It’s a Christmas Miracle!

4 Dec

The entry way and hall are complete!

In the past year we’ve replaced all of the light fixtures, taken down the chair rail, added crown molding, added wainscoting, and painted, painted, painted to take the spaces from here:



To here:



Ahhhh. Much, much better.

Here are some close ups of the molding:




I love how it looks with the paneled doors.



I finally got a piece of glass cut for the top of the skirted table in the entryway.


I am in serious love with the entry way. Serious.



We even took the time to replace the old switches and outlets.



Odie The Cat can give you the gist of our home’s layout from this picture:


The partially opened door goes to the basement, and the opening that you can just barely see on the left (directly across from the table) in this picture is to our formal living room (that remains untouched), which opens to the dining room. Here’s a surprisingly blurry picture of the spaces.


Back to the entry, up ahead, you can see our family room which opens up to the kitchen:


In the kitchen, there’s a doorway to the right of the open shelving that leads to the dining room. So like a lot of traditional homes, the living space is essentially one big circle.

The bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage closets are all off of the long hallway. Here’s a super fancy picture of everything labeled:


There’s still a few things left to do in the hall. The attic door and stairs need to be replaced. It’s even more of an eyesore now.


See that sloppy coat of off-white trim paint? That covered every piece of trim in our house when we moved in. We’re very good trim painters these days.

We also need a runner rug for the hallway.


A 20 foot runner rug is hard to find. I knew it would have to be custom, and I assumed that having a piece of carpeting bound would be the way to go, but it’s turning out to be more expensive than I thought. Regular carpeting comes in 12 foot rolls, and since I need the rug to be 20 feet long, it creates a lot of waste that you still have to pay for (even if the rug is seamed in the middle). I’ve been to several carpeting stores and have been quoted anything between $500 and $1,700. Yikes. And way more than I was hoping to spend.

So this weekend I’m going to hunt for some carpet remnants. I’ve found a few places that will bind the remnant for you, but my dad has me convinced I can seam and bind a remnant on my own. Sounds crazy, but google and a couple of youtube videos have me believing this is a viable option. This sounds either really promising or like a total disaster, doesn’t it?

I also have a fun idea for the walls on the long hallway! More details on that, the runner, and some tips for DIYing wainscoting coming soon!

If anyone is interested, here’s some sources for the space:

Wall color: Sherwin Williams Pavestone

Entry Light: Pottery Barn Hundi Flush Mount

Hall Lights: From Lowes

Entry Rug: Pottery Barn Brandon Rug

Entry Table Fabric: Ikat Fretwork from Lewis and Sheron

27 Responses to “It’s a Christmas Miracle!”

  1. Katie December 5, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    It looks awesome! Great job! I’m sure it feels so good to have it done! 🙂 Good luck on the runner!

  2. Karen December 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Wow, looks really fantastic! You have done a beautiful job painting all the trim and adding all the molding….so great. Your home is really lovely.

  3. Amy December 7, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Lovely! Your floors are just gorgeous!

  4. Diana @ Boy + Girl December 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Love it ALL! Your house is beautiful! Good luck with that carpet situation. Have you thought about binding two runners together?

    • house185 December 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks, Diana! I have considered this! My only concern is how obvious it will be that they are 2 different rugs. Depending on how my search goes this weekend though, this may be plan B.

  5. Kelly@Bungalow Blue December 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    It looks amazing, Kate! So light, bright and airy – great job!!

  6. Gabbi December 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    oh my goshhhhhhhh! it looks uh-mazing!! i’m so jealous of all that molding. it’s beautiful!

  7. Nancy September 1, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Hi! Love your trim work. Did you do it yourself (tutorial, pleae) or have it professionally done?

  8. Connie October 8, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    What shade of white did you use for your trim?

    • house185 October 8, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Connie, it’s off the shelf Sherwin Williams Pro Classic enamel paint. No colorants added, so it’s their base bright white.

  9. Lauren February 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Love the entrance an hallway! My husband and I are in the process of buying a house and that’s the look we want for those areas. Do you have a tutorial on how you did the railing and boards? Thanks!

    • house185 February 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Lauren, thanks for the kind words! I didn’t put together a tutorial, but here are my tips!

      -We used pre-primed 1×4’s for the vertical pieces and the top rail. We used 1×6’s for the baseboard. I think a thicker piece at the bottom makes the whole thing look more substantial. Using 1x4s at the bottom would have made it all look a bit wimpy.

      -We capped the wainscoting off with a 1×2 and a piece of small decorative trim just below it. I think the cap goes a long way in making it feel complete, and the decorative piece makes it feel a bit more traditional. I liked it without this piece, but I feel like it fits in better with the style of our home with it.

      -We used a chop saw to make all of the cuts which was a fairly easy process.

      -The absolute hardest part about this project was deciding on all of the measurements. It’s important to be deliberate about the height in order to minimize waste. You want to be able to get 2 vertical pieces from each board instead of just 1 with a ton of left overs!

      -As far as the width between all of the vertical pieces, it’s not consistent throughout. It’s consistent on each individual stretch of wall, but each wall is slightly different. Also, you need to decide how to treat corners and door moldings. We put vertical pieces at each corner and mitered them, but some people “wrap” the panel around the corner. We just preferred the look at one over the other. We also put vertical pieces up against door moldings, but some people use the door molding as the vertical piece. It’s just personal preference!

      -Finally, as far as laying out the measurements, I took advantage of this website: They sell wainscoting, and have a tool to figure out the measurements and how much you need. I used this feature to figure out the height and width of all my pieces plus the distance between the vertical pieces.

      I hope this all makes sense! Please let me know if you need any clarification, and best of luck with your new home!

      • Karen August 11, 2015 at 11:15 am #

        I know you said the distance between the verticle boards is different but what was the distance on the longer stretch of walls?

      • house185 August 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

        Just under 20 inches between the vertical rails

  10. Karli Riley August 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi! Would you mind telling me your hallway width and depth? We are drawing up plans for our new build and have a hallway that will look similar to this. Love all your improvements – they look amazing!

  11. Elisabeth Horton December 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    hello! I came across your blog post from pinterest – beautiful entry way and hallway! I was wondering if you could tell me the color of paint you used? It seems from the picture a tan but has grey tint to it. nice color!!

    • house185 December 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Its pavestone by sherwin williams!

      • Mary March 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

        I’m so envious, can you give me width and lengt of hall and corridor poor

  12. mrs. hines class December 30, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    Looks gorgeous! We’re in the process of doing the same thing in our hallway. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Monica January 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    you hallway is almost like yours.
    And I just was overwhelmed by it but seeing yours, well I think I can do it. Yours is so beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

    • house185 January 17, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      What a sweet comment, Monica! Thanks and best of luck with your hall 🙂

  14. Julie February 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Love Love LOVE it all!!! The woodwork and floors are gorgeous!! What is the floor stain color?

  15. KRistin March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering what flooring you used? Do you know the color name/species?

  16. Marie January 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    Where did you get the sectional sofa?


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