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Simple DIY: My Narrow Hallway Update


Do you have any pieces lying around that you haven't got round to putting up on the wall / fixing? I was gifted this beautiful Arles mirror by Made.com around a year ago. I originally ordered it for our landing but for some reason it didn't quite work - so it's been waiting for a new home ever since. And then the other day I had a lightbulb moment. Now, our house might have many great features, but the hallway is not one of them; it's fairly dark, has lots of doors and like Piccadilly Circus when all five of us are home (it doesn't help that our kids don't seem to have mastered the art of hanging up their coats). I have to admit, we haven't done anything to it since we moved in - until now! 


The hallway feeds into the kitchen (see above) and sitting room (last picture) and has a few in-built cupboards - which I've often contemplated painting (thoughts?). 

This wall has always been blank. I painted it in a Farrow & Ball shade many moons ago (could it be Down Pipe? I can't remember now!). I still love the colour, but it needed something more! 

And here's where the mirror came into the picture! Here's a step by step guide of my DIY project: 

1. The Arles mirror in brass is really heavy (tip: always check the weight of a mirror before you order it as some can be incredibly heavy - especially if the wall you'd like to put on is not that strong). I wanted to make sure it was hung in the right place from the start (I've made plenty of mistakes in the past!). I marked out the centre of the wall and made sure it was at eye height (the lower edge is 117 cm from the floor). 

2. I measured out exactly where I wanted the hooks to go beforehand, ensuring they were centred and also a good height from the floor for bags and jackets (102 cm from the underside of the rack to the floor). I also used a spirit level to ensure it was straight. 

The wooden pegs are from a local store - this coat rack* is similar. I've had this Ryobi drill for years and use it all the time - it's way more fun (and less work) than a manual screwdriver!  

3. And then all that was required was a good polish! 


I have to say the mirror instantly lit up the narrow space and together with the hooks, makes better use of the space. It's also handy to have a mirror near the entrance and extra hooks. 

The framed 'Twined 02' print is by Copenhagen-based design studio Moe Made It. And just peeping into the picture is a rubber plant, which Per calls 'Farfar' (Grandad) - since he inherited it from him just before he died over thirty years ago. Everyone in his family has a cutting - such a lovely way to remember someone! 

It's just a simple DIY but I thought I'd share it all the same - you never know, you might just have some empty wall space waiting for some TLC, in which case, I hope this inspires you.

I wonder how long our hallway will stay this tidy? I give it 5 minutes!! Oh well, life is designed to be a little messy, and it's a real sign of summer when balls, scooters, swim stuff and whatever else start to appear! 

Next stop, a new light - I haven't decided which yet, tips welcome! 

So, Friends, that's it from me this week. I hope you have a wonderful couple of days, see you Monday.

Trevlig helg! 

Niki

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  1. Mattie_in New Zealand30 April 2021 at 11:14

    I love what you've done in this hallway. Well done!

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  2. This is beautiful.
    I vote "no" on painting the wooden doors. They are lovely as is, and contribute to the balance and cohesion of the wood elements in the other rooms.

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    1. I agree. I really like how that wood goes with black paint and brass mirror. It's lovely.

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    2. Thank you both for the vote for the wood - this is super helpful (and will save a lot of work too!).

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  3. Funny how you can have something right there waiting for the perfect flash of inspiration. The mirror, coat hooks and the cabinet doors are a perfect trio.Bravo

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    1. I know! I can get so 'home blind' sometimes, so it was nice to get the sudden flash of inspiration!

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  4. The hallway is now perfect! Great job. NOOOOOOOOOOOO please don't paint those beautiful wood cabinets, they are exactly as they should be and I am so envious!

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    1. I hear you! Happy you like the wood that much! Here to stay I think :)

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  5. Oh it is so beautiful. I love it. And I love painted trim but those closet doors should stay as they are. They are just beautiful!!!!

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank you! Yes, agree - and quite pleased the general consensus seems tone to leave them as they are. Saves us a lot of work!

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  6. Lovely! I love how it looks now and how the mirror opens up the narrow space. I also think the wood fits perfectly as it repeats throughout your house with the staircase etc. Nevertheless knowing me, I would probably end up painting them :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's actually quite unbelievable what a difference the mirror makes to the narrow space :)

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  7. Nice space - love the beautiful wood cabinet! If you want to lighten it up I vote for changing up the floor tile (adding heat underneath, of course) and/or the solid front door with one that has tempered glass in part of it to bring in the light from the outside.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing all your thoughts - so helpful! I forgot to mention the tiles - they were in place when we first moved in too. They do have underfloor heating which is great in winter - but I agree, it would be so nice to switch them out. The front door is unfortunately not possible to change since we're one of three houses in a row, all with matching features, and this isn't permitted. A glass door would have let so much light in!

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