This is sponsored post by Lowe’s.
When we bought our house almost 10 years ago, we knew it was going to be a long and tedious road to making it our own. You see, we loved everything about this house…almost. It was an old house on an acre of land with a separate in-laws quarters in the back that would eventually become my studio space. We loved the land, location, and nearby schools. The only downfall was that the entire interior of the house was painted bright primary orange. We’ve slowly replaced the orange paint in the house with more basic colors that fit our style. Read below to see how we fixed our dark hallway with a little help from the Lowe’s paint department!
Here’s a before picture to give you an idea of what we were working with. I actually didn’t mind the color so much (which was a seriously understated orange compared to the rest of the house!) because it kind of complimented the colors on our living room gallery wall. The main issue was that it made an already small hallway look even more claustrophobic with ceiling to floor coverage. Plus, the previous owners used a textured paint that left the walls feeling just like sandpaper!
We knew that painting the hallway would make the biggest difference so the next chance for a three day weekend, we made our way to Lowe’s and picked out the perfect white Valspar paint! Since we were coving a pretty dark color but in a relatively small area, I splurged on one-coat coverage paint which cut our workload down to 2 coats instead of 3-4. Plus, since I’m 6 months pregnant and planned on enlisting the help of my 8 year old, the zero VOC technology was absolutely essential! Plus Lowe’s has an amazing paint guarantee that if you’re not 100% happy with your selection, you can return the unused portion within 30 days and exchange it for another comparable paint selection or possible refund. (They reserve the right to limit guarantee at their discretion in the event of suspected fraud or abuse)
You guys, I cannot believe what a difference it made! Having a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, trim, and ceiling completely brightened up this previously dark hallway. I never realized the impact the dark paint had on even the living room since it was directly visible. Plus, I no longer have to worry about my kids scraping up against the side of the sandpaper walls!
Once the hallway was painted, I wanted to have a section where we could display some of our favorite pictures. Aren’t hallway picture galleries the best? I knew I wanted the pictures to be easily rotated so I found some pretty copper frames that can easily be opened and closed when necessary. I love how the modern feel of copper looks against the traditional white!
There you have it! My once dark and very orange-y hallway is now clean and bright and I couldn’t be happier. Next up…our bedroom! What about you guys? Is there an area of your house that could totally use a fresh new coat of paint?
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s
Comments & Reviews
Adding light to your home is so good for your moods. It not only brightens the room it brightens your day. Lovely makeover. I decorate our home to be bright, but the ceilings throughout the house need attention. Like you it will have to be one room at a time because it is so much work. Enjoy your week.
It looks great, love the makeover you gave it. Thanks for sharing this at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. We hope you had fun and are making some new friends as well.
Nikki Gwin says
My house is dark too. I love how much brighter your hall looks now. And those copper frames are fabulous!
Carol ("Mimi") says
Your hallway looks so much brighter and lighter with the new white paint job. I like your gallery wall, too. Great job!
Beautiful transformation! And I absolutely love those frames you chose for the walls!
Vanessa Brady says
Thanks so much! Those frames are perfect for people who like to switch out pics as much as we do.
Lisa Silfwerbrand says
I love how light it looks now! Beautiful choice to update it. Thanks so much for linking this up to the Inspiration Galore Project Party last week. Have a lovely weekend!
Marilyn Lesniak says
Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!
Cassie Smallwood says
It turned out great! I think this is a problem lots of people have with hallways since there are usually no or limited windows bringing light in. The paint made a huge difference!
Vanessa Brady says
The lack of natural light was totally an issue in this already small space! Thanks for visiting!
I love the transformation! Did you sand down the texture on the wall or did the new paint help to smooth it all out?
Vanessa Brady says
I was worried about this too! The 2 coats of paint really flattened the sandpaper texture though.