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Downstairs Hallway/Entrance TRANSFORMED

16 Aug

When I first moved into my house in 2002, I decided to do the ground floor first — kitchen, half-bath, and what was then (and has now become again) my office. It took about six months, but it happened. All of the hallways in my house had a charming but very old and dingy brocadey green wallpaper. It was in really super dingy shape here on the first floor, so I had it removed and had the bare plaster walls painted a neutral beige color, a la restoration hardware catalog. So the hallway was beige with black and white accents. It was really cute for a couple of years, but the wall color turned dingy after just a few years. I also have a rising damp problem in one corner (which was less of a problem with the paper there; I believe it was keeping it down to some degree).

So anyway, I have just finished papering it. I got York paper — a classic black and white stripe. And did it on the ceiling too! It looks fabulous, if I do say so myself. I still have a few odds and ends to finish. Please enjoy the wallpapered ADT circuit box, and the wallpapered switchplate cover. 🙂

THANK YOU to my good friends Ann and Liz who helped me do the ceilings — and without whom the ceiling would have been a huge disaster. The cat and dog helped a lot, too.

This was a two-day project. On day one I moved all the furniture and did the short part of the ceiling and the walls directly under the short part of the ceiling. On day two, I did the rest of the walls and the longer ceiling parts with my friends. I’m still deciding what to do about the furniture, so that will be another day’s worth of work (painting and papering) once I decide. Also need a radiator cabinet (and will paper that).

Enjoy the transformation!!!