sarah akwisombe before after

So a few weeks back I showed you the plans for my hallway makeover. Fast forward and we're nearly at completion - at least to a point for me to be happy to share it with you all! Before I get stuck into the finished result, let me remind you of the original look and then I'll share some 'in progress' pics as well as the big reveal!

Here's a shot as it used to look when looking towards the front door.

and one looking out onto the hallway from the living room...

This was the plan for the revamp.

First, we set about painting the walls. we choose Little Greene's Citrine for the depth of olive green we wanted. It's actually a lot more sludgy (if that's the right word?!) in real life but I tried to get the photos as close to the real colour as poss. 

We had a little helper, obviously!

I was really keen to paint the whole of the inside front door the same shade in order to blend into the area and make it feel like one continuous space. We actually tried a satin finish emulsion in the same shade to see how that worked but in the end the best thing to do was to also use a matte finish on the door. It looks so much better than the satin! We updated some of the woodwork too just using my old favourite Dulux 'once' satin finish brilliant white paint. 

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Then we started to map out how we were going to hang our gallery wall. We had a bunch of frames that we wanted to use so rather than work to artwork sizes we use the frames to cut templates (made rather stupidly from a bin liner - would have normally used card but didn't have any big enough!) These were then tacked onto the wall using masking tape as we worked out which layout worked best. There were quite a few moves!

We used my absolute fave Command 3m strips to hang the frames without having to drill anything when we were ready.

Command 3m strips

The mockup I made used a series of quite bright and bold artwork but as we started creating the look I realised that something wasn't working, which was a shame as I was in love with the white and pink print from The Loft & Us! But at least I'll get to use it elsewhere now :) I scrapped this colourful look and went back to the drawing board, opting for a more refined palette of black, white and gold, relying heavily on black and white photography. 

So anyway, I think that's enough explaining! Wanna see the finished result?!

We're so pleased with it! It's really cosy and treads the line perfectly between Art Deco lines and modern style.

The prints we chose to frame for the gallery wall have helped to add in a touch of edge, with images like the Masai warrior and the Ali print bringing a bit of punch.

gallery wall

The vintage LPs are my mum and dads, the abstract black and white Franz Kline stye piece is one I made myself (find out how you can do it here) and the black and gold geometric print you see here below was from Joss and Main.

gold frame gallery wall
gallery feature wall

The LP frames were kindly supplied by my absolute GO TO suppliers for gilt frames, Ayers & Graces. They frame up the LPs so well and take a piece of quite tatty vinyl packaging and turn it into something feature wall worthy!

The large dark wood and brass frame was supplied by eFrame. I love these guys as they have almost have every type of frame that you could ever wish for and they can be customised to EXACT sizes! Meaning no more leaving that great piece of artwork out because you can't find the right frame for it. They also supplied the thin gold metal frame seen in the left corner nook here (which is actually my fave part of the area. Shh don't tell)...

abstract artwork

Furnishing wise, we had the fab Art Deco sideboard which I picked up from a charity shop a couple of years back for £20 (yep you read it right) and we got the Merida rug from which I had been absolutely lusting over for ages. I love the geometric pattern and mix of colours which helped to bring those pops of colour into the room especially once we took it out of the gallery wall.

We then picked up the gold side table from Zara (the other one is now next to my bed) and topped it with the showstopping Isolde lamp from Pooky. Such a classic Art Deco piece that just works so well in this area. As I said it's become my fave section of the hallway makeover. 

Most of the accessories seen are vintage, aside from the glass and brass vase from H&M home and the black panther from Dunelm.

Lastly, we updated some of the hardware to brass finish for extra bling!

Here's the full rundown of what we did since its original state:

  • Sanded, stained and varnished original floorboards
  • Painted walls
  • Sanded down door and painted matte 
  • Sanded and repainted all woodwork
  • Changed doorknobs, lightswitches and door hinges for brass ones
  • Added new globe pendant
  • Hung gallery wall of images

We still want to:

  • Hang even more images
  • add LED strip lights around the top of the picture rail to illuminate the ceiling
  • Box in the disused doorbell box and the electricity box
  • Remove the faux bamboo tree and add either a statue / bust or an art deco coat stand

We are absolutely chuffed with the makeover, it's made such a difference to the space and it feels like a real 'area' now as opposed to somewhere that you just move through on a daily basis but don't pay attention to. I know for SURE it's not for everyone, but then that's what my style is all about! 

What do you think?

S x