Thursday, August 9, 2012

Project 2: The Balcony & Entryway

I'm always amazed at the power of paint.  Yes...I have been accused of painting anything that's not moving in our house, but this project really shows the incredible impact from a couple cans of paint.

As you enter our house, you have a view of the staircase leading to the second floor...equipped with badly worn carpeting (the former owners had a huge dog...need I say more?) and a builder-grade banister.  Very boring and feature-less -- not quite the 'welcome to our wonderful home!' feeling that we wanted for visitors.

First item to tackle was removing the old carpeting. Immediately after closing on the house and receiving the keys at the lawyer's office, we drove straight to the house, changed into work clothes, & proceeded to rip out the carpeting on the stairs and upstairs hallway.  Quite an exhausting exercise, but well worth it!

Next, we had a professional come in and restore the wood flooring to its original glory.  Wow -- huge improvement and just so thrilled we could bring the original floors back to their former glory. But, we weren't close to being done with this space.  

Now it was time to turn our attention to the builder-grade banister. After a few deliberations, we decided to paint the posts and balustrades white and accent the railing and finials by painting those a high-gloss, dark charcoal ("Beluga Black" by Behr).  We also painted the back of the front door a beautiful blue ("Buxton Blue" by Benjamin Moore), which really lightened the space.  

For the floors, I found a couple of colorful, inexpensive dhurri rugs from West Elm.  Add in a framed French vintage poster from, and we had completely transformed the entryway.  

I think you will agree that the transformation of this space is AMAZING...

The rugs are another piece of art in the room...great color/pattern

Looking so much better!  Future project to address the old plaster ceiling and boring recessed light fixture...

These original floors are just BEAUTIFUL now.  We added some artwork and a new light fixture - looking good!

Stay tuned for future posts when we tackle the old plaster ceiling.  But for now, we're thoroughly enjoying this new entryway into our home!

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