The hall stand

I love 1930s hall stands, they are usually both well made and practical.
The only down side (for my taste) is that they are dark wood.I’ve painted and sold several over the last few years as they have become very popular, but always resisted selling on the beautiful example we have in our hallway.  Today the boys were happy to spend the day playing on their computers and various other electronic toys so I thought it was  the perfect opportunity to give the stand a coat of paint.

As is often the case these days I forgot to take a before pic but take it from me although a lovely example it was a dark dirty brown.  I initially thought I would paint it solid white but it quickly became clear that the solid white of the hall stand did not work against the white wall.

I gave it a once over with the paint and then decided to give it a wipe over with a damp cloth.  This created a lovely “limed” look.  Once dry I felt it needed to look a little more “time worn”  to fit in with the look of my home.

To me there is no better look for wood than a beautiful ocean and weather worn look so I decided to rub over with a heavy duty sand paper to create the look.  Really happy with the end result.



  1. Stephanie
    May 29, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    That is really beautiful, I love the paint look of it. It works really well with your decor.

    • karen jones
      May 29, 2014 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you Stephanie. Really pleased considering it only took an hour or so x

  2. Leanne Paxton
    May 29, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    It is lovely. I spotted a gorgeous hall stand in a junk shop just after moving to St Ives. It was about £30 or so. I went back the next day, but it had gone. The day after we were invited to dinner at a friend of a friend's house, and there it was in their hallway. And they bartered for it, and got it for £20. I could have wept! Leanne xx

    • karen jones
      May 29, 2014 / 4:45 pm

      Oh no! I would have been gutted too. Its very unusual to come across really nice ones so cheaply. Hopefully you will find another, more beautiful one xx

  3. City Coastal Life & Style
    May 29, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    I love it, I don't have room in my skinny hallway, but we have a central vestibule that would love a hall stand, must keep my eyes peeled. Love the limed effect.

    • karen jones
      May 29, 2014 / 7:17 pm

      oh thank you. Hubby just came home and pointed out all the "faults" boo hoo. xx

  4. Ellie A
    May 29, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    That is stunning, I wish we had the hall for something that beautiful. As always your work is wonderful 🙂

    • karen jones
      May 30, 2014 / 7:22 am

      Aww thanks Ellie xx We are lucky to have a large 1930s house, lots of space xx

  5. MostlyYummy
    May 30, 2014 / 9:58 am

    This is so beautiful I absolutely love it!

  6. Anonymous
    May 30, 2014 / 11:28 am

    OH WOW! Its perfect Karen, do you still paint for customers ? if so can i have your email address. Suzie xx

  7. TheBoyandMe
    June 1, 2014 / 12:10 am

    That looks gorgeous, I love the way that you treat the furniture.

    • karen jones
      June 1, 2014 / 8:30 am

      Thank you. It was a hidden talent for sure x

  8. Molly and the Princess
    June 1, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Great job Karen! Love how the brown in it picks up the colour in the leaves in your stair wallpaper beyond, it's very lovely. #loveyourhome

    • karen jones
      June 2, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you lovely Molly xx

  9. Antonia Ludden
    June 2, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Gorgeous job, Karen! Well done, looks lovely. I was wondering if you have any suggestions about what to use on orangey pine to tone it down a bit? X

    • karen jones
      June 2, 2014 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you Antonia. If you have orange pine you need to rub it down well to take the (usually) layer of varnish off first, this will def help. Depending what colour you want to paint it, but its always good to use a white undercoat use a good quality paint like Dulux trade matt which covers really well. You can also use different coloured waxes to tone down the colour and stain the pine. Please feel free to email me if you would like more tips. xx

  10. Jen@Love Chic Living
    June 2, 2014 / 11:09 am

    You're quite right Karen, it has a lovely worn look, and it's just gorgeous! Hope things are going well for you x Thanks for joining in again #LoveYourHome

    • karen jones
      June 2, 2014 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you Jen, sorry need to catch up with the others who linked up and forgot the hashtag ! argh , will get back into the swing of it all soon xx

  11. Amanda
    June 2, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Oh wow… I love your style so much and this is a beautiful piece! I love the weather-worn look too but wouldn't even know where to begin with trying to achieve it myself. It is beautiful!

    • karen jones
      June 2, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      aww, thank you Amanda, it really is just trial and error I promise ! Its about messing around with the paint and wet and dry cloths really x

  12. gidders1
    June 2, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous effect Karen. You are the queen of paint!

    • karen jones
      June 2, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      oh thanks Mrs ! I was really pleased with the end result, especially as it started out to be solid white !ha ! xx

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