Hallway Update

This weekend I made it my priority to complete some more projects in our newly striped hallway.

I have been looking for a console table that would fit at the end of the hallway to display some books and other decorative things. The problem was that the table could only be 12″ deep because I didn’t want the table sticking out past the door frame. The table was going to be right outside the guest room door so I didn’t want anyone to run into the table once they walked outside the room.

Here are some before pictures:

 When I started to look for console tables for the end of the hallway, I only found a few that were the right depth. The few that I found where either not the style or color I was looking for or more than $100 which was way out of our budget. I didn’t want to spend too much money since it was more for decoration than function.

So when we went to the Christmas Tree Shop this weekend and found a bookcase that met our dimensions at only $35, I was sold! I wanted it to look more like a console table so I just made sure Nick didn’t add the back panels so it was more open.

I also wanted to add some mirrors above the table to create the illusion that the hallway is longer. I bought a pack of 7 circle mirrors from target and bought some blue ribbon to use to hang the mirrors.

I also bought a runner from Overstock to give the hallway some more softness.

Here are the after pictures:

 

We also made a trip to Homegoods and got the pear, owl and the picture frame. The blue and green sign we got in Cape Coral, Florida last year at a fun art shop. The nautical knot and striped vase are from Target and the blown glass light was an engagement gift from my aunt.

I am so happy with the way it all turned out. The last thing I need to do is update the lights in the hallway and then this hallway will be done. I cannot even wait for that day! This has been a long process for such a small hallway!!

Hope you like it as much as we do!

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The longest stripe project EVER!!

Some projects just take WAYYYYY longer than expected and this is definitely one of them! It all started when I decided I wanted to paint our second floor hallway with stripes. Stripes are a great way to instantly change the look of a room and they also make hallways look longer and larger.

The hallway that connects our master bedroom to the guest bathroom and bedroom was boring and dark and needed a makeover. On top of that we had our electrical panel in the hallway which was dark grey and stuck out like a sore thumb.

 The idea around the whole project was to keep the original paint color (Barely Beige by Benjamin Moore) but add in some soft white stripes (Moonlight White by Behr). I decided to keep the beige because the hallway connects all 3 floors which has the same beige color. I thought it would break up the open floor concept of our condo if we had two different color stripes just in that hallway.

Since I knew we were going to keep the same color, I thought this project would only take a few days. I was planning on just taping off where the white stripes needed to be painted and then after adding two coats of white paint the project would be finished but boy was I wrong…

The first night we started taping off the stripes with painter’s tape, we realized all the original paint was ripping off with the tape.

We are still not sure why this happened but we think when the painters came in and painted our condo, they used a spray gun and just lightly sprayed on one thin coat. That would explain why the paint was coming up with the tape.

After doing some research and talking to some friends, I decided to paint the whole hallway with the white paint and start all over. I was hoping by repainting the walls I would put a good coat on and therefore allow the painters tape to work.

However, the re-painting was not as easy as I thought it would be. I had never painted a room before so I had a lot to learn. I started by using a trim brush to trim the whole hallway since I couldn’t use painters tape to frame out the walls.

 

That took two nights after work because it was such tedious work. I then waited until the next weekend to use the roller to fill in the rest of the walls. But ofcourse that also did not go well. Being a novice painter, I wasn’t aware of how much paint to put on the roller so after two coats and a long day the hallway was not looking good. The paint was thicker in some areas and thin in others and it was noticeable (you can see darker patches on the right wall below).

At this point it had been over 2 weeks that I had started this project (I worked slowly due to work and other commitments). I was so frustrated because I didn’t know what I was doing wrong and I honestly almost gave up. But I am not a quitter and once I get my mind set on something nothing can stop me so I called one of Nick’s friends that does a lot of painting and got some tips.

A few days later I went out and bought another can of paint (I had already used up the first can with my horrible paint job) and I painted the hallway one last thick coat and it was looking great! It’s hard to tell in the picture because of the horrible lighting but it looked even and much better.

After that last coat I let the paint dry for a full week before I used painters tape on it. I wanted to make sure I gave it as much time as possible because I didn’t know what I would do if the paint came up with the tape again…

I then spent two nights measuring and taping off the stripes. This was another tedious job because I had to make sure the stripes were level and all the same width. I used a yard stick and level and smaller pieces of tape to tape off the stripes. I also went to a local paint store to buy Scotch Blue Painters Tape for Delicate walls… I didn’t want to chance it with regular painters tape.

When I was finished with my last piece of tape, Nick helped me seal the tape with a coat of the white paint which helped create a more crisp line in the end. We basically just lightly painted the tape with the white paint so that the tape would be sealed to the wall and if the paint leaked through, it was the same color as the wall so it wouldn’t matter. If we didn’t seal the tape, the beige paint could have seeped through the tape when we were painting the stripes on.

As you can see from the right wall in picture above, we ended up running out of the delicate painters tape and had to switch to frog tape. But thankfully, it worked and none of the paint was ripped up!

After letting that dry for a night we used the roller to paint on the beige stripes.

 This was my favorite night of the whole (almost) 4 week project because as soon as the second coat was added, we could rip off the tape to see the stripes!

It was at this moment that I knew all my hard work had paid off!

And finally some pictures of the finished hallway.

Below is the hallway looking from the master bedroom to the guest bedroom. And now the electrical panel blends right in with the rest of the hallway.

Below is the wall when you come up the stairs from our first floor living room/kitchen. That door has our stackable washer/dryer in it.

And here is the wall that leads up to the 3rd floor media room.

I still have some more things to do in the hallway but for now, I am just loving all my hard work.

Be back at some point with more updates and projects that I am doing for this hallway.

What do you guys think? Was it worth all my hard work and time?

Easter Weekend in South Carolina!

This past weekend my whole family traveled to Bluffton, South Carolina to see my parents new house and to spend some quality time together. Since my family lives all over the place- Boston, Charlotte, Miami, Philly, and NYC- we are not often all together at once. It is always nice to have the whole family together especially for an entire weekend.

Here are some pictures of my parents new house:

We spent a lot of time lounging by the pool and in the hot tub.

We had some great meals (my mom is like Martha Stewart), walked around the town, went on a boat cruise and made some s’mores!

My siblings and me with our significant others:

On the cocktail cruise:

We finally got a good family picture too!

Hope everyone had a good Easter!

Be back next week with some updates on my latest project!

 

28th Birthday and a surprise visitor!

Hello everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA but I have been celebrating my birthday with friends and family and extremely busy with a new project… post to come soon (ish).

I turned 28 on March 26th but celebrated with friends on the Friday night before my birthday. I wanted a low-key birthday celebration so I decided to have everyone come out for drinks after work. We went to Julep Bar in downtown because they have great drinks and it was recently decorated by an HGTV designer (not sure which one). So you know when delicious drinks and HGTV come together it equals the best place ever!

Here are some pictures from the night:

After some drinks and delicious food we went to Cissy K’s to dance and pretend like we were 22 again. For those of you not familiar with Boston bars, this is a dingy bar that drunk 22-24 years go to get cheap drinks and dance. Even though I was hesitant at first, I agree and ended up having a great time!

Here are some pics from Cissy K’s:

Notice Lauren holding up her dress to keep it from the beer infested floor… she failed

 

The next day Nick and I went to see Hungar Games which was amazing and then had lunch at Max & Dylans which has the most amazing buffalo mac & cheese yumm. Nick also bought me this delicious cake from Sweet Tooth in South Boston. This is the same bakery that made my cake for my graduation party which was also very delicious.

My husband knows me well, aqual cake with pink polka dots…

He also got me my dream camera…

I am obsessed with taking pictures so this is perfect for the blog and for trips and other fun things.

Then on my actual birthday we went to Ruth Chris which is my FAVORITE steak house. It was also restaurant week so it helps the wallet at the same time 🙂

Then last weekend Nick surprised me and had my mom come visit!! She is a very busy lady so it worked out well that she didn’t have plans and was willing to take the train from NYC to spend some time with us. We ate out, shopped, and went to an improv show and since her birthday is the day after mine we also continued the celebration!

And we got to test out my new camera:


Overall it was a great birthday and I still don’t feel a day older than 26!

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! We are headed to South Carolina to see my parent’s new house and spend some quality time with my family. Pictures to come!