When I did our stairwell photo gallery, I showed you in that post a picture of our upstairs hallway, directly at the top of the stairs:
Well today, it looks like this:
I took a cue from the other expanse of wall in that hallway (featured in this post)...
...and continued the board and batten treatment so now it continues through the hallway for a cohesive look:
|(The natural light coming into the hallway here is from the bathroom which directly across from that left wall)|
Let's take a look what I have on the wall above the board and batten:
And another angle:
The pictures inside the hanging white frames are (from left to right)...
A pic I snapped in Ocean City, Maryland last summer,
Mounted above the pictures (which are hanging on a piece of driftwood with pegs) is an oar:
It's from Mike's grandparents and it used to be a yellowy polyurethaned wood tone. It wasn't bad but it needed some pizazz...so I Amy-fied it :)
First I painted it navy blue and white:
|Yep, that's my ironing board with trash bags over it...multipurpose people! :)|
Then I ruined it...on purpose :) I took medium grit sandpaper and roughed it all up. I wanted that worn look, as if it had actually been used in a canoe race...which, come to think of it, for all I know it just may have been. I should ask Mike's Nana.
Then I heavily watered down some more of the same white craft paint I originally used, and went over the whole oar for a weathered white-washed look.
Here's a little better close-up of the number after being sanded and white-washed:
So here's the before and after, side-by-side:
Oh yeah, and see the light switch in the middle of the first photo above? I spray-painted the black switch white, then disguised it (hopefully, haha) among the vertical strips of wood so it blends in better and doesn't stick out awkwardly.
Here's a view from the bottom of the staircase:
And speaking of staircase, remember what THAT used to look like?! WHOA.
Needless to say, this area of our house has come a loooooong way and I'm very happy with its progress.
Hope everyone's summer is going swimmingly! Haha, see what I did there? Summer...swimmingly...I kill myself ;)