Today I thought I’d share a little Before & After DIY project I’ve been working on this past week….The back hallway in my parents’ house has been in desperate need of some freshening up for a long time…it was just looking very grubby and neglected… Soo I convinced my Mam that we should give it a face-lift with some beadboard paneling and a lick of paint…so off we went to Homebase and purchased our bits n bobs….I took this BEFORE pic before we got started…
There were lots of scratch marks from the cats and dogs and it was often used as a dumping ground for mucky runners, coal buckets etc.
We used four EASI panels from Homebase which come in 500mm width tongue and groove panels that slot into each other and there is a choice of two different heights. We went for the shorter panel because as were doing this ourselves we didn’t want to have deal with cutting around light switches etc. There are two strips of tape on the back of the panels to stick to the wall but for extra strength we added some No More Nails wood glue aswell. The dado rail sits on top of the panels with a bit of wood glue…after we’d finished this my parents’ were heading off on holidays so I told Mam I’d paint the paneling while she was gone and we’d more or less decided on a darkish grey-blue colour BUT I had a surprise in store for her ;)
I painted the paneling in a lovely soft green called Chilterns from Johnstone’s Paints in a Satinwood finish so it can be cleaned easily. I bought this vintage floral Cath Kidston wallpaper ages ago and haven’t gotten around to using it in my own house and just thought it would be so pretty here and would really smarten this area up – and I just know my Mam’s going to love it! I stole the plant from elsewhere in the house and gave it a new home here just inside the back door!
I’m really happy with the new look and it just goes to show you what a difference a few little changes make to even the smallest of spaces!