Monday, February 4, 2013

A Grand Entrance: Foyer and Hallway Reveal

Ta Da!
I have to say, this project took longer than I anticipated. In fact, it still isn't quite done (as indicated by the exposed heating element), but it is finished enough to show off some before and afters.

Here's what the front entry looked like when we first moved in. Not exactly what I'd call a warm welcome.
Same view today.
The sconces are from Barn Light Electric and the mirror is an antique find that I spray painted Rustoleum's "Safety Red".  Loyal followers will remember the table I picked up from the Salvation Army. I had planned to cut it in half and use it under the mirror, but it doesn't line up right with the molding so we decided not to use it. That's okay. I like the hallway without it. 

Here's another look at the staircase before. Remember that vinyl wallpaper? Gross.
And now. 
We stripped the stairs and bannister then stained them dark dark dark! I hear that's all the rage these days. Chris did a fantastic job hanging all that picture molding.

Upstairs, it used to look like granny lived here. 
But not anymore.
It looks clean and bright with white spindles and fresh paint on the walls. The upstairs hallway still needs to be decorated, but I haven't quite decided what to do up here. It will be a project for another time.

Writing this post is eye opening for me. When you live with something for so long, you kind of grow immune to how bad it looks. The old view from the top of the stairs.
 Today. Let there be light!

Mirror shot.

 Boy, am I glad that's over!
Time to put my feet up and relax...at least for a few more weeks. You know I've already got another project brewing...

50 comments:

My Crafty Home Life said...

This is FANTASTIC. I have my Foyer on my brain...and this is stunning. You know I have been following this one from the beginning. I am loving the sconces you ended up with. That pop of red is just the perfect topping to this gorgeous entry. This is the way to say "welcome".

Dixie Delights said...

It's amazing!

Heather said...

This is amazing! It's positively timeless and beautiful.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love that last shot, just beautiful. It must be so satisfying to walk down those stairs in the morning and see the results of all that hard work.

Katie said...

Oh, it's awesome! Totally awesome. Great job!

DecorandtheDog said...

It's so fancy. So Carrie. Love the red mirror!

Ashley said...

Absolutely beautiful, Carrie! What a great way to welcome friends and family into your lovely home. And I'm still SO impressed by the molding you and your husband added--what a difference that makes!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

beautiful! well done!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Wow- that looks stunning! I love everyhing about it. The white walls and wainscoting brightens the space up so much! I also love that mirror painted red. Bravo, you two! :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW!!!! it looks amazing, carrie! i love the rug and the pop of the red mirror- the molding is all beautiful!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

looks 100X better and fab!

Laurie said...

Beyond fabulous! Love it all from the molding to that jazzy red mirror. Perfection!

Heather Peterson said...

what a HUGE project--and huge difference. Looks amazing!

Heather
loveyourspace.blogspot.com

meryl rose said...

Holy f'ing s***. My jaw literally dropped. That looks AWESOME! You and Chris did an amazing job!

Ashley said...

It's really, really gorgeous! Love the dark stained parts of the stairs, a lot.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

So much better...it looks fabulous! Great job...

Janna McCalley said...

Amazing! I love it and I WANT that mirror!

Wild Oak Designs said...

I love what you have done in your foyer. What a transformation! Beautiful.
I have actually saved a picture, because your floor in the hall is what I want to do with our hall....the border and then the wood.
Great job...
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Great job! The molding looks great & I love your choice of sconces & the pop of red from the mirror! Gorgeous space!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Y'all are so darn good and this is amazing. Now pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.

Punctuation Mark said...

The space looks fantastic... Don't you just love the feeling is a finished project? Haha!

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living said...

Great job you two!!! It looks like a foyer right out of a magazine. I love that you sprayed the mirror red!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

WOW! Just, wow!

Holly said...

It is so true that after a while you just start living with that look and then afterwards you realize how big of a difference it can make to paint, organize, whatever to make it look so much better - like your hallway!! It looks great Carrie.

Sarah said...

Unbelievable, Carrie!! Cheers to you and Chris and those drywall guys:) It really is stunning. Never would have thought to paint that mirror red! The sconces look great, I know you struggled with that choice for awhile. Installing and painting all that architectural molding was worth it! and the stairs...sigh...amazing. Someday I hope I can have stairs that beautiful!! You guys definitely deserve a reno break for a little while:)

Lindsay Dugan said...

Wwwwooooowwww!! Looks amazing!

Tiffany said...

Yay, reveal time. What a huge difference that molding makes. So glad that you were able to de-granny it. It really looks so fresh and inviting.

blakeandkatiehoward said...

This is AMAZING! I have been stopping by your blog for months now and I just love your style!

I'm leaving this post feeling very inspired!

Kelly said...

GASP! JAW ON FLOOR.

It is STUNNING. Crazy beautiful. That red mirror with the red rug in the distance? AHHH. So so beautiful!!

figtreesundays said...

I LOVE IT!!! Showstopper, my friend. I love the restrained but highly effective use of red in the frame and the rug. I love how the 45 looks on the transom from the inside. Just a fantastic reveal, and congratulations!

emily said...

WOW! That is amazing! You guys did such an amazing job (as always). The molding is beautiful!

Sam said...

A tremendous amount of work for tremendous results! Looks ahh-maze-ing!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Whoaaaaa, that looks AWESOME! It looks and feels like a completely different house. Well done guys!

Andrea said...

Oh Carrie!!!!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I love it!!!!! kudos to Chris for the molding job!!!!

Tery H said...

What a great job! I too am in the middle of my stair/hallway redo. I have wainscotting on the walls, black steps and front door...but unfortunately I cannot refinish my floors at this time. LOVE the dark stain and your newel post is beautiful.

You are very inspiring!

Cathy Wall said...

Carrie this looks amazing! Your hard work has certainly paid off with an amazing entrance to your charming home! Loving the bright pop of red in the rug and the mirror!

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

OMG what a transformation!! You guys did an outstanding job!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Way to stick with it - just gorgeous!

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

Linda Pakravan said...

Beautiful! Fabulous job. It's so clean looking. Love that red mirror.

Gail Storti said...

WOW....that is amazing! What a beautiful transformation. Though you entry is larger and you have a different second floor landing, my stairway and hall are SO similar to yours. I LOVE the mouldings you added and I've always wanted to paint my treads black since they are different wood than my floors. GREAT job!!!

Kirsten said...

You guys did such an amazing job...love the pop of red! Can't wait to see what you do with the upstairs hall!

Andrea said...

That molding is BEAUTIFUL! This was just the inspiration I needed for our foyer. Love the pop of red too! Well done.

Super Babe said...

So, so awesome!!!!! And definitely liking the stairs runner post, too... We basically have the same foyer in our house, so that gives us options!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Sorry I'm so late to the party, but I had to comment on this baby, *HOLY BEAUTIOUSNESS*!!! It can't be the same house. It just can't be. (c; Just taking down the wallpaper and doing the picture molding made worlds of difference! And of course I'm all a twitter over that fabulous red mirror, stoke of genius. That's right, I called you a genius. Well deserved, I'd say!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely gorgeous! You all did a fabulous job!

stpaulhaus said...

I cant believe the difference. Classy. Love it!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Wow, wow. This space is totally transformed. GREAT job! You must love walking through here every day!

alison giese Interiors said...

I'm so excited to have found your blog - lots and lots of good stuff going on. We have twinkie tastes! I've been trying to convince our contractor that picture-frame moulding will work in our narrow entry, and your "after" pics prove my point!
Thank you!
alison g.

Fig+Sage said...

I know this is an old post but I just found it and I LOVE your entry! It is so much like mine and it's a great inspiration for what it can become. Thank you for sharing these photos!!

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