hallway home tour

First of all, I need to apologise for the time it has taken to do this hallway reveal post.  I wanted to make sure I had all the finishing touches done before the big Ta Da!

First things first, a quick tour of the room before (excuse the paint swatches on the wall!).

hallway reveal

Our hallway is very dark and much as I tried to add colour, in the hope to brighten it up, I failed!  The light grey paint turned out slightly lilac to my eye and it really didn’t go with the stair carpet (which in turn I started to hate).

Another hate of this room was the sheer amount of wood!  With the lack of natural light, the wood started to yellow very quickly.  Needless to say a repaint was a daunting task, but it just had to be done.

I’m a firm believer in preparation paying off, so up came the carpet.  I had to sand all those pesky spindles (something I’m glad I won’t ever have to do again), before under coating and glossing all the doors (read how I tackled painting the doors), skirtings and those *insert curse* spindles.

hallway reveal

We also had to replace the nasty chain fire hinges with fore hinges that were a little more pleasing to the eye.

If I never have to gloss paint ever again, it’ll be too soon! But what a difference it made in brightening up this room.  You can see from the before and after below, just how yellow it was (and we don’t smoke).  That was 3 years from new.

hallway reveal

We kept the stair carpet (as it was rather expensive at the time) and also the wooden floor (for the same reason).  We painted the walls throughout in Dulux Egyptian Cotton (a favourite of mine), which I think really tones in with the carpet I was starting to hate.

So here we are now….Ta Da!

hallway reveal

I just love it now.  It’s brighter…more homely and minimal.

What I Love About This Room

I got my heart art framed, which has really finished the hallway off.  I adore my lamp from Dwell and my wall collage and captains mirror (TK Maxx bargain).

hallway reveal

The beady eyed amongst you will notice that our finishing touch ‘wooden venetian blind’ isn’t up in the pictures.  But this has made the room so much lighter since we got it.

wooden venetian blind

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  1. Flying solo Reply

    A woman after my own heart! My whole house is painted in Egyption cotton, I love it, it’s a nice subtle grey and changes in different lights, I also have the stripe carpet on my stairs, I’m with you on the glossing, iv just been re doing some of mine, it goes yellow within weeks albeit subtly as they have stopped putting the chemical in it that stopped it going yellow, it’s frustrating!

  2. Pingback: Gloss Paint Or Satinwood? - Family, Home & Lifestyle Blog | Life With Munchers

  3. oldladydancing Reply

    Housebuilders now use satin paint rather than gloss as it doesn’t yellow so quickly, good tip if you are happy with satin paint finish.

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