You wanted beach photos today, didn’t you? Or maybe Frank Harlow Day Photos, even. They are coming, I promise, but the weekend was a hectic one and I had this post in the freezer, so to speak, so this is what you get for today. I know you’ll understand.
Remember how I told you that we had new siding and windows installed last summer? I mentioned it as part of the den that we did over and also the other day when I told you that we have a new front door. It occurs to me that I have never actually showed you the project in it’s entirety – as in, pictures of our house before when it was faded and blue and I hated it and pictures of our house now that it’s bright white and cheery and I love it. That’s going to have to wait for another time, though, as I will need finished photos.
Today I want to show you how we redid our front hallway. This was a project that was way overdue – the last time this hallway was painted my father did it just before I moved in and that was 18 years ago. It was also a project that neither of us cared about before, mostly because our old front door was drafty and we had a big quilt hung up over it so we never even opened it. Once we had that new door installed, though, and the light started shining through and I really stepped back and looked at the space. Well. Oh my did it need to be freshened up.
The walls are paneling and they were yellow and faded. The light fixtures were dated globes of frosted glass with brass trim. The stairs were rickety and a couple were broken and the post at the bottom was very wobbly. They were painted an awful shade of red and the paint was terribly chipped. The floor was ugly old red tile and it, too, was chipped and broken.
Now the walls are painted a creamy off white. The stairs are glued and fixed and awesome (thanks, Dale!) and they are painted black with white risers. The floor has been updated with new press-on tile that Dale and I installed ourselves at a cost of about 20 bucks. We have new light fixtures and, despite how tiny it is, it’s a welcoming and cheerful space.
How about some before and after photos to illustrate?
So. Much. Better.