Well, I didn’t feel like I could go a whole week without mentioning my hallway. This hallway has been a very sore subject with me for the last two weeks, but last night, I finally reached a milestone — all of the walls and trim are painted. Completely. Two coats of paint, and no additional touch ups needed. I can’t believe how long it took me to get to this point.
Hallways are deceptive. They’re generally small and/or narrow, and don’t require as much decorating as actual rooms. So I looked at my hallway and thought to myself, “This should be easy! I can get this done in a week or two, no problem.”
But what I didn’t take into consideration is that this one small hallway has ALL OF THE DOORS in it. There are five doorways in just this one little area. That’s three additional pre-hung doors that had to be installed. That’s four doorways that had to be trimmed out (the bathroom door was already done). That’s trim on five doorways (plus the crown and the baseboards) that had to be wood filled and sanded. That’s trim on five doorways (plus the crown and the baseboards) that had to be caulked. That’s trim on five doorways (plus the crown and the baseboards) that had to be painted with two coats of paint.
The trim installation took me about two days. The wood filling and sanding took about two-and-a-half days. The caulking took me another two-and-a-half days. And for the last two days, I’ve been painting.
The walls were a slower process than most rooms, too. There’s not much large wall space in this hallway that can be quickly painted with a roller (although I used a roller anywhere I could). But there are plenty of narrow areas above and around doors that had to be painted with a brush. This deceptively small hallway just about pushed me to my breaking point, but last night at 9:00, I finally finished the last coat of paint on the walls and the trim.
It’s not finished yet. I still want to paint stripes on the walls. But that’s the fun part, and it’s the part that I’ve been anxiously awaiting for the last two weeks as I worked on all of this other not-so-fun stuff.
I still have just a little trim to add back to the cabinet, but I’m not even focused on that right now. Right now, I’m just excited to finally be at a point where I can finally paint my stripes.
And I still have some door painting to do as well. Only one of the doors on the bathroom is painted, while the other one is still black (with a tiny touch of purple that I tested a while back).
And our bedroom door still needs a second coat of paint. (Since we don’t have door knobs yet, I use socks between the doors and the jambs to keep the doors closed. :-D)
I also still need to take care of this area on the cabinet where I added the spacer. I loaded it up with wood filler, but still haven’t sanded it.
As soon as I get that sanded, I’m going to tape the walls and get those stripes painted. I’m so excited to finally be getting to the fun stuff in this hallway.
Side note: Remember how the glass diffuser on my new hallway ceiling light crashed to the floor and broke into a hundred pieces, and then I considered buying a new light? Many of you suggested that I call the light company and see if they have an extra glass diffuser that I could either have or purchase. Well, I did that. The company is Safavieh, and the lady I contacted was so nice and helpful. She wrote me a couple of days later and said unfortunately they didn’t have any extra glass diffusers for that light, so she sent me a brand new light free of charge! I couldn’t believe it! That’s amazing customer service right there.
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