It took one full week and about a thousand trips up and down the ladder and now the conversion of my entry hallway is finally complete. Armed with paints and a stencil, I transformed this little hallway from a crafty pink to a bold, sophisticated black and white. I posted about beginning this project last week and then I posted again about painting the table. And now here I am with one last post about the transformation of my entry hallway. Do you think maybe I'm a little excited about this project? Um, yeah!
I had originally considered wallpapering our entry hallway but I was stopped by the fact that I don't want something as permanent as wallpaper. I have a short attention span and I thrive on change so the practical side of me knew that wallpaper would not be the best choice. So I'm actually quite pleased to see that this allover stencil gives the same effect as wallpaper but when I'm tired of it in a fear years I'll be able to paint right over it again.
The stenciling was a lot of work – my arm is still throbbing from all that stippling action – but I definitely think it was worth all the effort. The stencil was pretty large (approximately 24" x 24") and that made short work of painting all of the large spaces on the walls. However, to get into the crevices around doorways and the by the buzzer, I knew I'd have to cut the stencil down. I waited until after I had stenciled all of the larger areas and then cut the stencil in half right down the middle. Then I cut one of the halves in half again. This smaller stencil made it much easier to smoosh into the tight areas.
I wanted to reuse all of the accessories in the hallway, which is why I chose to spray paint the table and coat hook. The other piece I wanted to reuse was the fabric wall hanging that covers the breaker box. I originally picked up two yards of shiny silver fabric that I thought would give the illusion of a mirror – and it did to an extent. However, the fabric was also a considerable distraction from the new pattern on the wall. And after all that work on stenciling the walls, I want the pattern to be the center of attention! That was when I came up with the idea of covering the stretcher bars with canvas and using the stencil to paint the same pattern but in negative color format. So while the walls are painted with a black background under a white pattern, the new canvas is white background with black pattern. I'm quite pleased with the outcome of that project. The ugly breaker box is still covered with by the large canvas but it doesn't detract from the pattern.
All told, this project cost less than $100 but if you ask me the end product looks more like a million bucks!
• Before & After: Pretty in Pink to Bold Black & White
• Before & After: My Dramatic Table Overhaul
Images: Jason Loper