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The Foyer Before
I’m on a before kick here at DA, showing you some of the rooms in our new house in their earlier stages. Before we had our painting and minor decorating adventures. Did you see the kitchen before and the bathroom before?
Next up I want to show you the foyer. We have this room in our new home which is what you come into right when you walk in the front door. It’s a lovely space with a fireplace and how do I finish this sentence so it rhymes again? We call it the foyer and as soon as we moved in I knew it would be a spot where we needed some storage and places to put things, but I also wanted it to be comfy and welcoming of course. It’s our home’s first impression.
Just for fun, this is a photo of the previous owner’s decor when we inspected the house. Roosters and maroon.
Here is a view from the staircase, you can see the layout of the space. The fireplace is beneath those flowers and that door leads to the front porch.
Fast forward through all that house buying stuff and here we are with an empty foyer shortly after we closed.
You can see I started stripping the wallpaper in the left corner. I only did part of it because I was not about to take on a whole room stripping project when we had so many other things to do.
When I walked over there and discovered we had a room (and ceiling) with painted-over wallpaper it was a joyous day! Who paints over wallpaper?
Thankfully that stuff was covered even if it was with paint. It came right off with my hands, that’s what wallpaper will do when it’s painted. Underneath is the original plaster wall. To this room we ended up:
- Removing that corner of wallpaper
- Painting the fireplace brick
- Fixing some plaster with Durabond and priming it with Kilz
- Painting the rest of the room and
- Moving in some of our furniture to get the decorating process rolling
Come back next week when I show you what the space looks like today.
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