This post has been sponsored by KILZ. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Is there a project that you have been putting off for a while? My upstairs hall was one of “those” projects, and I’m kicking myself that I waited so long! I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the makeover, so I came up with a wall treatment that cost less than $100 and only took a couple of days for me to complete on my own (if you had someone helping you, this could easily be done in a day!).
Here is what it looked like BEFORE the makeover…
I only had to buy one piece of plywood and a gallon of paint, I had everything else I needed. So for around $75, I got a lot of bang for my buck.
Hall Makeover for LESS than $100
- 5mm plywood cut into 3″ strips
- hammer or nail gun
- paintable caulk
- stud finder
I used this plywood pictured below and had the hardware store cut it into 3″ strips horizontally…
1. I started by locating all the studs. I used a stud finder and tested with a nail to verify the exact location.
2. Then I played around with a grid pattern by drawing it up on the wall, making sure that each section of 3″ plywood would intersect a stud. ( I wanted to add some large pictures inside each grid, so I needed to make sure they would also work with the pattern.)
3. Once I had the pattern figured out, I started attaching the boards to the wall using a nail gun. (You could also use finishing nails and a hammer.)
Because of the stud placement, I decided to have the horizontal pieces span the wall and cut the vertical pieces. This is completely your preference, but you want each piece attached to a stud.
After all the grids were installed, I used caulk to fill in the nail holes/gaps and around each piece of wood.
I kept going back and forth about the color of the walls. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a bold (fun) color or stick to a white. I love the look of darker colors, but I also wanted to keep this area of the house open and airy.
Thankfully I found these KILZ Peel and Stick Samples. I was able to try out a few different colors on the wall without even getting a paint brush out! It was great to see the different colors at different times of the day, and I decided that a version of white was the way to go.
I chose Collector’s White from KILZ TRIBUTE Interior Matte Paint and Primer in One. It’s a greige-tinted white shade and pairs great with other neutral colors, mid-toned flooring and polished metal.
There were a couple of reasons I decided on this specific paint for the hall. 1.) I wanted a matte finish because the wall has a lot of imperfections and a shinier finish would highlight the flaws. 2.) The KILZ Tribute matte sheen resists dirt with a scrubbable film for easy cleaning and is highly durable. (I did a kid test by writing on the wall with crayons and markers…with a little scrubbing the marks came off but the paint stayed!!)
Here’s the AFTER…
I’m still a little in awe that I was able to get such dramatic results for less than $100!
Of course you know the drill, now I need to repaint the doors and baseboards. However, that will have to wait.
What do you think? Is this a project you want to tackle?
Be sure to check back in a few days to see the rest of the details and the final cost tally.