Friday, June 25, 2010
Hi everyone! I finished painting my new railing in the foyer and made a few other little changes so I thought I’d give you a tour of what I’ve done so far.
Below is the old railing. It was wood on top of metal. Yuck -not my style at all!
Here’s my new wood railing.
Now painted black with white spindles. Looooove it sooooo much! I know it’s a little thing but that old railing really has bothered me for 11 years. Sometimes I just stand at the top of the stairs and admire my new railing and my red halltree from Goodwill~smile. They just make me happy!
When I bought the halltree I knew I wanted to display vintage hats from the hooks. I found this old one with flowers recently at Goodwill and just love the summery look it gives this piece!
I added some red flowers to my wicker (is it a picnic basket? – I don’t know what it is - it looks like a big wicker purse) also from Goodwill.
At the bottom I have my rooster that I just got from Goodwill (the red white and blue one that I painted white).
I found that black with red roses rug at TJ Maxx for $14.99. It’s hard to find the right size rug for this little space. The door can’t open if it’s too wide and a regular runner is too long. The dog needs a rug here (don’t ask...LOL he’s cute and we love him, but he has issues!) plus it makes the space cozy.
Speaking of dogs, above the door is my collection of dog prints. Some are from the thriftstore, one is a paint by number that my daughter did when she was little that I framed, and the two longer ones are vintage prints.
The three small thriftstore mirrors I painted red and my Spode plates – the pattern is Hunting Dogs.
I also finally added some trim to the 1/2 wall that separates the foyer from the living room (another little thing that’s bothered me for years). It looks much more finished now! Like many split-foyer houses, it had a railing there when we first moved in instead of a solid wall. We put up the half wall but never trimmed it out!
I have a few more things on my immediate wishlist for this little space. We’ve had these two pieces up there basically since we moved in 11 years ago. They were really hard to hang and we just haven’t wanted to tackle taking them down, but we’re looking for something a bit more colorful. So those will go as soon as we find something we love.
Also, remember the vintage chandelier I found in my neighbors garbage? Well my electrician friend hasn’t been able to to come over to see if he can fix it (3 boys all in softball, soccer etc and now they’re in CA for two weeks)! So I don’t know if I’ll be able to use it in my foyer as I had originally planned. He would do it for basically next to nothing and I don't want to have to pay to rewire and hang it.
I’m thinking I will either paint this one (maybe yellow, or red or maybe a whiter white) and add some toile shades (which I already have). What do you think? Or else I’ll just find a new one. There are so many places online that have great prices on lighting. I’m just over those glass shades ~smile…these things happen!
On my future wishlist is a new door with some glass to bring more light in and new hardware (rubbed bronze perhaps). I’d love to take out the terracotta tiles and put in stone. But that’s all a long way off unless I’m lucky and happen to find an amazing deal on those items (you never know)!
But in the mean time, I’m well pleased with what I’ve done with my little space!
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Thanks so much for spending some time here with me today!
P.S - I have decided to paint the stairs but that will be a fall project (I'm working on the family room this summer - painting the paneling now). I'm thinking a harlequin pattern in black and white on the risers to tie into the b&w checkerboard pattern in the kitchen.