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Hideous orange varnish – GONE


No word of a lie, I have been making over OneandSeventy’s hallway for EVER… in my head at least. But now, it’s actually starting to come together for real and I am SO excited to share our progress so far.

Hallways are notorious pains in the backside to decorate. Essentially two rooms, with lots of walls, doorways and high landing ceilings, they’re unquestionably my least favourite space to tackle. But the end result is so worth it; the impact a welcoming hallway can have on a home cannot be underestimated.

Fortunately, Beloved was so sick of me banging on about my plans, he eventually took pity on me and offered to help.

This, dear reader, is HUGE! My wonderful man is the most amazing Hubby in the world and as anyone who knows me will attest, he will do absolutely anything for me. But painting?

Errrr, no.

Painting is most definitely where he draws the line.

And frankly, I’ll be lucky if ever picks up a brush or roller again after this job!

Creating a Monochrome Hallway

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Bye-Bye boring blue. Hello glorious grey!

Gone are walls of nondescript, pale blue and their metallic blue neighbours.

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Metallic. Blue.

I kid you not.

In their place, crisp white and ‘City Break’ grey by Crown, which I had colour-matched by my go-to paint of choice – Valspar.

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I was really worried about covering the metallic sheen, but the Valspar went on beautifully.

Unlike the white.

Even a 10ltr tub of Leyland Trade Contract Matt Emulsion struggled. Despite being such a light colour, the pale blue kept bleeding through! In the end, it took 4 COATS and almost the entire tub!

This did not go down well with Beloved, as you can imagine. But give him his due, he persevered and did a magnificent job!

Love that man.

How to paint over varnish

Naturally, when painting a room, it makes sense to freshen the woodwork, which tends to yellow with age. I also painted over the varnish on the banisters, as you may have spied in some of my earlier posts.

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Even the dark of Halloween could not dim the bright white of newly-painted banisters!

I cannot tell you how relieved I am to eradicate all that orange. It makes such a massive difference to the space. It now looks fresh, modern, and also brings some much-needed light to our North-facing hallway, which is even more important now that we’ve had our front door replaced.

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As lovely as it is (and I can’t wait to bring you the full reveal later!) moving from one large window to two smaller panes has reduced what little light we had coming in.

Which is where the new bling comes in.

Ready your sunnies!

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Isn’t. That. Just. FABULOUS dahlink?

Thank you Wayfair!

At £99 each they weren’t cheap, but the Anita 4 Light Flush Light from Wayfair UK is fantastic quality and looks absolutely stunning in OneandSeventy’s hallway and landing.

The pair definitely hit the spot when it comes to my exacting criteria of crafting a home with style AND substance!

They were a bit of a steal if I’m honest. I had some credit in my account following a Halloween collaboration I did with Wayfair last year. Mind you, it was just as well, as what I saved on lights I had to pay out for an electrician to come and install them!

Ho hum.

Still. At least I know they’re fitted correctly and more importantly, safely. Into the bargain, I’ve discovered a great local company for all those jobs I need doing around the house.


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So what do you think of the hallway makeover so far?

There’s still a lot to do but aside from the flooring and two new side windows, we’ve broken the back of the big jobs.


While I recoup and save the pennies for those, I shall just have to keep myself amused with accessorising. I have plans for that great expanse of bare grey wall and I already have some artwork on the go. Meanwhile, work is also in progress on a new console.

After months of discounting a myriad of options due to their price tags, I found one in TK Maxx for… wait for it… £26! Talk about a lucky break! A slight bit of damage relegated her to the sale corner, but my bargain-hunting nose sniffed her out and home she came! A little TLC and a paint job and she’ll fit right in.

Stay tuned for more on that as well as all the details of the makeover, including that new door…which is one of a pair.

Oh! And just WAIT until you see what I have for you on the landing!

Until then, I’d love to know what you think of progress so far. Drop a comment below to let me know.

A hui hou,

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