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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that for the past week I've been working on fixing up our hallway on the second floor. This leads to our bedroom and the nursery, it kind of hurt my eyes every time I walked to our room or conner's room, specially the window with the horrible dirty outside.

I wanted a soft but noticeable texture for the main wall, and since we live in the mountains trees was my obvious choice =] The window in the hallway is right bellow out top deck so there is really not enough light to care for plants there (the previous owners had cactus there, but I'm not a fan of them) So I decided to use artificial Ikea potted plants to give that window a little bit of pop.

To complete the look, I framed 4 of my favorite pictures of us, the first one of our engagement session, the second of when I was 38 weeks pregnant, the next was the one that never made it to our Christmas cards (because we never sent cards) and the other is Conner just being cute. We changes the light fixture, but we are going to have to change it again because the attachement system doesn't work very well.

I started by painting the whole hallway a very light cream color. I also painted the doors and baseboards to blend the dark brown, after that I freehand taped the trees on the wall, added a few branches and measure the lines for the opposite wall.

The taping process was very therapeutical, I really enjoyed the tree wall. The lines took a little more time because of all the measuring (not so fun) but after that it was alright =]

As I mention before the window was super dirty on the outside, because it's right below out deck so in the winter the water and snow runs right on top of the window getting all kinds of dirt stuck on there. To make things worse that window was almost impossible to reach from the outside, my studio's deck is right below it. Thankfully I have an awesome husband and with the help of a super long ladder he manage to clean the window! now you can actually see the trees on the outside =]

Painting was very fun too, after finishing the trees I realized that the looked a little stiff, so I added a little bit of texture with a brush and an a sample color we had for our living room. You can see the paint process in the animation below!



I used a total of 2 1/2 rolls of tape, a lot less than what I thought I was going to use! just like when I painted the walls in my sewing room, I had to press the tape with an eraser because of the wall's texture, even though it was a little more time consuming than using the tape just like it is, it was worth it at the end, because I had cleaner and sharp lines even in the bumpy places.

Conner was definitely happy with the huge ball of frog tape we ended up with after I cleaned the walls. He loved that it was slightly sticky but he could toss it around and chase it, definitely not a toy he sees every day.

I was very excited because we managed to give the hallway a fresh new look on 3 days and while staying on a budget =]
I hope you all are having a lovely day!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

12 replies
  1. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    That hallway looked particularly difficult, it was definitely very “drab” but you took it to “fab”. You will have to share your trade secret (or perhaps its just gut instinct?” for being able to visualize how you manage to bring out the best in an old item or space.

  2. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    Amazing project Joy, I love it very much! I realy enjoyed your detailed story about it. I almost want to start a project like this myself at my house, but we did everything 3 years ago haha!

  3. Loreto
    Loreto says:

    What a transformation! And a very good idea to use artificial plants…. Hummm, I have a Ikea only 15 mminutes from home and I have an ugly window in my bedroom… Let’s go!

  4. panaka62
    panaka62 says:

    it looked like hard work at the first place, but the result is beautiful (sorry if I made some gramatical mistakes, i’m a little rusted with my english… ^^)

  5. Chad Pfeffer
    Chad Pfeffer says:

    You emphasize a great point that I like to make with homeowners: A little can go a long way. Your hallway is not that big but you made a tremendous impact on the small space by just paying attention to it. Paint and an artistic flare is sometimes all you need to make a big change.

  6. Christine Nolan
    Christine Nolan says:

    I absolutely love what you did with your hallway! Oh, to have half the talent that you have. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  7. Roberta
    Roberta says:

    Thankyou very much for your fantastic ideas!!!
    Today i’ve Made your trees on the wall of my baby girls badroom!!!

  8. Elizabeth Ortiz
    Elizabeth Ortiz says:

    WOW! Otra fantastica idea Joy! Yo quisiera tener valor para intentar esta tecnica. La verdad mi esposo y yo somos mas conservadores, y con el constante posibilidad de tener que mudarnos nuevamente me doleria mucho tener que dejar una pared a la que le inverti tanto tiempo :? LOL! en fin, tu esposo y tu hicieron un trabajo genial, me encanto la idea de las flores/plantas artificiales. Nunca he visitado una tienda IKEA pero esta en mi “bucket list” ;)
    Una vez mas, gracias por compartir tus ideas!
    que tengas un lindo dia!

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