Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | The Entry

Photography by Tracey Ayton

I've finally got the beginnings of a final reveal of our house reno for you! And what better place to start than where you end up when you first walk in the front door? Our entry way was a huge project and is now a major source of pride that brings us joy. It's tailored and classic (my favorite), but still comfortable and inviting. You can see my previous 'progress' post here. I'd love to hear what you think of what we've worked on for the past year, so please come back to visit for another reveal next week!

OK, let's start off with the floor plan: you can see the circled area shows you that you face the curved staircase right when you walk in. The foyer also turns left towards the mudroom allowing for a spot to place a table for keys and mail:

Here's the 1989 entry way, just as the house was left when we purchased last spring. Honey-oak, wallpaper borders, and dusty rose carpets galore.

First order of business was to remove all of the wallpaper (not a small feat):

We knew that this old staircase, though dated, could be brought to it's potential by adding interior finishings. We did just that with Metrie's moulding products. I have to say in all honesty this is the highest quality millwork we have ever worked with, I was thrilled to support a historic Canadian company with such high standards for fine architectural details and I would whole-heartedly recommend their product.

We began to map things out and bring our plans to life. This was a super fun creative exercise for me, mainly because we could comfortably mix styles and combine different products knowing that they would work well together. (In case you are curious of the specifics we chose this recessed panel mould, this crown, this baseboard, this chair rail, and this door casing). The main products were selected from the French Curves Collection (Scene I), but we confidently played with things and added a few pieces from outside of that collection and still created a traditional and cohesive look.

We sanded up the banister and footings of the staircase, and by this point I was (rather pregnant) tired and we decided to paint rather than stain (Benjamin Moore Black Bean Soup). It was the budget-friendly option and still gave us the look of traditional wood stairs with a runner even though we couldn't afford the real-deal! I love the paint and it's holding up to wear and tear very well. (Walls are in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace in satin finish).

So now that you kind of have a feel for the before & progress shots, here are a few back to back 'before & afters.' Looking towards the doorway:

The doorknocker is this one from Lee Valley Tools.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

And from the door towards the stairs, I love this view! We chose one of my favorite flush mount light fixtures from Shades of Light for the space, as we only have 8 foot ceilings here. The polished nickel is divine.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

And the wool Karastan carpet!! I'm in love with the pattern and the wear-ability, I'm so happy with this purchase. I'm thinking I'd love to have pieces made into rugs for our Master bedroom eventually.

The peek-a-boo view of the powder room wasn't so pretty before. The trim around the door was lacking and the chair-rail was a poor attempt at creating traditional detailing.

Now walking in the door to the pop of Scalamandre zebras is a pleasing sight!

And as I mentioned above, I had one little nook where I could attempt to create a vignette and a dropping spot. I managed after some serious searching to find this antique Craigslist gem that only needed new hardware:

right: Photography by Tracey Ayton

It really feels like it's framed by the millwork and it perfectly finishes off the space!

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

So what do you think? It was a labor of love and I am happy with the results. There's always something you'll wish to tweak or wish you thought of during a reno, but overall I think the entryway turned out just as I envisioned and we gave the 80's foyer a new lease on life.

Thanks for reading through this picture-heavy post to the end!



LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I just said "holy shitballs" when I saw the after pics. Insanely gorgeous. You have a great eye the end result is magazine worthy. And not like random magazine...like a fancy magazine that people pay to read. Amazing!

Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com said...

I've always been obsessed with your attention to detail – and this reveal is no different. Adore how you maximized every inch of space with loads of personality and character. Cannot wait to see what else you'll be sharing over the next few weeks. XO

Anonymous said...

This is so, so beautiful. Can't wait to see what else you have in store.

Doreen said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Sandra said...

I literally just shouted "holy crap!" What a HUGE difference! I love your attention to detail and agree w/the comment above...this is DEFINITELY magazine worthy!!

Are you willing to share your wall color? I am in LOVE!!

I can't wait to see more rooms!!

Unknown said...

Amazing! Love the new staircase. The details are phenomenal!

Katy Byrne said...

Ah it's so ridiculously good! I'm putting that same zebra wallcovering in my nursery next week and can hardly contain myself!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Nancy, and beautifully thought out. There are so many small details that pull the whole space together; black doors, paneled walls, lighting fixtures. Well done! Nancy

jennifer m said...

It looks ahhhhhmazing!!! I love the wallpaper, the millwork, and the front door. It is quite the before and after.

Great job!!!

Cc said...

Amazing! What did you have to do to the walls after removing the wallpaper? Is that a new skim coat, wood?

AnneHH said...

Beautiful job! Congratulations. I know it will give you so much pleasure.

Karen hoskins said...

Great job....you have reason to be proud. May I ask a question? I see the stairs are panel moulding is the foyer picture frame moulding?

Lily said...

Wonderful transformations! What a great results! I love it!

Unknown said...

Beautiful job, Nancy! Everything looks amazing!

Shelly said...

Oh my! Great, great job! Love what you have done! Keep up the good work.

Cynthia said...

I love this space! You always do such a great job! Would love to see a blog post of how to plan for molding (ie selection, spacing, etc) or molding for dummies!

Unknown said...

What an amazing sight to see....that is just breathtaking......the black and white, but the mouldings are incredible!

Patti said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Would not change anything - amazing taste. Thanks for sharing such a beauty.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I want to see the powder room. We will be doing our powder room soon and yours looks to be about the same size and location of ours. Thank you for all of the inspiration.

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Unknown said...

Your foyer renovation is stunning! Have pinned lots of photos for inspiration. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Where is the mirror from? You are so talented!

Donna said...

Your reno is just lovely. I'm wondering if you used the BM Black Bean on the doors also?

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