Have you ever woken up one day and felt like you just had to do something immediately? As in right that very second of that very day… because you just can’t stand it another minute.
No more excuses, or denials, or procrastinating.
No more wanting to live with something that you’ve been putting off doing for ages.
This happens to me every once in a while.
And I have to admit that if it didn’t I would probably never get the big jobs done.
When it happens I’ve learned from experience that it’s best for me to just drop everything else I’m working on and just go with it.
It usually means I’m going to get whatever it is done in a bit of a whirlwind, and that always makes me feel great afterwards.
Very tired, but very great.
An upstairs hallway makeover has been on my long mental to do list for a few years, and to be quite honest after it went on the list I went in complete denial about it.
That’s what I do when something needs to get done and I don’t have the time to do it. Because I work full-time I have to pick and choose what projects to do with the time that I have.
So a healthy dose of denial about what isn’t getting done seems to help me to live a stress free life.
But that can’t go on forever… for years sometimes… but not forever.
The hallway was last painted about 6 years ago when I was going through a jewel tone phase. That phase left me a while back and now it also needed to leave the hallway… like yesterday.
Please forgive the terrible pics. The light in the hallway isn’t very good.
I know what you’re thinking.
What ever possessed me to paint a dark room a dark colour?
I think I’ll plead temporary insanity on that one. lol.
So that day I mixed up my own paint, using the leftover tiffany blue from my guest room makeover and some re-store white, and went to work.
Since I knew I was leaving the pictures where they were I painted around the hangers when I did the cutting in of the baseboards etc.
You can never judge what the finished colour will look like until you’re completely done, especially if you’re painting over a dark colour.
At the half done one coat stage I wasn’t crazy about it… at all, but I told myself I had to wait until it was finished.
And two coats were definitely needed.
The hallway has a 9 1/2 foot ceiling and we don’t have a ladder that fits over the stair opening so I could paint in the top perimeter of the walls.
So I made a paint brush contraption thingy using a broom handle and duct tape.
It worked quite well, but you have to go along very patiently and slowly to avoid any mess ups.
I may or may not have had one or two.
That’s why I chose to paint the ceiling after the walls. I know that’s against the so-called rules, but I am a rebel after all.
Actually I always paint ceilings after the walls because I usually mix what’s left of the wall colour with white paint for my ceiling colour. That’s what I did in this case.
This saves me money and 90% of the time I buy my paint at the re-store (and white paint for mixing my own colours 100% of the time), which saves me even more money.
I save a little of the wall colour in a plastic container in case any touch ups might be needed down the road, and then I mix my ceiling colour.
So once the walls and ceiling were painted I gave all the trim, doors, stair railing and spindles a fresh coat of white paint. I wanted to get all the painting out of the way before removing the carpeting.
I’ve done so much painting over the years so I’ve learned what process works best for me, and I always paint the trim in the room last. I never do any taping because for me it’s just a waste of time and money, but that’s just me.
I don’t believe there’s any one right way to do most things. In my mind the right way is always the way that works best for you.
So the 18 year old carpet’s time had come. YAY!!! I can’t even express how much I was looking forward to it being gone… gone… gone… and now it finally is.
John and I removed it the same way as when we removed the same carpeting during the master bedroom makeover.
The master bedroom floor has been waiting for this day because I couldn’t do the treatment I had planned for that floor until I figured out what I was doing with the hallway floor. One thing seems to always be connected to another.
The master is through the door on the left in this photo.
Check out how different the paint colour looks at different times of the day. It’s crazy, but I like that the colour changes. It keeps it interesting.
Ooops! Looks like I left a pair of pants from the laundry hanging on the guest room door. Oh well… this is real life after all.
The makeover of the floor to ceiling cupboard that I built about ten years ago needs to be finished.
But first up will be the original hardwood floor… and yes I am painting it with no apprehension whatsoever. I’ll show more pics of the floor when I get that done.
I love painted floors and they’re in keeping with the age of our house, which was built in 1890.
This hallway makeover took three days and it came out of the darkness into the light and the bright, and now that it’s done I am in love… even with the bare desperately-in-need-of-some paint floor.
Here’s a before shot.
And the after. Monkey is enjoying it.
And the after
Every time I walk up the stairs from the red living room (which is also on the makeover list), I feel like I’m walking up into a beautiful blue sky… and it makes me happy.
It’s amazing what a can of paint can do for your state of mind… at least mine anyway.
Now that I’m out of my denial about the hallway I can go into denial about my red living room. lol.
So what decorating issue have you been in denial about? Or is it just me?