Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Hallway Renovation Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Hallway Renovation Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

DIY Hallway Renovation: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Remodel

Hey everyone! We finished renovating our front door hallway this week, and I have some photos to share. This DIY hallway renovation consisted of ripping out and putting in new floors, putting up new walls, new doors, new baseboards, new electrical, and lots of paint. Check out the details below.

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DIY Hallway Renovation Before:

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This is what the front hall looked like when we bought it earlier this year. The previous owner had left these odd shelf units, which really ate up the already small space. They were the first thing to go!

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The walls were not only a drab shade of murky blue, but they were also textured. We wanted smooth modern walls instead, so we began the BIG job of drywalling and sanding the walls over and over again until they were smooth. While I got to work drywalling and fixing the walls with my Aunt, my husband Nick began pulling out the dated square tile floor. We then ripped out the orange vinyl floor that was covering the rest of the space.

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Then it was time to put in the new floor. Nick and my cousin helped lay the new dark walnut colored floorboards, while I painted the walls a new shade of greige, and the front door a striking black. We took out the old beat up bedroom and bathroom doors and replaced them with nice new white shaker doors and matte black door knobs.

DIY Hallway Renovation After:

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

For the decor, I kept it simple and clutter-free. I chose a colorful Aztec Runner and a Bamboo Bench and added in a small cabinet that I found at my mom’s farm. The cabinet had been outside for years but was good as new once I gave it a coat of black spray paint.

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Nick’s parents happened to be in town visiting while we were working on this area of the apartment, and his Dad was kind enough to update all of the electrical for us, and  change out the old light switches and wall plates for new modern ones.

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

What Was Done:

New floors – New Drywall Walls – New Paint – New Bathroom & Bedroom Shaker Doors – New Baseboards -New Matte Black Door Knobs – Painted Apartment Door Black – Updated Electrical – Added New Light Switches & Wall Plates

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The octagon mirror on the wall actually came with the apartment. It had been the bathroom mirror from the previous owner, I made sure to save it when we did the bathroom renovation. I took the 80s frame off of it, gave it a good cleaning and hung it up with mirror clips.

Before & After: Front Door Hallway Goes From Dark & Dingy To Light & Bright In This Boho Chic Entryway Renovation. See The Before & after Here. DIY Reno Entryway, Black Door | www.shesbabely.com

I am very happy with how the DIY Hallway Renovation turned out! It is light, bright and minimal.

Shop The Room:

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Arrow Pillow from So Hazy Bamboo Bench Octagon Mirror
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Copper Hexagon Dish

Matte Black Door Knobs

 Aztec Runner

The Runner – The exact rug that I used appears to be sold out online now, but this similar one is gorgeous, and it’s less than what I paid too!


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21 Comment

  1. both before and after looks absolutely different.Good job. Congratulations for the good work done and tghe results..

    1. Thanks Ravi! Onto the bathroom reno now … :O !

  2. I just love this! How amazing. I’ve always preferred light to dark.

  3. I loveee renovating/remodeling. The after came out beautiful! The brightness definitely makes a huge difference! I’m in love with the Aztec runner and bamboo bench, they add a nice touch. 🙂

    1. Thanks Tara! I think the runner was just enough color while keeping the rest of the room more minimal. I’m glad you like it1

  4. I’m amazed at the difference! Those tiles and cabinets were so ugly – it looks gorgeous now! Nice job!

  5. I really love the decor and the rug. You make it all look amazing even in just a small space.

  6. I like the lighting and the new rugs you’ve got. You have a great eye for home decor 🙂

  7. You did well my friend! So much light now and I love the carpet too!

  8. wow, girl, this looks stunning, the entire place looks brand new and so inviting, I love the walls, light, new floor and the Aztec runner.

  9. Amazing transformation. The space has totally changed. Very creative.

  10. Beautiful! You make it look so easy 🙂

  11. Good job on this.The new look is entirely different from the previous view.It is attractive and stunning.The rug is really beautiful and add value to the renovate hallway!

  12. Your hall way looks amazing. You really have got an eye for this sort of thing. Would love to take tips from you when I redecorate 🙂

  13. Much fresher. I love the reveal. It’s sophisticated and airy.

  14. You did a beautiful job! I love that it’s both simple and sophisticated.

  15. Sushmita Thakare Jain says: Reply

    Loved it dear, you have done a fabulous job it looks amazing thanks for sharing dear 🙂

  16. An amazing transformation. I love the arrow pillow and bamboo bench. Well done on the fabulous job.

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