Monday, January 14, 2013

Picture This

Shortly after we sanded the stairs, we got right to work on the walls. They'd recently been skim coated and were as smooth as a baby's bottom. Time to make them extra special.

Because we don't really have a big foyer, our front entrance needs a big wow factor. Chris and I figured that picture molding would be a good way to make a big impact in a small space. 
I started by painting the ceiling and the walls the same color as the trim we're using throughout the house. (Custom color matched to our windows, cut with 25% pure white). The ceiling got flat and the walls got an eggshell finish. 
 Meanwhile Chris made the frames using astragal molding per his measurements. He affixed double sided tape to the back side of the frames to help him position them on the wall before nailing them in place.
 One down, a trillion more to go...
I left him alone for the afternoon to go look at carpet samples.
I came home to THIS!
Chris said he really struggled with the triangles along the staircase. I'm kinda glad I wasn't around for that... 
 It was looking good, but not as good as it looked once we painted out the frames. Again, we used the wall color in the eggshell finish. (Btw, the paint finish on the walls and molding was a great source of debate over Christmas dinner. Some people thought it should be semi-gloss to mimic painted wood paneling. Some thought it should be flat to mimic plaster molding. In the end, eggshell seemed like a good compromise. I'm happy with that decision).
 Phew. Almost done.
All that is left of this project is to paint out the trim and spindles as well as stain the stairs.
Can't. Wait.


34 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looking so good. You two remind me of me and my husband when we built our house 17 years ago and we did most of the finishing work. I don't think I could do it now. That ceiling painting would kill my neck more now.

My Crafty Home Life said...

What a duo. You guys are really good. That triangle detail looks spot on. Are you wearing earrings while you paint? I think that is a funny story about deciding on eggshell for the paint. It looks great!

Heather said...

Looks fantastic. Can't wait to see the big finish!

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh! This progress is beautiful. Again, props to you both for taking the molding and painting on yourself.

Holly said...

You guys are an impressive team that's for sure. That ceiling painting you were doing looks like a great arm workout too. And Chris always impresses me with this work - nice job guys!! It looks really nice.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

It looks fantastic.....great job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh my lawd that is a boatload of work, but shazam amazing!

DecorandtheDog said...

It's so pretty! I love molding so very much.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Wow it looks fantastic! I would love to fill my house with moulding (and I'm planning on it in our master at least ;)

meryl rose said...

That looks AWESOME. What would we do without our Chris's?

Janna McCalley said...

So awesome! Love the detail put into this space!

Clementine & Olive said...

JEEEEZ~ thats looking amazing!

Ashley said...

This is stunning.

I've seen loads of people put the paneling on the lower half of the walls, but never the upper. It's a huge step towards the house feeling "period appropriate", eh?!

Well done, guys.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

That's looking fabulous! Nice work guys.

Heather Peterson said...

Looks AMAZING. I love how well you two work together--my husband and I can't do ANYTHING as a team. (Except parent, which I guess is a good thing. :)

Heather
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Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

You guys are complete bad butts.

Sarah said...

Man, you are lucky you got that guy and his skillz, Carrie!! (I mean, he is totally lucky that he has you too!!) It looks amazing. The molding adds so much character and interest. Great compromise on the paint finish:)

A Engineer in the Kitchen said...

Looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all come together.

kimt said...

i smile every morning when i see i have a post from you. i think it is amazing what you are doing. i would love doing something like this but my husband is not handy. i so enjoy seeing you bring this beautiful house back to its glory. thanks for sharing.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You guys are seriously rock stars!!!!!!!!
It looks AMAZING Carrie!! What a difference all the trim makes - a huge WOW factor! Love the effect. You two are a good team!

Calypso In The Country said...

You guys are amazing! It looks beautiful already!
-Shelley

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

That looks absolutely fantastic! I love it!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Looks amazing! I love the idea of the double stick tape to position them before nailing in place. Great to know! It really looks stunning already! :)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Wow, that is fantastic. You 2 never stop do you? The molding looks like it belongs in your house. Very nice!

Tiffany said...

Ooh Carrie, that is looking sooo good. I like the idea of using the double sided tape...smart!

Linda Pakravan said...

Wow! Great job!

Kelly said...

What is it about picture boxes that just transforms everything?! I remember jumping up and down gleefully when we installed ours. Lookin' SO SO good, my friend!

emily said...

It looks amazing! Wow!

Tina@thriftingwithcake.blogspot.com said...

I'm in LOVE! I have wanted to do this to our entry as well. I would have also been glad NOT to be there for the triangle troubles.

It looks amazing! Instant character!

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

WOW!!! This looks awesome!! It updates the space so much!! You guys should be so proud of yourselves. :)

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Jason Murphy said...

Now it turns out a modern home, with unity in decorating and painting interiors. Goodluck to your renovation.

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