While this back hallway isn’t the biggest makeover we’ve done here, it was definitely the cheapest! Other than floor paint (I used a leftover can of paint on the walls), the only expenses were the wall hooks and the antlers. The rug, which I just borrowed for photos, is my parents’. I’m still on the hunt for the right runner. I’m showing the before to illustrate how much paint alone can change a space. (Keep in mind, my uncle designed this hallway in the 70’s, so styles have changed a lot since then!):

The lighter colors really brighten up the space and make it seem bigger. It is the hallway that connects us to the garage and bathroom and where we do our laundry (the closet across from the frames and hooks), so we are constantly passing through this area. Painting over the patterned linoleum also helped widen the space and make it look less busy. I got the idea from Loi of Tone on Tone Antiques – he did this to his kitchen floor!

All I did to prep the floor was vacuum and wipe it down. After letting it air dry, I applied the first coat. I did 4 coats total. I actually painted it months ago and it has held up very well. You can still see the pattern of the linoleum through the paint, and I don’t think it will hold up forever, but it is a super cheap temporary fix!

Source List:

Trim and door paint – Benjamin Moore in White Dove (Eggshell)
Wall color – Benjamin Moore in Moonshine (Semi-gloss)
Floor paint – Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio in Steel Wool (Low Sheen)
Rug – Rugs USA (2’7″ by 8′ Runner)
Antlers – Pier 1 Imports
Large Wire Basket and Tassel Throw – Target
Frames – IKEA
Hooks – Target
Bag – Coco & Kiwi Sydney bag
Girls Jean Jacket – The Children’s Place
Scarf – I don’t remember 🙂
Lighting and hardware – existing

Have a wonderful day! – Jamie

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  • Calypso in the Country

    Beautiful job! It really does seem SO much bigger!
    Shelley

  • I’m usually trigger happy to change out every light fixture in a room make over, but this fits perfectly and maintains the home’s original character. Great job! (I’m still too nervous to paint linoleum though. 😯)

    • Thank you! Ours has held up really well, and it was a few months ago!

      -Jamie

  • Brocanteuserose

    Amazing!!! I keep looking at the before then the afters, incredible!