It’s no secret I’m on a mission to lighten and brighten the cabin. At the same time, I’m trying to remain true to its rustic character. I think I achieved that with the recent kitchen wall project that you may remember. If not, go take a peak.
You may also recall that initially Fisherman was hesitant about painting the wood. So was I! But we both thought the newly painted kitchen wall was a huge improvement, so it wasn’t a surprise when he recommended we do the hallway.
We’ve been working on this project for about a week. In some ways, it wasn’t as difficult as the kitchen, but in other ways it was a LOT more difficult. This time around we needed some scaffolding and the tallest ladder we had in order to reach the top of the wall, but the worst part was the amount of dust that accumulated after sanding. It was everywhere! In the pantry, on the steps, between my toes…you name it. But it’s done. Whew!
Before I show you more of the ‘afters’, here’s a few ‘befores’:
I had a lot more ‘before’ pics taken, but for some reason they were rejected by Lightroom so I wasn’t able to use them. Weird.
Although the hallway isn’t as narrow as some, it’s still a hallway after all, so the effect was very claustrophobic with the natural wood. Now it’s a lot brighter, cleaner looking and more welcoming.
This painting was previously at the end of the hallway on the right. We decided to switch it out with the antique snow shoes to make it more prominent. We edited out a few other items while we were at it to give the space a less cluttered, clean look.
There’s still some work to be done, most notably the doors. It’s a big no no to have doors that are different colors, and besides, I’m over the green so I’m thinking we’ll paint those white too. I like the effect of the white surrounded by the natural wood molding. We used the same ASCP mix here that we used in the kitchen…Old Ochre and Pure White with about a 60/40 ratio (Old Ochre was 60). We’re out of the paint completely and to avoid buying more I’m going to experiment with some milk paint that I have for the doors and a couple of other areas I have in mind and hopefully it will work.
In other news…
Guess what??! I made a pillow with a zipper :). It wasn’t difficult at all. Really! The main issue I was having with the dining chair cushions was the cording is pretty thick and it was super hard to get it to lay right. The correct way (and far easier) would have been for the zipper not to be inserted along the seam line, but rather like I did with the pillow, which is off center.
The cushions were also a bit challenging because I cut all the foam based on the measurement of one chair, but it turns out all the chairs aren’t identical! Ugh! Why must all my lessons be learned the hard way?? Notice how the cushion above fits nicely but the one below is a little squished? Oh the horror! 😉
So here’s the pillow which I made with the same fabric and cording, but placed the zipper off center in the back. Can I get a hallelujah??!
I can’t let you go without mentioning that I had another meet up with Amy and Cynthia this week and it was so nice to see them again! Amy and I met a few months ago for the second time, but it’s been a year since we’ve gotten together with Cynthia and her bestie, Audrey. It’s always a fun time to get together with our blog buds :). Just in case you don’t know who’s who, left to right, Audrey, Cynthia, moi and Amy.
So what are your plans this weekend? Heading out to dinner now, and tomorrow morning I’m taking an Italian cooking class so stay tuned.