Here it is, my hall, stairs and landing all finished.
Then there are the stairs, whoever thought of dressing up stair risers first, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I nearly went with the words from a poem or song, and have you seen the ones painted to look like books, there are so many fun ways to decorate stair risers; but after finding the Chinese dogs (on the radiator cover) in TKMaxx, I knew I wanted some bright turquoise blue's, so I chose maps showing a lot of sea.
I've had the maps for years and years, in fact I wrote about them here. I'm so happy that I'm a hoarder and that after over 30 years of holding onto them, I was able to put them to good use.
I decided the chalkboard wall needed a map too and did one of the world and wrote a couple of paragraphs from Moby Dick around it, which was once again inspired by something I'd pinned.
Apologies if you live on an island or a peninsula somewhere, I couldn't get in every detail of every continent !
The mirror got a makeover too, some turquoise paint, then black paint washed back a little to allow the original gold to show through.
Between the Chinese dogs, there are two pots filled with driftwood and moss, then a basket with book boxes, to hold the items one needs to take a dog for a walk (sorry if I've just lowered the tone of this post haha).
Rufie's leads are back on the end of the newly made over rad cover (he's hanging around because it's his dinner time).
I like the fact they're hardly visible from the other end of the room and no-one notices them when they come in the door.
The landing looks refreshed with the new grey walls and white woodwork but I've got a few projects to do up here, to make it more interesting.
The large mirror is going to get a makeover and then I have a few ideas for the wall between the guest room and my room. Also as you can see, there is one step up to the landing that runs to my bedroom so I'm still contemplating adding a map to it as well.
This area looks very dark but normally I don't shut my bedroom door, it's just that it's not photo worthy. The white thing sticking out on the left is the loft hatch which is permanently down because my brother has the whole of the loft as his bedroom.
Ok, I guess you can have a proper look, it's all quite plain for me isn't it.
And now, I guess I really should go and give Rufie his dinner, he's been patient enough, but I'll leave you with some before and after shots.
Yes, my hall is definitely darker, but personally I love the drama, it's just so much more interesting than before.