Here is the hall when we purchased the house:
The first step (after emptying if of all the STUFF) was to scrub the walls. The walls had been skim coated many years ago (I’m thinking 50 years ago) and this was separating from the walls in many spots.
I wasn’t looking forward to the task of scraping these parts off, but my attitude improved considerably when I started to uncover wallpaper!!
The next layer is my favorite:
After making sure to take lots of pictures, and saving the large scraps of papers as keepsakes, I another skim coat on the walls to even them out.
I painted the walls the same color as the main level, “Dorian Grey” by Sherwin Williams.
We also added a pendant light and shade that we found in the basement (rewired of course). I think there is a chance that this is where it started out in the first place.