is very helpful! The hallways are lovely. I would never have thought about painting the doors this dark color! They're beautiful! Are they the dark chocolate color on both sides? I guess that's a stupid question, but really am wondering! I may have to do this too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Colour Me Happy said...

I love your hallway now, very modern! And the gallery wall I'm going to do with my new client I think, I'll have to see if she has any photos she wants show! Great inspiration.

Chandy said...

Great job with the doors! Also that star in the before pictures, where did you get that?

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes (newbie)

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for taking the time to swing back my place to give me the color chip name of "Sleepy Hollow" from the designers site you left me to check out. I do think you are right on the money! And, I'd love to have this color in one of my guest rooms. My powder room downstairs is a California Lilac and it's right off my hallway that is painted in Creme Brul`ee. So...I like the way yellow tones and purple tones look from one hall into the room itself. My hallway upstairs next to this room is called Edwardian Gold and it's a very warm deep gold...and Benjamin Moore as well. Thanks again! I enjoy posting the Meta Monday makeovers! Thanks again for taking the time to share this info! ;) ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

Linda said...

I am amazed at how much I like those chocolate brown doors. Really nice! Linda

Kelly said...

What a beautiful space! I love the gallery wall!

Crea-T-V-T said...

Love your hallway transformation. The floor-to-ceiling art gallery wall is a great idea!

Callie Grayson said...

LOVE the brown doors. I am have been pulling colours together for my new house and I was thinking of dark brownish black for the doors. Seeing yours just convinced me that I should do it! they are gorgeous.
callie

LaurenFaythe said...

I love your brown doors! I have been thinking of painting mine dark too. I'm going to have to show my husband this- it will convince him! The rest of your hallway looks awesome too. I love the gallery wall! Thanks for sharing these pics!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Your floors look fabulous Kelly, as do the doors! The gallery wall is beautiful also. Tracey xx

Chloe's Couture said...

The wall of photos is amazing! I still can not get over what paint can do for an area! And what a cheap fix too!! Did you strip all the doors first?

mrsben said...

Very inspirational, and it is about those furry 'kids' of yours. Such portrait stars!!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

This is so awesome and I love your gallery wall! ☺ Diane

Robin said...

The doors work so well. It's paint, not a stain, yes?

BubBLeS said...

woot! I was thinking of painting my doors a dark brown too.. but my boy was undecided. Your pics proved it! Dark brown it is!! Thanks!

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