Monday, March 11, 2013

2 Ways to Brighten a Dark Foyer

 
The first time I stepped into Rattlebridge's foyer, I knew the house had good bones. But as I walked through the rooms, I was a bit worried about two things: how would I ever remove wallpaper from the 2-story walls, and how could we update the staircase--and work with what we had?

I didn't notice the darkness of the space.


 


 
If the sun was shining and the front door was open, the foyer was lovely.



My husband and son thought the rooms had a "closed-off" feel.
(They love open concept spaces.)
 

 
One night, while Bandwidth was measuring the dining room, he came up with the idea to blow out the walls in the foyer.
But we didn't have to go that far.
 

 
We ended up widening the opening between the foyer and the dining room.


 
White paint worked wonders, too.
 
 
 
I guess you're wondering about that wallpaper, which covered 2-stories. We didn't strip it. I discovered two other options.
 
One, the wallpaper can be covered (beadboard, anyone?). 
Two, the paper can be "mudded" at the seams, then the walls can be primed and painted. Notice the white, blurry lines over the wallpaper? That's mudding.
 
I started to go with this option. A small sample was applied on the wall, then I chickened out. I found mixed results on the Intenet. I also talked to homeowners who'd gone this route, and their paper was still on the wall, and they were pleased. But I couldn't do it, mainly because I have bad wallpaper karma.
 
 photo by Medana H.
 
 
We ended up putting beadboard over the wallpaper. I like the way it looks. Plus, it adds much-needed texture to those high walls.
 
The doorway into the study was widened, too.
 
Painting the stairway--including the railing--made a huge difference.To give it a modern country look, square posts were added.The original spindles remained.

It was Will's idea to remodel the front porch and to add a window over the door. Then he talked me into getting double doors.
 
It was good call, because this is the view from the foyer.
 
 
But even before the doors were replaced, the foyer seemed more spacious and brighter.
 
 
2 Ways to Brighten a Dark Foyer:
 
1. Widen an interior doorway.
2. Creamy white paint.
 
 (I have more ideas about other dark spaces, and I'm working on them right now. I'll report the results soon.)
 
So, we went from a dark entrance...
 
 
... to a sunny, open space.



 
Tomorrow: A Recipe for Ham and Cheese Sliders.
 


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27 comments:

  1. What a difference ... love the change! And, love seeing the transformation of your new home .. thank you for sharing with us!

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  2. I have the same exact issue with trying to brighten up a space in my house. You did exactly what I was thinking. LOVE IT. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow all those changes made a huge difference. I especially love your view!!

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  4. Amazing changes, it really works well - just gorgeous.

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  5. Oh, Michael Lee! It's gorgeous! What a difference the paint, opening up the wall and the added sunburst window over the door adds. It's so beautiful! I know you're just thrilled with it! Can't wait to see your 'move in'! :) The view is so gorgeous too! You're one blessed lady and I'm happy to know you! Well, virtually know you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Creamy white paint is the answer to every interior dilemma. I have super white and creamy white throughout my house, and it's so light nad airy.

    Your foyer is stunning, and I love the pretty columns! :D

    xo,
    RJ

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  7. I think you made the right call on the wallpaper. I have seen it done and too many times, over time, the moisture from the paint seeps in and eventually the paper bubbles. I have skim-coated the paper with mud with great results. In fact, my mama's DR which we skim coated is still good after 12 years. I love the difference. I have not been commenting much but have been eagerly following along with all of your remodeling. I know you are anxious to be done and start the fun part. Designing and decorating. :) It will be a show stopper! xxoo

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  8. Totally amazing! love the light coming thru.

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  9. The addition of the window in the foyer and opening up the entrances made a huge difference. I just love seeing your transformations to your home. And there's nothing I love more than double doors and beadboard!

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  10. I love how this is coming together Michael. The window addition is fabulous. I am wondering if a double door is feasible for our entry...hmmmm.

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  11. Wow what a difference it makes,it is beautiful.love your porch too.

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  12. I am amazed at the difference!!!! I LOVE the columns. We have columns here at our new house and Ilove them and want to add some moldings to some of them too. Love the window over the door too. Your new home is going to be gorgeous. How far is it from the old house???? XO, Pinky

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  13. Wow. Huge, huge difference. Thanks for the tip.
    Sam

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  14. Your house is going to be stunning, you have such good taste and a great house to work with. The beadboard and double doors are a great addition. Can't wait to see the kitchen once it is done, could I please come and cook with you?

    Blessings,
    Mary L

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  15. The house at Rattlebridge Farm is going to be stunning. You have such good taste and a great house to work with. The double doors and beadboard are a great addition, and that view, oh my!!! Looking forward to seeing the kitchen as it progresses, it will be gorgeous I am sure.

    Blessings,
    Mary L

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  16. Looks lovely, MLee! You should never doubt yourself.

    Love,
    Allison
    Atticmag

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  17. WOW what a great entrance - so much lighter and the view out the door is stunning. The double doors are a wonderful additional.
    Can hardly wait to see the kichen when it is completed.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  18. Oh Michael - I adore every change you've made. I especially like the beadboard and new double doors. Can't wait to see the entire house furnished!

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  19. You have such a beautiful home and the view out the front door is . . . . thinking. .tranquil. Love it. You could have a picnic in your front yard and still be private. Love that.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  20. The change is amazing! I look forward to seeing more of your new home.

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  21. You all are the best! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for sharing my excitement!

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  22. I'm in love with Rattlebridge Farm! Love, love, love the foyer and how it opens into the spaces, but really love the stairway. It makes a grand statement, and the view from the front door is amazing.

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  23. What a difference love the change!

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  24. What a difference love the change!

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  25. Wow, what a stunning change. I love everything you did. Who does not want sunshine and brightness upon entering? You have such wonderful taste....I so look forward to your posts.

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  26. loved seeing the remodel of your home, I love beadboard! The view is so wonderful! So happy you shared this as I remodeling.

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  27. It looks great and you made thoughtful, architecturally appropriate changes, which makes all the difference!

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