Beginning the Foyer

Been working on this project now for 3 years, maybe more?  I can’t remember at this point.  Sometimes I’ll start a project when Bill is happily woodworking on something and then it stays in limbo for several years while I do other stuff.  Since pulling down wallpaper in quarter size pieces takes a while, this project has been on the back burner.  Besides, the hallway looks slightly like old world antiquity this way and I don’t mind it, as long as it stays clutter free.

I’ll pick the work up once we’re back in the fall and Will is in school.  And also once the laundry room, dining room and front porch have their say.  It’s all about prioritizing in an old house like this, right?

But, here is what it looks like now.  Floors (soft pine) were redone back in 2012 and the piano was a good price from an auction.  The hardwood woodwork is ALL cherry and has been unpainted.  I clean and polish it from time to time.  It has wear, but still resonates beautifully.

The hallway has strange walls, with a slight texture surface.  As I’ve peeled back the wallpaper, I’ve discovered what appears to be original stenciling in a chocolate brown color.  The original paint appears to be a caramel color with multicolored sponging, but I cannot discern what was really happening there.  I’m going to try to recreate the stencil pattern, though.  Don’t want to lose that gem!

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Bare room

You can see original wallpaper under the top layer of paper inside closet

We are pricing out and starting to order materials for the baby’s room.  As I mentioned in the last post, we’ll be putting sheet rock on the ceiling in here, so we’re going to order a  shipment that will allow us to also have enough for 3 other rooms in the house.  Once that arrives, Bill will be able to start prepping the room.

Right now, we haven’t done anything to it except clear it of all furniture and decorations.  An empty canvas if you will, ready and waiting.  It is one of my favorite rooms in the house, so I’m looking forward to transforming it into a comfortable living space.

While we are waiting on supplies, and giving ourselves a bit of renovation break waiting for the baby, here are some photos of the room completely bare.

Faces the east side of the house, envision this room directly above the dining room
Two corner closets and entrance from hall
Interior of closet, showing wallpaper that needs to be removed