Chalk House Updates: Foyer

Our Foyer needed a lot of attention and we knew it would be a long process so what better time to tackle it then during the cold, winter months, right?! After {way too} many hours of caulking, sanding, painting and staining...our Foyer is complete and I love the impact that it made on the overall look and feel of our home.
Tenley decided that she needed to be in the picture! :)
Walls: The walls had probably not been repainted for years so the white was starting to fade and chip. As you walked up the stairs, you would see sporadic dirt marks mixed in with at least 1,000 holes from family photos being hung and rehung on the walls.
Beadboard: The beadboard was painted the same white as the walls and the space between each board was beginning to crack.
Stair Treads & Spindles: The stair treads and spindles were painted a cream color and seen a lot of wear and tear over the years.
Handrail: The handrail {along with the spindles} were handcrafted by TC's family many generations ago so the detail is beautiful but the stain was very faded.
Walls: The pictures have been removed & the holes have been filled in. We are almost ready to paint!
Beadboard: The beadboard has been caulked, sanded, primed and painted. Phew, my arms were sore after this task!
Stair Treads & Spindles: A couple of the stair treads needed to be sanded in a few spots before we painted. Once this was finished, we added 2 coats of paint to each stair and we were done. We decided to take a quick break before we tackled the spindles.  
Handrail: At this point, we had not started the re-staining process. 
Walls: Same as the previous status.
Beadboard: DONE
Stair Treads & Spindles: Thank goodness for my Husband and his patience because repainting the spindles was an extremely tedious task. I have to admit that if I was responsible for repainting them, they would still not be finished.
Handrail: I was a bit nervous when we started because I wasn't sure how the final stain would look after 2 coats and it had dried. But I love how it turned out!
Walls: We knew that we wanted to add color to the Foyer walls {versus white} so we decided to incorporate a color that we have used in a few other rooms in our home. When I arrived home from a week of travel, I was speechless because TC had painted all of the walls. I was one happy wife!
Beadboard: DONE
Stair Treads & Spindles: DONE
Handrail: DONE
Walls: DONE!
Beadboard: DONE!
Stair Treads & Spindles: DONE!
Handrail: DONE!

I am incredibly thankful to start our life together in a home that has so many memories for TC and his family. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences to see the transformation take place over the past 6 months. Now, on to the next project! :)
Project Details:
-Paint Color for the Beadboard, Stair Treads and Spindles: Benjamin Moore White Dove
-Paint Color for the Foyer Walls: Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
-Stain Color for the Handrail: Sherwin Williams Modern Mahogany 

24 comments

  1. The foyer looks fantastic!! It looks so open and bright now! It's amazing what a little paint can do :)

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    1. Thank you very much! That is so true, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way! Xo, Stephanie

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  2. I love it ;) Way to go looks amazing !!!

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    1. Thank you! Have a great weekend! Xo, Stephanie

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  3. Oh I love it! What a beautiful banister! And I think BM White Dove is one of the perfect whites; we used in Liam's nursery!

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    1. I love the history and detail of the banister! It really is the perfect white! Xo, Stephanie

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    1. It's so fun to see a room completely change with a few updates! Xo, Stephanie

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  5. Oh my gosh, it looks beautiful!! Perfect time of the year to work on that project!! We’re hoping to finish up all our little projects by May so we can just ENJOY!

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    1. Thank you! It was so much fun to have a handful of projects to complete when it was bitter cold outside. Absolutely, I hope you share pictures of your projects too! Xo, Stephanie

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  6. It looks amazing! My husband and I both despise painting, so our walls will probably be the same until after move out somday!

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    1. Oh my, painting is my least favorite activity too but thankfully, the instant gratification keeps me going! Xo, Stephanie

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  7. Love the spindles. I have never painted in our house but have a feeling I would become extremely frustrated within minutes.

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    1. Painting is a love-hate relationship for me but it is incredibly rewarding which keeps me motivated! I am sure your house is gorgeous! Xo, Stephanie

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  8. It looks SO good! Thank goodness for handy husbands :) Our stair rail is all white and now I want to try that Sherwin Williams stain on the banister - love that!

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    1. You are so sweet! We are lucky to have handy husbands, life is a bit easier! You'll have to let me know if you decide to paint your banister! Xo, Stephanie

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    1. Thank you very, very much! Have a wonderful weekend! Xo, Stephanie

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  10. I love when the handrails are dark and the stairs/walls are white. Super cute!!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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    1. Thank you! I am loving it! Xo, Stephanie

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  11. We totally did this SAME home improvement project in our first house! Uff! I totally feel you on the "sweat equity" <3 P.S. Ohmygoodness, your blog name. I die. Love it.

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    1. It is exhausting but I love the instant gratification that you receive once you complete a project! You are so sweet, thank you! :) Xo, Stephanie

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  12. It looks wonderful! It's come such a long way. Hope to see it soon!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, we would love for you guys to swing by soon! Xo, Stephanie

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