The Tricky Hallway Finished!

8 Oct

We got the hallway finished up a few weeks back and I haven’t had time to share it here on the blog. I’m not sure if you all remember what we were dealing with before…

hallway beforeYou can’t really see it in the photo but the ceiling had been dropped about a foot when Central Air had been originally installed way back when. It made for a very dark, dreary, and cramped space. I know it’s just a hallway but it really needed a little love. We took the ceiling down back in 2011 and while there has been drywall up top, the foot of space where the drop had been left quite a nice issue. IMG_1775I convinced Brian we should just trim the area out for the sake of being easy. You see… the drywall in this hallway isn’t 1/2 inch or 5/8ths inch drywall. It’s some crazy concoction of drywall + plaster that was going to cause a lot of issues if we just tried to finish it off with drywall. I knew we’d never get it even. Brian went along with it even though he was never really convinced.

IMG_1827I thought it would make a cool picture ledge or something. We lived with it for a while like this until one day Brian said… “I hate that trim in the hallway. It just doesn’t look right.” I had to agree with him. No real picture was ever really going to go up in that tiny space and it made the hall feel very very short even though we had opened up the ceiling. We had plenty of left over wood planks that we were originally going to use on the ceiling. Brian reminded me of this and after seeing how good it looked in the living room, I knew he was on the right track. So we spent a couple of short days putting up the planks, filling and sanding holes, priming, putting up crown, and finally painting. It turned out way better than I ever expected!

hallwaySorry for the poor iPhone photo. It’s really hard to get a shot of a hallway! You may notice we changed out the door trim. We had to because it was in really bad shape. We had some extra 1×4’s from when we tried to fix the ceiling in the living room with furring strips. We matched it to the same style we’ve put in the Living room and I love it! It really brings some cottage feel to this Rancher!

I’ve got a fireplace update on the way as well as a nursery plan! Expect several posts this week and next as we finish up some projects to make room and time for Baby Reagan!



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