I’ve finally gotten our foyer headed in a direction that I love (after months of looking at it with a furrowed brow) so I thought it would be fun to first dig up all the old pictures that I could find of it. It’s pretty fun to see the transformation over five months.
When we bought the house the walls in the foyer and hallway were dark brown. I immediately painted them bright white. We had the floors refinished, and a new railing installed. The super bright white looked too much like primer so I warmed them up with a quick coat of Baked Brie (a creamy off white) to see if that was the solution. It wasn’t. You hardly noticed the trim, and the foyer just felt so washed out compared to the colorful adjoining living room.
We installed a new light and that helped.
Our foyer has a super cottagey feel. I’ve come to accept that. The stairs are smack up against the front door, it’s small, and has a lot of doorways. Despite all these challenges, I still wanted the foyer to feel like its own distinct space, and not a pass through just to get to the office or living room or kitchen. Or bathroom. Or coat closet. Like I said, a lot of doors.
Wanting the space to relate to the adjoining rooms, I started looking up different shades of grey (not the book) online. I wanted a warm grey with no hints of blue in it. I found that Rockport Grey by Benjamin Moore was a pretty popular color and a lot of people have used it successfully in different kinds of spaces, so I promptly got a sample from my local Ace Hardware.
I wanted to like it. I wanted it to be the one. The sample cost me $7, and honestly, I am so burnt out on picking paint colors. I feel like that’s ALL I’ve been doing with my life lately. But it wasn’t right in the space. It was a little too dark, too muddy, and too swampy.
I broke out a few of the paint chips I’d grabbed while buying the sample of the Rockport Gray, and taped them to the wall.
I hemmed. I hawed. And then I went to Home Depot. Because honestly? Behr paint is $20 a gallon cheaper than Benjamin Moore paint, and I’ve nothing but good luck with Behr paint. Sorry Benjamin Moore. Sorry Ace. And then I did something I’ve never done before. I bought a gallon of paint color matched to Ozark Shadows without buying a sample first.
I’ve been known to live dangerously close to the edge.
Here you can see the difference between the two colors:
If I didn’t like what I saw, too bad because I already bought the paint.
The good news? I’m obsessed with the color. Get ready for picture overload. Hold on to your desk chairs.
Yes. That tread was replaced months ago and I still haven’t treated it. On the list…
I recently found this beauty for $40 at an antique store. Can you ever have too many gaudy gold mirrors? No. You cannot. It’s perfect.
Oh, hello hole.
Did we magically just fix that gaping hole in the wall? Yes. I magically fixed it on the computer. If only real life were that easy.
Clearly I haven’t gotten to the walls going upstairs yet. And I haven’t finished staining the railing. Avert your eyes.
Is it acceptable to use a Patron bottle as a bud vase? Don’t answer that.
One last before and after:
Ok, one more. I’m serious this time.
It’s a warm, soothing grey that relates so well to the colors in the adjoining rooms. I wish I could use this color everywhere. Colors just pop against it. And now the foyer feels a little more like a thing.
I clearly still have a lot left to do and figure out but I’m trying to remind myself that it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Any questions? Like, why am I using a bar cart for my entry table?
You saw the flower vase/bottle of Patron, right?