Monday, February 18, 2013

Front Hall Before and After

We had to empty our small entry way for painting, and I am loathe to return a single thing to it's former place. The hall tree has just been temporarily rotated around the corner into the dining room. But we also had a convenient coat rack to the left of the front door that was always loaded down and blocking light. 

Not only does the man of the house like the hall tree, but it hides the register you see in the forefront of this photo.  So it may be going back in.

But this story is really about the woodwork. It's common in homes of the Southwest to have a lot of stained woodwork. And that was true for the former owner of this house. This door is one of those off of the entry that will be painted next. The hall closet, freshly painted, is to the right, and the front door is to the left. All the doors had the same wood stained finish two days ago.

You just can't imagine the difference in light and the feeling of spaciousness with the change. 

This wall is plastered adobe brick, and was mostly hidden with the coat rack. 

 We have also just completed the woodwork on the dining room beams which was part of an ongoing painting project of the dining room trim on doors and windows as well.

The small dining room feels less boxy now. The white has made a world of difference.

The view from the front room into the dining room showing the contrast of the beams.

One room down. . . . Lots more to go!
 But you probably shouldn't be holding your breath . . . .
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Olive said...

It is looking fresh and clean Jacqueline. I love to paint walls but not furniture. I also admire your hall tree. I have great trouble with "less is more" though:}

SizzleandZoom said...

I love decorating journeys. I will be watching from the sidelines.

Kay said...

I remember when we got new carpet and took everything out of living room. We brought in just the basic furniture and it looked so clean and sparse. Hated to bring back the extras--even though they're pretty and I love my stuff. It's quite full now. Hard to find the balance for me. Your white hall looks great! Wish I was walking through the door for a visit! Kay

~ Liz ~ said...

Woo hoo! It looks so sweet. I bet you are just loving it. I know I am admiring it from afar!
Liz @ Quirky Vistas

On Crooked Creek said...

Light, bright and refreshing is your entry hall, dear friend!!!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well WOWY!! Love love the changes!! Boy I'll bet those beams soak up the paint, no small job!! I am with you, I love all my painting so much it keeps me going:-) Light bight and so cheery!! Love love love it!!

Anonymous said...

What a difference it makes! So bright and fresh. Your home is lovely, Jacqueline!
I painted everything in our cottage a creamy white, and I never tire of it.
Have a beautiful day!

Marlis said...

It is so light and airy now.. It took a lot of guts to paint those beams.... did you mull it over for a long time? I love your hall tree too. Tablecloth looks fabulous.. Washed and not ironed!!! really? xo marlis

Pamela Gordon said...

The white paint sure did brighten up your entry. I think it looks great and I love the brick floors, the adobe brick wall and the beams. The hall tree is a beautiful piece. Have a wonderful week, Jacqueline. Pamela

Haworth said...

What a beautiful transformation, Jacqueline. The white makes such a difference and I'm sure you'll be enjoying all that lovely light and airiness. That hall tree looks wonderful against the white.