Almost 2 years ago we bought our first home! Wow, I can't believe it's been that long. The market was booming and there wasn't a whole lot to choose from in the time frame we had. We lucked out and found a raised ranch with a beautiful lot that worked for our family of 4 and as a starter home, because we all need that first starter home. The entryway is the first thing you see when you open the front door. It's a little foyer with stairs leading up to the living and dining area and stairs leading down to a large family room, bedroom, and laundry room. To make it short, this is the first thing you see. I knew from the moment we walked in that the foyer had to be the first thing to be remodeled. In 2 years it has drastically changed and slowly come together as we had mounted it on top of other ongoing projects. I'd like to say it's finally done, but really in my creative world " it's never actually done."
Here is one of a few before shots of the entryway. As you can see everything wood was that gold oak. The flooring is also a golden shade of parquet. It was all just a bit dated and boring.
After 2 years and many changes this is the after! I love it and most of all I love that I was FINALLY
able to talk my husband into changing out the 1980's chandelier that hung to high in the entryway. Here we opted for a more modern light fixture and finish to match the new door knobs. The light fixture is called a Wensley in oil rubbed bronze you can find it at Menards.
The flooring! I say it like that because let me tell you that was trouble. We originally had sanded down the the parquet thinking by staining it, it would update the look in a budget friendly way. However...no matter how many times we sanded the stain was just not taking well and it looked messy. We headed back to Menards to price flooring and we thought about tile but then we'd have to buy all the gadgets that go with tiling. We spent 2 hours up and down isles of flooring and came across laminate. I know... Laminate? But Laminates come a long way since back then and there are many different types. My sister had some in her living and dining room and loved it. So we decided to try it out. I'm very happy with it! It looks like real wood, easy up keep and cleaning, and if it gets damaged it's very affordable to fix as well as easy.
Now, for the stairway! Oh boy was this a chore and a tedious one at that! Anyone who tells you this is an easy quick weekend project is lying. We sanded the stair case down and decided to stain the tops and large posts in a dark walnut the rest we painted white along with the trim on the doors.
The after...I love it! It was a lot of work. Painting those spindles was not fun and it took about 6 coats after sanding it 3 times, staining, sanding again for the stain to adhere well. We finally got it though thanks to patience. It looks so much better and modern.
Until the next update...