Room Makeovers

One LONG Hallway!

I promise that I haven’t forgotten about this blog!  I’ve just been too busy moving on to the next project that I forget to update here!  We are on week two of our summer homeschool break and we are enjoying our free days.

I wanted to share our upstairs hallway update.  It is a continuation of our front door update that you can read about here.
To get you up to speed, here are the stairs at our front entry up to the second floor:

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Remember that?  🙂

As you reach the top of the stairs, you will see this awesome sign handmade {by request} by my Mom.

20160520_135846_Richtone(HDR)I wanted a visible statement of what our family believes when you walk in our front door and your eyes are drawn up the stairs.  These words are borrowed from Hillsongs “This I Believe: The Creed”.  Now that you’ve watched that and have many Amen’s coming out of you, read on…

As you turn left at the top of the stairs you are faced with a hallway.  It’s a bit awkward and the only purpose it serves is to lead you to a bathroom.  (That update won’t be for a while…I am aiming for 2017.)  This is the character and unexpected turns you get in an old home.  When our house was built there was no indoor plumbing, so when that was added, there was much creativity utilized.  I believe that this hallway was part of a bedroom originally.

20160520_135719_Richtone(HDR)The door on the right leads to a bedroom and the door straight ahead is for the bathroom.

Continue turning left and you’ll find a hallway around the open banister and a little nook that we affectionately called “the reading corner”.

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20160520_135614_Richtone(HDR)This awesome bookshelf belonged to my great-grandfather and has been following us in all three of our homes.  The top has a glass front that is currently flipped up due to the odd size of children’s books that won’t afford it to close all the way.  And that magazine rack: HomeGoods score!  The cutest part of all of this is having a little guy that can’t reach the magazines.  I mean that in the sweetest of terms as my two older kiddos can easily reach things, so I love still having a “little” guy.  Someday they’ll all be taller than me, but for now I relish having shorter people in my home.

Now slowly turn to the left a little more…

20160520_135442_Richtone(HDR)We love the natural light from this window!  I tried many different colored and patterned curtains for this area as I was not sure what look I was going for.  Ultimately, I returned all the trial curtains and settled on a set of flowy white curtains that I already owned {and hubby was happy}.  Sometimes neutral is the best way to go.  I plan to add more pop to the hallway with the details.

20160520_140128_Richtone(HDR)This hope chest was my grandmother’s and it is such a treasure as I remember it in my grandparent’s home.

Now, let’s head back to the top landing of the stairs.  Remember that sign?  Head back there.

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Now look down the opposite hallway from the bathroom:

20160520_135827_Richtone(HDR)Yup, another hallway!  The door to right and straight ahead are bedroom doors.  Ahead to the left is my husbands office and you can get all the details about that update here.

Yes, a very long hallway upstairs.  Ironically, our previous home was a cape cod and we had only one hallway, which was maybe six feet long.  I still remember when we came and looked at this house and we laughed as we stood at either end and yelled to each other.  It was certainly different from other homes we had toured.

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The doorknobs in this home are also unique.  Not many of them are standard door knobs.  Instead, we have a lot of latches.

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This project took me many many hours of painting.  Nothing is straight, so that takes a bit more time.  I was very relieved when I was done painting every inch of the ceiling, walls, doors, and trim.

You’ve seen the after, so here is the before (and some during):

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Now to add some interesting details and personalize the walls…little by little.

5 Comments

  1. Donna Bodrog

    Love your house Leigh! You all have done a wonderful work! Love the natural light in the hallway…and love the flowing neutral curtains. Love how you utilized your grandmother’s hope chest. I also have my grandmother’s hope chest, (still trying to figure a way to utilize it…not a lot of room). Fun to follow your blog Leigh! God Bless! Have a wonderful Summer!

    1. leighsn

      Awe, thank you Donna! If you are ever in our neck of the woods, I hope you stop by! Have a great summer, too! 🙂

  2. Bonnie Ditty

    Older homes are so unique & have such character. You are doing such a great job & I can tell you really love it. Thanks for the updates, I really look forward to them.

    1. leighsn

      Thank you, Bonnie! I am enjoying living in the house and “catching” a vision as ideas pop into my head. It takes a bit of time and I am usually exhausted by the end of a project, but it’s worth it when it’s done! 🙂

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