And here it is after:
I love it so much! The pictures don't do it justice. Like it said, there is NO natural light coming in, so it's impossible to photograph.
First of all, I repainted all the walls and my hallway a lighter color. I'm hoping to paint our big living room the same color as well to make everything fresh and bright. I chose Carrington Beige by Benjamin Moore.
Next, I marked off the walls with white chalk. I have 11 stripes total, so I had to do some math and measurements. White chalk is great because it easily wipes off.
Then, I taped off the stripes, making sure to tape on the OUTSIDE of the areas I wanted to paint...if that makes sense.
I rubbed each tape line a few times to make sure there were no gaps or bubbles to create a clean line. Then, I took some leftover Carrington Beige and mixed some white paint I had on hand to create a slightly lighter version. I wanted subtle stripes, so that's why I didn't do plain bright white. As soon as I was done painting (luckily, I just needed to do one coat), I took off the tape before I even moved on to the next wall. This helped create crisp lines.
I really love it. It just classes things up a bit and helps with the no natural light problem.
I also added a rug to cover the ugly marble. Maybe someday we'll retile. So many projects. I have a few other things to do to complete my entryway makeover. I want to paint the inside of the front door. I'm thinking yellow...(again, poor lighting + quick photoshop = probably not as good as it would look in real life)
or maybe just white...
And we'll tackle that closet door as well. Our plan is to get a sprayer and paint all of our doors at the same time. I'd love to spray paint the handles some oil rubbed bronze at the same time!