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Entry Progress

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Entry Progress

Our entry is definitely a work in progress.  It is SMALL and weird, which makes it interesting to decorate.  Especially since I have no set “style” or “taste” in decorating.  I love pretty much everything & every color.  Ugh!  Guess I’ll just have to change it up often!

The entry is shaped like a “T”.  The front door is at the top of the “T” and off to the right, with stairs to the left and the den to the right when you walk in.  The top of the “T” is 12’3″ long, with the den side being 57″wide and the stair side being 39″ wide.  The leg of the “T” is 15’5″ long and 39.5″ wide.  So, it’s a wonky “T”.  Is “wonky” a word?

Anyway, we started with some fabulous 1986 rose colored wallpaper under the chair rail and parquet flooring.  Need a visual?  Here ya go!

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Lovely, right?  Not so much.  We hopped on the DIY Wainscoting bandwagon and then put down new laminate flooring when we did the kitchen floors.  SOO much better! We’d still love to paint above the wainscoting, but with the 2 story ceiling, we know we’ll probably have to hire that done.  However, the wall facing the front door has a low ceiling, so I got to thinking.  (Which is dangerous, by the way.)  It was looking a little boring……  Oooh!  time for some STRIPES!  Yep, yep, yep!   I headed out to Lowe’s for some painter’s tape and gray paint.  I knew the stripes HAD to be gray.   I love stripes!  The color is Valspar’s Cathedral Stone.

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I had painted some stripes on the wall in our powder room & learned quickly that I did NOT want narrow stripes on this wall.  Waaayyy too much work!  So, I went with 12″ stripes above the chair rail.  That gave me an odd number of stripes, which I just think looks better.  I taped it off & started painting.  Realized I needed more paint.  Ran back to Lowe’s.  Came home and finished the stripes.  I’m just good like that at planning.  🙂

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57″ sounds like a lot of space until you try standing in it to take a picture. So, I had to step out onto the porch for the rest.  I added this little game table, but it was just too small.

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I hit all the thrift stores in our area for a dresser, because Pinterest told me that was the way to go.  No luck.  Yet.  But, I was able to talk one of my girls out of her dresser so it’s in there now.  I changed the hardware and slapped a lamp on top of it.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s getting there.  If I don’t find a dresser/chest by Spring, I’ll just paint this one.  The idea of which is killing my husband.  “You’re going to PAINT the OAK dresser?!”  “Yes.”  He’ll come around.

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The lamp has since been redone (surprise!) with some paint & a slipcover for the lampshade.  I’ll share that another day.  The dresser knobs are now a cool antiquish aqua blue.  The best part (other than the stripes) is how much storage this will give us for lightbulbs, batteries, emergency candles, etc.  (By the way, notice the new laminate floors?  Love!)

DIY Wainscoting

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Doin’ a little happy dance because the 1986 country rose wallpaper in our entry is GONE!  Well, it’s still there, but you can’t see it.  Finally.  Allow me to share a “before”….  This is the view from the front door looking towards the kitchen.  The second pic is a close-up of the wallpaper that I do not miss one bit.

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After spending waaaayyy too much time on Pinterest and multiple blogs, we settled on doing basic DIY wainscoting.  The main reason is that we wanted it to match the dining room (now office) so that it looked like it had always been there.  I am SO very thankful for my handy engineer husband!  He actually enjoys math and figuring out angles – both of which were majorly needed for this project.  (A point he made sure the girls knew since they all hate math.)  🙂

The first thing we had to do was fix all the wallpaper seams, because we were not going to cover the paper with MDF.  Adding anything over the paper would have increased the depth & we would have needed to remove the existing chair rail to accommodate that.  We wanted to avoid the headache, time and expense incurred by doing that.  So, we (actually hubs) trimmed back each seam and then mudded over it with sheetrock mud.  It took a couple of coats to make it all flat and even.  Then we primed with interior latex primer so our paint would adhere to the nasty wallpaper.

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We used painter’s tape to mark off the boxes so we could see how they would fit on the wall.  Once we were happy with the size & placement of the rectangles, it was time to work on angles.  Hubs went online and printed off a protractor.  He used that to build a couple of jigs.  Everything was cut on the table saw.  I REALLY wish I had taken pics of the jigs and the templates he cut!!  But, **sigh** I didn’t.  He cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to the size he wanted.  In this case 4″ wide so all the boxes and angles would be 4″ from the trim and we wouldn’t have to measure every.single.time.  Then he cut that into the correct angles needed so we could make the trim pieces fit.  Some construction adhesive (that didn’t work too well) and a nail gun were the tools we used to put up the trim.  I painted it to in a gloss to match the existing trim.  I LOVE our entry now!  It is SO much better!

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The next step is to hire a painter to come paint the 2-story high walls above the chair rail in the entry.  They will be Realist Beige like everything else to keep it simple.  I’m not about to put my hubby on scaffolding over the stairs to paint!

I think I promised at the beginning of this blog to put measurements of the rooms.  Not sure I’ve held to that, but I’ll do it here.  This entry is shaped like a “T”.  The top of the “T” (front door wall) is 145 1/4″ long & 56″ wide.  At the base of the stairs is a little piece that is 31 3/8″.  Going up the stairs is 174 3/4″.  The wall directly in front of the front door is 63 3/8″.  The walls on each side of the leg of the “t” (going in to Kitchen) are 129 5/8″ long and it is 39″ wide.  The chair rail is 34″ from floor.

Hopefully all that makes sense!  If you are considering DIY wainscoting, just Google “DIY Wainscoting” and you will get some great pictures and some blogs that actually give step-by-step direction.  I just picked a picture I liked, printed it and asked hubs to make it happen.  He loves it when I do that…..  🙂