The Stairwell – Before & After

Hallway Before 2

It’s been a while since I posted any updates on our home renovation, which is just silly, since we have had some major changes. Probably none are more noticeable than this stairwell, and the hallways connecting to it. See that wallpaper? That has been in this house my entire life. All 29 years of it. This wallpaper has been the defining aspect of my Grandmother’s house, which in essence, meant this house has never felt like mine as long as it’s been up. While it was time for it to go, our home will now be lacking its signature conversation piece, because EVERYONE had an opinion of it. Some loved it and positively begged us to keep it up, while others could could barely stand to look at it. I’ve learned that this is how a lot of decor works, which is why you should never worry about what other people think – someone will always hate it, so just worry about yourself.

Hallway Before

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The original goal was for us remove the carpet & wallpaper, then paint from floor to ceiling and refinish the hardwood floors hiding underneath – all by ourselves. This will now be known as the great marital experiment, “let’s really see how close we can get to killing each other before finally stepping over the edge.” Our first attempt at taking down the wallpaper (a whole two hours) marked the moment that I firmly declared that this DIY stuff was for the birds and I would be happier taking a second job at McDonald’s to pay for someone to do the work rather than continue myself. I later stated that I would also be happy to pay for someone to paint rather than have Chase continue it, because let’s just say, he is not my favorite person when he’s been painting all day.

I can proudly say that while we pulled up the carpet & painted the white wainscoting ourselves, the rest was left to professionals. And they were worth every penny.

Hallway After 3

Hallway After 2

Hallway After 1

Hallway AFter 4

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4 Thoughts on “The Stairwell – Before & After

  1. Sandra on April 22, 2014 at said:

    Wow! What a change. Isn’t it nutty how all the folks from our Grandparents generation kept those beautiful floors covered up with such horrifying carpet?! In my Grandma’s case, it was tangerine and avocado hued carpet. Insane. The transformation looks so awesome! You must feel so proud walking up/down those stairs these days :)

  2. Wow – what a difference. Beautiful!

  3. I love that color! Looks fantastic!

  4. Stacey on April 23, 2014 at said:

    Holy crap! Looks fantastic!

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