Sunday, September 23, 2012

Foyer Makeover - Day 1 Ceiling and Floors

Well, I am quite pleased with the progress from day 1.  Picture above, of course, is Erica Barry's dining room from everyone's favorite movie, "Something's Gotta Give".  Funny how even though that movie was made in 2003 - almost ten years ago - its gorgeous interiors have stood the test of both time and blogland.  I fell in love with the serenity of her dining room and so I knew in an instant it would be an inspiration for the color in my foyer.   Creamy yellow walls and thick white molding!  So pretty!

I wanted a neutral foyer as it was previously a deep hunter green and floral wallpaper and I was ready for calm.  After looking at upwards of 60 samples of yellow and creamy tans, I decided upon Behr Baby Bee Yellow from the Disney collection.  I bought it in the Spring and here it is now September and I am still quite satisfied with my choice.  

So I decided to paint the foyer ceiling the same color as the walls and I really love the way it looks.  It is hard to tell by the picture but it makes a huge difference.  

Hah - the ugly underlayment complete with manufacturer stamps!  

Next, I turned my attention to my floors.  I cannot afford hardwood floors and I do not want tile back so I think I am just going to fix em, prime em and paint em.  I removed all the staples and filled in the holes.  

I then filled the seams between the underlayment panels with wood filler and sanded it down.  Then I primed them with Zinnser 123 primer for a clean and finished surface


Be careful not to paint yourself into a corner - I left a path to navigate the front door. 
Ironically, it looked like this with the white ceramic tile so I'm back to start.  :-)
Looks quite different already - I'm excited about the changes.  
Day 2 tomorrow - more floor work and wall and staircase preparation commences.  See ya then.


  1. Oh it is look good so far. Love the yellow. Hugs, Marty

  2. Thank you Marty - you are always so sweet! I have a lot more work to do...

  3. Encouragement, encouragement, talented one. Love your decision to "mahogony" the stair rail
    and leave the rest white. Wall color does have the calming effect you sought.... All in all,
    once again you have done yourself proud!

    1. Mary your words are so wonderful to hear. So glad you agree with me and like my paint choice. I have a lot more plans for the coming 4 days but I feel I am off to a good start. Thank you! Enjoy your Sunday.