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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Entry Makeover ~ Part One.

A couple of winters ago, on a stormy day, I decided to try my hand at wallpapering. Yes, I had wallpaper
in my home already but I couldn't take the credit for hanging it. (Thanks Stephane and Aunt Marilyn!) This time, I wanted to do it on my own.

Unfortunately two things went wrong:

#1 I had no idea how to wallpaper and it showed.
#2 I never liked the pattern of the paper from day one. I got it from a $5 bin and couldn't pass up the deal. Lesson learned!

As a result, my tiny little front entryway, which could be oh so cute, became what I saw as the blemish of the main floor. Here are a couple of shots of the little room. I did the wainscoting all by myself, I might add. toot toot! :)



Well, long story short, I decided this was the weekend to start a little makeover in that room. Luckily, I had a couple of helpers. 

Off came the wallpaper. An annoying job yet somehow therapeutic once you get going!



Up went a coat rack, minus the hooks, with whatever pieces Steph could drum up in the basement. 


A little Saturday shopping excursion to the antique shops proved fruitful. We picked up a little piano bench which will fit perfectly. Plus, the lid lifts up for hat and mitten storage. Bonus!


It's a start! Next up is priming, painting and the fun part- styling! Oh... and speaking of shopping excursions, we found some fun finds. I'll be back later in the week to share the goodness.

18 comments:

  1. ooh looking good so far!
    we had one wlal of wallpaper to take down in this house. i do most of that kind of stuff around here, so i did it... i was so glad when it was over!

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  2. What a fun little space! Pulling wallpaper is kind of addicting once you get started! Looks like a fun makeover, can't wait to see what you do!

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  3. Cute cute cute!!! What a fun little space!

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  4. Love that little nook - and you did a fabulous job on the wainscotting. Good choice to tear down the paper though, i think your new plan is going to look great.

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  5. How fun! Can't wait to see it when it's finished :)

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  6. I hate pulling walpaper off! but well worth the effort!

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  7. I like the little nook. And that piano bench is such a great find! Looking forward to see the completed project!

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. Taking the wallpaper out of our bathroom ended with both my mom and I in tears! Such hard and tedious work but sooo worth the end result. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  9. That already looks great. Can't wait to see the finished nook and what storage things you will be choosing for it.

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  10. Already loving the direction you're headed in! Love that little piano bench!

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  11. It's really coming along! What a great job. :)

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  12. Can't wait to see how this turns out. And that wainscoting is amazing, I can't believe you did it yourself! So impressed :)

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  13. Looking good so far! Can't wait to see the end result... love the piano bench. What a good idea :-)

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  14. I've been waffling about wallpaper lately...your experience shows me that I really, really have to love the pattern first.

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  15. katie anderson wolfNovember 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    any good tips on wallpaper removal? or do i just dive in and tread water?

    as always, absolutely adore your blog, jane. and stephane is a cutie! what a sweet helper.

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  16. Our entryway needs help too :( The great thing is that it only takes a few smaller changes like these to give it a whole new look...can't wait to see more!

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  17. Can't wait to see the finished product! Already loving the molding.

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Love hearing from you! Thanks so much :)