Monday, October 25, 2010

Dotting Is and Crossing Ts

Six months later I can say I am officially done with the foyer. Whew! Never thought I'd write that! I was waiting for the little table to arrive via FedEx and it arrived today. While it is true I still need to work on the front doors and the pocket doors leading in to the parlor, those are big enough projects that I can consider them projects in and of themselves, so they don’t really count. It is all about compartmentalizing, people. That is how I keep from going insane.

The "before" pictures are really a retrospective of before and during the project. Anyone interested in the entire project, start to finish can select the “foyer” label from the drop down list on the left. The “after” photos at the end are all new shots taken today. I think they come closer than a lot I’ve taken at capturing the real color of walls, wood, carpet and rugs. You can thank the late evening, overcast sky for that. Between the front doors and the window in the stairs, a lot of my shots tend to get washed out.










































After, finished, done, ready to move on!























22 comments:

Larry said...

WOW!!!!

Oliver's Bungalow said...

Greg-
Your foyer is so amazing. I'm just blown away at all your hard work and diligence. It looks every bit as good as the other rooms you've finished. Petch house was lucky you came along.
-Christine

Karen said...

Love the wall and ceiling colors, Greg. Excellent choices. It looks so warm and welcoming. Congrats on another fine job !

Jesse said...

I am so happy for you. It must be so wonderful to come down those steps in the morning and see what you have done. You should take great pride in what you do. I also like the table a lot better than the artist rendering one. Keep up the good work and have a great Hallowe'en.
Jesse

Donna said...

Looks great! It is a great feeling to know you done a good job.

Sean said...

Looks amazing - I think the table you ended up choosing was better than the painted one in the end.

I am curious why you decided to paint the window trim on the stairway window, instead of going with natural wood?

Bunny @ 86n It said...

WOW!
The transformation is truely amazing. You do good work!

Tyler said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Nice blog! I'm a follower now!

Maureen said...

Stunningly beautiful; you should be very proud! And what a contrast to the "original"!
The table looks great, very period.

Greg said...

Thanks everyone. I am very happy with the room and the choice of the table.

Sean,

I didn't do the stairwell window in natural wood for a few reasons. First, it was painted a while ago. Much of the wood was shellacked, so stripping the casing would have been possible, but the sash, and other parts were replaced and never shellacked. On top of that, the stool and other parts got a lot of southern sun. It would have been difficult yo get everything back to bare wood. It would have meant leaving the scaffolding up for a weeks more and the end results may not have been worth it. I thought about graining it, but I think it would have been noticeable. In the end, paint was the best solution for me.

Greg

Robert said...

I am so jealous of all the wonderful period features your house has! My 1910 Folkish Victorian isn't nearly as exciting. My woodwork is painted white, and wasn't ever even stained! Well done!

Sean said...

I totally understand your place with that- I stripped all the woodwork in my last house, and this time around the paint will stay. The advantage is that nothing detracts from your staircase....

Greg said...

Sean,

Yea, I've stripped tons of woodwork in this house. I'm at the point of being "on my second house" with just this one house.

Greg

burrito said...

holy cr*p, that's amazing!

Karen Anne said...

Amazing, a staggering amount of work, but worth every minute in the joy you must feel just being in that house.

purejuice said...

oh man, this just kills me. i'd forgotten you'd done all the plaster. the finials and newel tops! the light fixtures! love your little table! i was worried about the carpets, but they're just right, and add a lot of light to a very woody place. it's gorgeous, and if i had $150 i'd send you a gigantic 4' bouquet of wine colored chrysanthemums and chinese lanterns and tall stems with little white spiky flowers on the ends and boxwood for the table. you win.

Greg said...

Your comment is as good as the flowers!

HPH said...

Great job Greg! (as always) Absolutely beautiful.

Al said...

What an absolute treat for you. Every time you walk in/upstairs. Well done, as always.

A2Wheeler said...

Greg,

Amazing job as usual.

Now I've just got to find your floor plan post to figure out where all the doors flow.

Andrew said...

your taste is impeccable! I am new to reading your blog but will now be a frequent reader!

Greg said...

Andrew,

Thanks! Right now I'm still in my winter time hiatus mode, but there are plenty of projects left.

{Sigh!}