Foyer Reveal

It’s been a long and hectic last few months, especially this past week. Just after he had finished hanging new doors, and I was finishing up the caulking, Doug broke his foot Saturday night while starting to clean up the tools. Sigh.

Maybe this is a sign from God that we need to stop with the rush! rush rush! –ing, and slooooow down.

So instead of telling you what I still need to do, I’m going to show you how AMAZING this new foyer looks. This was the first real project we’ve done that created something out of nothing, rather than just slapping a coat of paint on and adding some furniture.


We built this here foyer. We saw a problem (too small of an entry way, no room), devised a plan, and put that plan into action. And maybe I’m still hormonal, but that makes me tear up.

We aren’t professionals. All we know is learned is from youtube, our parents’ advice (my dad the carpenter, his parents the house remodeling experts), countless hours at Home Depot, and trial and error.

This project is a true testament to the power of DIY: Need to do something? Learn how to do it yourself.



The wine crates will go here, and I have a few projects in the works. We might put hooks down here but right now I don’t want to hang a darn thing on those walls! :)





We replaced our wooden doors with steel doors, replaced the locks, and added deadbolts. And just in time! Ben had just figured out how to open the locked door.


sign: made by my amazingly talented friend, Pamela of PB&J Creations 
gingham rug: IKEA, $19.99
desk: Doug’s grandma, she used it as a child

doors: painted Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Flat Black
wall color: Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray
trim color: Valspar Bistro White
wood floor: antique gunstock oak
stain color on steps and railing: Miniwax Cherry

when we first looked at the house:


a little better:


the revised look (ignore the “today”):


and now:


Amazing to see the transformation, isn’t it? To read more posts on our foyer, click here.

What project are you most proud of?


  1. says

    UNBELIEVABLE! It looks amazing. It absolutely looks professional. I cannot believe you did that yourself. Your should be SOO proud. That desk fits just PERFECT and that sign is the perfect greeting when walking in the house. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. When you have kids and adequate entryway is a MUST!!

  2. says

    That’s too bad about Doug’s foot! I sure hope he heals quickly. The foyer is beautiful! I love the black doors! Great job guys!

  3. says

    It looks beautiful! The black doors are fantastic! I wouldn’t want to hang anything on the walls either, and I love the wine crate idea. Nice work!

  4. says

    oh girl I am so happy for you! It’s like you are in a different house. I am so smitten with hardwood, I tell ya. I feel the same way about my family room, like: we’ve arrived! Woot!

  5. says

    Awesome job on the foyer – it truly looks awesome! And I enjoyed seeing the pics over the past few years – you SHOULD tear up – this is quite an accomplishment! (Oh…and I broke my foot in two places 3 years ago – put me off my feet for surgery and rehab about 6 months…so I sure hope your husband bounces back much quicker!)

  6. says

    Seems like you are making great progress! I love that picture you have featured ‘ Do what makes you happy’ Do you know where I could fine one of these up for myself – or did you make this yourself? If you did make it – can you make one for me! :-)

  7. says

    It looks awesome! I have been following that foyer’s transformation for a while now and I have to say I’m impressed. I love that your style is “not too much but just enough.” That gingham rug is adorable, too.


    PS. I have a desk that is nearly identical, except I stained it dark.

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