August 30, 2010

It's Coming Along

I apologize for my absence on this site the past few days. A severe cold took me out of commission (and work) for 3 days, and then our laptop completely crashed for 2 days. So, blog life, and house-work-life for that matter has been a little sloooow this past week.

However, I have a small update to share on the ever-so-slow process we're making on our hallway area. The downstairs portion of the hall is almost complete, in terms of painting. And the results are 1,000% better than what we started with. So, I'm already extremely happy with the results even though there are many other "touches" still needed.

The paint color is "shale". And as for those who need a refresher, we also used this color on the porch.

Here is a "before" picture of the hallway. Although it's hard to tell in the picture, there is hideous wallpaper covering the walls that cost me (and some family and friends) 3 years of life from the stress of removing it all. If you'd like to read about that tale, you can click here. And here. And here. And then there's the 30 year old brown shag carpeting on the floor and stairs. Yuck. And the ugly pickled-stained woodwork....

After stripping the wallpaper and ripping up the carpet, we got this (not much better)...

And now with the woodwork painted white and the walls primed white and then painted shale, we're looking like this...

Not a bad improvement, eh? Here's a shot from the stairway looking at the hall to the 1/2 bath at the end and the dining room cafe' door on the left and downstairs bedroom is on the right (can't really see that door in the pic)...

Several key ingredients are missing:
1. New carpet on the hall and stairs.
2. New light fixture.
3. New hardware on the built-ins and new light switches/outlets.

And there's some paint-patching to do on the walls/ceiling/trim.

So, while there's still much to accomplish, we've come a long way. The space is much easier on the eyes now. And I still love this color. One of my favorites we've used so far.

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