Friday, March 5, 2010

Hallway Makeover

Hello everyone,

I have been missing for a few days because I am trying to get some projects done before spring arrives and hopefully garden season. I actually had a few snowdrops blooming in the garden the end of February and that never happens here in our zone 5b garden! Unfortunately, we got a few centimeters of snow since and they are buried again-poor things.

Anyway, some of you may remember that we had to strip 21 double rolls of wallpaper off and then paint woodwork ,walls furniture, frames etc. I think my husband was afraid to sit still in case he got a coat of paint!

I found the wooden oval mirror at Second Glance. I think it was perfect for there.

My husband ripped off the old carpet and we had new carpet installed called Driftwood-it is a little lighter then in the photos.

I found two of these tin photos at Winners. They where brown so I painted them Victoriana (Ralph Lauren) the same as the stairs and woodwork.

This is the hallway going to our bedroom. We painted the walls Golden Ecru from Manor Hall.

This is an old picture of the stairway before- I had to force myself to post this one because it didn't really look this bad but it was the only one I could find!

Well, that is one of our projects but our livingroom is undergoing a big makeover as well so I will share that with you later.

I am joining in for Show and Tell Friday again and thank you Cindy for hosting. I am sure you all know Cindy but if not, you are in for a treat when you visit her at My Romantic Home!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend


Thank you for visiting me.



cindy said...

I'm so excited to see this as I'm getting ready to do a similar treatment up our stairway! Yours looks absolutely helps me visualize what I'm shooting for :)

Heather said...


It is so lovely!! I love the colors that you chose. I love the bird prints too.


Wildflowerhouse said...

Absolutely elegant!! I especially love the tins with the birds. Everthing looks so fresh. Wonderful color choices. I am anxious to see your gardens again this year.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh have been busy! Spring cleaning and refurbishing early, huh? It looks absolutely fabulous, my friend! I love the golden ecru wall's such a nice compliment to all the creamy white accessories...just perfect! Your new oval mirror looks beautiful and I love the tin photo art of the sweet little birds! It all looks so fresh and pretty...just like a fresh breath of spring air!!! I can't wait to see what else you've done but don't work too hard, sweet lady!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Unknown said...

Love the new look, is so elegant!!!


Perri said...

Congratulations!! Such a lovely finish, just love the colours.
Happy stitching, P

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Your Stairs are Gorgeous! I am getting ready to start doing my woodwork (it is DARK), and I have been looking for the right not white, white :-) I'm gonna get a small can of victoriana this weekend and check it out, Thanks, I'm so excited! Bella

My Cottage Charm said...

I feel for you stripping that much wallpaper! I've done that more than a few times in my life and boy oh boy is it hard! (guess I don't have to tell you that!) :)
Looks lovely and so much more open without the paper!
Have a great weekend and come visit me at my blog if you get a second. :)

Vicki said...

Hello, Carolyn,
Love the new look of your stairway!! The colors are very elegant and soothing! The mirror is just perfect for there! Hope you have a weekend full of fun and laughter! Vicki

June said...

Carolyn I am so inspired by your stlye and tastes in everything from decorating to gardening. Do you know how much you inspire me? This makeover is so beautiful. It was beautiful before, with the paper, but I'm sure you were ready for a change. This had to be so much work...but so worth every bit.

Anonymous said...

that is a gorgeous makeover! wonderful, light, bright, airy and so fresh...well done!

winners and homesense are terrific for finding that one cool item that works perfectly with your space, right!!!!!

i just grabbed your blog button and I'm going back over to my blog to put it up...!!! thought you might like to know that! does one go about making a button of their own..any suggestions you could throw my way would be much me if you like! ciao

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely job you've done, Carolyn! Looks fresh and elegant. I really like your tin bird prints; very sweet! Enjoy your weekend.


Susan said...

Oh, Carolyn. The stairs look absolutely awesome. You and your husband did a fabulous job. I love the brightness, the mirrors, everything! The little angel planter, too, is perfect! Great job! Sincerely, Susan from

podso said...

I began to wonder where you were--and then of course, the projects. It looks tremendous and I can't believe you stripped all that wallpaper. I hope it was sized well so that you didn't have to scrape much.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Oh, it looks LOVELY! I just love the cream on cream and the whites and I think it accents the woodwork so beautifully! Your accessories are just perfect, so YOU!

Cindy said...

Your entryway and staircase look wonderful! I adore the shade of off white that you used, I so love that look. What a great job you did!

Treasia Stepp said...

Both the entryway and the staircase look fabulous. I love the tin picture. I've got to ask is the urn and cherub just sitting freely on the post? Or is it attached? I love it there.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

That looks so different! Amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do! It's beautiful!

Lacy said...

Poor little snow drops are going to freeze their heads off!

Your hall way is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...


I have an 1880s Victorian and we are in the process of removing wallpaper. I feel your pain! Your stairway and hall are stunning.


Elissa said...

Your hallway is so lovely!! I love the unique mirror and the lovely bird prints!! Thank you for sharing pictures!!

Sarah said...

This all looks so crisp and inviting. I want to visit! You did a fantastic job. I can only imagine how much work went into this project!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your revamped stairway. It's fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn

it all looks wonderful, clean and Spring / Summery. Your mirrors and pictures fit in so well.It makes me think we should do some decorating to brighten up our bungalow!!

Have a great weekend, enjoy, Jackie in UK.

Angel-Smile said...

Dear Carolyn,
what wonderful pictures again! You had a lot of work, but the result is sooooo beautiful, so lightful.
Just a few month I talk about such a work to my husband, but he doesn`t like to hear at this ear!!! So I think, once I do it by myself.
I wish you a very nice weekend
hugs Brigitte

Andi's English Attic said...

I think the hall and stairs are one of the most difficult areas to decorate. How bright, fresh and new it looks. You must be so pleased. xx

Eve said...

Dear Carolyn,
wow what a change ! It looks very bright and elegant There ! And more spaceous than before ! I love the colors and expecially the bird prints ! It was really worth all the work !

Have a cozy and sunny weekend !

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hello Carolyn,

Wow, really amazing work you´ve been doing! Looks so clean and fresh.

Have a wonderful day,

Anonymous said...

Hi carolyn, everything looks beautiful!! I love the tin picture frames with the birds, the angel urn i love!!!I can see how busy you have been.Everything looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see the livingroom. The color you picked is perfect. I'm going back and look again...Kathy

Betty Jo said...

Your new stairway is gorgeous! Love the oval mirror and the bird prints in the frames you painted. Can't wait to see your living room makeover too. With your love of gardens, you're sure to enjoy my post today. ♥

Unknown said...

Beatiful Blog!!!
J'adore! Très très Chic!!!
Kisses :)

Daniela "Dream Shabby Chic" Milano

Anonymous said...

It's lovely, Carolyn! Love the colors you chose and the bird prints in the tin frames!

You two are really taking on a lot of BIG projects! Good thing gardening season is coming so you can rest. Kidding! :)

I hope you have a lovely weekend - don't work too hard!


A Southern Rose said...

It's so beautiful! I think that y'all did a wonderful job on transforming your stairs and the paint on the walls looks so much better to me than the wallpaper! Looks so much larger too. I love how you painted the mirror and the frames to match the staircase. I bet you smile every time you walk up those stairs!

Lee Laurie

Paula said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your hallway makeover is beautiful!!! I love the colors you chose! The mirror is lovely and the tins with bird prints are too. It is amazing what paint can do! I look forward to seeing your living room makeover. I am so glad you saw signs of Spring, but sorry to hear it was buried in snow! I am sure Spring will be here soon. I can hardly wait to see your beautiful garden in bloom!
Love, Paula


What a pretty makeover, I love the colors and your bird pictures and mirror look beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty!

Antonia said...

I think this is a very succesfull makeover of your hallway! Have a nice weekend too, Antonia

Joanne said...

What no teacups after all that work you really do desreve a sit down and a cup of tea in your lovely china.

The hallway looks lovely as everything you do does straight from a glossy home magazine.

Anonymous said...

Carolyn.. took me awhile to catch up on all the posts that I missed.. but I did save the best for last!!!!

What a great transform!!! You should be soo proud of your work as everything ties in so nicely together. And the twin girl dresses just set the picture. Now I know what I'll do with my 50 year old gown and I thank you for it.

with much love as always,

Cindy said...

That is a beautiful makeover! It looks so clean and fresh now! I feel inspired, I've been wanting to paint my bedroom and I keep putting it off!

Naturegirl said...

A wonderful view of your lovely home Carolyn..nicely done! Love the choice of prints and mirror up the wall.

Angela said...

Charming and exquisite. I like your taste. Just wait till you can bring beautiful blooms in from the garden. They will be lovely with that color of paiint as a backdrop.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, I've missed you and was wondering what you were doing. Your hallway looks marvelous! Your colors are similar to our entry. Your mirrors are lovely going up the stair case!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn.....That is a lovely transformation! Everything looks so crisp and clean! Everything you do to your home always turns out beautiful! I love looking at your photos!~Patti

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn
After wall papering our entire first house then having to strip it to paint, I can sympathize with what you just went through.
The only room with wall paper in the home we're in now is the kitchen and it is due for a makeover too.
I really like the colours you've chosen which compliment the character of your older home.
I see you and Cindy both paint over items you buy with unique results - this has me thinking....

CatHerder said...

looks beautiful!

GwendolynKay said...

A very lovely makeover. The white is very refreshing. I love your cherub perched on the stairway, as if to bless those going up and coming down.

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

You have done a good job! Your hallway looks very peaceful and stylish. I love the colour you chose and the way you decorated the walls with the mirror and prints. It must have been an enormous job. We have done some work in the house today as well. Jan has painted the bathroom walls and I have done the French doors of Annebelle's bedroom. I am so glad I have the time now! I did not regret my decision to stop blogging so far. There is much more time left now to read a book, work in my garden and in the house. And I can still visit your blog and leave a comment :-)! Hope you are all well.

Enjoy your sunday! From a sunny Rotterdam,

Lieve groet, Madelief

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for all your kind words!
The cherub is just sitting there for now to see if we like it but it will be attached if it is staying there.
Take care,

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
Your hallway looks beautiful. What a difference from before. All your hard work definitely paid off. The photos o foyur garedninthe previous post are gorgeous. I have never seen such a lovely garden so full of color.
Hugs, Rhondi

Laura said...


I looks so lovely. I love the bird prints. I was thinking of doing some butterfly prints in my hall. Great job!

Jessica said...

I love your paint colours! Everything looks beautiful. :-)