As usual, months before I get a break from school, I start planning out what projects I am going to tackle. Nothing was different for Spring Break. Over break, the biggest project I wanted to get a handle on was the upstairs hallway.
I have officially done nothing upstairs. Primarily because I literally didn’t know where to start. It just seems like an endless stream of work up there.
But I knew I needed to. I also knew that once I did, I would feel much better.
So, I start planning and hit Pinterest hard for some inspiration.
I first fell in love with this idea.
But I also loved this.
So, I was faced with the challenge of combining these two concepts with colors that I wanted. I have been trying to put up a picture rail in every room I have done, so I was so excited when I realized I could make the whole hallway upstairs a bit of a gallery with the two tone paint.
Here we go!
First was dealing with the challenges of painting on steps. I needed scaffolding. Do you think we could find the community scaffolding between the 3 houses that make up the “community”?
Well, not until about 2 weeks after I was done. Thanks J-Town for that text.
But being the resourceful girl that I am, I managed to make it work!
The one thing I always under estimate in a project is the repair work. Especially in this old house. I mean, let’s be honest, you could literally repair forever…and never get it perfect. But I decided a long time ago, that I didn’t want it perfect. I want the house to look nice and that it has been loved, but it’s scars….they are a part of it’s history. So, I like the imperfections…plus, I don’t have that kind of patience.
In my head, I knew I wanted to go for more “period” colors, vibrant, strong and bold. I knew I wanted to have a dark brown picture rail and that I wanted to be able to use the hallways as a gallery of sorts for all kinds of fun stuff. So, with all of that in mind, I put together my palette of colors and got started. I have to admit, when I first started I was super excited. As I continued, I became progressively more and more nervous.
By the end of the work…I was flat out scared. I even tried painting the runs of the steps, thinking it would help. I couldn’t even bring myself to put a second coat of teal on to cover the patch work. But knowing how much work had been invested, I decided to live with it for a few days before I made the final call.
Three days later, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I tried to tell myself that once the picture rail was installed, it would be ok. But it wouldn’t. I literally could not handle it.
It was the Sunday before I went back to school and I was back at Home Depot that morning buying more paint.
I cried to Momma D. I had never been that off in color selection. Granted, I have been getting more risky in my old age, but all of them always turn out so cool.
Not this time.
So much teal that it almost caused a negative physical reaction.
So, I ended up staying the same color family as the ceiling, just a few shades lighter. I have to say, I love it a lot more! Plus, the neutral wall will work a lot better to use the hallways as a gallery. I still got my teal steps…which makes my heart happy. So, now that I have been living with it for a month, it’s time to finish the rest of the hallway.
Did I mention that the hallway is really big?
One month until Summer Break….no worries, the planning is in full swing! Lots of things hopefully will be getting done. That is unless I decide to spend the summer swinging in the hammock.
Ok friends…have a fabulous Saturday!
Peace out peeps.