In my earlier post, you may have been aware of my procrastination about finishing off the top floor of my hall and stairs. But it is finally done, with some serious hanging off bannisters paining techniques. I forced myself to start yesterday, and it is now finished, well very nearly….
This was looking up to the next level before I changed the wall colours. That wallpaper which is in in the strange ‘door-to-nowhere” architrave is going to change too, I have ordered some samples of eye-wateringly expensive wallpaper from the lovely Fabricsandwallpapers.com and we’ll see what works best when they arrive. They are all very large scale patterns:
I am really forgetful about before and after shots as I tend to dash in with paintbrushes on a whim. So I don’t have any photos of the floor above pre-makeover! Probably as it was always such a dumping ground, it had loads of overflowing bookcases, an electric piano in pieces, and I never really liked it so never photographed it. Sorry….😐
Anyhow, I cleared out all of the books and had a huge cull so there are boxes and boxes ready to go off to charity shops, and I removed 2 out of 3 bookcases. I had to keep hubby’s collection of comics, books and coca-cola limited edition bottles, plus we had a lot of film posters and things to hang. This is now what it looks like looking down the stairs with the dark grey walls.
And here is the artwork. The weird original Harry Potter troll picture was a present to my daughter from her Godfather, who got it from the art/concept designer Rob Bliss from the films. If you look carefully, he has pierced nipples, which Warner Brothers obviously asked him to tone down for the final film! It scared my daughter to bits when she got it, so it has been hiding in the loft until now. That is the bonus of having older teens, I can put whatever I want on the walls now without fear!
At the top of the stairs is an odd landing which goes nowhere, a bit like the door mid-way down the stairs. What is it about my house and places going nowhere? Originally this landing had 3 full size bookcases on it, now it has been reduced to one, And I have hung the strangest huge anatomical drawing/chart on it which the hubby gave me, and until now I had no idea what to do with. But I think he looks great against the red carpet!
It looks so much better than before. There is no natural daylight in this landing, so I was a bit worried about how dark it would be with the grey walls. But it looks bigger in a strange way as the corners vanish with the dark grey. I kept the original wall light which was a converted victorian gas light, and got 2 excellent wire cages to go on the top from eBay. The ceiling is white so light can bounce around still, so it’s not dark at all.
The bookcase generally houses Hubby’s stuff, and I have moved the books I saved for myself elsewhere so it looks much more spacious now – althought somewhat random items are on it…
I’ll do a final post when the wallpapers have come, and I have decided what to do with the ‘door-to-nowhere’. I also have the odd corner wall to hang something on so I am hunting for something large like a mirror to go on it, or maybe a lovely bit of taxidermy.