With my painting I did last week, I also decided to paint the upstairs and downstairs hall ways. I used 2 gallons of Gliddens Seagull Gray. I did both hallways in 2 days. Lets just say, I work fast. :) I had to get Travis’ help with bringing in a ladder to reach the high points upstairs, but other than that, I was able to do this by myself.
It really brightened up the space A LOT. The only thing is, now that the walls are brighter, it brought out the fact the trim and doors are an off white. I can’t tell if they are just dirty… or if they were painted an ivory, vs. a white. Either way, they need re-painting. So that will be my next chore to do.
I love how it turned out though and think it really brings in the light.
I had to puddy A TON of holes!
Art work below by: Lindsey P Emery (a friend of mine back in GA)
The cubbyhole piece of furniture I got from Walmart as well. The one I got is the “weathered” wood. The cube containers in it, also came from walmart. WE LOVE IT! It helps so much with organizing the boys shoes, gloves, socks. Each boy has a cubby. Each boy also has a hook. So they have a place to put their backpacks/jacket and cubby.
I highly recommend it for anyone with kids.
Its also a great bench to sit on if you need to sit to put shoes on.
The coat rack too was so easy to make.
Simple board with hooks screwed in. When you screw it to your wall just make sure you hit a stud. ;) The hooks cost $1.19 from Lowes or Home Depot.
Total cost: $45.00 – Two gallons of glidden cost around $40.00 – the other stuff we had on hand. Puddy, sand paper, painters tape, paint brushes, rollers, etc… (I only used this along areas I knew a steady hand would do not good, most areas though I did not use tape *Only because this color was so close to the trim and ceiling color. Had I used a darker color, I would have used tape… but when painting with lighter ones, I just go slow). Once you buy those sort of things, the cost to re-paint a room isn’t nearly as bad. I have used the same paint brush for 5 rooms now. Wash and re-use paint brushes! Paint rollers, not so much… but paint brushes can go a long way. I did add a few bucks for extra roller pads (those def. dont re-use well). I had gotten a quote from someone to paint this hallway area for us, lets just say. It was a lot more. Understandably so though, it was a hard job! I got a good workout doing this. For those like us on a really tight budget, finding time and energy to do it yourself, is totally worth it if you want to save.