My Long Dark Hallway Needed Some Lights.

Connie Chrisman Hatch
by Connie Chrisman Hatch
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My hallway was very plain and dark. It needed some sprucing up.

On the other side of this blank wall is my closet.

I did not get a before photo, but this is a window from an old storm door that I had laying around. I sprayed the back side of the windows with Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass so you could not see through them.

I added LED strip lighting on the back side of the wood framing. The lights come in different colors, but I chose white, and they have a sticky backing that adheres to the frame.

This is a closeup of the lights. There's an adapter that plugs into the end and this plugs into my timer. It's set to come on during the daytime only.

These are just L brackets that the window hangs on. It is out of the way so no one gets close enough to bump into it and possibly fall on them.

I added a lacy valance on the top and on the wall it went. Everyone that sees it thinks it's a real window. It brightens up the hall and makes me smile every time I walk by.

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  • C C on Dec 16, 2021

    Love what you did. I did not see an outlet in your before picture but did see one in your after picture. Did you have it installed?

  • Christine Mann Christine Mann on Dec 20, 2021

    Love this idea..........this idea would lend to apartment living or a dark basement area. Thanks for Sharing!

  • Cindy Patrice Cindy Patrice on Sep 20, 2022

    I LOVE THIS! It looks amazing! Brilliant!

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  • Ktg70231789 Ktg70231789 on Mar 14, 2023

    I really like the looks of what you did to brighten your long-haul way. I have commented a while ago on your wonderful idea to brighten your hallway, but I wanted to mention what I did to mine. I have a front door at the end of our entryway hallway that leads to our exterior of our house. When the door is opened, which isn’t very often, it certainly brightens up the hallway. We will be buying a glass screen door to keep open to use with our security door. That will certainly brighten our hallway, but another thing that brightened it was to build a new wall and shelf in our plain mudroom with a bench.

    The story goes that for two years, since we’ve lived in our new little home, but the mudroom has been very plain and unused, and I wanted to change that. I did my research on the Internet and found a picture of what I wanted it to look like, and taped it to the wall to provide a hint to my husband, what I wanted to do with that wall. For two years, my picture taped to the wall stayed there, until my birthday a year ago, my oldest son. Said he was going to build my mudroom for me for my birthday. I was overjoyed.

    You can see how cute it turned out and it was very simple with the bench already being there. I have Shiplap on the back wall, a shelf above it, and a bit of trim and it was painted to match my already installed bench seat. it. My mudroom is at the far end of my long, dark hall, and there is no door to separate the hall from the mudroom. What a difference in brightness, it has made and everyone comments on it, and my grandkids have a place to put their shoes backpacks and hang their coats instead of throwing them on the floor like they used to do. It totally brighten the end of the hallway and I love it. Not to mention that I think about my sweet son who built this for me each time I walk by.

  • Grace Grace on Apr 18, 2023

    Excellent idea! Who knew!