Hi all! I wanted to share my hallway update that we just finished up. It was gray for a long time---pretty much since we moved in 6 years ago. I loved the gray. Until I didn't. I've been on the way to painting all the walls in the house white or whitish over the past couple of years. I know. I'm very clever with my white walls. But we live in a rowhouse that doesn't get much light so the white walls help with that a ton. After we painted the walls white, we decided to update our coat storage. There is no closet in our hallway---there was when we first moved in actually but it was really small and awkward so we got rid of it (it was where the dresser is now-see below). When we moved in, we installed two small hook sets (each with 3 hooks) that were up high. That meant the kids couldn't hang their own stuff up so we resorted to putting their coats in a basket. But I never liked that much and knew it was just the easy way. What I really wanted was a super simple line of pegs, high and low. The trouble was that the wall we needed to use was plaster and then brick underneath so I kept putting it off. Brick is not so easy to secure things to. It took many tries to just get the two small hook situations we had before, to stay. This arrangement was much bigger. But once I mentioned the idea I had to my husband, he was on board and was willing to try. The idea ended up working after just two tries which frankly was a little amazing (though a little secret: one of the screws actually didn't 'stick' but there are enough screws in there that - so far - it makes no difference). This was super easy to make and also very cheap. You can probably figure it out but it involved a long board, a bunch of cut dowels, a drill and some glue. I've considered painting them but for now I like the plain pine boards. I maybe should fill the screw holes but they are not deep enough (I don't think) to plug so I'm not sure what to do and frankly it doesn't really bother me. We also implemented a pulley system for my husband's bike. He rides to work every day and would just lean the bike up against the radiator right inside the door each day because we don't have any other space for it except for the basement and that's not realistic on a daily basis. Eventually it messed up the walls and the bike was always in the way. There are tension-based bike racks but we would have had to put it where the hooks were which would have caused a new problem. This way the bike is off the floor and out of the way. It's also the reason I decided to paint the front wall black. The tire bumps into the wall on its way up, so there's the solution. Regarding safety, we weren't sure how great of an idea this was safety-wise initially. Obviously the hook is in a stud but to make it even safer, there's an additional clip on it that will hold even if the pulley were to give.
I mentioned on Instagram that I wanted to paint the inside of the door. Now that that wall is so dark, I think a bright color would look great. But clearly, I have not pulled the trigger on that. A lot of people comment on this door. It's kind of awesome actually which is surprising considering all the un-awesome things that the previous owner had done with the house. It looks like wood but is actually fiberglass. Anyway, if you have any color ideas, please suggest! And as for the art, I had a bunch of black and white photos hanging above the hooks but I figured I would update the art as well while we were at it. I saw Emily's beautiful scarf collection last summer and knew I wanted to do this. I had some vintage scarves myself and had always wanted to display them. In fact, I once got a new scarf that I wanted to display and sent my husband out for glass which he got. But I really hadn't thought the idea all the way through and the super heavy (it was a large scarf), un-beveled glass just leaned on the floor of our guest bedroom waiting to kill someone. Anyway, Emily had come up with a great solution to all of my problems...I thought. So I bought a few more cheap scarves on ebay and set to work. The problem is that plexiglass is wildly expensive. I had no clue! When I found it at Home Depot, I was aghast and then went into denial that perhaps this wasn't even plexiglass. After staring at it stupidly for ages, I eventually let go of the dream. It would have ended up costing hundreds of dollars and that was not the kind of project I was up for (though if you're looking to do this, I guess you can get the plexiglass that's not in perfect condition at a deep discount at Home Depot so that's an option for the patient). So, I just simplified it further. I bought 1/2 in plywood, cut it down, and used attractive furniture nails to tack it to the board. I bought a nice sanded (birch?) piece and a bigger, rougher piece because the dimensions for the birch didn't get big enough. The birch was great but the other piece had a lot more visible grain that didn't end up looking very nice so I made a wash for it with milk paint and did one coat on it to tame it down. I also didn't get to use all of my scarves. There is room for one more but I had trouble sourcing (cheaply) a piece of plywood that was big enough for a 36" scarf so eventually I'm going to rearrange it but made a commitment to myself to finish it. I'm not sure about all that raw wood on that wall now that I look at it but hopefully the plywood isn't that visible. And a note about the photos, they're kind of terrible but this room doesn't get much light and is small so what you have here are a bunch of grainy photos that make the place look a bit dingy with very few 90 degree angles! Sorry!
We had a mid-century china cabinet where the dresser is now. We loved it for a while but then the china cabinet just started collecting clutter and the storage wasn't that great on it. I got lucky one Saturday and found this on craigslist for $50. It is perfect for the space and has more storage. And it's my first piece of Canadian furniture! You don't see that much do you? The two pieces of art above it are probably my favorite in the whole house. I was initially going to sell the painting, but ended up keeping it because it was so beautiful. I have to get it framed. I've been meaning to do that for a couple years now. I realized how sad my bromeliad looks when I started cleaning up to shoot the hallway. I'm going to move it to a sunnier location for a while.