Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Hallway Makeover Reveal

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The day has finally arrived! After hours of painting and reconstructing doors, I can finally show you our farmhouse hallway makeover reveal.

This was one of those projects that I started with little to no vision. That’s certainly not how the experts do it, but in this case, it completely worked for me. The only goal I had for this project was to make it brighter and cuter.

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Before the Makeover

Before the hallway was super dark and dreary. It was one of those spaces that I didn’t like, but it was not a focal point of the house and so it took some time before I was annoyed enough to do something about it.

The one thing about the hallway that was most noticeable was the 5 hollow core doors in a row that had the honey oak finish.

I had about $100 to spend on this project so replacing the doors was completely out of the question.

Unfortunately, I did not come in at budget for this project, but it certainly was not an expensive renovation.

Farmhouse Hallway After the Makeover

As I stated, there were no design plans for this project. The only goal I had in mind was to make the hallway better and lighter, with a budget of 100$! Professional right?!

Sometimes a DIY project is more about the inspirational journey you can walk through instead of actually having plans.

In these kinds of cases, making a Pinterest board can be very helpful in determining what you want. I’ve heard it said from a number of different podcasts that if you are going to reshape a space you should have 100-200 pins on a board specific to that project before you start.

Although I had nowhere near that amount, it was helpful to spot some key features that my style was drawn. Here are a few things that I went into the project knowing.

  • The hallways needed to be white
  • I wanted a new darker light fixture
  • The end wall should be a feature wall
  • I wanted a long rug on the existing carpet
  • Each door needed a facelift


The longest part of the hallway makeover was creating doors that no longer looked like hollow core doors. However, I truly do like it when things look original. I didn’t want doors that we DIYed but still looked like something we could have picked up at Menards. I like the original looks.

That is why I love lathe doors! For a little time and paint they give our doors an upgrade, but an original look.

If you are on a budget, lathe doors can be done for just a few dollars. The type of doors I did in the hallways only used 8 pieces of the lathe, which I estimate to be about $7 worth of wood. Add a little glue, staples, and your favorite paint, maybe some Rub n’ Buff if you’d like to change the color of your hardware, and the doors can be done for as little as $10-$15.

Lathe doors can also be more complicated and more expensive, depending on your time and budget. If you head to my trim and doors painting post, you can see some of my more complicated lathe doors.

For this project, the hardware was painted with ebony Rub n’ Buff. Eventually, as the budget allows, the doorknobs will be changed over to my favorite $25 Amazon knob. *edit – the doorknob price recently went up to $32.

Hallway Fake Wood Wall

The fake wood wall at the end of the hallways was a last-minute edition that I think really sets the space apart. Because of our budget, I would not have splurged on a fake wood wall unless I saw a killer deal, and that is just what happened. My Wood Wall Java panels were on a close-out sale at Menards for $16 a box with just over 10 square feet in a box.

We used just over 2 boxes for this project.

The closest equivalent to this is by Art3d and their price is per 16 square feet.

Nursery Sign and Decor

The nursery makeover is well underway but we are currently at a standstill as I wait for a budget-friendly rocking chair. However, the nursery sign was a hallway edition that was such a fun find!

I found this specific sign at a local antique store for $17, but it is readily available on Amazon as well.

The shelf was from a local gift shop called “The Modern Farmhouse.” It was refurbished and sold for $29.99.

Finally, the mason jar vase was painted with a mixture of Rustoleum Chalk paint and baking soda to give it a more modern and textured look. The Beauty Revival has a wonderful tutorial on how to do this.


This rug was one of those must haves when I started this project. I may change the rug around a bit at some point and go with a longer one, but for now, this jute Target rug was the perfect addition and within a reasonable price range.

Farmhouse Lighting

Farmhouse lighting can be so subjunctive! Some like really rustic or modern pieces. The light that I chose has more of a modern feel, but the real feature of this piece is the price tag! There was a $6 coupon that I used to originally snag, but even without the coupon, it comes in below $50! Now that is a steal!

How do you make a Hall Makeover?

Here are 10 ways to do a hallway makeover with simple funds and simple farmhouse decor!

  1. Add jute or woven runner rug to the floor
  2. Add new lighting
  3. Freshen up the paint
  4. Spend some time doing a door DIY project
  5. Paint or add new trim
  6. Add window treatments (if there is a window!)
  7. Add new handles and knobs to doors
  8. Spruce up with some added greenery

How Much Did I Spend on my Farmhouse Hallway

Did I spend my budget of $100? Unfortunately no, I did not come in on budget, but it still was a relatively cheap makeover project. Here is the breakdown.

  • Weltrans Ceiling Light Fixture – $47.12
  • Fake Wood Wall from My Wood Wall – 3 boxes at $16.99
  • Jute Rug from Target – $31.50
  • Lath wood bundle – $22.23
  • Rustoleum Chalk Paint – $18.18
  • Tube of Ebony Rub n’ Buff – $10.70
  • Shelf – $29.99
  • Nursey Sign – $17.99

Project Grand Total: $229.68

Shop our Farmhouse Hallway Decor and Supplies

Ceiling Light Fixture

Jute Runner Rug from Target

Ebony Rub N Buff

Rustoleum Chalk Paint

Hanging Nursery Sign

Our Farmhouse Hallway Makeover

Even though I did not come in on budget, it still gave the hallway a nice upgrade with a fresher appearance, which is precisely what I was going for! Thanks for stopping by for the full reveal!

Make sure to pin the Farmhouse hallway makeover pin for later.

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