When we first moved into our house two years ago, we focused on the main building work that the house needed at the time (kitchen, bathroom), and decorating ours and the children’s bedrooms. The hallway got rather neglected until last summer, when we decided the crack on with it as we were fed up coming back to a beautiful home, but walking through doom and gloom to actually get to it!
A fresh coat of white paint, and some new flooring later, and it was looking MUCH better already. I also knew that I really, really wanted a chalkboard wall somewhere, and the end of hall wall by the downstairs bathroom seemed like the perfect choice. We couldn’t hang pictures here due to the bathroom door opening on this space, yet by having the chalkboard here it means we still get some colour and interest. I think nearly every new food delivery guy we’ve ever had comments on the wall, and asks where we got the paint from (Homebase, by the way)! Most importantly, F & S love getting creative with their new wall, although right now I have to monitor chalk use- there have been a few, er, ‘slip ups’ as to where chalk has ended up i.e. not on the wall!
We got our decorator to strip the hall walls and line them anyway before painting, and this wall was no exception. 3 coats later, leave it to dry, and we were away! I was surprised how little paint was actually needed- 1 smallish tin easily surficed. As always, I was over-prepared and bought 3, so ended up giving these away. I find it so hard to judge how much paint we will need, nearly every time. Our garage is full of half-used tins of paint!
There is still a lot more I’d like to do to our hallway, like possibly some wallpaper, and definitely some pictures and a stairway photo wall, and we’ll get there eventually, but it all takes time- even more so with two rascals running about the place!