Remember last week when I was struggling with wanting to add color to my boring hallway? Well, I did! And my budget was $0. Lucky I have a lot of paint in my closet and supplies left over from other projects. I used what I had on hand.
And I love it! I want to hug it and kiss it. I want to pull up a chair in the middle of the hallway and just stare. BUT. . . .
(Yep. There is a but. A big but. J Lo big. We will get to that later.)
Here she is!!!!
This picture frame was my great grandma’s. Don’t freak out. It wasn’t some priceless heirloom. It was plastic. Ha! Kinda funny huh?
This photo makes me happy :) How can you look at sunshine and NOT be happy.
Are you dying yet???!?!!? I love the yellow, off white, and peacock blue together! And that stencil?? AMAZING! I got of from one of my favorite sponsor’s ever, Cutting Edge Stencils. It is called Alessa Scroll. I will get into the whole stenciling experience later. I learned a few more things this time around.
Now for the low down on stenciling this time around. I opened the paint and it was super thin. Almost watery. I also had a really nasty cheap roller from a certain store that will rename nameless ( it rhymes with Call Bart). It was like one of those foam hair curlers you use to have to sleep in as a kid. Yeah. Anyway, cheap roller plus thin paint make for one hot mess. I learned you can’t skimp on the roller. I went over my budget of ZERO by about $5.00 to go get a nice roller.
But I still had thin paint. I was racking my brain about what to do when it hit me. I had won a box of Deco Art paints and mediums awhile back and I knew I had seen a thickening medium in there. Sure enough! It totally saved the day. (source)
I also loved that the Alessa Scroll stencil design was more forgiving that the damask I had used for my bedroom. It was still a pattern but it came off more random. I was “off” in some spots but didn’t stress too much because even I couldn’t tell. If you need anymore stenciling tips you can visit the Cutting Edge site. They will also have how to videos soon :)
Alright, now for the BUT.
I love it. I really do. The problem is that it does not mesh with the rest of the decor upstairs. At all. My plan A was to stencil tone on tone. Heirloom White over white. That way there was a pattern but that it was still neutral.
But I got a free sample quart of Peacock Blue from Glidden and lost all rational thought!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE color. And in my defense I had lived with a beige hall for 4 years. It is like being on a diet for a long time and someone waving a chocolate bar in front of you. You will eat it. You will eat it ALL.Even if you know it is not good for you.
So while the hallway is fabulous and colorful, it is going to have to change. Don’t worry though. I will re-do the design somewhere else. It just can’t be in the hallway that connects to all the rooms upstairs. That has to be more neutral. And I already have a plan. . .
Oh yeah, and that corbel? I made it! It cost me $0 since I used scrap wood. I have a tutorial that I will be sharing later.
So have you ever gone against what you knew was the right decorating choice because of temptation? Or have you ever had a design dilemma???