8 August 2015

Updates around the house - hallway

Ugh, I have been SO bad at blogging lately. There are so many posts I want to do but somehow just don't quite get there.

I wanted to hop on here today and share a few updates we've made around the house since moving here two months ago. I am still not organised, and there are still 8 boxes to unpack, but we're getting there.

I'll take it room by room, I think. I actually have been working on this post forever because I wanted to show everything at once, but I think I'll share each room in a separate post and maybe I'll actually get them done!!

Starting with the hallway as you enter the house. Here's how it looked shortly after we moved in:

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Changes we've made:
- hung a shelf on the wall and filled it with little baskets
- changed the seat pad cover
- hung artwork
- hung a star above the key nook
- hung key holder in key nook

Here's how it looks now.

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What we still plan to do:
- remove wallpaper and get walls smooth - filler? new plaster?
- paint walls
- sand and varnish floorboards
- paint inside key nook contrasting colour
- put some colour behind baskets in shelves - paper?
- install a funky light fitting
- have old gas heater removed
- hang full length mirror where gas heater was

- repaint all woodwork and trim
- remove old doorbell and install the cordless one we have
- possibly replace prints in frames and make new bench cushion cover to match

I'll try my best to get the rest of the posts up soon!! Thanks for your patience with my appalling blogging lately.

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  1. Hallways are quite difficult to decorate. I like how you've grouped everything together.

  2. The hallway looks great and easy to keep tidy. I especially love that it gives a nice roomy feeling and is wide enough without being a waste of space either. Luckily you don't see mine from the front door, it is narrow and at the end I have two small dressers stacked for my clothes since the master bedroom is too tiny for anything but a bed. It is usually a catch-all surface on top and never looks nice.

    Are you planning on doing your floorboards yourselves? Considering how the hunt for a contractor went for the sleepout maybe you should start scouting for one now. ;) Our whole first floor has sadly scuffed and damaged maple floorboards and in 15 years we have run out of the desire for such a big project but they just continue to look ratty. Once I was brave (foolish?) and got on hands and knees to wax it all down then buffed. It looked marginally better but the fumes were awful and in places it was too slick. Your floor looks nicer than mine...in our living room we have an outline in the center that looks as though someone actually shot at the floor perhaps with a nail gun...maybe they were affixing a rug? At any rate, it left terrible scars that never seem to hold caulk filler. lol Gotta love older homes...

    Hope your family is over the cold bug soon!

    1. Sorry, Molly, just realised I never replied to this. We are planning on doing the floorboards ourselves but only much later. I understand the polyurethane stinks badly so we will need the sleepout completed (and free of guests) for us to camp out in when we come to varnish.

      That is so bizarre that people would nail a rug (or anything) into the middle of your floor! So annoying!

  3. Super clean and cute! I like how you centered it over the wide doorway so the hallway doesn't feel narrowed at all.


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