Ok, this is kind of an exciting before & after, because the DURING felt like an excavation. The original plan was to peel off the gross wallpaper, rip up the carpet, and voilà! New hallway. AHAHAHAHA. No. The wallpaper went all the way back to the house being built in 1836, and after we managed to get down to the final layer, the plaster was crumbling away. So, it all got pulled out, new sheetrock went up, and the entire thing took about a month longer than expected. But now? Gorgeous indigo walls, wide plank honey colored floors, and one of my favorite spaces in the house.
We still need furniture (I’m thinking a wide upholstered bench and a wee bookcase, to create a cozy reading nook) but we haven’t found the right pieces yet. I’m also thinking about another coat of paint, looking at these shots! And, we have some large scale art waiting to be framed and hung.
Paint – Benjamin Moore Deep Royal
Electrical Hardware – black outlet, push button light switch, black covers from House of Antique Hardware
Light fixture: Vintage, with West Elm conversion kit
These doors head into the extension that was added about 75 years after the house was built, which is why the door moldings don’t match. My brother had the idea to just wrap them with sheetrock for a seamless look – I love it! We still need to find a matching antique doorknob for the bathroom door. Once again, rolling my eyes at the past owners. Would it have killed you to invest in a decent doorknob, people?
My brother is also a champ for sanding these floors – so much old glue and gunk.
Bonus: The original 1836 wallpaper!