A Hallway Update!

Work on the hallway is coming to a close. We have only one project left – replacing the attic door. I think after the last door debacle, Aaron and I are both a little hesitant to rip the old door down. We’ve got to build up our DIY courage again!

Ok. Maybe we haven’t done it because we’re lazy. So what?

Regardless, we’ve managed to paint the walls, ceiling and trim, replace the light fixture and doorbell and remove the old security system hardware. Check it out:

You can read about replacing the doorbell here. As for that little plastic box leftover from the previous security system, we weren’t sure if electricity still flowed to that box or not. But while the breaker was flipped, I unscrewed the plastic box and removed the circuit board. To be safe, I wrapped the exposed wires with electric tape and stuffed the wires up into the ceiling, then patched the hole with spackle.

I changed the light fixture here.

We painted the ceiling Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. We bought a 5-gallon bucket of the stuff when we moved in and are still chipping away at it. The walls are “Cookie Crumb” in Olympic’s Zero VOC paint, leftover from the guest bedroom, which means we spent a whopping $0 on paint for the walls and ceiling.

Five of the doors and their hinges were a Christmas gift from my mother. I purchased the 18″ closet door for $20 and the six knobs for $9 each. That’s $74 (I purchased more doors and knobs, but those weren’t for the hallway.).

Aaron purchased a gallon of Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint in a semi-gloss finish for the doors and trim, which cost $40, and we still have plenty leftover for the other doors in the house.

And finally, I purchased a light fixture ($11), a doorbell ($27) and three switch plates ($3) which brings the cost so far to $155. Assuming we can replace the attic door for less than $50, we’d bring this hallway in at around $200. Not too shabby if you ask me.

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3 Responses to “A Hallway Update!”


  1. 1 Kathryn McMorries Heller February 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I can’t wait to see a post on the attic door since we need to do the same thing at our house.

  2. 2 Julie Wyatt February 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Where did you get the basic-but-not-hideous light fixture? Our new house has those boob lights all over and I need to get rid of them post-haste! There’s even one mounted on the wall in the walk-in closet. I’m considering adding another next to it for a full set of knockers.

    • 3 rosemaryonthetv February 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Home Depot! I HATE boob lights. I wanted something simple for the hallway since it’s not really a good spot for some fancy/expensive light fixture. This was perfect and super cheap.


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