I was all set to meet Kriste at the studio this morning, but as I was getting up and about for the day, I realized I really wanted to paint my walls and trim and get the tedious painting project that’s been hanging over my head for years, finished. When the mood strikes to do something like that, you do it. So I did.
I shared last week about some of the painting on my to-do list…
Yesterday, I painted the walls (Gray Owl) and the trim (bright white out of the can) in the hallway through the arch. It just looks fresher and brighter than it did with the off-white trim and creamy-beige walls.
Here the hallway is from the bathroom view before it was painted…
The stairway was the same color and really dingy and scuffed. You can see I have touched it up over the years…sometimes with the wrong paint, so it was nice and blotchy.
It was a pain in the rear to paint all of this, but it looks so much better now!
I’m planning to install a stair runner to add a bit of color and also for safety. We have all taken a spill on those steps, because they are shallow and slippery. Having a runner will provide some traction and at least cushion a fall!
I have my eye on this one from Dash & Albert…
The hardest part of painting the stairway is how high the walls are. Of course, I can use an extension pole to reach them with the roller, but without specialty ladders for stairs, I can’t reach the corners to cut in. I painted the ceilings the same color, so I was able to get away with a simple solution – a paint brush on a stick.
I just taped the brush to the end of the extension pole and then I could reach the corners and edges. It’s definitely not good for precision and it’s not pretty, but it did the trick!
I painted the ceilings the same color, because they are really low upstairs, as you can see.
Painting the ceiling the same color tricks the eye a bit to “lift” the ceiling. That’s the official decorating explanation, so I’m going with it. It also meant I could use my brush on a stick.
I had a clock hanging on the wall, but I swapped it out for an antique dress from Jeff’s side of the family. It doesn’t stick out as far as the clock and is stunning enough to act as art.
I love how the bright white paint frames the doors and shows off one of my favorite original features of the home…the door knobs.
My dad has had to tinker with several of these knobs to get them to latch, open and close properly, etc. There was actually one room you couldn’t get out of if the door closed, because the knob wouldn’t turn the latch! He fixed that, though. Jeff and my dad have mentioned replacing them, but I won’t hear a word of it! The door knobs go? I go. No, not really, but I do love them and they are worth all of the quirks.
One original feature that I would like to replace is the hall light. It does have a somewhat charming vintage quality about it, but it is the only light for the hallway and stairs, so it would be nice to replace it with something that can put off more light. Because of the low ceilings, though, it has to have a very low profile and I’ve never found something I really like. I’ll just keep a lookout and, I’m sure, one of these days I’ll find just the right thing.
Next, I need to start working on the pictures for the gallery wall. I have a large stash of family letters, pictures, mats and frames and I just need to start putting them all together. I know it will bring so much life to the halls and make them feel like real spaces, not just dingy, neglected places used to get from point A to point B.