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Map It Out - A Hallway Makeover!

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
  • map it out a hallway makeover
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.
  • map it out a hallway makeover
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.
  • map it out a hallway makeover
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.
  • map it out a hallway makeover
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! 
  • map it out a hallway makeover
  • map it out a hallway makeover
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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To see more: http://www.mauveinteriors.com/blog/

Got a question about this project?

  • Sue
    Sue Schenectady, NY


  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR

    Looks great! I would make one slight change to make it spectacular.... I would hang one map on the end wall that goes from the height of the door way to within a couple feet of the floor ..... for more drama.
    It might also be cute to make a map

  • Jayne Holden

    Looks good so far I would paint out the doors and trim in white.

  • Gloria Martin


  • Pamela C. Gamble
    Pamela C. Gamble Anderson, SC

    the maps look great but an even easier fix would be to paint the doors and trim white.

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