Sprucing up the Hallway

There's a little known area of my house that has been getting some attention lately... our basement! 

David and I don't have a garage (what used to be our carport is now a gorgeous sunroom), so our basement currently serves as our garage. Think random items (bike racks, tennis rackets, the norm) strewn everywhere. You can see a few pictures of the space on my house tour. While there's an incredible workshop area that covers most of the space, about one-third of the basement is finished and is a completely usable room of the house. It just needs a little bit of work. You know, Ten June style : ) But, because there are only two of us humans around the house, the entire lower level has yet to become a used space and, instead, serves as the daytime home for our pups, Tucker and Maggie. 

Long story short, David and I are now (after one year of living in this house!) ready to start making the space ours. With summer on its way, we want our friends and family to be able to feel comfortable in the space, since it's right next to the pool, outdoor patio and backyard. Aaaaanyways, because the basement's current garage-like state doesn't exactly exude comfort, we've decided to start sprucing up the basement so that it will become a comfortable, usable space. Of course, I'll keep you updated as we do so! 

I started the basement makeover at the entry of the room: our basement stairwell. The stairwell is open to the hallway on the west side of our house, just past our office and in the same hallway as our guest bedroom and master bedroom.



As you can see, the hallway is beautifully painted and has a kickin' chandelier (both compliments of the previous homeowner), but has little else in the way of decor.


With thoughts of building a bit more dimension and light to the hallway, I decided to add mirrors. Do you remember the Ikea mirrors that I tried above my fireplace in my living room? I didn't love them above my fireplace, but I thought it was time to give them another try elsewhere in the house.


Add a coat or two of primer, white spray paint and a couple of Command strips and... boom! The hallway decor is born.




I'm thinking it looks great! What do you think? It definitely livens up the hallway and creates a more fun, welcoming entry into our basement. I love it! In fact, I wouldn't mind adding a few more rows of mirrors to the set. Bigger is better, right? It's definitely a good start to our basement makeover!



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40 comments:

  1. Love love love!! So simple and so perfect for the space. The wall color is quite nice, too. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  2. WOW...so creative and the perfect touch!!!

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  3. Awesome! I really like those white. I have some too and now I'm totally painting them! thanks:) And that chandelier is kickin..

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  4. We did that at our house too!

    http://simplysara83.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-look-and-surprise-too.html

    It ended up really cute!!

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  5. So cute, Michelle! Love the mirrors. That's what's so great about decorating....there's a place for everything even if it didn't work the first place you tried it (:

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  6. I couldn't live without command strips. Your basement sounds a lot like ours. Can't wait to see your progress. Ours is way down on the to-do list right now.

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  7. they look perfect there! i also love the white against the wall color- it's beachy chic and pretty!

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  8. They look fabulous! How fortunate you are that the previous owners painted the stairwell such a pretty color and left such a nice fixture, too! We're dealing with gold plated fixtures ... Lots of gold. Haha.

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  9. I love the mirrors there and painted white! Looks great. I know the rest will turn out great too. :) Look forward to it!

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  10. Excellent move. Love them in white - and bada bing, the whole space has changed. Big improvement; it looks really lovely!!

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  11. Love the hardwood stairs - we don't see pure wood stairs very often - a refreshing and beautiful change...also love the blue paint - another great job!

    Linda

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  12. I really loved this idea when you posted it in your living room, but now I REALLY love it. I think the white is perfect.

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  13. you did good! me likey. and me be picky. hee hee xoxo shel

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  14. They look great there Michelle! I so wish we had a basement. And that is a beautiful stairwell! And oh how fabulous would some wainscoting be going down too?! Ahh sorry I couldn't help myself. :)

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  15. They look great - love them in white! My basement looks like a furniture consignment store right now - it's the dumping ground for unwanted/unused furniture and decor items :) Sad but true! I need to get motivated - thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Fantastic!!!! I love it. What a pretty stairwell with the color, the floors, and those mirrors. I am a huge fan of them in white.

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  17. Looks great! Wonderful idea to paint the frames white, it looks so fresh against the blue walls! Can't wait to see the rest of the makeover!

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  18. oh that look so so nice! I love it! Very inviting!
    Tana

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  19. Michelle - It looks great! I really like them in white and they pop against that wall color. Just perfect.

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  20. Oh, they look perfect there! That was definitely the spot they were waiting to be put in all along! =)

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  21. i am in love with that color rhondabear. seriously in love.

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  22. I love where you put it, it looks great especially in white!

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  23. I love those little IKEA mirrors! So versatile! I've seen them used in place of headboards and they provide so much pop! And I love the white.

    3pointperspective.blogspot.com

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  24. It looks great! I totally agree... bigger is better... more of them would be awesome!

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  25. I have those mirrors too! I love how they work just about anywhere and in any color! Looks great!

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  26. I just love that pink dog canvas! So girly and chic.

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  27. It looks great and I think you're right that it will look even better with more mirrors. Now you can make sure your lipstick is perfect before entering the basement:)

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  28. Loving those little mirrors!! I think you should continue them down to the floor!! Give it even more dimension and height!! ;)

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  29. It looks great! Love the mirrors and the whites! They liven up your hallway a great deal.

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  30. You really nailed the mirror makeover and picked the perfect spot for it. Makes the entry to the basement look so luxe. I didn't think it did much over the mantel though you've got a lovely fireplace and you'll find just the right thing. Great hallway color btw - would love to know what it is. Modern yet not cold. Jane

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  31. The result is fabulous. I love the style going on in the stairway. I paited my little powder room a blue very similar. It is so airy and breezy. Great job.

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  32. that looks AMAZING. love that color and the chandy! :)
    xo::Lauren @ tickled.

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  33. awesome awesome! I really love those mirrors painted white and placed as you have them. Fantastic job!

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  34. looks great! i love the white. i have one of the mirrors in red from ikea...so versatile!

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