It’s week 6 of renovating our 1960s hallway renovation for the One Room Challenge I FINALLY feel like we’ve achieved something! I’m very happy to report that the ceiling is DONE! In the hallway, living room and front entrance. Keep reading below under this weeks progress, to find out the rest!

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 6: This week we painted the ceiling (2 coats) of white in the hallway, front entrance and living room. It was like someone turned the lights on as we were painting the first coat! What a difference! 

I also completely re-did the entrance to the attic in the hallway using bead board and trim and it looks SO MUCH brighter and clean. I installed the hallway light and now the hallway ceiling is completely finished! I love how the light looks and I was so happy when it worked when I turned the breaker back on! 

And while I was in the mood, I ripped up the floor in the living room.

Next up: remove the tile floor in the front entrance, install MDF panels on the walls, start the wall trim and maybe get the hallway doors up!

Once I got going on this renovation I thought there was no way I’d finish in 8 weeks, and I still don’t think I will, but I’ll be really close!

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

Here’s the plan for our DIY Hallway Renovation

  • Week 1: Plan¬†
  • Week 2: Demo drywall (Yay, so far we are ahead of schedule)
  • Week 3: Remove floor, work on ceiling
  • Week 4: Sand and prime door jams, finish mud and tape on ceiling and prime
  • Week 5: Repair popcorn ceiling and prep house for painting ceiling
  • Week 6: Paint ceiling, re-do attic entrance, install light
  • Week 7: Install walls + trim + doors
  • Week 8: Touch ups, decor and reveal!!

For the day to day DIY updates, check our Instagram stories.

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

Here’s the cost of our DIY Hallway Renovation

Some of these costs are associated with the front entrance and living room too.

  • Popcorn Ceiling Spray $82
  • Ceiling fan and light $210
  • Hallway light $62
  • Hallway rug $240
  • Other supplies including drywall for the ceiling, electrical outlets, primer, ceiling paint, door hinges, etc: $530

TOTAL TO DATE: $1124

We’ve got some big purchases yet, all the wall treatments, trim and flooring (to come later).

Week 6 One Room Challenge Progress

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