December 22, 2014

Hallway Progress

Yay! I got connected and the post is up!  Now I need a nap.

Yesterday was a long day and I ended it with a 4 hour drive to visit family and then pulled an all nighter. I spent the whole night holding my sweet baby nephew between feedings.



Last week, I painted the hallway, refinished the bench and the hallway rugs arrived.

I've been admiring the Beni Ourain style rugs for a while but for some reason I was afraid of them. Yes I know that's stupid.

 I'm so glad I went for it!  

This is the West Elm Souk 2.5'x7' Runner.

Remember the look I was going for here?

Just to give you a better idea of the pattern's scale and chunkiness.

Notice a lot of my walls are bare?  I've been apprehensive about hanging anything, or cluttering things up too much.  I'll get around to it eventually. 

Here is a better look at the West Elm Kasbah 2.5'x7' Runner.

These West Elm rugs have a really chunky texture that I love. 

The bench.

 I coated the inside and bottom of the bench with KilZ. Who knows what was kept in there once upon a time.  If my kids are going to be digging in there, I want it clean.

I used Annie Sloan Graphite, dark wax and then clear.  I did NOT clear wax first.  Rubbing the dark wax on first allows it to warm up the graphite.  It had already been a charcoal color but it needed refinishing. 

Here is a pinnable finish recipe!

Here are some things I like to keep handy for easy grabs as I walk out the door. 

I also got this Anthropologie Lattice Flokati Runner.  Not sure if it staying there, but I think the rug is pretty amazing!

My mom gave me a stink face about this image.  So there's that.  Thanks mom.

There it is!  

Have a wonderful week everyone!

I don't get a lot of time to put my blog posts together so I do what I can.  That being said, if I left anything out, tell me!



  1. Gorgeous entry! Love the rugs and deer head:)

  2. Love your blog! You did a fantastic job in your hallway! Love the greens and that bench! Love it!!!!