Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Foyer Gets a Makeover

I love decorating for fall. Of course, the rich colors and the splashes of gold are always a favorite, but what I really like most? The effort lasts from September all the way through November.  Apparently, this is where I now say, "Booyah." Or so Pops says.

This fall, I finished up the pillows and then let my decorating bug carry me into the foyer. Previously,  I had a dark burnished frame around the mirror, a black parsons bench, and a dark floral rug. I wasn't really into the look anymore, but had no real budget to work with.

On a whim, I asked Pops take the mirror down for me and I attacked it with some gold spray paint we already had. Don't get too perfect with the paint. I let the coats be slightly uneven in coverage so it would look a little less ... spray-painty. Start to finish? 15 minutes. I'm serious.

Next, I primed the bench and gave it a coat of Sherwin-Williams "Modern Gray - #7632." I am smitten with this gray. Such a soft, mellow gray. Once dry (I used a foam roller for the body and foam brush for the nooks ... super fast!), toss on a throw and pillow.

Finally, up came the ol' granny rug and down went a simple sisal floor runner, and then ribboned on an old wreath over top of the mirror.

The only thing purchased was paint and the rug. Total cost? About $35 dollars. Booyah.

11 comments:

Paula said...

Fresh and inviting. Good Job!!
Paula

Wanting What I Have said...

FABULOUS!!!! Love it!!! & way to shop the house! Excellent!

maria said...

very pretty love the wreath.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

And what a welcoming breath of freshness! You'll love the new lightness of your foyer especially during the gray days of winter and the rainy season. Well done.

Hannah said...

Excellent. I too have the fall decorating bug w/o the budget to match. Amazing what you can come up with with a little ingenuity. I've been meaning to get my "feet" wet with spray painting for a while. You're making it sound doable.

P.S. LOVE the throw pillow!

Xin Lei said...

Nicely done...doesn't making the home beautiful fill you with such joy?

Bonnie Nieuwstraten said...

Okay, I've had a rough day and I just knew that your blog was going to have something beautiful on it. YOu did not let me down! That looks GREAT and you inspire me to make some small budget changes with a big "WOW" factor! I have so much black in my house. I like the way you added some white. However, my husband has banned me from spray paint for a while. Hmmmm...

Val said...

Very nice! I wish I did more seasonal decorating, but am not sure that I could pull it off consistently.

ruth@gracelaced said...

Seriously amazing transformation! I love how color changes everything. It's so fresh and inviting...less colonial. I'd love to see a pumpkin sitting on one end leaning against that purdy pillow for that little bit of off-centeredness (you know how I am...)!

Erin said...

Nice. Very fresh looking. (I can't see you with a dark floral rug.)

Dawnelle said...

that looks SO GOOD! Can you come do projects at my house?!?!