{Before + After} Main Hallway


A few folks have asked what else is left to tackle on our main floor. Wellllll, I’m happy to report that all we have left to do in terms of actual renovation projects is detail stuff. Details like paint touch-ups, new hardware, lots of decorating, and such. Now that the big stuff is complete (I know, I still need to reveal the guest bathroom), even the hallway is getting a little love.

Here’s what our main hallway looked like when we bought the house…lots of old + orangish trim, and GOLD hardware everywhere (no, not the good kind of brass)…



We started this update with new (and wider) trim and a fresh coat of white dove paint on all the wallls, trim and hallway built-in piece. A can of white paint goes far. Really far! We also updated the light fixture, to one of my favorite surface mount fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric.


hallway_drawers during

And then, the newly white built-in needed new hardware, so of course, Schoolhouse Electric saved the day. After much debate, I landed on the Kate knob and the Half Moon bin pullĀ in oil rubbed bronze.

Schoolhouse Electric drawer pulls

Hardware always puts the cherry on top, and it certainly made this little space feel complete and updated to 2014 standards.

hallway_drawers after

The hallway is hard to capture on camera because the light is fairly minimal, but the new space certainly feels a lot more like “us” – once again, white paint saves the day.

Cheers to a happy week!

8 thoughts on “{Before + After} Main Hallway

  1. Katy Said:

    I’m going to be tackling a similar project. I have a build in cabinet just like this one, but I’m nervous to paint it. It just seems daunting. Did you pull out the drawers and paint each one separately? I’m afraid I’ll paint everything shut if I don’t. Plus I’m thinking I may see bad brush strokes. Grr. Any tips on painting a built in? Thank you!

    1. kirsten neiman Said:

      Hi Katy! Yes, pull out the drawers and paint them separately. Sand, then prime, then do a number of light/thin coats of paint. Thin coats of paint really helps with brush strokes, in my opinion. Always, invest in good paint! I use Benjamin Moore paint – it’s the best. Painting a piece like this is not difficult, it just takes time and patience. You can do it:)!

  2. Kathy Said:

    Hi Kirsten,
    I’m looking for a new light fixture in my hallway an love the one you have. Could you tell me what kind of bulb you used for this fixture?

  3. Karen Said:

    I can’t believe what you’ve done to this house! It must’ve been the same builder as ours because there are so many similarities. I just watched the video of when you moved in and noticed the bedroom wallpaper was just like what we ripped out, and the kitchen linoleum was the same. What memories! We lived directly in back of you on the other side of your arborvitae!

  4. Holly Said:

    It really is amazing what a can of white paint can do! Your house is looking even more fantastic!!


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