Hallway and Landing

I am really trying to not talk on here all the time about moving and house prices.

Oops – too late!

You try not to, but you do end up getting a little obsessed with it all, and it does kind of take over your lives. So I do apologise if I am being boring and repeating myself.

Although you could argue that being boring and repeating myself is my trademark niche in the blogging world haha!!!

Anyway, before we leave this house (which we have sold, but probably will not leave for a while as these things tend to take an age) I thought that I had better share some pictures of the rest of the work we have done.

Please forgive me for the quality of the photos. I had to use my crappy little bridge camera as Rob is out today and has taken his DSLR with him. So dark and grainy is what you are getting today. But not in all the before photos taken by Rob!!

Below is our upstairs landing and hallway. We painted it white, replaced the stair spindles, skirting boards, door frames, put new flooring down and carpeted it last year (around August/September or May time? I cannot remember?) and then finally started to hang some of our prints that had been patiently waiting to be hung for many years, in my much hoped for and planned stairway gallery.

We then decided to move and had to put a lid on the gallery, so that was the end of that!

Here are some photos of the upstairs landing and hallway when we were carrying out the work on it –

In the middle of paint stripping hell here (for Rob not me)

In the midst of paint stripping hell here

The good news was that the house still had its original 1950’s bannisters and spindles. The bad new was that there were a few missing and what remained were so damaged that they needed replacing. We used the nearest sized pieces of wood that we could find in the DIY stores (a few mm out from the originals – another reason why we replaced them all) and kept the original clean, simple look rather than use something more more Victorian-esq and ornate.

And we still need to give them another coat of gloss paint, but never mind that!stairs b4

The old carpet

The old carpet

The cat did use this as a short cut once or twice, but she is lazy and doesn't like to do any jumping and normal cat stuff too often!

The cat did use this as a short cut once or twice, but she is lazy and doesn’t like to do any jumping and normal cat stuff if she can help it!

And crappy skirting

The crappy skirting

more deets

More details

I am lucky that Rob is so good at DIY. He has his uses!

I am lucky that Rob is so good at DIY. He has his uses!

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With the replaced banisters

With the replaced spindles

And after the new flooring was fitted

And after the new flooring was fitted

Right thats enough photos of the DIY. Im sure you can appreciate that it was a dusty, messy process that was expensive and took blooming ages (tell me – why are we moving and doing all this again?!!) Here are how things look right now, or at least on a grey January day through the lens of a crappy camera.

A stairway to heaven?

A stairway to heaven? New spindles, carpet and my Hornsea plant pots on the window sill.

What prints we have hung and our lampshade

What prints we have hung and our bright orange lampshade which we are leaving behind (sob).

This is the worst photo ever. Even for me.

This is the worst photo ever. Even for me.

This one aint much better!

This one aint much better! And here is our lime green retro lampshade that we are also leaving behind (sob).

Here is our hallway. We are not replacing the crappy interior doors because, guess what? We are moving! I think that I might have mentioned before that we are moving one or twice? Maybe?

Here is our hallway. We are not replacing the crappy interior doors because, guess what? We are moving! I think that I might have mentioned once or twice before that we are moving? ….Maybe? But the good thing is that we are leaving them behind for the new owners!

I think that I might get Rob to take some fresh photos for me and update this post at some point in the future, so do check back! But for now these will have to do. Sorry again about that.

4 Thoughts on “Hallway and Landing

  1. Ruth on 31/01/2016 at 6:53 PM said:

    Congrats!! That was a quick sale 🙂
    Can’t wait to see where you end up & what you do with it. Wherever it is I am sure you will make it fab

    • Helen on 31/01/2016 at 8:19 PM said:

      Thank you! We actually sold the house in less than 24 hours which is bonkers!

      We still need to find somewhere though, we did have an offer accepted on a place but that has already fallen through. Wherever we end up will probably end up being decorated (very slowly of course – you know us two!) the same as this place! x

  2. Why do you have to leave the lampshades? They’re awesome! Also loving your framed prints, so cool.

    • Helen on 01/02/2016 at 11:35 PM said:

      Because Rob said that it would be a pain in the bum to remove them as they are wired into the ceiling (I am blaming him for the decision anyway)!!! They were only cheap bought from B&Q ages ago, but I do kind of regret saying that we would leave them behind for our buyer. At the end of the day they are only lampshades and you cannot get too sentimental about these things, on to pastures new and all that!

      Thank you, I still need to hang the print Thomas made me in the thrifty gift swap ages ago! It was going to hang in my stairway gallery, but thats on hold until the next house now! x x

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