Thursday, January 10, 2013

{House}: Simple Hall Project.

Living in an older home, one of the things that I love is the character. In our front hall we have this cute little nook on the wall that used to be for a phone (remember when they had to stay in one place? when you had a home phone?). It even has a little place under it for a phone book (who uses those anymore?).

Here's a picture of the hall nook before we painted the hall, back when we first moved into the house in 2009. I caught Tyson hanging out there:

And post-painting the hall and adding art (on clearance from Pottery Barn kids), here is a poorly lit picture of the hallway:

And while I love that little nook, something was bothering me. The back of the telephone holder was wood but not the molding wood like the rest of it - a fake laminate wood. So for a while now I had been planning on painting it (and wondering why the heck we didn't paint it yellow when we painted the hall). But that would have meant dragging out paint cans, brushes, and pans.

Then the other day, I was cleaning and saw my craft paint and it was like "hello!" and I was all like "oh yeah..." and then it happened:

I took my craft paint (called sky blue but really is more of a vintage turquoise) and squeezed the rest of the bottle in a plastic bowl and went to town with a sponge brush. I taped the back with painter's tape and just went for it. Above is one coat in. That was when I was thinking "did I do the right thing?".

Here's two coats:

Looking better.

And here is the finished product:

It is like a little surprise. You don't notice it at first. I love how it ties in the turquoise in the art and also the turquoise in our hall bathroom:

(The hall bathroom is painted "Drizzle" by Sherwin Williams. And yes, I picked it partially because of its name.)

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