Project: Hallway Makeover

Hello and thanks for checking out my first Project post! Today I’ll be recapping on our Hallway Makeover which we completed earlier this year…

When we first moved in, our hallway was bland and boring with grey, beige and white – basically my worst nightmare! We had a shabby carpet but I’d always dreamed of rustic hard wood floors. One Sunday after taking my husband for dinner and plying him with wine, he agreed to go for it and that night we ripped the carpet up ourselves and so the project began.


Part One: Preparing the floorboards

We were lucky with this element of the project – because our carpets were so old, they came up really easily and there wasn’t too much fuss. The fiddliest and most annoying part of this process was pulling up all of the staples and grippers from every. single. step.

Ultimately, our floorboards were in semi-decent condition and didn’t need too much work. Upstairs, we had one floorboard that had to be replaced and once that was done, we got to work on the prep.

The first thing I’ll say is that sanding floorboards is a task I wouldn’t recommend to anybody. The mess, the noise, and the dust (so much dust) seems to infiltrate the entire house for weeks and weeks, however, we were on a budget with this one so DIY was the only option. After hiring some power tools (a belt sander and a hand sander for the fiddly bits) we got to work and honestly, using the sander itself is exhausting. It took two days in all to sand down the floorboards in the hall, stairs and on the landing and we also sanded as much of the gloss off the skirting boards and banister as possible to prep for the paint we’d later be putting on. As boring and tedious as it definitely is, the prep is everything on a project like this so don’t skip it!

The next part of the prep is something we don’t like to talk about in this house (…!). To cut a long story short, after spending an entire weekend cleaning, sanding and prepping, we got home from B&Q on the Sunday evening with a big tin of Ronseal Wood Varnish to varnish the floorboards, and Guy dropped the entire tin all over the floor. After a panic to spread it all out, we managed to salvage the floorboards and here’s the result!

Part Two: Painting the stairs

Next it was time to get painting the staircase. We decided we wanted to go to go for a matte black on our stairs, bannister, upstairs floorboards and skirting boards. Over a total of four days, we alternating painting on each step (so we could still get up and down them) and I was instantly in love with the results.

I did have a few questions at this stage about whether it would be best to paint the stairs before the wall or the wall before the stairs. We decided to get the black down first as (hopefully) if there were any spillages from the wall paint (pink) we’d be able to cover them quite easily, so my advice for anybody following suit is to go from dark to light.

Part Three: Painting the walls

For anyone who hasn’t painted a hallway before – prepare yourself – it’s hard work! Getting up to paint the ceiling above the stairs is really tricky business.

I loved the idea of a pink & black combo after scouring Pinterest for weeks and weeks so had a little play with some colours from brands including Farrow & Ball and Valspar. I loved the idea of Sulking Room Pink but it was just too dark for the space (our hallway has very little natural light), so decided to go with a slightly lighter variation called Cinder Rose.

Part Four: Upscaling the cupboards


Part Five: Styling!

By far the best part of any interiors project – styling!

I really wanted to hide away some of the built in clutter in the hallway (e.g. the alarm box, sensor, etc.) so I used some clever shelf styling to hide it away.

Next, we headed to my favourite store Homesense to pick up a few decorative bits. As is always the way with me and Homesense, I ended up falling totally in love with this amazing telephone seat and director’s lamp, and although I’d planned to spend £50 on a few bits and bobs I left £300 lighter but honestly, it was so worth it! The quality of these pieces is amazing and I know they’ll last and last.

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🥁🥁🥁 Fiiiinally the hallway is in enough of a state to get some photos of! 📸. . This corner came together completely by mistake this afternoon after we just ‘popped in’ to @homesense_ukie to pick up a gift for our friends. We fell in love with this tripod lamp and telephone table/bench and it was just meant to be (needless to say we left *without* the gift we came in for 🙄). . As for the print – that’s another story! I had this drawn up by @badlydrawnmodels for the other half’s surprise 30th birthday party for friends and family to sign like a guest book. We put it up here just to see how a frame would work and ended up actually really liking it – and that was his end of the bargain after swearing we weren’t going to paint the house pink or go to HomeSense this weekend 😂. . Can’t wait to share more pics of the #hallwayrenovation this week when we finish the job – just the tiling, new radiators and a few decorative bits to go in then we’re done ✅. . Hope everybody had a lovely #BankHolidayWeekend 🌞. . #underthestairs #terracedhouse #victorianterrace #hallway #interiordesign #colourscheme #midcenturymodern #pinkandblack #homesensefinds #myhomesense #homesofinstagram #myhomestyle #myhousethismonth #openplanliving #paintedstaircase #paintedstairs #cinderrose #farrowandballcolours #pinkinteriors #interiorinspo #interiorspaces #hallwaylighting #hallwayideas #hallwayinspiration #hallwaystyle

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So there you have it, our hallway makeover! I’m still so happy with how the space turned out and how great the pink and black look together.

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A different view of the #hallwayreno this morning as I can show you the upstairs progress 🔼. . Something I’ve struggled with throughout the project has been the lighting – a major lack of natural light in the downstairs hall has been an issue but unfortunately our upstairs landing has no windows and therefore no light at all other than what spills through from the bedrooms and bathrooms. . While I knew that the standout staircase had to stay black (the main feature of the rooms), I decided to keep the upstairs door frames white to try and keep the space just that bit brighter 💡. . I just love this view that peeks through into the dressing room (with its own accents of pink) as the colours really compliment one another and the brightness of the little room really makes a difference to the otherwise dull space ☀️. . Finally, I’ll never get bored of how the colour of this paint seems to completely transform in different areas and lights. This was taken around 7.30am in the morning light 📸. . #interiorsofinstagram #interiorinspo #cinderrose #farrowandball #hallwayinspo #pinkinteriors #pinkandblackinterior #terracedhouse #victorianterrace #edwardianterrace #smallspaceinterior #cinderrose #instavreality #homesofinstagram #hallwaysofinstagram #hallwaydecor #hallwaydesign #upstairsdownstairs #hallwayideas #hallwaylighting #hallwaystyle #doorframe #terracedecor #terracehouse #terracedesign #terracedecor #underthestairs #stairsdesign #stairwaydecor

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