The hall, stairs and landing have been the last part of the house that we’ve renovated.
For quite a few months, they’ve been the only areas to still show signs of the dodgy décor we were surrounded by when we moved in three years ago, much of it seeming to have been untouched since the house was built in the 1970s.
I wasn’t exactly sad to see the back of the what-were-they-thinking half-and-half pink and blue combo :) … but I did kind of like it being there as a reminder to us and visitors of the big changes we’ve brought about throughout.
As with every other room, the walls of the hall, stairs and landing needed a fair amount of stripping back and rebuilding before they could be re-plastered and we could then decorate. Overall, we (as usual, him mostly) have been working on this area for a few months, and it’s still not quite finished. In between, he’s also been working on the outdoor decking – taking advantage of the good weather – and, you know, we had a baby too!
But the new carpet for the stairs and landing is on order and we’ve reached the point in the project where it feels good to actually open the front door. (I still despise the front door itself, however).
The hallway is such an insignificant space in terms of the time you actually spend there but perhaps the most important in the way it can set your mood as you enter and leave the house.
Things that seem like quite small improvements – like having somewhere to hang your coat, store your shoes and a shelf for your keys – make a big difference to how relaxed and organised I feel at home, especially now we have a little person who comes with a lot of stuff.
- Floor | we used the same solid oak wood floor as we put down in the bedroom and kitchen
- Walls | I don’t know if the paint colour has come out particularly well in the photos but it’s a lovely grey-green shade that we had mixed at one of the Valspar counters in B&Q. We had a sample we liked and took it in; they can match your paint to any colour you give them.
- Corner bench and wall shelf with hooks | these are more things made by my fab dad! The poor guy has had them cluttering his garage for three years as I requested them when we moved in, not realising the hall would be the very last room we would tackle.
- Accessories | light shade (£18), hexagon shelf (£10), ‘Hello Sunshine’ canvas (£4), ‘Dream Big’ glass frame (£5) and green and blue stripe jute doormat (£12), all from B&Q.
I was given a little help in completing this project by Saga, who are running a campaign about how equity release is a popular way of generating money to fund home improvements.
It kind of feels like the end of an era to be sharing a post about the renovation of the last inside space left to do. You can catch up on all our room renovations in my house tour section. Still plenty to be done outside though!
I’d love to know what you think to the changes we’ve made to the hallway.