My landing was one of the last areas of my home to have a makeover- I’ve been living with cruddy carpets for two years. The walls were battered and marked, the bannister was covered in layers of paint, the spindles dated back to the 1970s and I’m not even going to talk about the light fitting!
It seemed pointless to decorate my landing when I had a bathroom and two bedrooms to renovate. But once they’d been decorated, I could turn my attention to this area.
I begged my Dad to help me paint the walls and ceiling one weekend (he’s nice and tall). The landing has no windows, so I decided to paint the walls in a fresh white shade called Loft White by the Little Green Paint Company. The woodwork is in a pale grey gloss for a contemporary finish.
While my dad used a roller on the walls, I tackled the banister, which was covered in thick layers of oil paint. I used a heat gun and a scrapper to get the old paint off, revealing a beautiful oak underneath. It polished up beautifully. The ugly spindles were replaced with replica Victorian ones by Richard Burbridge.
Take a look here to find out how I made over the rest of my staircase.
Next, I ripped up the battered old seagrass carpets. They were covered in paint, builder’s dirt, plaster dust and a large splosh of red wine.
I picked a pale grey, patterned carpet as although this is a small area, I wanted it to have a big impact as you walked up the stairs. And I love a herringbone print. I went for Leapfrog Limestone from Axminster from their Hazy Days collection. Grey carpet was a practical choice, hiding the worst of my daily wear and tear.
It took a day and a bit to fit the carpet in all three rooms upstairs, so my home was only upside down for a bearable amount of time.
An electrician fitted a lantern that I picked up on holiday in Marrakesh. I put it on a long flex and hook by William and Watson.
In a small home, storage is always vital. I found an old 1970s TV cabinet in a junk shop for £30. I painted it in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue to give it a new look. I then put metal hair-pin legs on it – which I found on eBay for £23. I now use this as my linen cupboard – and it makes a nice display area.
I love prancing around upstairs now, as these wool carpets are just so…bouncy. Oh, and the space does feel so much lighter and brighter. The upstairs rooms feel much more finished off.
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