Debbie Travis, one of our dear DIY pioneers, with her love for the stencil, colour blocking and whitewash gave me the confidence to paint it out. I remember watching her shows and being amazed at the transformations. I even thought her overalls were super cute.
Thanks to Debbie I was inspired very early not to fear the paint pots. I’d upcycle garage-sale finds or road-side castaways with painterly enthusiasm. I even dabbled in faux finishes and gold leaf application (with not much success). Before Debbie no one dare paint out wood – even when you didn’t like it.
So, it was with my Debbie DIY angel on my shoulder that we tackled yet another paint job. At our country place, the icky orangish engineered wood floors the previous owner had installed always bothered us. But not ready to make the financial commitment to an overhaul, we needed a Debbie-kind-of-solution.
So yes, we painted out the hallway.
Photos: Ben Loughton