We’re in the thick of it! Week 3 and 4 are definitely the hardest weeks that I’ve experienced in past One Room Challenges and this Week 3 was no exception! It’s hard when you can’t see the vision at the end of the tunnel. I know it will all come together, but it feels like that end goal is very far away. Click HERE if you missed last week and if you’re new here, we are renovating our hallway as part of the Spring 2024, One Room Challenge (ORC).

FYI, ORC = One Room Challenge, you’ll see this acronym a lot over the next 8 weeks!

Click the following text or photos below to see my past One Room Challenge transformations! When you have really crappy before photos, it makes the after one’s look even better ūüėČ

Back Entrance Renovation – Fall 2023

Office Renovation – Spring 2023

Basement Living Room – Fall 2022

Workshop Renovation – Spring 2022

One Room Challenge | DIY Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget
One Room Challenge | DIY Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget
One Room Challenge | DIY Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget
One Room Challenge | DIY Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget

First, let’s talk about what the One Room Challenge is. Have you heard of it? It’s a biannual event that is held every spring and fall. Anyone with a blog, Instagram or TikTok account is welcome to join the fun. It goes over 8 weeks and each week you share an update on your room. It’s a fun way to connect with other like minded people and be able to encourage each other through all the ups and downs of renovating! I highly encourage you to check out all the other participants HERE.

Before Photos of our hallway

PROJECT GOAL: Remove past layers of low quality renovations and simplify the space by creating a bright, classic hallway that is welcoming and calming.

From a distance it might not look that bad, but our walls are three layers. Wood horizontal shiplap with 1/4″ wallboard over top and then drywall over top of that. Once the drywall was added it made the wall thickness uneven with the door jams and the trim that was put over top was notched out of the drywall and VERY poorly done. Honestly, it just looks like crap.¬†

This hallway is getting renovated from ceiling to floor, however the new flooring will not be put in until the wall is removed on the other side of the house. Still waiting on the Engineer we’ve hired for that…

Hallway Renovation Ideas | DIY Hallway Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Hallway Inspiration
Hallway Renovation Ideas | DIY Hallway Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Hallway Inspiration
Hallway Renovation Ideas | DIY Hallway Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Hallway Inspiration
Hallway Renovation Ideas | DIY Hallway Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Hallway Inspiration

Progress of our hallway renovation

WEEK 3: This past week we finished removing the panel board, ripped up the hallway flooring, replaced the electrical outlets and started on the ceiling. 

About the ceiling, the hallway ceiling height was a little higher than the rest of the ceiling. After removing the trim board between the two we realized (we think) that the ceiling in the rest of the house was covered by another sheet of drywall and new popcorn ceiling. We decided to add another layer of drywall to the higher cieling to make the whole house ceiling level the same.

Next up: mud and tape the drywall on the ceiling, prime and popcorn it. 

Check back for the Week 4 update because I think we’ll actually start to see some progress.

Hallway Renovation | DIY 1960s Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Week 3 ORC
Hallway Renovation | DIY 1960s Home Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Week 3 ORC

Here’s the plan for our DIY Hallway Renovation

Spoiler alert: the plan has changed since writing this, but I’ll wait until week 2 to fill you in on the changes!

  • Week 1: Plan¬†
  • Week 2: Demo drywall (Yay, so far we are ahead of schedule)
  • Week 3: Remove floor, work on ceiling
  • Week 4: Do something with ceiling and attic box and work on door jams
  • Week 5: Paint and install doors
  • Week 6: Walls?
  • Week 7: Install trim
  • Week 8: Touch ups, decor and reveal!!

Based on my previous experience this will not end up being the final plan but I do find it very helpful to at least start with a plan. For the day to DIY updates, check our Instagram stories.

Here’s my inspiration. I am still unsure about the beadboard for the walls and unsure about the rug, what do you think?

Hallway Renovation Ideas | DIY Hallway Renovation | Home Renovation on a Budget | One Room Challenge | Spring 2024 One Room Challenge | Hallway Inspiration

Just like my past One Room Challenge Renovations, I’ll be keeping track of cost. After all, this is a budget friendly renovation. I’ll be sure to share cost details each week, so check back if that’s something you’re interested in.¬†

Week 3 One Room Challenge Progress

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