Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Front Entryway Completed! The Reveal!

What a weekend we had. It was my husbands weekend off of working and we took FULL advantage of that. We ended up painting the entire main level of the house!

We painted the:
  • Entryway
  • Front door
  • Front room
  • Kitchen
  • Dinette
  • Family room
  • Mudroom hallway
It ended up being two days worth of prepping, taping, painting and clean up. It was a ton of hard work, but it is now finished and that is what matters in the long run. I have told you in the past that our house was previously owned by a man that thought he was a wood worker, well he also liked colors...alot.

If you look closely at the light switch, can you see that it used to be bright pink? The realtor made him repaint quite a few rooms in the house before she would even list it. Looking back at this post, you can see how all the walls in the entryway were cut in half with a wooden scrap of wood to try to add more detail. Well, he must have gotten a nail gun for Christmas one year, because everything is nailed down like the house is going to be lifted up and taken to Oz. He nailed the wood into the metal corner beads from the drywall. So when we removed the wood, all the mud came off the corners of all the walls too. So step one was to spackle all the walls before we could even think about painting Saturday morning.

Here is a before picture of the front door with the window taped off so it could be painted, and the wall is spackled ready to be sanded down for painting.

The entryway was that original bright pink, and was painted to, what I refer to as, prison gray. Almost every wall on the main floor was this lovely prison gray color. The only walls that weren't was the picture window wall that was color crayon red and the large kitchen wall that was as yellow as the sun. He really didn't have a clue how to match tones in paint colors. I seriously think he just went to the miss matched paint sections of home improvement stores and bought whatever they had mixed up.

Once everything was prepped, we started painting. The girl helped paint above the closet. She is better in small spaces than me, and as an added bonus, she ended up dusting up there with her back side :). I am very proud of her painting abilities. She is good at cutting in and a good roller too. She has come a very long way with her painting skills thanks to this house.

Now fast forward two days...

The front door was painted with a deep green that is an accent color sprinkled around. The walls are a deep brown that match the inside of the closet from this post. I haven't even added any new decorations to this area yet, and I love it. I have a few plans for how I am going to spruce it up and make it pretty, but that will come with time.

It is so much warmer in the entire house, and for the first time in a year (can't believe we have been in the house for a year already) it is starting to feel like our house and not somebody else's house. As we start finishing rooms, I will post the true before and afters. We took a ton of pictures on our final walk through...

The only thing now left to paint in the house are the stairs going up, the stairs going down, the master bathroom and a hallway in the basement. Whew. That is alot of painting. And hopefully we can paint the garage this summer too. Yes, he painted the garage with royal blue squares everywhere!

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  1. great instructions and great results.....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  2. Wow! That is a ton of work done in one weekend! Great job! We are living in our second home, both of them were/are over 100 years old, so I know how it is with "undoing" the previous owners "fix up" jobs!


  3. Wow! this is looking so much better! And look at you getting all down and dirty doing the touch corners....
    Great inspiration. Maybe my entry will be finished one day.... Let's hope...
    Thanks for sharing, my friend! Happy mothers day!!..… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  4. Hi Michelle, I found you over at That DIY Party. Wow, you got a lot done in a weekend! Isn't paint amazing in how it can completely transform a space with very little time and cost? Love that you painted your front door and removed the wood trim on the walls. What a difference! Have a great day!


  5. What a great makeover! Looks so good! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Have a great day,Nicole

    1. Hi Nicole, welcome. I have followed you back, your blog looks great! Michelle

  6. Beautiful! It feels so good to get something done like that. I need to do my front hallway, too. Have a great weekend. My sister sells on Etsy and Ebay.