Given we finished all this work over a year ago I thought it was probably about time to share it. Apologies it’s taken so long, it’s been a crazy year and blogging has slipped way down my list of priorities.
So, the hallway, stairs, landing and lobby. It was never going to be hard to improve on this area of the house, there was not only THAT carpet but also artex and dodgy moldings galore, alongside the icky red/brown varnish that was on every single bit of poor original wood. Have an in depth look here. But boy, we always knew the potential was vast.
Whilst it may have been one of the easiest parts of the house to make a world of difference to, to look at, it was also one of the most labour intensive. All the wallpaper (5 layers of it) needed stripping, the mouldings removing, rewiring, plastering and then sanding. How could I forget the sanding.
Here’s a glimpse of how that went:
You get the general idea of the sheer size of the task in hand! Added to this we also had to replace the interior glass, the back door and the huge front door.
Ready to see how it turned out? Head on over to the ‘after’ page.
Would you like to see another colour scheme? Sure you do!
When we tried to work out this area one thing was very clear – we had a lot of wall and a lot of wood. We also realised we’re so blessed with such great space that we didn’t need to comply with the usual requirement to make a hallway feel larger by keeping the colours light. With this freedom, we were surprised at how quickly we settled on paint colours.
Ready? here goes:
French Gray on the main body of the walls
Old White on the walls below the dado and the inner door from the lobby and screen
Slipper Satin for achitraves, doors, dado, ceilings and the picture rail in the lobby
We’re also going to use Slipper Satin on the stairs – on the large original side panels as well as on the spindles and sofits. The newel posts and banisters will be stained (mahogany) and either varnished or waxed.
All White for the cornicing and ceiling roses
Mouse’s Back (such a great name!) for the body of the walls in the Lobby
Brinjal in full gloss for the back of the front door.
And that’s it! We were advised to choose colours that make us happy. Oly loved Brinjal when I first started waving F&B colour charts at him so we’re glad to have found it a home. We’ve got all the paint and now, as with the rest of the place, just need to get it on the walls!
We’re really happy with these colours and hope they will transform the house and its entrance way back to a more elegant past, without making it feel too dated.