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How We made our Entry Hallway Look Huge



hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light



Our entry hallway was suuuper dark and narrow when we moved in. The front door didn't even have a window! Our home does not have an official entryway – you just walk in the front door to a long dark hallway that leads to our kitchen. My design challenge was to find a way to brighten the space and make it seem much bigger without tearing down walls. After tons of research, I found that board and batten is great for drawing your eye upward and helps create the illusion of a larger space.



hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light

Before working on the trim portion of this makeover, we wanted to replace the ugly linoleum and put down flooring to match the rest of the first floor. This made such a major difference!


hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light




hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light
hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light
hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light




Even as soon as the unfinished boards were tacked up, we could see just how much larger the hallway felt!


hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light

I also wanted to lighten up the color of the hallway so I decided to paint the walls the same color as the new trim – Sherwin Williams Alabaster. Everything is a satin finish for a clean, fresh feel.


hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light
hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light



I added my signature pop of color with new entryway rugs and coordinated with a mix of black and white prints, metallics, and vintage art. One last touch was to repaint the ceiling light mounts flat black instead of the original bright chrome. I just used flat black spray paint and it made the fixtures look so much more expensive!


hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light

hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light


hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light

hallway entryway with board and batten, blue vintage runner rugs, gallery wall, sherwin williams alabaster wall color, pecon shore traffic master flooring, home depot, diy board and batten, black school house flush mount light

Stay tuned for the rest of our DIY improvements on the first floor! I cannot wait to tackle our powder room next!


xoxo, L


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Guest
Jan 28

Beautiful makeover! What a difference! Congratulations and very happy for you!

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karada67
Jul 12, 2022

You accomplished such a beautiful makeover! Thank you or posting links to shop the look as well! I am wondering, where did you find the gold wreath hanging in the entryway hall?

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psmith
Jun 17, 2021

Wow ... you guys are AMAZING! Everything looks stunning! Can't pick out anything in particular because I love it all! Good move on replacing the pedestal sink with a vanity ... beautiful and lots more hidden storage. Love seeing Freya and Elliot sneaking in to inspect things! :) The two of you sure complement each other in your ideas and abilities to do magical makeovers. Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us! :) Aunt Patti

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The Rural Legend
Jun 17, 2021
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Thank you!!! So excited to get you out here for a proper visit!!! xoxo

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