Stair and Hallway Makeover Reveal With An Epic Gallery Wall
Well, it honestly felt like this day would never come. After what has been literally months of work, I am so pleased to finally (FINALLY!!) say that the stair and hallway makeover reveal is ready to go!
This project was a mammoth task from the very beginning. For those of you who have been following along, you may remember the balustrade stripping fiasco (see here) and the soul destroying task of removing over a century of wallpaper. You would think that would be it, eh?
No, I decided that I didn’t have enough to do so pretty much went out of my way to create extra jobs to do. It was almost like I wanted to delay the hallway reveal. Trust me, this was not the case. Among this list of extra jobs, I decided to refinish a vintage cabinet, strip, sand and refinish a bentwood chair, build a bench, and create pretty much half of the artwork for a massive gallery wall and panel
Don’t get me wrong… I do it ‘cos I luv it! It’s just that it makes for a long wait in blogging years!
Before The Hallway Makeover Reveal.
It’s clear to see now, why the walls were covered in ridiculously thick, textured wallpaper. The walls underneath were a fucking disaster. Seriously. With no budget to re-plaster, I tried my best to even out the awful finish using skim, then lining paper. In general, it’s fine… but in certain lights, I can still see the scars.
Everywhere that wasn’t carpeted or wallpapered, was covered in thick gloss paint, so most of my time was spent stripping over a century of thick, lead-filled paint layers. Balustrade, doors, mouldings, stair treads… all got the treatment. Then there was the magic cupboard on the upstairs landing.
I loved this weird little stairs/storage combo, but it needed a bit of work to get it looking like it hadn’t just been cobbled together. Last time you saw it, it looked like this…
All in all, this makeover had to have maximum impact, with minimum outlay. If I cant ‘charity shop’ it, I’ll make it. As fun as this approach is, it’s time consuming.
Drumroll Please…. For The Hallway Makeover Reveal!
So this whole makeover played out over a looong period of time. As much as the preparation took ages, so did the faffing. However, starting with the big ‘obvious’ changes; the flooring.
Having over-ordered on the living room flooring, I decided to make the best out of my stupidity and carry it through into the hallway. Instead of ‘herringbone’ however, I decided to go ‘diagonal’. As it’s a large scale board, I felt that the herringbone would be lost in the hallway, but the diagonal would still allow the line of the living room boards to flow through. Plus i wouldn’t have all those buggery wee angles to cut. All round win!
The entryway tiles, you’ve seen before. The busy pattern has proven as practical as it is beautiful even though they are fairly light in colour. I’ve deliberately avoided showing pictures of this area, as we are still not 100% on the colour. It’ll be dealt with over the next couple of weeks… but for now, it stays.
Initially I was just going to use a runner that I had purchased from the holy land that is TK Maxx, for the bargain sum of £30. It was beautiful. But for some reason, it just left me… flat.
Then I saw this baby.
It completely threw me. I wasn’t expecting to NEED a pink rug. But I did. Desperately.
In an attempt to throw myself off the idea, I sent the image to Brian, who I had hoped would say no. He didn’t. In fact, I think his reply to the image was “YES!!”. It was meant to be.
Having just bought the ‘lil pink number, I really didn’t want to have to fork out for a second rug. Also, I hadn’t really seen anything narrow enough, nor pretty enough to suit. Until last night.
I found this amazing place that stocks heaps of items that I LOVE but had never thought of looking before. Normally i just go directly to the usual online stores to browse, but decided to give this place a try… and it came up trumps. You won’t have heard of it, it’s called ‘my spare room’. *facepalm.
Yup, I bought this rug about 4 years ago from Ebay for £20. It was too small and completely the wrong colour when it arrived. How ridiculously perfect is it now?! Granted, a wee bit of fuchsia in it would be lovely, but for something that I already had, I cannot complain!
The most obvious change in the hallway makeover, would be the panelling. The whole idea behind this was to create more of a ‘stairwell’ feel to this section of the hallway, rather than just a ‘staircase’. I know it’s not something that would be original to the house, but I don’t care. I wanted panelling, so I panelled. And I love it.
For those of you who love the make-do part, here are some progress shots;
Both the panelling and staircase are painted in Empirical grey by Valspar. This grey/green/blue shade takes on different tones in different lights and is a lovely (dare i say ‘neutral’) shade that makes any bright colour ‘pop’. I opted for Premium Blend v700 in matt on the walls and Premium Blend v700 in Satin finish on the stairs and skirting. I should add, I’m in no way affiliated with Valspar, I just really love their paint. In fact, so much so, that I chose Farrow and Ball ‘Pavilion Grey’ for the rest of the walls, ceiling and mouldings, and had it colour matched in Valspar. Unless you’re a die-hard Farrow and Ball fan, I would totally recommend doing this if you want to save money, but still want a good quality paint. In my opinion, of course.
Stair and Hallway Makeover Reveal; Upstairs.
I’m not quite sure which part I love more… the gallery wall, the cupboard, or the chandelier. I know Brian’s answer; the chandelier. Bought for the bargain sum of £100 from Ebay, I absolutely love the scale in this space. I love the contrast of the grandeur of the crystal, with the slightly humble, make-do-and-mend stair/cupboard. Contrast like this pleases me.
Then there’s the gallery wall. This was a labour of love. There are a few paintings on here that I absolutely love, four of which were painted by former students. I’ll have these for life. However, in between, you’ll find an array of ‘space fillers’ produced by myself to… well, fill the space. I’ll be talking about this in an upcoming post though, so more of that later. As much as I love a gallery wall, I don’t love having to balance on a ladder, hanging over a balcony. My palms are sweaty at the memory.
Then There’s The Magic Cupboard/Stairs.
One of my favourite features of the house received the biggest of all the makeovers. The addition of glass, and a mix of original and new knobs and handles, has helped upgrade this functional vintage DIY to a quirky and eye-catching centrepiece. By removing the carpet and painting the treads, the stairs become handy display shelves. The colours used downstairs have been carried up, to help unify the space.
Oh, and for those of you who are wondering, I only have to move two objects to be able to use the ‘shelves’ as stairs. Not as daft as I look!
I would say, apart from the colour in the front entryway, I’m very very happy with the end result of this hallway makeover. The lighter colour makes for a nice transition between the darker bedroom and living room, whilst the darker stairwell area creates a bit of drama, and provides a gorgeous background for gilded and brass accessories.
AND PINK! I love pink! Brian loves Pink! Who knew? (See what I did there Pink fans?)
Whilst I have you here…
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