A Little Hallway + A Little Paint = 4 years

I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure 4 years is a really long time to paint an 8 foot hallway.

Let’s go back to the beginning…

When we first moved in to this house 4 years ago the very first thing we did was paint the living and dining room. Now, when you’ve never owned a home, or ever really “decorated” a home, it is extremely challenging to get started. So we did what I’m pretty sure at least 50% of first time home-owners do (right? just tell me I’m right, even if I’m not) we picked paint colors that matched our furniture. Ugh. Just, UGH. Huge mistake, don’t ever do this. BOOOORRRIIINNGGG.

Then we sulked around for about 2 years talking about what color we would repaint (I talked, Kevin rolled his eyes) until finally we realized that our to-do list was way too long right now to focus on repainting and we should just work with it. Don’t worry, I WILL wear Kevin down one of these days and we WILL repaint ;-). So for 4 years our little main hallway off the living room remained stark builders white until we finally decided that we weren’t repainting any time soon so we should just make the hall feel as cohesive as possible.

The hall went from this:

(notice how awkward it looks when the living room paint job just stops and doesn’t continue through the hall)

And now, to this!:

What a difference!

I still hate the color, and we still need to rip out the old molding and install new baseboards (which explains the paint all over the current ones, we aren’t THAT messy people!) but it’s a nice temporary fix. Makes the space just feel a little more cozy. Next up we need to replace that awful¬†light. I’ve narrowed it down to three options so I need your help! Which one do you like the best?

1. Bushel pendant from Shades of light. I LOVE this one, but would it look odd to have a hanging pendant in this space?

 Bushel Basket Lantern

2. Mama’s got a PB gift card burning a hole her pocket, AND only one month left of our registry discount! Plus, I love how this option is semi-flush (a seriously underserved lighting option in the marketplace imo)

3. Love these two flush mounts, but still hate that they’re descendants of the boob light.

 

Help a girl out, vote in the poll below!

 

ps – MODERN FAMILY IS BACK TONIGHT!!!! AAAHHH!!! Dear big man/woman/vampire upstairs, thank you for fall tv. Thank you, thank you, thank you!