Sunday, February 2, 2014

Going Up!

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing the rest of my upstairs hallway re-do.  Last week I shared the cozy nook that we made out of the linen closet here. In addition to that, we added beadboard wainscot on the hallway walls and a full beadboard wall as you turn to go up the stairs.

I have tried numerous times over the years to get the staircase area "right" - with wallpaper, paint, stenciling, even beadboard wallpaper, which you can see here. It was always too dark, too much of a statement, or the treatment did not hold up to the wear and tear of a staircase used daily.

As I've said before, I am a big fan of beadboard wallpaper and in fact, I used it on this very stairway wall. Truthfully, it did not hold up in this area at all. Boo! But, I knew that I wanted the beadboard look here so we went with the real deal - pine beadboard - and I am so pleased with the results. I re-hung an assortment of our daughter's candid childhood pictures, along with her birth certificate. I printed everything in black and white sepia for a cohesive, peaceful feel.  

I just picked up the Matilda Rolling Market Cart from World Market with a gift card I received for Christmas. I love the texture it adds to this area. I plan on putting a plant inside, but it has been too cold to buy one and bring it home! Ah, Wisconsin winters.....

This is a view of the hall from our master. You can see the new nook to the right.

Here you see it from our daughter's room. This is a small area, but I think the beadboard and the pet silhouettes bring a touch of personality to the space. I think the beadboard and molding, in the slightly contrasting, creamy hue brings a sense of importance to this small area without overdoing it.

I can't get over the change - we actually enjoy this little pass through so much now.  It took a few weekends of painting, prepping, and elbow grease, but it was well worth it in the end.  Later this week I will be posting the entire cost of the hallway reno, including the nook.  I think you will be surprised at the small price tag!

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  1. Those stairway walls sure do get gross fast. I've been thinking of doing beadboard or vertical boards in our stairwell too. Love the way this turned out! I'm visiting from The Dedicated House. Have a great week! ~Deborah

    1. We are so happy we chose real wood beadboard for this spot. I think it will be very durable and stand the test of time!