Hallway Makeover Reveal!

Hi, sweets.
Remember this crusty hallway that I shared with you last week?
This is what it looks like now…
I have been painting and sewing my little fingers off and it was all worth it.
It’s so much brighter and airy, and finally reflects my style.
{Loving} the laundry!
I can say that I love my own work, right?
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Two antique chairs were given the white treatment…
The chair on left was painted with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.
The ruffled slipcover was made from a shirt purchased at Goodwill for 99 cents.
I’ll be sharing the shirt slip tutorial this weekend.
The chair on the right is an antique child’s folding chair
that I slipcovered with Rachel Ashwell’s Belgian Grain Sack Striped Linen.
(One of the most gorgeous fabrics that I’ve ever put my hands on.)
It feels like linen ought to and was worth every penny.
Aside from the old bucket purchased from Miss Mustard Seed at Luckett’s for $10
and a collection of Pottery Barn frames purchased over the years,
everything else in the hallway is yard sale/thrift shop finds or repurposed.
I made three laundry bags from a heavy cotton mattress cover
purchased at Goodwill for $1.99.
I’ll be sharing the tutorial this week or next.
I added a ruched ruffle to one bag using the Rachel Ashwell linen
used on the antique folding chair back.
It’s just a little way to coordinate the look and tie it together.
I hung the laundry bags from wrought iron hooks that I stole from my fireplace mantel.
(No worries. I have until Christmas to replace them.)
Above each hook, I used vinyl chalkboard labels from Ten23 Designs
labeled, “Whites,” “Delicates”, and “Darks.”
This is the view from the opposite end of the hallway.
The planked wall gallery that I blogged about HERE, is on the right.
The chalkboard door tutorial was one of my first posts and can be found HERE.
(Pardon the missing baseboard going into the kitchen. That room is next on the list.)
Looking that photo makes me want to hang a white ruffled linen tote from the doorknob.
Picture this one hanging there, if you will.
By the way, I just Googled “white ruffled tote” and that baby popped up.
Only $15.98 on Amazon.
I checked Etsy first and couldn’t find a single, plain white, ruffled linen tote.
Can you believe it?

Thinkin’ I might have to make some for my Etsy shop.

Speaking of my Etsy shop, I reopened!
Tomorrow is my 21st birthday so be sure to come back in the evening
for a little giveaway and discount code!
(Kidding about the age. Serious about the giveaway and discount.)
I posted about the stencil in my French Farmhouse post HERE 
and my kitchen nook HERE (with a link to the tutorial).
It’s the “Anna Damask” stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils HERE
that I received as a Resident Blogger for the DIY Club,
The moral of this story is:

Don’t neglect your hallway.

Treat it like any other space in your home.
(Just don’t go knocking huge holes in walls to make it pretty!)

I notice my hallway now
and it’s another functional space in my home.

I have a laundry sorting station
and the two chairs serve as “time out” spots for little fannies that break the rules.
The chalkboard door comes in handy for notes, grocery lists, and reminders.
(I added a pretty quote for the picture though, albeit crooked.)

Sure makes the groggy trips to the nursery in the mornings more enjoyable!

Thanks for reading.

I also want to thank Stephanie at Cre8tive Designs for being my sounding board on this makeover,
and Layla at The Lettered Cottage for twitter help with taking photos of my low light hallway.
Thank you!

Linking with some of my favorite parties.
Best DIY Project of July at Beneath My Heart


  1. it looks beautiful, jami! nice soft colors, and love the subtle stencil. and i never would have noticed the baseboards missing to the kitchen if you hadn’t pointed them out!

  2. it looks beautiful, jami! nice soft colors, and love the subtle stencil. and i never would have noticed the baseboards missing to the kitchen if you hadn’t pointed them out!

  3. it is beautiful!

  4. Mel says:

    Fresh and bright and just enough! The contrast with the wood floor is tremendous! Well done.

  5. Great re-do! I really love the soft, crisp and clean look.

  6. Gorgeous!

  7. Karen says:

    Jami, you have done a fabulous job! I would be tempted to sit in that chair on the left and just admire the hallway all day! Can’t wait for the tutorials:)

  8. Beautiful, Jami! I love the whole look! Did I miss the mention about the pattern you used on the wall? Is that a stencil?

  9. LibbiesHome says:

    That is beautiful! So clean and fresh looking. :) Love the chalkboard door!

  10. Bekki says:

    I love it! Expecially the time out chairs. We have one here also and although most of my children are to big for it, they all have memories associated with the chair and won’t let me part with it! I find that funny since they sat it in when naughty. :)

  11. Wow, this is my favorite thing you have done so far!! I am in love with this hall! I know how hard it is to make a long narrow hallway work..mine is a work in progress as we speak. What you did was brilliant with the hooks and the bags, the awesome stencilled wall, the details all work together like a beautiful symphony. Nicely done!

  12. I really love this hallway makeover! My family & I just moved into a house that needs some TLC – in the process in making it “functional” – and your ideas are great! I’m a new blogger and have added you to my blog roll list! Have a wonderful day!


  13. Mary Ellen says:

    Wow! I am loving this! The stenciling is just awesome and the slipcovers, chairs, hooks with bags- just perfect little nook!

    I sure wish I could get the pinterest button to work on my computer so I could pin this!

    bee blessed

  14. d. reyné says:

    This is the cutest hall I have ever seen!
    Love, love, love everything!
    The laundry sorting is a stroke of pure genius my friend!

  15. Aaron says:

    It looks gorgeous! Light and airy and Dreamy! Great job.

    Mudpies & Marigolds

  16. Did you already do a tutorial on the stenciled wall? Can’t seem to find it, but would love to try this at home. Lovely.

  17. Mona Kay says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I’m now inspired to work on my neglected little hallway!!

  18. Susan says:

    I love it all! What a glorious view when walking down your hall. Everything is cute, cohesive and better yet – thrifty! Where did you find the Shabby Chic fabric?
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to spruce up our neglected spaces.
    - Susan

  19. I am lovin’ every inch and detail of it, Jami!

    So pretty and the wall color is so soothing. Your stenciled pattern is elegant and yet fits the white and ruffled space perfectly.

    I would love to sit on a time out chair there and take it all in!
    (Ain’t misbehavin’ tho!!!)


  20. Hey Jami…your blog is wonderful. Such a treat. I’m a new follower and can’t wait to roam around a little. Oh…your hallway is perfect.

  21. This is truly beautiful so soft and serene. You did a wonderful job with this!


  22. Stephanie says:

    That hallway is SO you!!! Great job and such a wonderful functional yet beautiful space. I can’t wait to be your sounding board for the next project! I am of course honored that you share these rooms with me, it is so much fun!

  23. First of all, Jami – I totally believed you when you said you were celebrating your 21st birthday. lol! Sure had me fooled, girlie! lol! But HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUU! :) Your hallway looks like something out of a magazine spread. It’s just so light and clean and airy looking, and that touch of femininity is just gorgeous. Thanks for the scoop on those sweet tags! I just ordered some for my kitchen! :)

    Hugs to you!

    xoxo laurie

  24. Absolutely beautiful Jami! I love every bit of it! Can’t wait to see what new goodies you decide to add to the shop!


  25. Lara says:

    Jami, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love, love, LOVE the wall color!!! I was back-reading some of your prior posts to see if you shared the color name & I missed it.. but I didn’t see it. What is that sweet color?!! I have been searching for the perfect pale grey.. so far my faves are Horizon & Paper White (BM) – but would love to know what you used! The stencil design is incredible! Beautiful styling & of course I looove the little bucket w/lavender!! Fantastic job! Enjoy!
    :-) Lara

  26. Lara says:

    P.S. Happy B-Day!!!!!!!!! :-)

  27. beautiful! (and p.s. i just sold a white ruffled tote in my etsy store this weekend, hahaha!)

  28. beautiful! (and p.s. i just sold a white ruffled tote in my etsy store this weekend, hahaha!)

  29. Linden Townhouse says:

    Wow! It’s fabulous and so inspiring for me. I’m presently working on a hallway too.

  30. Holy Moly Jami, It looks just beautiful!! You did an amazing job! That stenciled wall is to die for! If you get a chance, would you e-mail me or post about how to do rouched ruffle, I’m having trouble with my ruffles.
    So beautiful my friend!!!
    Have a great night.

  31. Mary says:


    you’re welcome over here anytime! :)

  32. Karen says:

    You are so creative Jami and have a great eye for things. I love everything you did. So pretty!

  33. Jami!
    Happy Birthday! I am misbehaving so I can camp in your “time out” hall!
    Every detail is brilliant!
    [with love]

  34. moreofhim says:

    My goodness…your hallway looks like something out of one of my decorating magazines! Very gorgeous and also functional. You’ve inspired me to make my hallway more inviting and pretty.

    Blessings – Julie

  35. chris says:

    Well done, Jami. You’re right…a hallways is a space with wonderful potential.

  36. It is so pretty. It really makes me think about my hallway now, which needs some attention. That Rachel Ashwell linen fabric is gorgeous.

  37. Megan says:

    I have to scroll down SO far these days to get to the comment box <3!

    Im loving the hallway- and that linen tote you found. Your laundry bags are SO GORGEOUS!

    something else I had to say… uh… and its gone. Ill email you if I think of it.

    oh (this isnt it) did you ever get my reply in our hubbys work convo? I thought I sent one, but now I dont know if I was imagining things or not…

  38. Well now I wouldn’t mind a time out in THERE!! It’s beautiful Jami:-)

  39. Oh Jami….this was definitely worth waiting for…..absolutely, pure serene loveliness!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. special 'k' says:

    What a beautiful spot you have achieved. I have enjoyed looking around. Cheers Kerry

  41. Jilly says:

    That chair on left which one is painted with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is exquisite. And the chair on the right, which is an antique child’s folding chair is best to keep less space, I have same it in black color.

  42. Love your makeover. Amazing how much brighter your hallway is. I also love your chalkboard door. I’ve been wanting to do that in my kitchen, but haven’t had time. Now that I’ve seen yours, I know what it will look like and it motivates me to get going on mine. Love it all!!!

  43. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. Rachel says:

    Spectacular! I just love this! I never knew stenciling was so easy (I read your ‘nook’ post.) – I’m going to have to try it now. Also, the Rachel Ashwell linen – where did you buy it? I’ve looked online and can’t find it. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – please don’t tell me you can’t buy it anymore! I’m a new follower. :) ~Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse…

  45. Your hallway if very well done, Jami. Soft and simple but lots of little details that really make it.

  46. it looks lovely. Well done. I added your etsy shop to my circles. Hugs!

  47. { j u s t * d r e a m y }

  48. It’s so beautiful, Jami. I’d misbehave just to sit in the chair! lol You did a beautiful job and made a hallway into a gorgeous little room! Love it!

    Happy birthday ~ hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with fun, great memories and lots of cake!

  49. Prior says:

    so soothing…love those bags! Lezlee

  50. Beautiful, Jami! I love every little detail and especially the laundry bags. They are adorable. Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful day.

  51. Paula says:

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Jami, your work really does inspire. I love everything about this hallway makeover. The slip covers are a beautiful touch. And the vinyl labels. Everything. It’s all come together beautifully. Looking forward to the tutorials x

  52. As per my expectations…..it is just beautiful. You have made a usually boring space in a home both useful and lovely! How talented can one person be!! Great job and great pictures! Love it, VBg

  53. Wishing you the best of Birthdays!!
    I hope yours is wonderful.
    Hugs, VBg

  54. Allison says:

    Jami, it is just beautiful! The stenciled wall is gorgeous and your chairs are wonderful Love the Rachel Ashwell linen. The laundry bags are fun and of course I love the one with the ruffle. You really did a lovely job. I wouldn’t mind a time out in one of those chairs! Happy Birthday to you my dear! We’re close together. Mine is Friday. Enjoy your special day!

  55. Olde Tyme Marketplace says:

    I am SPEECHLESS! Okay..not really..how could I be…this is TREMENDOUS! I LOVE what you did! I want to hug your whole hallway. Those totes…. just hanging there so dang adorable. And the little chair all done up in Rachel Ashwell….stop it! You did an amazing job girl!
    AND HAPPY 21st birthday! So neat how we are the exact same age! *wink*!
    Love ya!

  56. Just love it Jami!!

  57. Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  58. Nancy says:

    I love the chalkboard paint on your door. My whole house is full of those allow ugly doors and I have always hated them. What a little paint and some trim can do. Thanks for the idea.

  59. Erin says:

    What a breath-taking space it is now! I love what a serene and soft impression this room gives. But then when you notice the little details–the stenciled wall, the laundry bags {love how the darks bag has a dark handle!}, that *gorgeous* RA linen–they add more depth and purpose to the hall. This is very Freckled Laundry! :)

  60. Justin says:

    Beautiful! What is the wall color?? Love it!

  61. Awesome job Jami on the hallway makeover! I love so many things about it.
    My jaw dropped when you said it was your 21st birthday..lol!
    Happy Birthday my dear friend!
    Have a great day!
    hugs, Cheryl

  62. janet says:

    Love it..I have looked at these photos over and over..The chairs at the end of the hall and the coverings are beautiful..

  63. Laurel says:

    So very, very pretty…love your style and that quote on the door :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  64. Oh, you talented little 21 yr. old you!!!! If you get to be 21, then I get to be 39, over and over and over! Love it all, Jami. That stenciling is just amazing! thanks for linking up to VIF, xoxo Debra

  65. Oh my, you’ve done a lovely job – that’s just GORGEOUS!!!

  66. Design Dork says:

    Love your hallway!

  67. Angela says:

    You…are…inspiring!!!! This is gorgeous, I big hugs adore it!:) Thank you for all of the hard work you put into the blog!!! Love it dearly!

  68. ParkerNicole says:

    So clean and fresh looking… love your style and that quote on the door. I love every bit of it! Looks very cool and you could do a lot of fun, creative things with it!
    interior decorator oakville

  69. Lana says:

    Looks great! I would love to know what color you painted the wall. The gray is very nice.

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