One of the things that makes me crazy about my house is all the wallpaper – almost every wall is covered. Even the ceiling in the bathroom downstairs! I’m very lucky to have a great house to live in, even more lucky that I’m allowed to make some changes. And stripping wallpaper in favor of paint is one of the biggest and most dramatic changes, one I actually love doing. (I had a really busy and stressful week and this actually helped me relax!)
In the past year, I’ve tackled the upstairs bathroom and two bedrooms and loved the changes, so I decided to go for the small hallway between the rooms this week.
Fun pattern, right? Even the closet doors were covered.
The stripping actually went really fast and easy – all the rooms in the house have been different. Our bedrooms were horrible, taking days to take down, but this hallway didn’t even take an hour and came away in large pieces. I washed the walls and gave it one coat of primer before the best part – paint! I chose a light yellow that I want to carry throughout the house to the other hallways and living room. A nice warm neutral, with a red accent wall sometime in the future!
With new paint I wanted some new decoration – printed out some of my favorite art pieces I had saved on my computer and displayed them all in different white frames.
Messed around with the layout on the floor until I got something I liked, and transferred it to the wall using newspaper to flesh out the look and feel.
It’s like a whole new hallway! I have to admit, I’ve been hanging out there almost obsessively lately, I love the reward of new projects! Excited to keep working on the house and see more changes. Only one problem still with that hallway, I haven’t figured out what to do with the doors – I don’t want to strip the wallpaper leaving all the glue residue and I’m hesitant to paint over them although that might be the best option. I could always buy new ones and attach new hardware but hopefully will think of another solution.