Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Foyer Update–One Room Challenge

I have finally gotten to a project that has been on my “update” list for quite some time…….years to be more specific! This foyer has not been updated since this house was built 28 years ago! Needless to say, this project was long overdue. Because the foyer is open to the second floor it is quite a challenge to decorate. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

stairwell before 1

The original wallpaper coordinated with the dining room wallpaper which will eventually be replaced too.

stairwell before 2

stairwell before 3

Because it is a very tall room with a lot of open wall space I will be replacing the wallpaper with another paper with a large scale trellis print.

catwalk before

All of the spindles will be painted white and the existing white trim will get a fresh coat of white paint.

entry table before

The plan is to keep the same furniture but update the mirror, lampshades, and rug. The small chair will probably get a new seat.

front entry before

The coat closet doors on either side of the front door and the doors to the living room and dining rooms will all be painted white.

palladian window before

The yellow “Sugar Cookie” paint below the chair rail will be painted a neutral color to coordinate with the new wallpaper. Hopefully I will be able to find a sheer fabric for a new covering for the Palladian window. It has to be covered to keep the sunlight from fading everything.

understairs before

I’ll be keeping this settee as I built it from 2 of my grandmother’s old dining chairs about 28 years ago. It was one of my first upcycle projects copied from one I saw in a magazine.  It will get a new seat too. I also plan to update the plant and the planter.

upper foyer light before

This ceiling is one the the last few in the house that still has the popcorn treatment. Now is the time to remove it! This light fixture will also be replaced if I can find a replacement that I like. The One Room Challenge has a six week timeline which will really push me. Because I keep things a llllooooooooonnnnnnnggggggg time, I like to find things that I really love which sometimes takes years to find. That being said, I will check as many things off this list as I can but have no idea if I will be able to pull it off in 6 weeks. For some crazy reason it is much easier for me to pick out things for someone else’s home than it is for me to pick out things for my own home. Click over to Calling it Home for lots of inspiration every Wednesday and Thursday for the next 6 weeks. It always provides great inspiration and eye candy.

If you are interested in some other updates I’ve made to this home you can click here to see the kitchen update, here to see the guest room, and here to see how I updated the built-in cabinets in the den.

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I’m also linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.


Stacey said...

Oh girl, you are going to be busy but that will be a wonderful update.

making it in the mountains said...

You've got a great place to start! Looking forward to following along!!!

Kasey Rawson said...

Excited to see how it turns out!!

Mariella Cruzado said...

I'm also working on my foyer! which is maybe a 10th of yours :) Can't wait to see your transformation!

Vel Criste said...

Yehey! Glad to see another friend joining in! Wow, your foyer is ginormous! But knowing how hands on you are Pat, and how well you do any task, this will be beautiful for sure! Excited to see your progress!

Kendra Joy said...

Love the open staircase Lydia! Excited to follow along and see what you do! :) Good luck!
Kendra @

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Can't wait to see how great the foyer comes out.

Erin said...

This is a beautiful space. Excited to see what you do with it.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Looking forward to your makeover...this area is already beautiful....

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

You have a beautiful foyer and the updates sound beautiful! I look forward to seeing it redone. Thanks so much for your visit!!!