Hello everyone, I'm (another) Kate and am thrilled to be giving you a glimpse into my quick, easy, (and most importantly) cheap hallway update today.

When we purchased our house, I knew we would be painting the hallway, and we quickly updated it from a dark green to a bright cream. I loved the crisp clean look it gave, but even I have to admit it looked a little plain Jane.

I was initially planning on adding stripes along all of the walls, but with 5 doorways it would have been very start stop, so I decided on one wide stripe on the main wall. Now for the color - I must have bought about 50 different paint chips home. I wanted something neutral, but enough of a contrast that you would actually notice it. In the end I went for Dust Bunny (oh the irony!) by Valspar.

I masked out my line with painters tape. I read a great tip for painting stripes: paint along the outside with an almost dry brush as this seals the edges and prevents bleeding under the tape.

I couldn't wait to whip the tape off. Sure enough, the lines were nice and sharp.

I picked up 4 frames from our local dollar store and framed some of my own photos.

I love how it turned out. 

At only $3 for the tester of paint and $4 for the frames the whole project came in under $10. Perfect if you're a renter and don't want the hassle of repainting a whole wall when you move out, or if you want to inject a bit of color but don't want to commit to a whole wall.

You can find me over on Magic City Thistle, where I'm a first time homeowner learning as I go and trying to inject my own style into our new nest, with the help of our sweet little rescue dog Murphy. I love a bargain, am addicted to thrift stores and am an incurrable crafter.

From one Kate to another, thank you so much for letting me stop by and visit.


  1. I love this idea! Do you think it would detract if there were a 3 switch light switch at the beginning of the stripe?