The hallway renovations are well underway!

We originally had one light in the middle of the hallway, but it was very dark and we needed more light. So that handy husband of mine went up in the attic and covered the junction box of the current light and we placed 2 new junction boxes spaced evenly in the hallway.

We bought 2 of these lights for our hallway from Lamps Plus! Regularly $79.99 we got them for $49.95 and they're still on sale!

After taking down as much wallpaper as we could.. we switched over to working on the ceiling. The crazy textured ceiling that we covered up in the bedroom is of course in the hallway too.. and all over the first floor! So we've decided to wood plank all of the ceilings!

Doesn't this new wood planked ceiling make the hallway look so much better already?!

You can see in the photo below we stopped the wood ceiling before you get to the living room. Once we start remodeling the living room we will carry the wood planks throughout that room as well, but until then this is what we get to look at.. Ha! We are working room by room so that we aren't tearing up our whole house since we are living here throughout the remodel and also to help with the budget! So for now we will have a really nice hallway that makes our living room look even more outdated!

After getting the ceiling up it was time to start working on the wall treatment to cover up the walls that were in such bad shape from the layers upon layers of wallpaper and brown packing paper that had been added to create texture. A board and batten wall treatment was the winner in our long list of solutions to help fix up these walls.

Brian and our friend Wayne putting up the 1" x 2" trim pieces about 13" apart from each other.

The last step was to place 1/4" plywood between the trim pieces to cover up the rough walls. The plywood gave us a flat surface to paint instead of mudding all of the walls. Next we will caulk all of the board and batten trim pieces, nail holes, door trim, baseboards, etc. After 100 hours of caulking it will finally be time to paint!!!