Renovation Progress: Hallway & Stairs

Hallway Renovation

A couple of months ago I shared a peek of our new house. We’ve done a few small projects since we moved in while we’re saving up for something a bit more exciting. The first thing we did was give our bedroom and my office a coat of paint over the existing wallpaper (just as a quick fix so we could fully move into those rooms) so really the largest project we’ve tackled so far is the hallway.

As you can see in the photo above, it was pretty grim so we wanted to strip it as soon as possible. The wallpaper was a sort of marble pattern with sky blue and white, but over the years it had gone kind of yellow in patches… and it never matched that crazy patterned carpet. What on earth were they thinking?

Hallway Renovation

We used a basic wallpaper stripper from B&Q and what we came to refer to as a ‘posh wallpaper scraper‘ from Argos, haha. It was a bit pricier than a traditional scraper, but it is razor thin and sharp making it great for scraping off wallpaper and paint… just be careful not to gouge the walls too much like I did!

Stripping the walls was so much harder than I was expecting. I’ve done it before over the years, but a combination of badly plastered walls, textured wallpaper and layers of old paper hidden underneath took us two full days with an army of helpers. We also struggled with the sheer height of the ceiling on the staircase, so we were buddying up holding ladders and trying not to fall off.

Hallway Renovation

Hallway Renovation

We were naively hoping the walls would be in a good condition underneath, which we kind of lucked out on with some of them, but unfortunately the entire landing needs re-plastering. Argh, expense!

So now, finally, we have completely bare walls and ceilings in the hall, up the stairs and along the landing and our next project is pulling up the carpet. We’ve had a peek underneath and we have beautiful wooden stairs hiding under there so we’re excited to expose those bad boys, but aside from that we have no real plans for decor. What to do! I’ve collected together a few ideas over on Pinterest though, that’s the most fun part so far!

How did you decorate your staircase? Please share your pictures and links in the comments below, I really need some inspiration!
Loves x xx


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  • Alyssa Randell

    No photos as it’s too dark but my hallway is lilac and duck egg on different walls with white woodwork. I have a vintage ottoman in there which we use to put shoes in, I re-upolstered it with turquoise fabric and spray painted it white :)

  • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee

    Ugh, removing wallpaper is absolute hell. Everyone seems to wallpaper over wallpaper in England! We used a steamer and that was a massive help. I want to take all the wallpaper off all our ceilings (seriously wallpaper everywhere in here) but I know they’ll probably have to be re-plastered. We have an enclosed staircase so nothing super exciting, just carpeted and a gallery wall up one side. I’d love staircase spindles!