Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Foyer Update–Week 3

I am continuing to make progress on my foyer update. To refresh your memory, this is what it looked like when I started.

entry table before

stairwell before 2

One of the projects on my list was to remove the popcorn texture from the ceiling. I first stripped the old wallpaper and placed my order for new paper. I didn’t order until I was ready in case I needed to order more so that I could get the same “run number” if I did need to reorder. I ordered 2 more double rolls than I thought I needed and am so glad I did. Because of all of the waste in pattern matching, I used all of the rolls! I do have a large portion of the last roll left over but  had no unopened rolls left. The paper was on backorder for 2 weeks, so I worked on the ceiling and wall prep during that time. I also put a fresh coat of paint on the crown molding and the chair rail before starting the paper.

upper foyer light before

smooth ceiling

ceiling detail

While the ceiling is not perfectly smooth, it is a tremendous improvement. I still haven’t decided on a new light fixture yet. The lower foyer light is a small crystal chandelier that hangs in front of the leaded glass fanlight window over the front door and I am keeping it.

chandelier and fanlight

After following the directions carefully for wall prep, the paper hanging went pretty quickly and smoothly. I am loving the new look.

paper progress 1

I started with the longest strip of paper which was over the stairs and worked my way around.

paper progress 2

Since I’m working from the top down, the yellow paint below the chair rail will be the next thing to go.

paper progress oops

About 24 hours after I finished hanging the paper, I had an unexpected death in my family and had family coming in from out of town. We took down the scaffolding and cleaned up as best as we could. My aunt who was visiting went in to admire the project. Thankfully, she spotted a small area that I had missed! It was the small corner above the door to the dining room in the photo above. That was a quick and easy fix. Moving on to painting the lower walls, spindles, and all of the doors now.

If you missed my first post on this project, you can read about it by clicking here and if you missed the second post you can read it here.  I’m participating in the One Room Challenge to redecorate a room in six weeks at Calling It Home. Click here to see lots of inspiration!

I’m also linking to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace.

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Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh my gosh Pat! I have been reading several of your recent posts in order to catch up with you! You are just amazing, and your foyer is going to be so gorgeous! I am still a big fan of wallpaper and have put up a lot but never on scaffolding! In our last home, we had almost the same shade of yellow in most of the rooms. I enjoyed it at the time but I find white more pleasing and "clean" now. Can't wait to see what else you do to your foyer!

Robin, Home and Atelier said...

Your Aunt has a good eye to catch that teeny overlooked spot. So sorry for your loss of a family member; perhaps whenever you look at your wallpaper it will bring sweet memories of that person back to you. And I really have to do the wall prep, I mean I was just reading that on my wallpaper and I can't tell you how many times during painting my walls have been primed / sealed, but I guess it means the most current layer on the wall has to be a primer.

Stacey said...

My goodness. That looks wonderful! That wallpaper is classy and current all at the same time. The chandelier is so pretty too. I love that your aunt spotted that place. I never would have. At our last house we had been there for probably 5 years when I looked up one day and saw a place on the wall that had never been painted.

I hate that you lost someone in the family.

Anna said...

That wallpaper is so elegant:) Can't wait to see the rest:)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the wallpaper...the walls are looking great and i am sorry for the loss in your family....

Erin @ the-organized-life said...

Love that wallpaper. It's beautiful!

Brenda said...

What a difference that wallpaper makes!

Sorry to hear about the death in your family.