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Map It Out - A Hallway Makeover!

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Who says a hallway has to be boring? Not here! This hallway in my parents' house originally featured a painted mural with brick and vines. Talk about picturesque! I thought it needed a bit of an identity makeover though so we applied a fresh coat of beige paint and personalized the décor by framing and hanging a series of old canoe trail maps y dad had been collecting over the years. No need to leave this house for an outdoor adventure :)
Time: 2 Days Cost: $300 Difficulty: Easy
This is the mural that was in the hallway which my sister had painted quite a few years back. Since my parents might be selling their house in a few years I started re-decorating their home with a more neutral palette to appeal to future buyers and to freshen everything up a bit.
I started by sanding the walls down to get rid of any paint marks from the mural then painted the walls a brownish-beige that would tie in to all the wood.
My dad has TONS of old canoe trail maps that are marked by his excursions and years of trips. He'd been keeping them in a box in his room but I thought it would make for good memories to see them hanging in the hallway. I picked some from his most traveled routes and framed them in high quality matching fames.
I hanged the maps at the same height around the hallway to make it look like a gallery. The lighter paint also makes the hallway look much more open! 
Let me know that you think of the transformation! This could also be done with any kind of artwork or pictures :)

Materials I used for this project:

  • Maps   (Already had)
  • Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Frames   (Michaels)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • April smith holden
    April smith holden Whitney, TX
    on Mar 15, 2017

    What a great idea and how lovely for your father. Kudos girl. You nailed it!

  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain Pahrump, NV
    on Mar 18, 2017

    SOOO very pretty!! It looks fantastic. It does look so much more open. Great job

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Mar 18, 2017

    That really is a great idea. Hanging the maps adds interest as well as looking good.

  • Carole White
    Carole White Canada
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Looks wonderful, and what awesome thing to do for your dad! I love this tan/beige color; thanks for sharing,

  • Ginnylou.blakley
    Ginnylou.blakley
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Awesome!😍🐞

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