I’m going to be making a few tweaks to three of the rooms in our house. I’ll be keeping the interior design scheme we already have, just mainly adding some accents and changing a few things around. The first room I’ll be tackling is the hallway (you can see how it turned out here), so I thought I’d share with you the initial hallway renovation: before and after, and what it looks like at present.
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If you’ve read my about page, you’ll know that Andy and I bought our house in 2013 and basically gutted it. Below is the hallway before we started work (apologies for the poor quality of some of the before pics!). See above for what it looks like now.
This is a before view from the top of the stairs.
And this is the after view.
The plaster on the walls was loose, so we had it removed, and the walls boarded and skimmed. At one point we arrived in the morning to find the newly plastered ceiling had fallen down overnight 😯 , likely due to old lime paint. So we had to then also have the ceiling boarded and skimmed.
We replaced the spindles and handrail on the stairs, as the spindles in situ were too far apart. I wanted an oak handrail to match the oak doors. Andy arrived home with a pine handrail (as it was cheaper) and said we could stain it to make it look oak. I persuaded him otherwise. There are some things you can do on the cheap but this was not one of them! So he exchanged the pine rail for an oak one. We went for a thick pile plush neutral carpet on the stairs to match the carpeted rooms in the rest of the house. We also replaced the skirting board with Lambs Tongue which would have been an original feature when the house was built in the 1930’s.
I painted the walls a mid-grey to contrast with the orange. To complement the grey I chose a gorgeous Farrow and Ball lotus wallpaper. It isn’t the cheapest of wallpapers but it oozes drama and close up, the design looks like it’s been hand printed. It really is a beautiful wallpaper.
The floorboards had to be ripped up as they were wet from water damage that had occurred before we bought the house, and also because we were installing underfloor heating.
For the flooring, we decided on a Kardean Parquet Flooring in Blond Oak, which comes in individual blocks and was laid by a specialist fitter. Many visitors have mistaken it for the real thing! It is hard wearing (I can wear my heels without damaging it), and it’s comfortable underfoot. The only disadvantages I’ve noticed is that in certain lights you can see scratches on the surface (I stopped vacuuming it when I noticed these and use a soft brush now), and even though the underneath was boarded completely level, I am noticing some lines and dips where the joints of the underneath boards meet. These things however, are not noticeable unless you really inspect the floor closely.
My mom gave me some vintage 70’s orange glass lampshades that she had in her loft, and we made them into a trio ceiling light.
I bought the console table second hand off eBay. It was a cream colour (sorry, no before pics). I initially painted it a light grey, but wasn’t happy as it blended into the background, and was basically dull and boring, so I decided on a bold orange ombre look, which I think works well with the vintage lampshades and packs a punch. I also initially had a smaller rectangle mirror above the table, but, again, it was lacklustre so I bought this *oversized round mirror which I love, that adds drama and space.
The LED arrow sign I made myself from black card and the feather lampshade was also a DIY project that I made from a wig head.
The small table was an upcycle from wine bottles which I then decoupaged. The marbled vase was a charity shop find, as was the wooden lovers on the console table.
The bright orange colour of this vintage 1930’s *’Gone With The Wind’ movie poster fitted in perfectly with the hallway.
I love this flamingo print that we put on the landing (you may already know, I have a thing about flamingos). I framed it using an old frame that Andy cut to size for me, and I bought the made-to-measure mount and anti-glare perspex online.
We kept the stained glass window that was there when we bought the house. The wall light is from the set from my mom, and matches the ceiling light in the hallway.
The pot for my artificial palm is actually an old chimney pot that Andy brought home from a job (it obviously has no bottom, but as the plant’s fake it doesn’t matter 😉 ). I like that it’s aged and tatty as it adds character to the room.
Even though I do love the hallway and landing as it is, I will be carrying out a mini-makeover soon, just to hopefully raise it up a notch. You can enter your details here so you receive my new posts straight to your inbox and don’t miss it.