Every January, I make a list of house projects I want to tackle over the next year.
Rob rolls his eyes when I do this, mostly because we never completely finish the list and end up tackling spur-of-the-moment projects that weren't on it. He thinks (and rightly so) that it's not a great planning tool.
But I make it anyway, because I love making lists and and thinking about house projects. I always add some pie-in-the-sky things, on the off-chance that some might actually happen. Last year, I was thrilled and a little surprised to check off "resurface countertops ."
I started 2012 and my list off right by painting my whole bathroom a bright white Jan. 2. I was sick of the navy , because when it's on half your wall, it doesn't make your tiny space feel bigger. The old paint job was also pretty nasty - if you're using using navy against white, especially on trim, use the expensive painter's tape. Anything less is a waste of your time because the paint will leak underneath. The new white paint finally gives my bathroom that finished, high-end feel I've been looking for.
Now that my bathroom feels less like a second-grader painted it, I've turned my attentions to the second item on my list: paint the hallway. I need some advice.
The hallway is small and has four doorways. It's the last bastion of yellow-gold paint that the previous owner used as a neutral and I really dislike. Even the hallway ceiling is yellow. It also lacks natural light and feels sort of like a mustardy cave. I'm going for the opposite feeling - I'd like to to feel airy and open.
Now, the paint colors in the rest of our house are grays and blues, minus of course, the newly bright white bathroom. I'd like to extend that feeling into the hallway. But part of me wants to do something fun and funky with the small space, like an accent wall. (If we didn't have a no-wallpaper treaty , I'd consider using it to create one . But don't even tell Rob I said that.)
Or maybe it's time to revisit the idea of putting a barn door on our hallway wall, to work as a bathroom door. I spent some time obsessing over the idea last year , only to be put off by the cost of the hardware involved. But this tutorial shows how to create a barn door track using things you can buy at a typical hardware store, for less than $100. And here's another, which includes making the door yourself. 
Anyone else have ideas about how we can add some personality to the space while making it feel more open and light? (I love the photo I used from Pinterest, although since we don't have vaulted ceilings, I doubt our hallway will ever feel this open.)
Here is an example of the barn door look I like - I love the idea of painting the door the same color as the wall, so it adds texture but not visual weight.