I think foyer makeovers are underrated. It’s a space that’s often neglected or at the bottom of the to-do list because it’s just a passthrough. You simply walk through it to get to a room where you actually spend your time. The thing about a foyer, though, is it’s the first thing you see when you walk in your front door. It’s the first thing guests see. In our house, since it connects the dining room, home office, half bath, living room, upstairs, and basement, we walk through it multiple times each day.
Before this makeover started, there wasn’t anything offensive or bad or dated or ugly about the space, but it didn’t flow with all of the other changes we have made in the adjoining rooms. In that way, it felt disjointed and overlooked.
The soft blue/gray on the wall, bright white trim, painted doors, and that beautiful slate floor elevated the space and tie all of the adjoining rooms together beautifully.
I hung an antique coat rack above the small bench from Target. I also found an oval braided jute rug that fits perfectly in front of the door. I wanted a rug larger than the 2 x 3 rug we had there, but the next size up (3 x 5) would cover the floor vent. Getting an oval rug allowed me to go bigger but leaves the floor vent exposed. THIS is the one I bought in the 3’3 x 5′ oval.
We put most of our coats in the closet and our shoes by the garage door, so this area is just for Sebastian’s leash and shoes we need to throw on before taking him outside for walks. Sometimes things pile up, but I try to keep this area tidy. The kids’ backpacks, lunchboxes, gloves, hats, etc. go in the pie safe.
I looked into replacing the floor vent covers with something more decorative, but it would cost about $130 to replace this one and the one in the bathroom. That’s just too much for floor vents, so I’m going to get some matte gray spray paint and spray them to blend in with the floor better.
Here is a closer look at the antique hook rail. Does anyone know the purpose of the metal bars that join the hooks? They seem counterproductive to me since you can’t hang anything from the top hook, but I’m sure there were there for a reason!
The doors are all painted in Covington Gray and that small change makes these common six-panel doors look a bit more custom.
We also did some work on the half bath this week. It’s so nice to have a functioning bathroom on this floor again! It’s a little luxury, but we missed it when it wasn’t usable.
I don’t have a great picture of the bathroom before, but you can get the idea from this shot…
It was all cream, just like the rest of the house with the same beige tiles as the foyer. The fixtures were all typical builder grade.
I painted the bathroom the same color as the hallway (Stonington Gray mixed at 50% strength). The trim and below chair rail height is the custom white I’ve used on the rest of the trim in the house. We’ll be installing chair rail and wainscoting over the Christmas break.
We replaced the light fixture and faucet, not with anything high-end and expensive, but just with fixtures that had a bit more personality. We replaced the toilet with one that is chair height and elongated, but we kept the existing sink. I will be making a sink skirt as soon as the fabric I ordered arrives. I am using the same fabric I used for the living room curtains and I had a little bit left, but not enough for a nice and full sink skirt.
I found the antique mirror at a local consignment store for less than $30. The shape is so pretty and I love the dark wood accent against the blue/gray.
I ordered a small oval rug to put in front of the sink. It’s a tight spot, so I needed to keep it smallish. Well, the rug I ordered ended up looking like a placemat. I could hardly look at it with a straight face. So, that’s getting returned and it’s back to the drawing board. I can’t even imagine where this rug would work, except in a dollhouse or maybe an RV.
Something that did work was using this antique plate rack for a towel rack!
A woman from our church was getting rid of it and asked me if I wanted it. I loved it and said yes immediately, but I had no idea where I was going to put it. I really didn’t have a perfect spot for it in my kitchen or dining room. I moved it around from room to room thinking about where it would work and I finally decided to try it here.
It really is a perfect way to bring some warmth and character to the room and is much more my style than a typical towel bar.
I want to hang a basket over the toilet to hold some extra toilet paper, so I ordered an antique bike basket off of Etsy that looks perfect. I’ll hang something over it…perhaps some platters or one of my portraits.
I was planning on doing a rolled-on painted pattern on the wall to look like wallpaper, but once I was ready to do it, I got stuck thinking through how to deal with the corners, edges along the ceiling, etc. I’m still considering a hand-painted treatment or perhaps actual wallpaper, but I’m going to wait on that for a while. For now, I want to get the bones of the room in place and then I’ll add more layers of interest if needed. The fabric sink skirt and wainscoting might be enough for this tiny space.
There are just a few things left to do and then these spaces will be completed! For now, I need to finish getting ready for Christmas. It’s really sneaking up on me this year…