Entryway Makeover Part 1

We have been super busy over here at Aratari At HOME! This past weekend we started to tackle the entry way. It is such a beautiful & grand entry way, but it needed a little love.

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This is definitely something that will take a bit of time as there are a lot of things we want to redo.  So far we have painted all the walls on the first floor, painted the chandelier, & painted the radiator.

We painted the walls Silent White by Behr.  It is the same color that we painted the Sunroom.  I love this shade of white.  When it is by itself, it looks like a pure white, but against our actual pure white moldings, you can see that it actually has a tint of gray to it.  We had to do 2 full coats to cover the green paint & then some small touch ups after the 2 coats.  Lots of cutting in around the door & moldings added a decent amount of time to this project.  I love how much lighter & brighter this space is now!

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I painted the chandelier with Rustoleum Charcoal Chalk Paint.  It was brass & glass with red lamp shades.  I removed the shades around Christmas time & it automatically made the chandelier much more tolerable.  It was so easy to paint this & makes such a dramatic difference.  We did not have a budget for a new chandelier so I figured painting it would give it a fresh new look.  I am also going to be stenciling that green tile right when you walk in & I am going to use this charcoal paint.  I think the chandelier & tile will tie in so nicely together!

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Lastly, I spray painted the radiator with Rustoleum High Heat white spray paint. I did a couple of coats to cover up the green radiator. I turned the heat off before doing this & opened lots of windows to make sure the area was well ventilated. The smell did go away pretty quickly, but if you plan to spray paint radiators, I suggest doing it in the warmer months so that the house won't be as cold as ours was LOL!

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So here is what we have planned for the rest of this space.  We plan to take out the carpet that is on the stairs & replace it with a new runner, paint & stencil the green tiles (see photo above), finish painting the landing walls (you can see they are still green) & second floor walls, & finish up the gallery wall.  I am hoping to do the stenciling this weekend so hopefully I will have another update next week, if all goes according to plan.  I may also try to finish up the painting on the landing.  The second floor walls are extremely tall & our ladder is not tall enough so we need to borrow our friend's ladder for that little area.  I am not sure when the carpet will get taken out, but I am hoping sooner rather than later because it really looks out of place now.  The gallery wall will most likely be ever changing & never fully complete.  I put some things up there for now, but my vision for the gallery wall is lots of old, chippy & collected antiques.  

Here are some before photos!  I took these the week we moved in last March.  So fun looking back at how far this house has come in under a year.  I always say this, but paint makes such a big difference! 

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I am so happy with the transformation of this foyer!  Although we don't really use this to enter our house, our guests use this entrance & I have been wanting to update this space since we moved in.  The green paint was so dark, but now the entry way is so inviting & airy.  It makes this area appear so much bigger!

Stay tuned for more changes in our entry way in the upcoming weeks.

Thank you for checking out the blog today.

XO
-LA