I finally got around to painting my hallway this week. I used a project I found on Pinterest. I love it---so much better than the 1988 vintage floral wallpaper.
The walls were in perfect shape, so I just had to plaster over some nail holes and glue a few small spots of paper down that had lifted a bit. After two coats of Kilz I painted right over the wallpaper. I used Valspar eggshell paint, but they matched a color called Autumn Leaves from Wal-Mart, I believe. It's a fantastic, hip orange number!
After two coats of the lovely, warm orange tone, I drew by hand a pattern guide in chalk (which wipes off clean with a damp cloth once all paint is dry.) I then painted a leafy-swirl pattern in the same color paint, but in a high enamel formula. After drying and erasing the crazy white chalk lines viola!! This pattern and texture gave my hallway a high end designer look for a low end price and effort.
I love this subtle technique so much, I can't wait to try it as an accent in another room---maybe just over a doorway?
Next room...hall bathroom. You'll have to get a load of the "pink" wallpaper that has been hanging out in there since 1986! Stay tuned.
After two coats of Kilz, I painted a lovely, warm orange eggshell color directly over the "vintage" wallpaper. I then outlined, in a random chalk pattern, a leaf-y swirl-y pattern just as a guide. I have to admit, it made me a bit dizzy. I was kind of nervous as to how psychedelic it appeared, but after wiping the chalk lines away it left a very chic, original pattern.
The very cool result! The high enamel paint in the same color over the matte eggshell finish gave it a subtle, original designer look. I've gotten so many compliments.
The Autumn Leaves orange went really well with the Honey Yellow in my living room. It's a nice transition. Very, fall inspired. I just did two walls with the pattern, so it didn't seem too busy to the eye. Less is sometimes more.
Here's a pic of the entryway off the hall. (Do you recognize the Hibiscus plants that I kept alive all winter? I'm excited to kick them outdoors.) I kept the entry way walls plain and only did the swirl pattern as an accent on two walls in the hall to make it special. I absolutely love this color. So glad I was brave and went orange!