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Stenciling a Hallway Accent Wall

Stenciling a Hallway Accent Wall

The downstairs hallway update so far as included painting the doors white, the hardware ORB, the walls BM Moonshine, and wallpaper the ceiling (which turned out to be contagious for the rest of the downstairs).  The next task was to turn the back wall into an accent wall.

The accent wall came about by accident.  I was working on stenciling a wall (spoilers!) elsewhere in the house and really liked the look.  Inspired by the idea to repeat certain design elements to keep the Den looking cohesive I brought the stencil into the hallway.

Just for the record, I don’t follow directions all that well, so I didn’t bother using painters tape.  I had found out earlier that spray adhesive was a lot easier to deal.

Wolfy found and marked center on the wall for me.  I sprayed the back of the stencil and applied it to the wall.


I went with Sherwin Williams Leapfrog in high gloss for the pattern.  I applied it with a 4 inch roller.


My system for stenciling isn’t a lot of work, but it takes a long time.  I paint, pull the stencil off, wait 10-15 minutes until the paint is dry and then apply the stencil again.  This gives the areas that the stencil is going over plenty of time to dry.


Working out from the center of the wall I was able to use the stencil on both the bottom and the top before having to wait for it to dry.


I am very happy with it.  From far away it looks great.


Up close, it isn’t near as crisp as I would have preferred.  The problem was paint build up on my stencil, I was unable to get a clean line.


I’ll admit that it bugged me for a few days, but once I lived with it, I actually started to really like it.  I enjoy how perfect it looks from far away, but when you get closer it has a hand painted look that makes it look very authentic.

hallway update

 Other Hallway Projects:

Wallpapering the Ceiling for a Faux Tin Look Brightening Up the Hallway

Brightening Up the Hallway

Brightening Up the Hallway

The downstairs hallway that leads to the bathroom, laundry room, and guest bedroom is small and dark. I wanted a way to brighten it up without adding a light fixture.


The easiest way to do this and to make a modern update was to remove the brown wooden doors and freshen them up with some white paint.

We took the doors down and removed all hardware.

I used the paint sprayer to coat the doors in Dutch Boy’s White Lullaby. I did one coat on one side then ran out of paint.


A trip to Home Depot later I had another gallon of Behr’s Paint and Primer tinting to the White Lullaby shade. It took four coats on each side.


The hardware got a face lift with Rustolium Oil Rubbed Bronze.


Once dried they were rehung. The paint was touched up. And the doors were left open for several days to make sure the paint was completely dry.

While I was at it I also took down the picture frame in the hallway (that I had yet to put pictures in) and bought a mirror to hang there that I found at Wally World.

The next change we made was to lighten the wall color.  I went with Moonshine a Ben Moore color that I had color matched at Home Depot in a Behr high gloss.


Look at that! What a change, it feels so modern, so bright. And it was much cheaper than buying brand new doors.

Brightening Up the Hallway before and after

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