I was in search of a patterned wallpaper or a stencil for our tiny hallway for a long time. Unfortunately, I had to nix wallpaper when I realized how much it would cost (yes – just covering one wall is too much money to me!). I knew I wanted something geometric and the primary paint color to be gold — but I was struggling to decide on a stencil (by the way, a stencil would cost $40 on average + the cost of paint). Then a friend showed me this project at Vintage Revivals. I usually get ideas from blogs and images I see online, but this is the first time I actually completely recreated something! I couldn’t help it — once I saw the pattern I knew it was what I wanted for the hallway and I didn’t want to change a thing. The best part is that it cost $12! All it took was three sharpie paint pens and a level, which I already had.
Here’s a pre-baseboard photo…
The details of the project can be seen at Vintage Revivals (link above). All it takes is some measuring, leveling, and a lot of drawing along a straightedge with a metallic paint pen.
We had already updated the lighting in the hallway last summer. We put in three recessed can lights, evenly spaced.
Our hallway is fairly short and narrow, but I was able to fit in a ledge with some family photos (in the only area where it doesn’t feel like you could potentially run into the frames while walking down the hall). The ledge and frames are from the Ikea Ribba collection.
Yet to be updated — our ancient return register and thermostat.
Sorry for all the weird angles and shadows — if it’s not obvious, I have no idea how to correctly photograph this hallway!
I wish every project was this simple and inexpensive!