Makeover - The HallwayNovember 02, 2015
It's been a while since a proper Makeover Monday post! But finally I've put together a post on our hallway from start to finish. I can't believe we've lived in this house for over three years already now. Looking back at the old photos again feels like it was a lifetime ago. But at the same time it's flown by too. Funny how time and life goes by!
The hallway was an uninspiring bland yellow colour when we first bought the house. There was a blue carpet - the whole house had weird carpet colours - which we ripped up immediately. The house had an ugly white front door and unnecessary picture rail and architrave on the walls which didn't actually add any character. There's a big radiator as you come in the door which was crying out to have a cover added to it to pretty it up a little. So first of all we set about removing the wood on the walls, filling it and then getting ready to paint.
I've talked about creating this DIY Family wedding gallery wall before here on the blog and so many people still comment on it when they see it.
And likewise, there's a whole post on these DIY bus blinds here.
A hallway needed to be a practical space for us as we have no big coat cupboards for storage. As such, the area to the right of the stairs has now become the main coat area where I hang everything and anything so that it's easy to grab when I'm rushing out the door. We copied the original coat hooks from the original hallway so got a piece of wood that a carpenter chamfered into shape and stained darker for us and then added some Victorian style acorn hooks that I got from eBay. I have a lot of coats, scarves, hats and capes - this is only half of them! The rest are stuffed into wardrobes and behind doors upstairs. I try and swap things around seasonally so these are the things I'm using most right now.
I tend to keep the rest of the radiator cover quite clear as our hallway is very narrow when you come in the front door so it doesn't need anything to make it feel smaller. Especially as visitors hang up their coats above the radiator cover too. There's a mirror, not sure if it shows in any photos, by the front door which also makes the space feel a bit bigger.
Sorry the light is terrible in these photos as it was flooding in through the front door but you get the idea! My wellies sit on a mat next to the radiator cover which protects the oak floor from mud and the wet.