How To: Entry Hall Makeover

Mike and Nicole's February Jumpstart Project 2009

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Title: Entry Hall Makeover
Name: Mike and Nicole
Time: One Weekend
Cost: Paper, trim, paint: $40 Lighting, accessories: $300

From a basic white space to an engaging introduction to a colorful home. Click above for pics, below for the how-to and be sure to give Mike and Nicole a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Tools and Materials:
Tape Measure
Saw / Miter Box
Hammer
Drop Cloth
Paint Brush
Painter's Tape
Cutting Mat
X-Acto Knife
Double-Sided Tape
Ruler
Paint
Trim
Paper

Steps:
Our boring, white entry-hall needed some sprucing up. We wanted to wallpaper but, as renters, can't for obvious reasons. Here is our alternative: 1. Measure, then cut wood trim. 2. Apply a strip of double-sided tape to the back of the trim then, using a level, hang the trim at the appropriate height. (the tape will hold the trim in place while you get your hammer and nails.) 3. Install finishing-nails. 4. Mask, then paint the trim. 5. Find or create a pattern that you like and print it out on 11"x17" heavy-weight, bright white paper. (If you don't have a large format printer, you can get the sheets printed at Kinko's) 6. Apply strips of double-sided tape to only one edge of the sheets of paper. 7. peel the backing off of the tape on the first sheet of paper and overlap the sheet that will be next to it, then apply these first two sheets of paper to the wall. (on the back side of where the paper overlaps, half of the tape should be holding the paper together while half is exposed so that it will contact the wall, holding the paper in place) 8. Now peel the backing off of the tape on the second sheet of paper and overlap the next sheet. 9. Repeat this process until you've covered your walls. 10. Find lighting and accessories that will compliment the new look. (We also painted the shelves and picture frames to match the trim.)

Sources:
Home Depot, Blick, Thrift stores / Antique for accessories.

Give Mike and Nicole a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.