A brighter and happier welcome home

A brighter and happier welcome home

Whenever you enter our home, unless you know what to expect already, it can be quite a shock to the system. The poor gal has unfortunately seen better days.

Since moving in we have stripped off the wallpaper to see the state of the walls (verdict = need new ones) and we’ve had to expose brick in some areas for central heating to be installed. As a result, it may feel like we should offer a hard hat upon entry into the hallway.

Joe, always after a task, had the great idea to freshen the place up a bit.

With the kitchen still needing some serious work doing (we’re researching!) and with the spare bedrooms upstairs still in need of plastering, we’ve decided that decorating the hallway is not something that’s going to happen anytime soon. We don’t want to invest time and money into making it look amazing, for it to become covered in plaster, concrete and paint splodges.

But, one thing I really don’t like about the hallway is the banister. It’s a deep dark brown with a woodchip effect that just makes me think of an old people’s home, and not in a cute nostalgic way with biscuits either. Not to mention, what you see today may resemble a building site, but it’s rather different to when we moved in, with a flurry of hand rails, and a swirled multi-brown toned carpet which I shall describe only as “interesting”.

You can get a good idea what it looked like the week we moved in below, after we started stripping the walls. Enter the horrible bannister. Also, no idea what the spade is doing there…
Hallway decorating

But, Joe to the rescue! He has now painted it a gorgeous white.

Over the course of probably two months, whenever he got home from work early and felt like doing something, he gave it a lick of paint. I’ll admit, there’s probably just as much on the floorboards as there are on the banisters, but hey, let’s just say it adds character!

Decorating hallway

Paint on floor

Hallway decorating

Hallway progress

True, there is still a long way to go, but a coat or two of paint on the banisters and some of the walls and floor has really brightened up the room and made it look significantly bigger if you ask me! And when I come in the door at the end of each day, I don’t see that horrible brown mess anymore, I see progress.