8/25/14

My Hallway Before & After | My Apartment


About a month ago, I told you about a fabulous little typewriter stand I scored at Goodwill for $2 – and my plan to use it in creating a stylish landing spot in my hallway. Here's the decor board I created for inspiration:



I originally planned on putting the landing strip area along the side of my hallway, right across from the closet. The bf had already helped me hang some of Chasing Paper's renter-friendly, removable, geometric patterned, gray and white "tri-angled" wallpaper. You can see it here: 


But when I placed the typewriter stand there and lived with it for a while, I didn't like obstructing the hallway like that. So I turned my focus to giving the typewriter stand a makeover and thinking about the furniture placement later on. Here's the handsome little vintage typewriter stand I scored, before its spray paint makeover: 


My hallway project came together so quickly partly due to luck. I wanted the right kind of coat tree. So I was planning on saving my money for a vintage-inspired one from Urban Outfitters or another online shop. However, I stumbled upon a Craigslist post selling an antique one for just $15. G and I happened to be at a beer fest in her town the next weekend, so we picked it up. Here it is before its spray paint makeover:


On the first low-humidity, low-wind summer day I got, I spray painted the typewriter stand a bright grass green and the coat tree a golden yellow. (With a little bit of beer, too, of course.) This project only strengthened my love for Rustoleum products. I used Krylon on the coat tree because it was the only spray paint I could find in that exact yellow color I wanted. I used Rustoleum on the typewriter stand. Rustoleum always sprays and coats more evenly. 


With my thrifted finds all painted, I turned my attention back to the hallway. It just felt right to put my landing spot at the end of the hallway, in the blank spot just off of the bathroom. The great thing about Chasing Paper? The renter-friendly wallpaper is not only removable, but re-peelable and re-stickable. I carefully peeled the wallpaper off the side of my hallway and reapplied it at the end – all by myself, too. Easy peasy.


I brought in the yellow coat tree and green typewriter table. The area isn't close to complete yet. I want a boot tray for my wellies and a pretty runner for the floor. I want to paint that little black basket (under the typewriter stand) a nice shade of coral, but that's a hard spray paint hue to come by. I'm not completely sold on the chalkboard, lamp, tray, bird arrangement on the stand. And I'd like to hang a mirror or piece of artwork there, too. 

But so far, I'm really loving the visual interest that it adds to the end of my long, empty hallway. And the coat tree is a perfect place to hang my sunhat and often-used purses. 




What do you think?! I'll be sure to update you as I continue to tweak and style this new little corner of my apartment. :)


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2 comments:

Dana Nicole said...

What a fun coat rack!

Midsommarflicka aka. Elena said...

I actually like it even more how the wallpaper goes round the corner, than how it was before! All in all a cute corner!

Love, Midsommarflicka

PS. Lovely handbag!!