About 1000 years ago, I wrote about the start of decorating of my hallway. I got a bit farther with my VN5 Shadows stencil, enough to move the grandfather clock into place in the lower hall, and then stalled not long after. Seriously. I had not progressed at all in months and that is not like me. I dislike unfinished projects. The problem wasn't lack of motivation, but the gaping hole above the stairs which meant I could get no higher than the lower hall. As I wasn't sure how to deal with it (as mentioned before, vertigo means nothing precarious like ladders and planks was possible), I just buried my head in the sand and ignored it. But no longer! A solution at last presented itself in the shape of scaffolding loaned by a friend with a scaffolding company.
And so this past weekend, my own mini platform went up and I could, at last, carry on.
I won't say that I was completely comfortable on it nor leaping about like a gazelle from end to end (more scooting and clinging in a very unglamorous fashion), but it meant I could reach parts previously unreachable.
The finish line is in sight and I should have the whole hall stencilled by the end of the coming weekend. Hurrah. Please note that I took great care to be specific about the stencilling being finished, not the hallway in total. Whilst the walls will be done, the flooring will still have to wait. Here is a peak of the finished area without the scaffolding. I just have to finish the upper hall, but you get the idea.
So part 3 of a fully decorated and accessorised hall still to come. Walls are painted in "Canton" by Little Greene paint (the stencilling colours were mixed to make a lighter and darker shade of the wall colour). This project's audio accompaniment, "Classic Chandler" audio plays by the BBC starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe (I like to decorate to audio books or dramatisations). Photos by my sweetheart, Stephen Egglestone, who patiently stood by me, letting me cling to his hand when I first struggled to stand upright on the scaffolding as there was only so much I could do sitting down. I think he is just beginning to get the feeling back in his fingers now.