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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hallway Drama

     My upstairs hallway is this tiny, plain, non-descript space that needed a little help. I have no budget {meaning there's nothing to spend} so it took thinking to come up with something. We live in a tri-level which means there's only 7 steps up to the next level and 7 steps down to the lower level, in other words, you can see both floors from the main floor.

     Here's the plain-ness in all its glory {or lack thereof}:

     Our walls are kind of an oatmeal color and in several spaces throughout the house we contrasted this color with a darker brown {in the master bedroom, the main living room wall, and an inset above the steps going down}. I still had some of this brown so I decided to do a wide vertical stripe down the wall in the hallway.

     If you've never tackled a painting project before I promise you this is easy and relatively quick to do. This project only took about 45 minutes including hunting for sticks for my cross project, set up and clean up!

     And if you want to give this a try somewhere here are the steps I used:

1) Prep your walls. Fill any holes with spackle or white toothpaste. Wipe down the walls, and remove outlet covers.

2) Measure and tape off your stripe. I used a level so that my stripe wasn't all wonky!

3) Use a small roller to paint it in. And that's really it! I did two coats. I did learn that if you don't wash off hairspray spots {this hall is opposite my bathroom door and apparently the hairspray really flies! oops!} you will have to do maybe three coats in a few spots.

Here's the end result:

I defied the rules of design and hung this large picture. {I got it for about $20.00 at IKEA last year and it needed a good home.} Originally I thought it would be fun to do a collage here but I already have one going up the steps and thought it would be a bit too much.

     I'm all about adding natural elements to give a space more texture and help to create that homey vibe. So my little buddy Hudson went on a stick hunt with me and together we created this cross out of sticks.

     When the budget allows I will add a small runner to the hall and do something different with the light fixture. But for now this is where we're at, and I'm OK with that!

         Philippians 4:11 ".....for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."

I'm sharing this here:

At the Picket Fence
Between Naps on the Porch
i should be mopping the floor
Not Just a Housewife
The Shabby Creek Cottage


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  2. What a fabulous little project with such a big impact!

  3. How fabulous! Looks great. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from BNOTP. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. It looks amazing! I also LOVE the cross project...I may send my little adventurers out on a stick hunt this weekend:)


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