Popping in with a little back foyer makeover that’s been long overdue since we moved in three and a half years ago. First an after picture because we all love a finished beauty shot:
And the before:
It’s not all that bad right? Plus it’s a pass through space that is typically dark and no one really focuses on that area. But it didn’t feel connected to the rest of our house because it was neglected. And I must admit I did add that clear glass dome light fixture when we first moved in (the previous owners removed their fixture and left it empty) but I think it was a rush decision on my part and never really felt like the right fit.
My husband despised the wallpaper and it was all ripped up and missing above the bathroom door (because the bathroom vent was never actually connected to the hose that takes the hot air outside – insert eye roll – I found this out when redoing my girls closet upstairs. So every time someone took a shower all the steam poured out and magically removed the wallpaper.) And the paint on the closet doors was peeling off because the prior painter didn’t prep the doors properly.
After a little elbow grease removing the wallpaper, installing board and batten trim and sanding and painting everything we have a fresh space that blends with our home:
More details on the bathroom previously made over here.
This makeover was fairly simple and only involved a bit of labor on my part. I’ll show you how I completed the process down below.
Step 1: I started by removing all the old wallpaper. No fancy methods here just peel off what you can then soak the wall with a sponge and warm water, peel some more and keep washing all the wallpaper paste off the walls.
Step 2: Sand everything to remove all the old peeling paint and patch any holes. Install the batten boards using construction adhesive and 2″ finish nails. Attach the top 1×4 board first about 2/3 up the wall and be sure it’s level. Then go in and divide the space equally using 1×3 boards on the vertical.
Spackle, chaulk and sand everything smooth then paint with two coats Benjamin Moore Aura semi-gloss in color: London Fog. The wall color is Texas Leather matte.
As you can see this short hallway leads into the Family Room so it’s a high traffic zone.
Back in the foyer area the closet doors look brand new with their fresh coat of paint that’s not peeling. And if you know me I rarely paint rooms dark so I was super hesitant about going with Texas Leather on the walls but it’s such a small space and I think the contrast is amazing.
Looking back down the hallway:
This view from the Family Room shows you the unique layout with the back foyer on the right, the bathroom on the left and the stairwell before going through to the Dining Room and Kitchen. Often we race each other to see if it’s faster to go through the foyer or straight through but up and down that step, it’s always a tie.
I hope you enjoyed this refresh of our back foyer space. It truly is a joy to love on our home and make each and every space our own while still maintaining that antique farmhouse charm.
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- wall paint: Benjamin Moore Aura matte Texas Leather
- trim paint: Benjamin Moore Aura semi gloss London Fog
- artwork: Norman Rockwell “The Marriage License” print
- chandelier: Irvin’s Berkshire ceiling light
- rug: Safevieh Bohemian Collection jute rug 3′ x 5′
- mirror: Ikea Stava (painted gold)
- desk: thrifted
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