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Adding Trim to the Hallway

As a part of the New Year New Room Challenge, I decided to finally finish a project I had started over 8 years ago…installing the rest of the trim that went around our upstairs hallway. It’s actually more of a high chair rail. I had started it, ran out of trim and then never went back for more to finish it up. It was finally time, but I encountered a few problems. They actually don’t make that exact trim anymore! Shame on me for waiting for so long, but I wasn’t about to rip out what was already installed. I did find a trim that was close enough to fool the eye, so I bought $19 dollars worth if trim and called it a day. That’s where I could kick myself.  I could have completed that chair rail for under $20 a bunch of years ago, but procrastination got in the way (and kids and work and life). Now, I can at least say its completed! You can watch a little video of the project with this post.

Hallway before makeover with rug and white doors

After adding the chair rail, I then swapped out both of the mirrors. It was there I ran into another problem with the mirror closest to the stairs.

Wall with old mirror removed

The mirror I picked as a replacement is smaller (in width)that the original, and of course there is trim around it.

New mirror with arch added to wall

I kind of had a feeling that was going to be an issue and I am going to get creative in a solution though to make it work. I love the way it looks and am glad that was the one I decided on. We’ve always needed a full length mirror and this was the perfect time to add one. With both mirrors hung and the trim completed, it already feels like a new space and looks so clean and fresh! I can’t wait to paint the doors and add the mural artwork above the chair rail trim.

Wall before adding chair rail

Just by comparing the two photos I can see how much of a difference it makes by adding the small piece of trim and painting the wall white.

Wall with chair rail added

One fun touch I added was a vintage brass light switch plate. I bought for of them a few years ago and have been waiting to use them. This was the perfect opportunity to add something unique. I adore the etched design and shape.

VIntage brass wall switch plate

I know it’s going to go so well with the mural I have planned. Honestly, if I had only known adding trim to the hallway was going to be so easy… I wish I had finished it before!

Hallway with trim and chair rail

Make sure you visit the other creators who are also making over their spaces! it’s so much fun to see what everyone is doing and how talented they are!

new year new room refresh challenge participants image 2023

Casa Watkins Living // Iris Nacole // Jennifer Rizzo // JZ Holmes // Katrina Blair // Live Pretty On A Penny // Love Your Abode // Maggie Overby Studios // Mocha Girl Place // My Eclectic Nest // Never Skip Brunch // One Handy Momma // Our Fifth House // Southern State of Mind // This Is Our Bliss // Tool Box Divas // Up To Date Interiors

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  1. Looking great. Regarding the full length mirror that is smaller than the former one, Perhaps using trim to make a frame several inches away from the actual mirror around the whole mirror following its shape. so it feels like the original trim pieces butt into the new framed out mirror.

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