Hall Makeover: I couldn’t LEAF the paper behind

I HOLD MY HAND UP! I have been so slack with the blog over the last couple of months and I apologise! You know what it is like – life just takes over; work, renovations, holidays and my main distraction, Instagram. But enough of my grovelling and more getting to the point –  I have been re-decorating the hall and here is quick post with the inside scoop.

Last year whilst having my kitchen replaced I had my weird layout of two small entrance halls knocked into one big space (why would anyone want two dark and dingy entrance halls right?). But since then it has just become an un-curated space in a colour I absolutely hated! I even hated it when I was painting it, but I was exhausted after finishing the kitchen and laying the floor that I just wanted the decorating finished!

Admittedly I was not planning to decorate the hall, however on a routine visit to B&Q to look at plants (yes I regularly visit DIY stores just to browse!) my attention was drawn to this fabulous wallpaper. It was an instant case of I NEED IT, I CAN’T LEAF it, but where can I put it? The York store only had a sample but after some phoning around before Dave knew it we were back in the car and on our way to Castleford to track down the stock there!


With the wallpaper in my hand I began the next step – research to find the right pink to match! For anyone thinking that can’t be that hard, trust me, it’s so difficult to find the right pink – they are either too pink, too peach or too “little girls bedroom”! I finally decided to have Valspar colour match the infamous ‘Mad About The House‘ book, which is probably the most instagrammed pink EVER haha.

My biggest bug bare of this room, and come to think of it the whole flat, is the ugly as sin storage heaters! Its the first thing that greets your eyes, hanging there taunting you when you open the front door! In fact I hate this one so much that one of my first ever blog posts was on this and how to hide them (click here). However whilst that storage heater solution has done a job, it was time to up my game in the storage heater war. I found a 90’s hall cabinet in our local charity furniture store for £10 and it was just the right measurements. No sooner had we carried the cabinet up the stairs, I set about ripping it to bits – well this actually consisted of taking the back off, cutting away the base and inner ledge for the drawers and then gluing the drawer fronts back in place.

What I was left with was just a hollowed out carcass of the cabinet that resembled a cabinet at the front and a radiator cover at the back. This was then painted in the left over emulsion paint to match the walls and given a coat of finishing wax. The finishing touch was replacing the drawer handles with these gold cup handles – a real bargain at £5.00 for a pack of four from Amazon.

With the walls painted, cabinet complete and wallpaper up all that was left was my favourite part of any decorating project – style up the room. For this particular room most things still worked with just a few small tweaks and editions. The main change was the spraying of the mirror from sage grey to a gold which now sits against the pink perfectly. I added in my FABULOUS new tiger rug from La Redoute to compliment the pink and tie in with the jungle theme. The other main styling change is that the original gallery wall is now beautifully illuminated by my gorgeous monkey lamp from Iconic lighting.

So there you have it – for a room that I wasn’t supposed to be decorating, and didn’t really need to decorate, I feel so much better for it! Is anyone else like that? Do you find a project for projects sake? I definitely do, but I think its just my inner creativity screaming to be unleashed!




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