striped hallway: before and after

Thursday, September 1

Ah...stripes.
I had never tried them in my own home before, although I'm certainly not the first to use them in a hallway or entry!  There are some fabulous striped hallway images out there.  I must say it took a bit of convincing.  My hubby even asked if I was trying to make him look fat! ;-)

I feel like I can breathe now.
This hall bringseverything together and has a lightness about it that is more calming and more "us" than the before shots.  The colors here are Salt Glaze by Martha Stewart and Snow White by Benjamin Moore.
I added a new doorbell box, but clearly the thermostat from 1972 needs to go.

Let's take a trip back four months to the "before" shots of the hallway.  
First, we removed the flushmout light and added two of these pendants.  They didn't really make sense with the hallway looking as it was, but I could see my finished vision.
I knew I wanted stripes but I had to be patient. (not my strong suit)
We hired our painter to do this job.  I knew it would take me forever and it still wouldn't look perfect.  This was money well spent! Because there were so many turns and door frames to work around, I just was not up for the task.  Mike the painter, however, was ah-mazing.  (616-581-5840)
 I liked it better already!

I don't have any super cool tips on painting stripes yourself.  But I will say that Mike measured from the floor up, taped all the stripes, and then because the ceiling wasn't even (or the house is tilted?) the top stripes were not an equal amount of inches from the ceiling.  He then removed all the tape and started over from the ceiling down.  I would have cried if I was doing the taping.  

Here is the "before" view from the boy's bathroom.

Progress shot:

I am crazy for these stripes.  I love them.  Our house feels like a whole new world from when we started.



I love how it ties everything together, and I hope you like our new stripes too!
Thanks for reading!  
Does anyone have a DIY tip for painting stripes?  
Do you love the stripes as much as I do?

37 comments:

The Scott's Crib said...

Oh I have to agree with you on this one! It looks amazing. The color you previous had reminds me of the Vanilla brandy that I should have never put in the living room, hall, and entry way. You just inspired me...I might have to lighten things up a bit.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Wow! It looks ah-mazing!! It really lightens and brightens the space up. Love the colors, and the stripes make the hallway appear wider... guess it's true what they say about stripes :)

Karena said...

I adore them Abby!! I have not tried doing stripes, I know there are some great ideas out there in the DIY world!

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Emily- Simply Southern said...

It looks really good, it is so open and clean!
xo emily

Karena said...

PS I love your husbands comment! Ha!

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Lindsay said...

I love the stripes Abby! Great choice, they look great in the space!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Abby, it looks great! It really brightens the hallway up and gives it some style. xo

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

The stripe look fabulous! Love the new lighting too! What a difference!

Sharon @ Ms Magpie Designs said...

Fantastic job and I love the Salt Glaze color!! One of the best tips I've read is to paint over the tape once it is laid with the wall color before you paint the stripe. This seals the tape and if there is any bleed through, it is the color that is already underneath the tape.

(Your blogs is one of the ones that I check daily! Thanks for the inspiration!)

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I can't believe was a difference a little paint makes...seriously that hall went from dark and kind of drab to light and *fabulous*!!! The stripes were a fantastic choice!

This Mid 30s Life said...

WOW. Your hallway looks incredible. I love it.

Christine said...

I'm so glad you shared the hall pictures! I was already in love with your new living room color, but in combo with the striped hallway... LOVE. And thanks so much for sharing your paint colors, we just bought a new house that I am in the middle of painting and that salt glaze is exactly what I have been trying to find--light, bright and airy. I think I might have to try it out!

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I love the paint! The stripes look really good. It really made the hallway look brighter. Looks great!

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pam@pixelimpress said...

abby, this is striking! im sure you giggle everytime you walk down the hall. i really like the thickness of the stripes. and your living room redo is awesome. i must take a look at 'salt glaze' for our new master bedroom. so calming....

Fran said...

Abby, they look fabulous. The colors you chose are so soothing and I love how it flows w/your family/living room!!

Michelle said...

Yes yes yes yes ohhhhhhhh yes I am so into stripes! Yes in a Meg Ryan kind of way they make me go all giddy inside ;)

tracie said...

you know I LOVE stripes! hallway looks amazing.. so glad hubs agreed and you got to do them finally!!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I really love it! The width of the stripes is great and I love the subtle colour combo :)

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

The stripes turned out fantastic. I especially love the view from the living room.
As for a DIY tip, when I paint stripes, I apply the painters tape, then paint along its outer edge in the existing wall color. Once it's dry, I then paint the new stripe color. This prevents bleed lines when the tape is removed.
You're home looks wonderful, Abby!

Tatiana Doria said...

Wooow I´m impressed with the change!! And your living room turned out beautiful!
congratulations!
I follow you from now, can´t wait to see more.
www.tatiandoria.blogspot.com

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

I am hooked on stripes, too. Can't wait to show you how my daughters room came out! Well, not completely done...

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I adore stripes! I already have them in 2 rooms, and would love to do another..but it may be overkill.

Love seeing Salt Glaze...it's a top contender for my kitchen and it's gorgeous in your room!

A Lived in Home said...

Loving all the changes! The hallway was dark and depressing and now it's light and airy. I need to try Salt Glaze somewhere.

Annette {One Perfect Room} said...

Sublte and beautiful!

Holly said...

Adding stripes is such a fun and inexpensive way to add some pizazz and I LOVE what they do for your hallway and I really love that peek of them that you see through your living room. I'm so glad you hired this out because it was a big headache to measure out just the one wall that I did so I can't even imagine doing that entire hallway - bless Mike and his skills. I'd sit and stare at the progress whenever I had a chance, which I'm sure you do a little bit of. Great job.

Lili said...

looks divine abby!!! LOVE it!!!

Jae said...

Love the stripes, but more importantly, love the color! It's perfect.

Megan {Splendid Design} said...

Such a difference! I am loving the stripes and the pendants together! It gives it a modern yet inviting look! Now the hallways looks wider!

Sarah MacMillan {Prairie Perch} said...

The stripes are awesome! And I love the pendant lights too.

Cathy Wall said...

Just today I sent a link for this post to a client. This is fabulous Abby, so fresh and fun! You've got an eye girl!

Cathy

classic • casual • home said...

Absolutely beautiful, Abby!

VICTORIA said...

Looks incredible hallway now! the color scheme is so refreshing!Soothing as well, Great transformation!I'm into stripes likes too.

SHERRY HART said...

I have done a lot of stripes in my day! Measuring and taping is the hardest part but it is sure worth it! I love your hallway, it is so fresh and pretty now!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

so pretty, Abby! I love the progress you are making, it's such a light and fresh vibe..

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

LOVE the stripes!! Everything is coming together so great!!

Mrs. SE said...

Your stripes are so beautiful! Love it!

Olga@stardust said...

Love the stripes! I recently updated my hall with horizontal stripes and I include a tutorial on how I did this. You may link here....http://stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-hall-update-horizontal-stripes

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