19 January 2015

Chair Rail In The Foyer

This is one of those projects that makes me insanely happy, because it is cheap, quick & easy, and makes a huge impact. 

"Quick & Easy" is a relative label because my husband did the measuring, cutting, and nailing. I did the caulking, sanding, and painting. But really, this is an afternoon project, assuming you don't run out of materials on that first afternoon. Did I mention my husband was responsible for measuring? Not sure what happened there. I kid...

This is what the blank, boring wall looked like before:

And after:

We used the same materials and measurements that already exist in the office and dining room, so it looks consistent with the rest of the house. 

The cost of this project was $60.00 including paint. Very affordable.

So happy about the chair rail, but now the vent is killing me. 

No, I can't remove it and board it up with drywall, because HVAC-blah blah, so he says. But when we  decide on a new wall color, the vent will be painted to match the walls. Hopefully it will blend in, rather than announcing itself in bright white

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05 January 2015

Project Foyer

I love a great foyer. These are pretty great.


Pottery Barn

Tara Pierce - EST

Our foyer needs some attention. When we moved in I threw a small rug in front of the door, and called it a day.

I would love to have a bench or a table in here, with some pretty lamps and art, but alas, it is too narrow to add any furniture. We would have to turn sideways and "thread the needle" in order to pass through the narrow walkway between the wall and the bottom of the staircase.

In this tiny corner, you can fit a chair, a small table, or a hippie.

Since furniture is not an option, I'm going to add detail on the wall. The first project of the year is to add a chair rail to the lower section of the foyer, which will match the existing chair rail and molding in the dining room and office. This will make it easier to decorate that massive sea of tan by breaking it up into sections. Hubby is thrilled. He is a good sport. He knows it will look nice when we're finished.

I would love to find a vintage Turkish rug with deep blues and reds. For that, I'm keeping my eyes on CraigsList and local estate sales.

Side note: you can see how badly these walls need a fresh coat of paint. I am avoiding that for so many reasons. I need to choose a color, and I haven't even started that process. A two-story foyer is not a small painting project, and the entire house is this shade of tan. But eventually we will have to tackle it. *hangs head low*

The plan was to complete the chair rail/molding project over the weekend, but we were unable to match the molding exactly. Today I called the homebuilder to track down the materials, and I'm in luck! Everything is in stock and the local distribution center is just around the corner from our house. So this project is happening this weekend!

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