Foyer and Hallway Makeover Reveal!

I hope you’ve had a great week!  I am excited to finally be sharing my hallway and foyer makeover today!!  For those who have been here for awhile you know this has been a loooong time coming.  My foyer and main hallway that connects to the foyer were on my to-do list in 2015.

In fact on December 17th 2014 I wrote THIS post on 20 white entries to inspire  (they are super sure to check them out if you haven’t yet)!  I loved each and everyone of them but couldn’t seem to pull the trigger in my own home.

What was stopping me you may ask?  Fear (and indecision because of fear)!  After dragging my feet for awhile I finally made myself start the process by painting the hallway white, then I added the faux crown molding, then I painted the two story foyer Simply White, but the last part was the most difficult to decide.

For the life of me I couldn’t decide what kind of trim to do in the hallway (and I went back and forth a gazillion times trying to figure it out).   The hallway is very narrow so I didn’t want the trim to visually close up the space at all (this was my number 1 fear).

Here is a photo of our home (almost 4 years ago) before we moved in:

Hallway Before


One of the first things I did after we moved in (I think it was actually the very first thing) was take off the doors to the hallway closet and turn it into a makeshift “mudroom”.

Hallway Makeover


Closet turned Mudroom


I did this by adding hooks for coats and back packs and a bench (that I got for a steal off of Craigslist) for shoes.

Mudroom Hooks


Hallway makeover


Last year I did my first mini wall demolition by raising the height of the closet turned mudroom.  I did this to open up the hallway even more and so I could hang a light fixture down from the space (we hired an electrician to do that part). HERE  (affiliate link) is the light fixture I got for a great price!

Hallway lighting


I recently added an upholstered cushion on the bench.  It is made from 2 inch foam (the price of foam by the way is highway robbery in my book) and wrapped with vinyl navy and white check fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics for $5.99 a yard.

Bench Seat with Cusion

It made sense to get vinyl because I still have a 2 1/2 year old who still likes to stand on the bench (which is why it is all wrinkly…you gotta choose your battles, right)?  It will be easy to replace once my kids no longer stand on it.

Hallway and Foyer Makeover

Now that I’ve made you wait here is a peek at what I decided to do with the “feature” wall across from the “mud room”.

Hallway Renovation


I don’t know what the technical term is for this wall treatment but I like to to call it a loose board and batten grid.

DIY Loose Grid Wall Treatment

Hallway Makeover Wood Trim

Hallway to Foyer Renovation

Upclose Hall Wall treatment

After finally deciding to go forward with this trim it was pretty easy to install (much easier than the decision itself)!:-)

I bought a 1/2 inch thick 8′ X 4′ mdf sheet at Home Depot for around $25.  You can often get it cut down into strips at Home Depot or if you have a table saw you can rip the sheet at home.

I did the mdf strips 3 inches wide and 20.5 inches apart.

DIY Board and Batten Grid

Then I added 2.25 wide inch strips at the very top and at the very bottom running horizontally.  And lastly a 3 inch wide strip horizontally 42 inches from the floor (I have 9 ft. ceilings on my main floor so do 36 inches if you have 8 ft. ceilings).

How to do Board and Batten Grid Trim

My main tips for this project are to use a level and that a nail gun will make the process a ton easier and faster!  I got my nail gun and compressor combo HERE (affiliate link) and have been very happy with it.

It wasn’t until I painted wood work white and slept on it (figuratively speaking):-) that I stopped fretting about my decision.  I finally felt as peace and let out a huge sigh of relief!

Isn’t this photo below dramatic?  It would make a great cover to a book, “The Woman who was Afraid to Paint her Entry White and add Woodwork to her Hallway But Eventually did Anyway and Loved it”!

Ways to pretty up your Hallway

The book would be a thriller!:-)  But in all seriousness we all have projects that scare us for some reason more than others.  Sometimes it just takes time to be ready to move forward but other times it just takes moving forward ready or not!

I’m glad I did!

Hallway Trim

entry and hallway makeover

Hallway and Foyer Wood Trim

And a couple of Before and Afters of the Foyer!


Gray Painted Front Door

Before looking down from the stairs.

Entry-Way Before

And now!

Entry Makeover

Here is the list of the projects (linked to the particular tutorial) that got me to now!

How to Case Doorway Openings / DIY Stair Runner / How to Paint Stair Railings like a Boss / DIY Faux Crown Molding / How to Save on Hardwood Flooring / Benjamin Moore Simply White

The gray color I painted the door was custom made but Valspar Wet Cement and Valspar Crushed Granite are very similar!

The rug is from Ballard Designs.  I love their indoor/outdoors rugs for the entryway!  They hold up really well and are usually reasonably priced.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will feel inspired to tackle a project that you know you want to do but scares you a bit!

I will leave you with a deep thought by Tamara:-) LOL–  Sometimes it is not until we push ourselves into the darkness of the unknown that we will be able to truly find our way because only once we are there will the way be illuminated.

Have a great weekend!!


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  1. Tamara,
    Nice job!
    Hey, I don’t know if you noticed this, but…
    Don’t know if you are religious/spirtual, but….
    If you look at photo’s starting at 12 and down a couple more, there’s a cross in the mid to upper left hand side.
    I think the big guy was watching out for you and guiding you all along your foyer journey.

    • How funny, Sharon, I didn’t notice until you mentioned it! That’s the bottom of my foyer light fixture but it does look just like a cross. I do believe we have a loving Father in Heaven and your thought that he has been watching out of me along this journey is very touching! Thank you for that!:-)

  2. Yes, you must choose your battles with kids…My boys are 9 and 12 and I still consider their sloppiness when I am making house decisions! I love how this turned out. I can’t believe how huge the space looks now with that gorgeous molding and white color! Fabulous job!

    • Thank you, Shelley!!:-) I’m glad you think it looks bigger now…I was so afraid it would look even more narrow. So glad the long entry makeover journey ended well!:-)

  3. What an amazing transformation Tamara! I love how your took each project one step at a time and had a vision. I absolutely love the color of your front door!

  4. Wow, Tamara! You never fail to inspire 🙂

    I am a step behind you in the same process still deciding should I add trim to my small hallway. It is a very similar to yours, only a little bit smaller and the ceiling is 8 ft. Now I’ll definitely add trim.

    By the way, what is under the stairs? My under-the-stairs-space is open to the hallway but there is not enough height for a person to stand up, so I am going to start with closing it and making a door for access. And I’ll add trim there. After that will have to decide if it is a good idea to add some trim on the walls or maybe it would be too much? Decisions, decisions [sigh]

    • Wow, that sounds awesome, Val! Will it be kind of like a little hidden room under the stairs? That would be cool. The stairs going to our basement is what is directly under our main stairs. I was SO worried the trim would close up the hallway but I knew I needed to do something. Making the decisions can be the hardest part sometimes and sometimes and after having it bounce around in your head so much you just gotta pull the trigger. Looking forward to hearing how your hallway turns out!!

    • Thank you, Andrea!:-) I am really loving the board and batten grid. We recently did a very loose one in my friend’s master bedroom and it made a huge difference! You are right it really adds an air of elegance!