Our Foyer

Hi friends!  The crazy thing about all the cosmetic makeovers in our new house is that there was so much to do that we don't often stop to reflect on where this house was five months ago.  It was never in bad shape; I keep reminding myself how blessed we were to find a house that didn't have one bit of ugly wallpaper!
Like every room in the house, the foyer has been a work in progress.  The trim was mixed - the front door and casing was painted a pale peachy-yellow, and the remainder was varnished wood.  The stairs were carpeted but had been abused by the previous owner's pets.  {Apparently they ran amuck throughout the house because the upstairs carpets were in horrific shape also!  Lovely.}  The foyer turned into a bigger project than I had imagined when we decided to pull up the runner ourselves and paint the risers and spindles.  What a job that was, but I am so thrilled with the results!

In the spring we plan on sanding and restaining the railings a very dark ebony, and maybe the treads too - I can't wait!  In the meantime I present to you our foyer's before and afters (phase I).

This is the foyer before we took ownership.  It's not awful - I actually like the color on the accent wall; it just made the room rather dark, and the room overall just needed updating.
Below:  so much brighter today!
The morning light streams through the windows, creating a cheerful spot for the kids to sit and put on their shoes before running out the door for the bus. 

Remember when I handpainted this design from Emily at Jones Design Company?

 I painted this little wicker dresser, formerly found in my babies' nursery, and gave it new life in the foyer.  I added a glass top and splurged on knew knobs from Anthropologie.  I love the punch of black in my neutral house and the non-brassy gold.

The stairs before and then in process - already looking 100x better! Any wood that was painted was first lightly sanded and then primed with oil-based Kilz. Despite the fact that I loathe using oil-based products (they smell horrid and are a beast to clean up) Kilz hides stains and is a MUST for helping the paint to adhere, especially in a high-traffic area. Don't skip this step if you are painting wood!

{I was so eager to take photos of the after I forgot to take the paint can out of the shot - forgive me.}

 The view from the kitchen towards the front door - which I painted black:

I took this before photo below after I started painting the trim around the door, but imagine the whole casing, door and wall all painted that beigey-peachy-yellowy color.  The pictures don't do it justice.  In real life it was blecky-looking.  (I just made that up but I think it expresses the color perfectly.  Say it out loud.  BLECK!!)  We still have to change out all that lovely brass hardware down the road.

This little light was a bug collector - yuck - and the shiny brass had to go.  I replaced it with an outdoor light from Lowes (only $40!  Not bad for lighting!) and love it.  I know not all of you are fans of outdoor lighting indoors, but I LOVE it!  Look at the seeded glass and the way it casts a star-shape across the ceiling! 

And last but not least - just this week I found this little *washable* rug at Marshall's for only $20!  It doesn't hide all of the ugly, outdated tile, but it is a huge improvement I think.  Isn't she cute?

When all the painting was finally done, Seanie and I had some fun taking action photos, jumping off the bottom step and trying to capture each other in air.  I love this one of Sean - look at his glasses and that face!

Seanie couldn't get me mid-air (although I made lots of attempts!) but he did capture me modeling my lovely cutting edge painting fashions - hot, don't you think? :)  As my neighbors know, this is seriously how I go out in public every day.  Yeah.  I'm a fashion emergency.  Whatever.

Thanks for visiting me and touring my foyer!  While we still have work ahead of us (phase II), including sanding and revarnishing the treads, restaining the railings, adding some interesting moulding, and changing out the brass hardware (or spraypainting it like my friend Kristin did at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)  this room is already feeling a lot more like us and our style. 
What a difference a little paint can make!

Have a happy day!


Samantha said...

Looks so much better! Brighter and cleaner, good job!

Rene said...

You have done a great job with your foyer. The smallest changes can make the biggest difference and it all begins with someone who cares enough to make the changes happen. It is nice that you have a reminder of your babies the moment you enter your home.


LivingSoAbundantly said...

Wow! That is very impressive. You should be proud of yourself. :)

Shannon said...

Great job! It looks much more updated, especially change the table from white to black.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It's so pretty Lisa! Love the design on the wall!

Jerri said...

How lovely! What a great makeover!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

cleverlyinspired said...

Your steps look great....trying to get the courage up to do mine!

Graceful said...

It looks awesome! I love, love paint -- I am a painting fiend around here. Unfortunatly I never take before and after pictures, so I don't have anything to show for my labor.

Your black wicker table looks incredible!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

WOW! I love your phase 1! That stencil from Jones design company is one of my favorites, I looked everywhere for a place to try it.
And the outdoor light is brillant!!


CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Wow - I love that way the stairs came out! I know what you mean about the oil paint though...ughh..I wonder if that chalk paint would work? I just freak out over fumes because of my kids! I also love the cute light you chose - oh and the main wall looks gorgeous! You really did a great job with the foyer...You are keeping me motivated! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!