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Sometimes long projects can make you feel like you could use a good rest before beginning the next one. And sometimes, they do exactly the opposite and give you more energy to tackle other spots in the house. And after seeing such a dramatic change in my dining room last week, I was on a roll (as in, roller?) – I decided that the long-awaited hallway paint job would finally be done. One room at a time is for
(Thanks, by the way, for all of your awesome comments on the dining room paint last week. Going bold with color can leave a person stuck and wondering if they made the right choice, but I’m really thrilled to see you all like the new color as much as I do!)
Here was the hall before, just after getting started with cutting in:
And now, say buh-bye to all of the dark and depressing tan and welcome in the newer, brighter hallway:
This area certainly wasn’t easy to paint. For one, I had to use this scary stair contraption to do all of the cutting in. Thankfully though, Dad was over to spot me in case someone needed to be within screaming distance. And once we got the hang of it, the ladder was pretty easy to use.
This nook-ish area gets no natural light from the second floor, so the color shifts between gray and beige depending on every light factor on the planet (lights on/off, bulb color, the windows below, if the guest bathroom light is on, etc).
I had to also paint the ceiling, which is finally finished, but more on that in another post (I’ll provide a few tips on painting a textured ceiling like this, from an awkward height like this, etc.). And the walls probably need one more coat of paint in some of the harder-to reach spots. But for the most part, all of the yoga to lengthen and stretch seems to have paid off.
As you can see, there a couple of spots of patching where the unsupported drywall gave a little while my full weight was against it on the ladder (an unfortunate cost of progress, but necessary to reach a few spots). But it just needed a little tape and some mud, so it should be fine. Point is: this hallway, which is also visible from the front door, is no longer the dark cavern it used to be.
I don’t have an updated pic from the bottom of the stairs, but just to give you of an idea of that angle, here is what the bottom half is like looking up (obviously the tan is now a light gray-beige instead, and that patchy mess in the back left corner is now my blue dining room, and the sliver of the kitchen on the right looks a lot less like a construction zone and more like this… wow, I guess I have been making more progress than I really thought).
The color is Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing (OC-18), but it’s been color matched to Behr paint. I’ve painted my entryway, lower hallway, upper hallway, and living room with the same color since each area sort of flows into the other (there’s no stopping point, so it’s kind of just the wall version of “The Song That Never Ends” – if you click on that, you’re welcome for the next four days of that being stuck in your head).
I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking when I painted it tan, but the fault is most definitely mine. Funny how living in a house for a while exposes you to your own design mistakes, eh? Regardless, I think it’s finally time for me to start gathering some of those awesome prints I’ve been ordering from Etsy and get cracking on a gallery wall to fill all of that newly painted wall space. And maybe grab a bulb with better wattage for the upstairs hallway light.
But how about you? Finishing anything up lately?