Monday, August 19, 2013

Grand Foyer--more progress

Another week offline thanks to our internet provider.  This time, we were so busy prepping with back to school that I didn't really have much time at all to think about the blog. Sorry.

The kids went back to school today, thank goodness. It's been a really wet summer and not nearly as much time to be outside. Basically, the kids were driving me completely crazy! Now, I only have Little Miss to drive me to the brink of exhaustion with her non-stop chatter. Her school starts in September.

The good news is I finally made huge progress on the grand foyer. . . enough progress that I'm willing to show pictures!

This has been an ongoing project for the last 10 months or so. I'm still working on window coverings. What I have up right now...I'm not loving. I think it's just really too busy. I plan on making proper window coverings (whether it's drapes or roman shades, I haven't any idea!) as my next project.

Now, here's a little peek at what things used to look like...

Please note the ugly wall paper and the lack of any railings on the steps!

Before the "in progress" pictures, you need to know that the very last thing we'll be doing is refinishing the floors. So...I've been a bit sloppy with the painting because I know I get to give a big Buh-Bye to those ugly poo brown painted floors. The last touch will be a lovely area rug if I can ever find one I love that's within my budget.

Also, please excuse the painters tape and the obvious touch ups I need to do on my edging. I hate climbing ladders...

All of the doors and trim used to be the same nasty brown as the posts on the small landing. The plan right now is to strip the paint from the post and rail on the small landing and match it to the stain on the lower stair rail.

This wider shot of the room shows the accent wall. It really isn't flat on the same wall as the door, but rather juts out about a foot.

I'm attempting a gallery wall. So far it's not going well because I don't have enough pictures.  I'm having my typical problem with scale...most of our existing pictures/art are designed for a house that is just, well...smaller. I hate to replace everything because there are pieces that I just love.

I'd love to hear any suggestions on solving this type of problem!

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  1. That's one beautiful GRAND foyer - it looks like you're in a Victorian?
    So am I ( although I'm in a " flat " not a home )
    It's looking gorgeous!

  2. Wow...that is a lot of hard work! It looks awesome. I removed all of the previous dark wood from our house as well. White just looks so much brighter :) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful weekend and please join us next Friday.


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