Let’s talk about this pink ceiling.
Before we do that, though, I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind words on my Glitter Guide Feature yesterday! I am SO honored to be interviewed and featured. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can read all about it here. It was written by the fabulous and hard-working Carrie and photographed by the uber talented Abby Jiu.
The thing that I got the most e-mails and comments about after my feature went live (besides my dining room chairs- more on those later!) was my pink ceiling. And I have to admit- it’s one of my favorite things in my apartment! It’s certainly the most surprising. Our ceilings are so high (9+ feet!) that you don’t immediately notice it, but it’s a pop of fun surprise when you’re walking in the hallway. I love quirky things like this- I think they’re essential in a small space especially.
Let me tell you the story of how this ceiling came to be. Nick was at work one day, and I was working from home. I was sitting on the couch and staring at this ceiling, and I suddenly had the idea to paint it pink. I knew that I wanted to paint a ceiling in our apartment (our landlord is totally ok with paint), and since this hallway ceiling was the smallest space in the apartment and was completely enclosed by walls on all sides, it was the clear winner. I actually mixed this paint color myself from a few samples I had lying around! I threw down a drop cloth, stood on my tip-toes on a chair, and got to work. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I’ve talked about my (horribly) textured walls. I shared a tutorial on how to paint lines on textured walls already, but this ceiling was a whole different beast. Because it was so textured, I couldn’t use a roller. So, I had to load up a paint brush with paint and brush the entire thing. Also, loading up a paint brush with paint so you can get in the cracks and crevices also means that some (most) of the paint will end up in your hair (and face, and bra). It was a completely rash decision that was a pain in the butt and I don’t regret it for one second.
From the very beginning of this spur-of-the-moment makeover, I knew that I wanted to hang something from the ceiling. And since there is no light fixture in this hallway, I knew that I could mimic the look of a light fixture by hanging a sunburst mirror upside down. Well, the idea was easier said than done since our ceilings are not only textured, but made of concrete. We had to buy a special drill bit to drill holes in the ceiling, and then screw sturdy cup hooks in the ceiling to hold the mirror in place. It did the trick, and I am in love with the result! The best part is that the mirror itself is convex (fish-eyed), so it bounces light around and makes the hallway look much bigger than it really is.
I think it’s so important to include fun and quirky things that you love in your home, especially if it’s a small space. These things add character and charm, and are a perfect way to display your style and personality.
My favorite part of this story is about Nick- he was neither surprised nor upset that I painted a ceiling pink while he was at work. And he didn’t bat an eyelash when I asked him to hang a mirror upside down in this tiny hallway. It really is the little things, guys. 🙂