How to makeover a landing in a weekend

Interior stylist and guest blogger Maxine Brady explains how she refreshed her dull landing in just 48 hours

My landing was one of the last areas of my home to have a makeover- I’ve been living with cruddy carpets for two years. The walls were battered and marked, the bannister was covered in layers of paint, the spindles dated back to the 1970s and I’m not even going to talk about the light fitting!


It seemed pointless to decorate my landing when I had a bathroom and two bedrooms to renovate. But once they’d been decorated, I could turn my attention to this area.

I begged my Dad to help me paint the walls and ceiling one weekend (he’s nice and tall). The landing has no windows, so I decided to paint the walls in a fresh white shade called Loft White by the Little Green Paint Company.  The woodwork is in a pale grey gloss for a contemporary finish.


While my dad used a roller on the walls, I tackled the bannister, which was covered in thick layers of oil paint. I used a heat gun and a scrapper to get the old paint off, revealing a beautiful oak underneath. It polished up beautifully. The ugly spindles were replaced with replica Victorian ones by Richard Burbridge.




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