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Monday, January 11, 2016

A Little Foyer Project

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Happy Monday, friends!

New Year ... new projects, which brings me to our foyer, with which I have a love/hate relationship!  

Don't get me wrong ... I love the soaring ceilings, and the light that pours in all day!  BUT, I don't always love the decorating challenge it presents, especially because of the "dead space" up above.  See it up there (photo from Hour Homes before we moved in):


One day, we'll have picture frame moulding added way up there, but, for now, it remains empty.


It's that challenge that encouraged me to do *some*thing to draw your eye away from the "blankness."  And, that's when I turned my attention the back wall of our foyer.  Here it is right before I got busy:


And, here is the AFTER!  Yay, stripes!


I knew I wanted an odd number of stripes so that the darker color (Ben Moore's Bennington Gray) would be at both the top and the bottom (to contrast with the white ceiling and baseboard).


I measured the height of our wall ... divided by the number of stripes I wanted (7) ... and then got busy marking and taping away.


I then painted every other 11.5" stripe Ben Moore's White Dove ...


Before the second coat dried, I peeled the Frog tape away ... and prayed for clean lines the entire time!  ha!


That was a nail biter, for sure, but I really like the end result.  Noooow, when you walk in our home, your eye is instantly drawn to the back wall and not the empty 2nd story walls!

One more time ... before:


And, NOW! **grin**

I'm in the process of creating a small picture gallery to replace the French print I temporarily added ... baby steps, right?


Admittedly, I was really nervous to tackle this project because I can't draw, much less mark or tape, a straight line to save my life, BUT I was determined (so, please just don't look "too" closely).  If you've wanted to do something similar, but a bit too intimidated to tackle it ... don't be ... you'll love the end result!

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14 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Ilove it and I love those soaring ceilings too. Fabulous.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

SWEET!!!!
:)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Looks great and you did a wonderful job on your strips.
Mary

Tina Marie said...

Wow...Becca, that looks great. Have a great day.

L.C. said...

That looks so beautiful! I just love your style!

Melissa Miller said...

That is an amazing transformation! Really soft yet bold at the same time Becca. Gorgeous colors.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the new look, Becca.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, I love the new look! Great idea to add the stripes! You have a fabulous style and sense of design! Happy New Year!

Brooke Stephens said...

That is a perfect idea to draw attention away from something you don't like. You definately did that. I love it. I haven't tackled stripes yet but would love to somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancie said...

Love love love it! You are so talented! I would have never thought to do this!

Kim In Texas said...

Awesome job! It looks amazing. Well worth your investment.

Sue J said...

LOVE it Becca! It looks so fresh and bright and makes a great focal point. Lovely.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

It looks fantastic Becca!...you did a great job and love that idea of you creating that focal wall. So beautiful...Bravo for tackling something that was out of your comfort zone!!!

Cricket said...

WOW....amazingly beautiful as always!!