As always, what was supposed to be a quick project turned into a huge one in the blink of an eye (or should I say with the pull of the corner of the stair-carpet).
Originally, the plan was to lighten and brighten our hallway with some new paint and some pictures. Easy, right?
To be honest, that part was easy. It has been the stairs that have been holding up the full reveal!! Damn you, you beautiful stairs.
So we made some progress last night and I think it is high-time I showed all of you!!
I don't have any proper "before" pics so this is as good as it gets:
Yep - awesome light fixtures, shiny grey walls. HOT.
(that's right - you even get a stair sneak-peek!)
As usual, my photos are not the best because they are all taken at night time. I promise if the weather is decent this weekend (it isn't supposed to be) I will try for some that include a little natural light. The first pic is a more accurate reflection of what it looks like, but the second pic shows all three light fixtures).
Here is what the transformation included:
Paint: Thanks to the awesome folks at Para, we were able to cover up the egg-shelly goodness of the existing grey paint. We used the Elite Latex Suede Designer Finish on the walls in Chrysler Hall White. It is a gloss-free, washable latex that seemed ideal for a hallway (especially one being painted white!)
The ceiling received 2 coats of white ceiling paint, and the trim and doors got a coat of semi-gloss in the same Chrysler Hall White. Fun little tip - Chrysler Hall White is actually Para's base white. So if you go in looking for it, and they just hand you a can without adding anything, don't freak out :-)
Thank goodness that Para was so generous with us. Because these walls SUCKED UP PAINT LIKE NOBODY'S BIZ-NASS. I'm not kidding. The walls received THREE coats of paint. Three. The trim and doors were fine with two, but the walls. The walls. Little paint suckers. Even with Para's generosity, we had to go to the paint store to grab an extra gallon of it. Crazy.
The thing I find funny about all of this is that most often, I don't think the walls look white enough. I think it is the lack of natural light (go figure, no light in the hall of a row house). I may or may not have tried to swing the idea of a skylight past J. It should surprise none of you that a skylight has not made it onto our list :-)
The paint has done a fantastic job of lightening up the hallway though. It is so much brighter than before and I smile on a regular basis when I walk through it (even during my multiple trips to the bathroom every night).
Only a few people guessed that we would pick the Hershey's Kiss of light fixtures. I did see a lot of great fixtures out there but these just spoke to me (probably because they look so much like chocolate, and I am pregnant people!). I was nervous about how they would look but I'm super happy with them. They technically come with an awesome rope-wire that in the right space would look like this:
Of course, we didn't have enough headroom for that, so we basically flush-mounted them. Although I do think some of the effect was lost, I am really happy with them!
Plus I think the combo of bronze and brass looks pretty great in the white hallway :-) For those of you who are wondering, they are by Murray Feiss and are part of his "Beso" collection.
Art: Of course, we picked up the Ribba frames at Ikea. They are consistently good and well priced. Hanging them with the right spacing on a wall that isn't straight or flat is slightly more difficult than navigating the ice-cream line at Ikea, but it was worth it! We don't have any photos to go in them yet, but I'm guessing in the next few weeks we will!!
Stairs: You can certainly see the upper railing/spindles in these pics. I hope I'm not too much of a tease. We just have a few touch ups on the actual stairs to do and then I will show everything next week!! Eeek! Almost there!
So there you have it - upper hallway mostly done! We may add some more art on other walls, etc, but at this point we are throwing in the towel up there.
So what do you think? Think we are NUTS for having a white hall with a baby on the way? Think having a reminder of chocolate treats every time you walk down the hall is a bad idea? Spill it!
PS: Special thanks to Para for the paint - we've been super happy with the results since switching most of our house paint to the Para line. Although we received most of the paint for the hallway project gratis, we were not asked to review it or say overly nice things if we didn't like it. We just happen to love it!