Friday, September 20, 2013

Goodbye Blue Walls

When we were buying our house - I've told you this before - I just loved the hallway and the staircase. Something about it just caught my attention. Now that this space is almost complete, it makes me feel like we're actually accomplishing our vision for what we want this house to look like. Naturally, since the hallway connects almost every single room on the first floor, we feel a sense of accomplishment. I won't bombard you with my inspiration photos in this post because I have a whole lotta pictures to show you!

Much to my dismay, our new chandelier is not sparkling up the space yet. So the pictures are kinda dingy - they have a work light lighting up the space - and that's really the only light the hallway sees. I'm no professional photographer so I kinda had to take the attitude - you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. Kindergarten lesson applied to real life.

So the first thing that needed to happen, was rip out that nasty blue wall covering. It took 3 contractor bags to haul all of it out. THE DUST.

While I was pulling all the blue covering off, Josh was removing baseboards. I definitely had the nastier job. Do you see all that fabric that comes off with the blue? Anyone know what the name of that is?

Here's the curved wall with no baseboards. 

There was lots of saw-action but most of it was done late at night. And it was a two person job so I didn't want another iron incident. No more hurting myself. Camera down. Fast forward past all the time-consuming boring cuts, and then its time to use some liquid nails to put up the sheet of beadboard. 

After the liquid nails, there's the actual nail gun. 

Then, you add/nail the baseboards and the chair-rail. Keeping in line with our old pink house, the walls aren't always straight. So, that makes the baseboard hanging very complicated. 

Making some progress... Notice the rug? Yay/nay?


Can't forget allllllll the caulking. 

See that long wall two pictures up? Well we had to make a cut for the outlet to come through. And that was the wall that gave us the most fits. Only because we haven't done the wall that is attached to the steps. 

And voila! All these pictures were taken at night for the most part. Sorry they're so blah.

Looking like a fancy wall all of a sudden.

Oh sheesh. Someone get this girl a broom. 

No matter what I did, there was always this weird light when I took pictures this way. Kinda creepy, huh?

You have probably long lost sight of what this hallway looked like to begin with. Well, here's a little reminder :)

Side by sides are my fave. Even if I have to make a horizontal picture vertical. Kinda looks like it belongs in a fun house. 

One more fun fact, to hang that big mirror, required this. My technique of "winging it" doesn't fly with Josh. Hello diagram. 

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