Ta-Dah!!! First floor hallway reveal…

Remember what it looked like before?  Yeah.  Not so great.  (If you don’t remember, go here for a bit of perspective, OK?)

Well, I filled holes.  I sanded walls.  I primed – twice (and 3 times in some spots).  I painted – thrice!  I installed wall anchors, mounted a shelf, hung art and staged a display.  I even took a vacation day from work to get it all finished.

The Ogre thinks it looks amazing.  To be honest, so do I.  The only thing not changed is the silly brown runner on the floor – but it’s on the list.

Enough words. Let’s look at some pictures!

Welcome to my home.  When you first open the front door, please look to the left.  Here is my mudroom closet.  Have a seat on the comfy bench and kick off your shoes.  No, don’t worry about putting them away, there’s room here for them to just be.

If you have a look up, while you’re removing your shoes, this is what you’ll see.

That white railing looks so much better than the black with gold, doesn’t it?  Much brighter and warmer, I think.

Here’s a better shot of the poppy artwork on the wall.  The colors in it were perfect for this spot, and it’s such a welcoming sight when I open the front door in the evening.

The plate you see in profile came from the Ogre’s Poppa Norm’s house.  I never met Norm, but the two plates we got to take do remind the Ogre of being a little guy in a country kitchen watching his Poppa cook.  (Norm was a phenom in the kitchen.)  Here’s a front view…

One of these beauties hangs above the full length mirror mounted beside the closet, while the other lives above the doorway to the kitchen.  They’re on opposite walls and bring the colors of the room down the hall.

Looking up, you’ll see the standard builder’s globe light in the hall.  I didn’t want to spend the $$$ to change it out, so I made a paper towel/toilet paper roll medallion to bling it up a bit.  This is what it looks like with the light on.  Much more finished and interesting, I think.

Moving down the hall slightly, you’ll see the shelf I made from pine boards reclaimed from a futon frame.

To help light bounce down the hall, I glued Dollarama square mirror tiles to the base of the shelf.  It’s just a little touch of bling, but it’s fun!

The accessories on the shelf are mostly DIY.  The “T” was made after seeing Allison from House of Hepworth’s cardboard monogram.  The burgundy/red with black candleholders are repainted wedding gifts (from 24+ years ago!) and the topiaries are Dollarama rope globes, dowels and terra cotta pots.  (The 3M mounting tape didn’t stay there after I took the picture!)

Because my cat has a nasty habit of eating plants, I repurposed these candle wall sconces by painting them and using them to hold 2″ pots.  The hallway gets diffused light during the day, so I’m hoping these little guys will survive for a while.

I made the little bead tree before we moved here.  It was a first attempt, and the crystal beads are supposed to represent winter.  I’m hoping to do seasonal sets, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

Normally, I prefer an asymmetrical display, but it didn’t work out for this shelf.  So, symmetry it is!

The Cuba print is from an old calendar, but the image was originally a Pan-Am advertisement.  I really love the colors and flow.  The piece hanging above it is, again, paper towel art.

And this is what I see when I come up the stairs from our basement living room/office/crafting space area.

None of the above photos are really true to the colors, so I’ll throw in this one.  THIS is what you see if you stand in our horrid, messy, completely disorganized and utterly depressing living room.

The Ogre is right.  It IS kinda awesome.  And I’m very happy with it.

Next up, the living room!


Edited to add image with truer color…

Truer color

It’s a happy place to walk through.  My first ever yellow room!

This room also reflects the impact that three of my friends have had on me.  The plants remind me of Roxane, the poster of Laura, and the colors of Vera.  It’s almost like my besties welcome me home!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.


8 thoughts on “Ta-Dah!!! First floor hallway reveal…

  1. Your front hall is beautiful…so colorful. I really like the mudroom closet (esp. the color). I need to do that to my foyer closet. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the “favorite room” linky party.

    • I follow you daily, Allison! And sharing links and credit is what it’s all about, isn’t it? You share your stuff to inspire me and others, I pass that on… 😉

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