As I explained in an earlier post, I often fall victim to the domino effect when re-doing something in my own house. Change one little thing, and next thing you know you’ve redone your entire first floor. I know that you can all relate to this concept.
So, now I’m moving on to what I’m going to call phase 3 of project ‘domino effect’.
The front hallway.
Here is what you see while sitting on the sofa in my living room.
My front hallway. Not awful. But it could use some perking up.
Last winter during my ceiling painting frenzy, I also painted the front hallway. So, the ceilings in the living room and the walls in the front hallway are the same paint … Hirschfield’s Favored One. I’ll be keeping this color as is. As you can see, the only trim I freshened up was around the window and the front door itself. This is even more apparent in the following photos.
In case you were wondering, the mirrored door on the left leads to a giant closet that goes all the way under the stairs.
So, job numero uno will be to repaint all of the trim, which is going to be a monumental undertaking. OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. Are you getting the hint that I really don’t enjoy painting trim?! But there is a lot. Baseboard, crown molding, railing spindles and two doors.
Next, I need to tackle the stairs themselves. The white carpet has seen better days and needs to go. I have a couple of ideas. One is to do a faux painted runner on the stairs and the other is to add an actual striped runner. Here are some examples from pinterest.I (and when I say I, I really mean my husband) will rip out the carpet and see what I find under it before I make any final decisions.
While we’re on the subject of the stairs, I have considered whether or not to paint that newel post. It is the last remaining bastion of unpainted woodwork to be found in my house. I know I would love it painted, but I also am rather fond of it as is. Anyone want to weigh in?
I am also considering painting the front door black. I’ve been admiring black doors for a while, but I’m just not sure I can go there. Will it look odd to have a black door with white trim? I found these examples on pinterest to get an idea of how it would look with my white trim and aqua walls.
I’ve got to say, I think I like it. I’m pretty sure the door is going to go black.
And can I also just say, how much do you love that ceiling light fixture in the picture on the left? Fab. And it would look great in my hallway too. Unfortunately the one I have out there is fairly new and I was intending for it to stay. I wonder how expensive that one in the picture is??
The final pièce de résistance will be the window. At least I hope so. My mother-in-law makes stained glass windows. Now that she has moved back from New Orleans, it will be much more feasible for her to make a window for this spot for me. As soon as she has her workshop set up, I will be
asking begging her to make a window for me. After all, that spot just cries out for a fabulous window. After watching an episode of Rehab Addict (does anyone else love this show?) I am leaning towards a simple leaded glass window with little to no color (pictures from pinterest).
Something that still allows all the light in, but looks gorgeous while doing so.
Are you noticing a lot of black and white? Just outside the front door is this floor on my porch.
Once all of these bigger items are tackled, I’ll decide on the fun stuff. What to hang on the wall above the radiator for example. Currently I have this vintage board game on the wall. I might keep it, or I might not.
I’m going to have to get crackin’ on this project because if I don’t get it done before spring, I won’t get it done. Once the weather turns nice, I’ll spend all of my time either in the carriage house painting furniture or in the garden … and then there is garage saling … you get the idea.
Let phase 3 commence!