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Monday, May 5, 2014

$11 Nautical Gallery Wall Transforms A Dark Hallway

The hallway gallery wall is almost finished. I thought I’d share the progress so far. Since the hallway is quite narrow it was a bit of a challenge to capture the entire wall. So I included a video that shows the space in its entirety, as well as a few design tips, at the end of the post.

Last week I shared some very inexpensive seashell art that was so easy to create.  


The long hallway is just 36 inches wide. It has no windows or skylights and therefore very dark. In short, it was a dreary blank canvas that held a variety of artwork that was not cohesive at all.


Keep reading to see the new art collection and video.

The start of the transformation was the center artwork. The frame was lightened up with a fresh coat of paint.


The vintage Italian frames also received a coat of paint and new images of seaside creatures.


Using the same frame the train print was replaced by a seaside print found at Hobby Lobby for $4.00.

(I should mention that all of the artwork was hung using a level. Sadly, whoever installed the ugly doorbell did not use a level and it shows. Contractors please take pride in your work. :(


The dreary “BEFORE”.


The happy ever “AFTER”.


The video shows how dark the actual hallway is but brightened considerably by the light color palette. It also includes a few design tips.

Altogether the wall was created for under $10.50 which included the seashore print and four canvases. I had the shells and acrylic paint on hand from previous projects.

What’s hanging in your hallway?


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, DIY By Design, The Style Sisters, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House


Kelley said...

Great tips on your video, Laura. Your hallway update is marvelous. So cheerful, too.

Happy week, and prayers for your final,

Kelly said...

I love the new lighter look. I like how you used one color to unite all the frames and pictures together.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

I love beach themes. This really lightened and brightened everything up in the hallway.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks great! I love the blue! The video was great too!

Linda said...

We have a long, very narrow hallway, and it's the only actual hallway in our house because it's that small! :) It used to house an art gallery wall, an assortment of art by Sarah and I. However after years of that, I got bored, and recently took everything down, touched up the paint, and now it's just a couple of simple band photos (Marching Band - Sarah's group) framing out a mid-century modern 2-squared shelf that has just a few owls on it. Nothing too extraordinary but it works. Actually looks less cluttered which is what I was going for. :)

Your new hallway design is lovely.

committedgifts said...

What a lovely makeover! I love the painted ornate frames with simple watercolor artwork. Definitely brightens up the space! (Dropping by from Between Naps on the Porch). ~Jen @Committed.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, it does look so much lighter and brighter. Well done.

Vel Criste said...

I love it Laura - the pops of light blue really did do the most trick for this display!

Lorrie said...

Loved hearing your voice on the video. Hallways are tricky spaces to decorate. We don't have much hall space and so far, what we do have, is blank. I am working on a gallery wall on the staircase, little by little.

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

I love what you've done with your hallway!! The colors are very nice; I noticed this evening that our local HomeGoods had a lot of dishes in those same colors, and they reminded me of the coast and the ocean. I love your sea creatures, and I also love the Europe print. Great job, Laura, and I enjoyed hearing your voice on the video! :)

Have a blessed week.

Denise at Forest Manor

martinealison said...

Simplement adorable... Une très bonne idée.
Gros bisous

Carrie Merth said...

What a great inexpensive makeover!!! Great color to brighten up the hallway.

My hallway--- baby pictures.

Debbie said...

We actually don't have a lot of hallways here. I hadn't really thought about it until this post and your question at the end.

Our front hall/foyer is darker than I would like, even though the walls are really that dark. I wish we had a larger window in the front door, but I digress...

Your ideas would particularly apply to our dark, windowless, landing at the top of the stairs. I need to make that space a priority, someday that is.

Jen said...

Such a wonderful change for the better! I love the collection of prints/frames/canvases and how they all go together! Very nice!

Sarah said...

Laura, the gallery wall looks great. I like the nautical touches.
Good luck this week!

Dee M said...

I've been adding nautical elements to my family room, and I think your art is wonderful! It really brightens up the hallway. :)

Michelle said...

The shade of blue is so pretty. Your hallway looks great I bet it gets a lot of comments as people walk past :)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Great daughter needs to decorate a beach house...I will share your post with her. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

Richella Parham said...

This is awesome, Laura! Great way to brighten a dark hallway and great tips!

Thank you so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!