Because paint makes such a difference in a room…
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that the past few weeks we’ve been working on our hallway makeover. This project has been a long time coming. I originally painted some of the walls about six months ago, only to give up halfway up once I couldn’t reach certain parts. A few months of procrastination and enough was enough.
This room makeover was the easiest makeover we’ve done to our rental home. Three things needed to happen in this space, walls painting, a bookcase for decor and finally some artwork to create some focal points and add colour. What could be simpler than that?
This hallway makeover has been my favourite room transformation out of all the rooms. For full appreciation, here are a few dodgy before shots of the hallway…
Can we just talk about the elephant in the room and get it out of the way. Lime green walls. When I first viewed this house, I saw these walls and knew immediately that I was painting these walls. I’m so lucky that our Landlord is really easy going and is fine with any renovations we do.
Regrettably, I cannot get rid of the brown carpets in the hallway, stairs and living room. She has agreed that we can get the old carpet in the bedroom replaced, but the rest of the rooms would be too much and we might be at risk of being charged more rent. So, if there’s anyone who wants to gift me some new carpet, I would very much appreciate it! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m desperate to get some neutral carpets down in this house.
So now we’ve seen a before, let’s see the after. Two weeks of hard work and these are the results…
Such a difference! The reason why this is my favourite room makeover is that the transformation is huge! We sleep with the main bedroom door open and when I wake up and look out there now, it just looks so nice and inviting! Painting the walls white has made such a major change to how the room feels and looks. Paint wise, we went for a cheap deal from B&Q. The tub itself is 10L and we have one more full one left for the remaining rooms. It cost £22 and a little goes a long way!
Once the walls were painted, I wanted to add a bit of furniture to add character to the room. However, what I did not want to encourage was for this place to become a dumping ground. I decided that getting a Billy bookcase from Ikea was the perfect solution. It allowed me to create a moment with some of the books that have been hiding in a suitcase for the better part of a year, along with a few decorative items.
The best artwork in the world…
For the walls, I knew I wanted to create a feature wall on the turning space at the top of the stairs. Print wise, there was no other place I was looking for artwork other than Desenio. We just did a collab with a code that’s sadly ended, but they always have some fabulous deals on for you to enjoy. I’m obsessed with the line drawings at the moment and decided these three prints work perfectly together. I also got some similar ones for the living room, allowing more cohesion between the spaces.
I also invested in this landscape print to go above the radiator. Again, adding more colour to a room that could easily become bland.
To finish the hallway off, I finally found a home for my Monstera plant. I also invested in a new smaller plant for the small window, a small Boston fern that is thriving right now in that space. Finally, I found a new home for my Matalan plant stand next to my Billy bookcase. However, I’m still yet to find a gorgeous plant to sit in it. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
THAT’S IT FOR NOW.
It is truly it for now. We might start painting the bedroom walls shortly before the new carpet comes in, however, that won’t be for a couple of weeks. But renovation-wise, buying new furniture and fixtures, that’s not going to happen for a while. I do want to finish this hallway off with a new light shade and pendant cord, which I will be looking to my work to acquire. There is a gorgeous light shade from La Redoute that would work perfectly in this room.
Room makeover wise, we’ve only got the bedroom, bathroom and spare room to do in that order. For now, our main priority is saving up. We might buy the odd piece here and there, but there’s no rush to complete the bedroom for now. Which is good news for all, as it means I can stretch out my renovation posts for the next couple of months.
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