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Foyer Progress #3

For now, the final part of the foyer update involves that big white wall that has been staring at me for the last 2.5 years!! If you missed part #1 & #2 of this update, follow the links below (opens in new window):

Read ‘Foyer Progress #1’ here.

Read ‘Foyer Progress #2’ here.

So this wall… In my mind this wall has changed so many times. For the longest time I wanted to make this a gallery wall. A wall for our travel photos – the first thing you will see when walking into our house (because who doesn’t like photos?). Then I started looking at some pretty stencils (and oh my word are there pretty stencils available!). But what put me off stencilling this wall was mostly the labour and time… Here is what we started with:

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These walls have been bugging me for the longest time. I was just about to order a pretty (and pricey) stencil, when a Facebook add from Lowes caught my eye. The prettiest of wallpaper that I ever did see… So I head on over there to check it out. Yes, yes it was pretty. It was perfect. All the supplies cost me just under $90 CAD – this includes the wallpaper, wallpaper glue, scraper thingy, and the utility knife. Yes, this was what I wanted!!

I was nervous, but had read on SO MANY BLOGS that wallpaper these days are SO easy to work with. And they were right!! It turned out beautifully!! I am in heaven right now!! Here are the details – I chose this wallpaper:

Superfresco Easy Nottingham Wallpaper in White/Grey

I decided that this would become a statement wall. The wallpaper would do the talking!! So I painted that big wall above the stairs the same grey as the rest of the entry/dining/kitchen. This happened last night at 20h00 (that is 1 April 2016)(also, it seems I have a thing for painting at night!) ;). Hubby helped me with the really hard to reach places!! (Please do not comment or preach about safety!)

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And this morning started the wallpaper upgrade to this foyer! I was nervous!! Very nervous!! With my first plumb line drawn on the wall for guidance, I started painting the glue to the wall (this is/was “paste the wall” type wallpaper! So easy to use! See here my setup:

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The very first sheet too a while longer than the rest. But once I got the hang of it and came into a rhythm it went pretty fast! Here is the first installed sheet:

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I am not going to show you the in between steps. It is so basic, glue the wall, line the paper up, scrape out the bubbles, trim, repeat. And finally – Here is our finished statement foyer wall…

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Small updates remain – like now we have to replace that hideous light fixture to something pretty and modern; we still have to paint the door leading in to the garage; some mirrors on the wall above the steps; and other small things!! Likely I will only post one more update on this space, and by the pace we are doing these upgrades, it will be next year this time!! Hahaha!

Foyer Progress #2

If you missed part one of the foyer update, you can follow this link (opens in a new window!). Update #2 for the foyer was a something small that made a huge difference – light. As you have probably noticed, our walls are very dark, and the only light coming into this part of the house is that little semi-circle in our front door!

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We had previously installed a Half Lite into our kitchen door and it made such a huge difference, that we decided to install the same Half Lite into our front door (WAY cheaper than installing a new door!). I tried finding the same one online, but it does not seem to be in their stock range anymore (but it might still be in store). We brought ours at Home Depot.

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We did this upgrade end of October 2015 – Just in time for those long dark days!! Hahaha! It made a HUGE difference! We just loved how much light was/is coming through this part of the house right now!! So if you have been thinking of doing something like this – don’t be intimidated, it really is SO easy and only takes about 2 hours (very start to finish!).

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Read ‘Foyer Progress #3‘ here.

Foyer Progress #1

Our little home is a work in progress, and nothing was different when it came to the foyer updates. We have lived in this house for about 2.5 years now, and we seem to be updating the foyer area in ‘smaller-than-baby’ steps!! Today we have made HUGE progress, so I thought I would quickly do a couple posts to show you what we have done so far!! You can follow links to the next updates at the end of this post!

Before we look at all these pretty (budget) updates to our foyer, here is a look at some before photos!! (These photos were taken shortly after we moved in)(…check out all the white!!)

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The door to the left is our front door, and the door to the right leads into the attached garage. You will also see these cat (I guess) scratch pads?? all over. We have mostly gotten rid of most of them!! We do so as we update the place!!foyer update

The front door walks directly into the stairs leading down to the basement!foyer update

Here is a view from the kitchen… White white white!!! Ugh!!

Ok, for the foyer specifically, update #1 involved painting of the door (this happened way back in October of 2014 – we have been in this house almost a year by then!) We painted our front door the same colour that we painted our kitchen door – a teal colour!

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Hmmm, it seems I had some dirt on the camera lens! Just look past the dust flecks!! You can see that by that time we had already done some painting and made some updates!! The next update involved finally painting the wall around the front door. We stuck to dark grey (dark colours really make me so happy!!). This update happened end of March last year (2015), so almost exactly one year ago!! As a side note, I was painting this at around 21h00, so the light in these photos were not good!!

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And the final step in the first part of this foyer progress update was removing the horrible old coat hanger that was left on the wall!!

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Some progress made!! Here is another look at the before and after… For old time sake!! 😀

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Read ‘Foyer Progress #2‘ here.

Read ‘Foyer Progress #3‘ here.