Foyer Before & After

UPDATE:  See here for updated pictures

I’ve been collecting and crafting items for a foyer re-do since late last year and finally pulled it all out from the bowels of my closet to spend an afternoon dressing it up.  FINALLY!
I must first show you the before before…

…and the before…

…so that you can really appreciate the after!!!

foyer 1

From move in day, A.K.A. the day I placed my awkwardly-sized-for-the-space demilune in the foyer, I have had plans for something more appropriately portioned.  A two year hunt led me to conclude that a four foot by one foot sized console was just not going to be found.  No matter how many boutiques I browsed, big box stores I canvassed and internet shops I searched.  So, being a huge fan of the skirted round table, but with no place to put a skirted round table, I set my sights on a skirted four foot by one foot sized console.

And this diamond in the rough, lovingly built by my three boys for Mother’s Day…

…became this gorg addition to my foyer with a few yards of burlap!!  I literally squealed with delight the minute I slipped the tiered, ruffled confection onto the perfectly portioned table.

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foyer 6

Much like the demilune that landed in the foyer on moving day, the indoor outdoor rug did the same.  Not only did it totally clash with the new skirted table, but I was just itching to give it the boot for something that incorporated the blue gray green scheme in the rest of the house.  Well, I just fell right in love with this graphic Dash and Albert beaut when I set eye on it during a downtown Savannah shopping excursion to One Fish Two Fish.  And I made it mine on the spot.

foyer 4

Armed with a much more spacious area for displaying entryway eye candy, I couldn’t resist the new Aiden Gray lamps from my local go-to decor store – G. Scott Interiors (formerly Patina Home Furnishings and prior to that Love Street Antiques.)  I’ve wanted these ever since Sister purchased them for Bird’s nursery nearly two years ago and the new table plus a birthday check was just the push I needed.  And I relish a good reason to break out some glass risers :-)

foyer 3

Sister, Mother and I made oyster shell frames a little while back and this was the perfect spot for it’s debut!  More on how to make your own soon…

foyer 7

And lastly, I made patterned chandelier sleeves to match the rug.  Stay tuned for the how to on that as well!  (Update: look here)

foyer 5

Before moving in, we ripped the carpeting (blue with gold bows…yak) out and painted the existing stairs with an oil based black paint and then a clear coat.  We also added the wrought iron spindles.  The numbers are vinyl stickers ordered from this etsy seller.  They are 4″ tall and can be done in a variety of font.  Total cost was $17.  (Old picture = no new chandelier sleeves)

foyer 2

So that’s how I freshened up my foyer.  It’s finally done and I’m over the moon!!!

Tickled pink to have been featured on Evolution of Style,  Artful Rising and Not So Homemade!

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47 thoughts on “Foyer Before & After

  1. Amanda,
    You really have some great ideas and I love how that turned out. You should join the Metamorphosis Monday party over at Between Naps on the Porch so more people can check it out!

  2. Could you please tell me what type of paint/stain you used on the stair treads? And color. My runner on the stairs needs to GO!! I've seen this look in magazines. But can't decide on a stain or paint. Thanks!!

  3. Hi Jackie – we used three coats of oil based black paint on the stairs. And then as many clear coats on top – I'll have to ask Honey what that stuff was called. We had painters do it before we moved in but he is currently painting the stairs in the basement the same way so he will know. Thank you for your sweet comment :-)

  4. LOVE IT!!!!!!! A tutorial on the skirt would be FAB! I will be painting my back stairs next week so thanks for the inspiration!!! On a completely unrelated note I just have to know where you got the rug that is in the den. It is so beautiful and it looks like you have a similar rug in the dining room?
    As always I just LOVE you blog. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

  5. I love this ruffle skirted table so much! I have been searching too for a perfect piece of furniture for one spot and cannot find it. This would be the perfect solution. It looks so great in your space.

  6. Jennifer – Thanks so much! The rugs are the same. I have them all over the house – kitchen, dining room, den, deck, guest room :-) They are indoor outdoor rugs from ballard designs. I love how easy they are to clean. Just drag them outside and hose them down! They were called "French Leopard" when I bought them but now look like they are called "Leopard Belgique". And at less than $100 (on sale!)fora 5×8, the price can't be beat. Take care!

  7. Hi! I'm your newest follower :) What a lovely table!! I just love it, and the stair idea is too cute!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and I hope you have a very happy 4th of July!!

  8. I love the idea of a skirt. Genius. Why didn't I think of that? :) I have a similar piece and I still like it but a skirt would change it up so sensationally. So glad I stopped by.

  9. Gorgeous!! So glad I found your blog through the cottage and vine link up! Stop by and check out color outside the lines if you get a chance. I'll be adding you to my sidebar!

  10. I'm glad that I've found this site. I'm so delighted by your way of thinking and writing. Have you thought about writing a book?

  11. I was lucky to find your website. I realize that you are a specialist at your work! I am launching a website soon, and your info will be very useful for me… Thanks for the excellent work and wishing you the success in your business.

  12. I love this skirted table, and it's something I have been longing to add to my own decor. Yours is just another example of why I love it so much!

  13. I'm stopping by for a visit from Kelly's Korner today.
    You have a wonderful entryway into your home. My favorites are the plates, console and the burlap skirt.
    It's fun hearing the stories behind the pieces and the re-dos. You and your family did an amazing job.
    I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Have a wonderful week.

  14. Brandy – I didn't. I just kind of loosely ruffled it as I went along. I know…not very exact and probably not very helpful. I'm really bad at sewing and know just enough to be dangerous :-) Amanda

  15. Lauren – After 4 years it finally needs some touching up. I think that's pretty good! The walls are in much worse shape :-)

    Susan – I just went through every font on my computer and couldn't figure it out. I'm so sorry! My good friend Tricia at HKL Designs can probably help you out! I do know that they are about 4" tall.

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