Monday, February 29, 2016

Hallway Makeover

After months of procrastination, I have finally finished a home improvement project! 
Behold! The hallway!

As you can tell, the idea for this project started in October of last year.  Yeah, it takes me a while to get to projects, I know.  Plus, the only way this was going to be done correctly was to enlist the free help of my carepenteresque brother, Chris, and his schedule can get a little hectic sometimes. But after enough badgering, I finally nailed down a day and time for us to bust this project out together.

My excellent pre-calculations and measurements actually were spot on, which allowed us to finish everything but the painting in about 6 hours. Seriously, I am shocked I did it correctly.

First we had to glue and nail smooth cardboard to the wall to mask the textured walls that I currently had.

Then we glued and nailed up the strips of MDF, which we were able to have all cut from a single sheet.  And that, my friends, is why Chris was here.  To save me a ton of time and money.  And to show me what the heck MDF even was.

After two coats of paint, we could see that this project was spot on.  

After A LOT more paint, we finally got it looking perfect and added the hooks, which was really the accent I was after to begin with.  

And there you have it!  A project that I actually finished!!  
Thanks to my brother Chris, who really deserves most of the credit. 
And if you are wondering about why we didn't paint the full front door, that outline is where we are going to put a glass inlay into our door. Surprisingly cheaper than buying a new one. Who knew?

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