The landing is finished! Well, at least the wallpaper striping and painting part is. As I mentioned last month, I was ready to decorate our landing after living with the wallpaper I hated since we moved in March. Take a look at what it looked like before. Not horrendous but definitely not my taste. So here it is with the finished white walls. Sorry the photo quality is bad – it’s the time of year where there’s terrible light!
As you can see, the walls are super plain now but I plan on making a gallery wall up the stairs so that will improve over time. I’ve put up the prints we currently have ready but I’ll be adding photos and more prints to the mix. I kind of like the fact that it’s a work in progress. Yes I could have gone out and bought a bunch of frames and quickly picked out some pictures but I think that this way it will allow us to only put up stuff that we really love. That and we do not have the money lying around to do it all now!
My vintage Some Like It Hot poster has been put back in it’s rightful place and though funnily enough it did look good with the old wallpaper, I love it so much more now. I can’t wait until the walls are filled but I’m looking forward to building our collection. We plan on putting more large pictures upstairs on the other walls but that requires actually going out and finding things we like so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.
As for the actual process of stripping the wallpaper, all I can say is that it’s easy but it’s hard. I know it doesn’t make sense but it was easy in the way that painting is easy for me, but hard in the way that the ceiling was very high on the stairs. That was definitely the difficult bit. I did the majority myself (without a ladder) but Topher had to step in to get the bits right at the top.
So I’m sure you’re thinking how did I do it without a ladder? I’m a ninja. And I duct-taped the scraper/paint brush etc to the end of a mop. Who needs fancy tools eh? Though I did get a bit scrape-happy and gouge a bit of the walls when I first started stripping at the top of the stairs. Oops! On the bright side, Polyfilla is so easy to use! New skills learned. And I also learned I’m not that great at sandpapering. Lucky we’re covering the wall in frames, right?
So here’s the beginning of the gallery wall. Clockwise from the top left is; a postcard from London when we used to live there, a cat print from etsy, the home sweet home and hello print are both from A Beautiful Mess either from the messy box or the happy mail box, the tree print was a gift from Claire and Steve last Christmas and the Hobbit print was from the same etsy shop as the cat print. I’ve already got some other prints ready but I just need to find the right size frames for them because they’re a bit of an odd shape. I’ll probably replace the frames for the London and Hello print too because they’re not exactly the right size.
Finally, this is our chalkboard (the chalk is currently on walkabout somewhere) which is currently being used to hold our keys. It’s next to the front door. We got it as part of a prize from our London Slimming World group when we won couple of the year back in 2013/2014. I don’t remember exactly which year.
Anyway, that’s the current state of the landing. I’ll do update posts in time when our gallery wall collection grows. Watch this space!