My First DIY Project

Today is the last day of school…

Tomorrow I’ll be at the lake…


But before I get away for a few days, I wanted to share final pics of my very first DIY project.  I’m pretty darn pleased with the way my back hallway turned out. 

You remember it’s ugliness, right? (I promise this will be last time I’ll show these.  I’m just a little giddy over it’s transformation!)


 (the laundry room is behind this door)

(Just realized you can see my messy office in the reflection…please ignore!)

A few “in progress” pics

Super Sabrina is a big reason why this project even began.  She is an old friend who was willing to come help and boy did she ever.  She was here all of 5 minutes when she started ripping out the existing indoor/outdoor carpet!

I hadn’t made any flooring plans so I panicked a bit at this point because the linoleum was worse than the carpet (if that’s even possible)!  But, I’m so glad she made me take it up because it forced me to make a flooring choice.  Even if it’s not my forever flooring, it’s about 1000x better than what was there. My good friends at B&J Floor Service hooked me up with new carpet and I must say, I’ve never been happier to have indoor/outdoor carpet installed in my house!

And then some painting began and lasted through most of the day.  I could tell immediately that I was in love!

And jsut like that, we were done.  No seriously, it really didn’t take that long.  We prepped on Friday night for about 2 hours, worked all day Saturday for about 10 hours, and I followed up on Sunday after Sabrina went home for maybe another two.  Ok…so maybe that is long when you think about it in hours, but it was practically completed in one weekend.  And I consider that a huge accomplishment!

Looking back at my inspiration photo, I think I came pretty close.  I will add more frames to the mix over time and perhaps a few other quirky things too.

I even have a new track light thanks to this find at EX-CESS and some electrical skills from The Mister and his dad.

It’s supposedly some sort of chicken feeder, but I’m not sure how it works in that capacity.  We (them) installed a few sockets inside the cylinder, ran new wires in the trough part, and hooked it up with the wires in the ceiling from the old fixture.  And voila, done!

So, all in all, I am thrilled with the outcome.  I honestly was so surprised at how much I liked the black.  Really was hesitant about putting chalk to it, but it’s been very easy to clean.  And it just goes to show, a little change in paint and flooring goes a very long way!  Up next, that horrible yellow laundry room.

Have a good one!


  1. says

    Wow Jenny, it looks fantastic!! Very close to your inspiration image.

    Your little ones are precious. I almost got teary eyed after drop off at school today for purely selfish reasons, ha!


  2. says

    It sure is better than your inspirational pictures, Jenny. You even made it look more beautiful, and the black paint was properly spread and the wall is perfectly smooth. You just need to use brighter lights, as it may seem darker especially at night.

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