Foyer Freshness

The deed is done. Behold, our freshly painted foyer:

It feels about a foot taller and at least two feet wider than it did before. Ah, the power of paint.

This shot’s probably the most accurate when it comes to color. It’s definitely one of those soft neutrals that shifts throughout the day, but I’d say it’s one part sand and one part greige. Not too cool and not too warm. And pretty darn beautiful with white trim.

As for choosing the color, we mentioned a bunch of swatches we were loving in this post, and shared this little makeshift palette:

Can you guess who ended up in the foyer?

Good ol’ Edgecomb Gray. The funny part about that swatch is it’s not really gray (it’s warmer, like a soft milky tan). Another pretty hilarious thing about it is that it looked terrible in our last house, but here it’s gorgeous (it’s crazy how differently a swatch can read depending on the lighting situation, what direction your room faces, etc). So in a sea of paint chips it was an easy choice. Which is nice because it’s a pretty big commitment.

The foyer leads to four downstairs rooms as well as flowing up the stairs and into the hallway up there which leads to six additional rooms – so we knew that whatever we chose would have to work well with any other wall colors we’d be choosing for all ten of those spaces that will connect to it.

As for getting it up on the walls, first we filled in a few nail holes with spackle and then primed those spots as well as any areas that had raw drywall (from our wallpaper peeling adventures).

Then it was painting time. It thankfully only took two coats (as opposed to the trim, which took four). We went with an eggshell finish in BM’s no-VOC Natura stuff, so John got his roll on and I cut in – yes, around chair rail, crown molding, baseboards, and seven (!!) doorways.

As you can imagine it took John about one tenth of the time to roll that it took me to cut in around all of those edges, but it was totally worth it. I love the new wall color so much that I could do a musical number about it. (Seriously, don’t tempt me – I’m a terrible dancer).

It’s one of those colors that changes throughout the day and feels so airy and breezy, like the sky at the beach. Some moments it’s like the lightest part of a platinum cloud, and other moments it’s warmer and richer – like coffee with lots of milk swirling around in there.

Oh and after our paint job, we switched out the old yellowed outlets and switches for crisp new white ones. Such a cheap fix, but just like fresh paint, they go a long way in making the room feel updated.

Can’t wait to get some art going on. Oh yeah and paint the other fifteen rooms in our house (note to self: don’t think about that, just focus on your musical number).

It’s nice to have a pop of color in the door since all of the white trim and doors around it seem to temper it while the neutral walls and the dark floors and door hardware ground things. And you know the light fixture is on my ORB list.

I like this shot because the blue spindles leading up the stairs almost look black instead of periwinkle blue. Although I think we’re leaning towards white for those spindles (when we can work up the energy to do four coats on them) and eventually we’d love to ebonize the top part of the railing to go with the dark door hardware everywhere. Sort of like this or this.

In the meantime we’re just soaking up the victory of completing a whole lotta trim, doors, chair rail, crown, and getting some fresh paint on the walls in there.

Change is good.

Psst: Chop Suey Books is a great local bookstore here in Richmond, and they’re selling signed copies of our book for 10% off until the end of the week (they take phone & email orders and can ship overseas).


  1. Audrey says

    It looks just beautiful!!! hard to believe it’s the same house!!!

    I think i’m gonna need to paint something this weekend….

  2. Keenan says

    Ahh the difference paints makes. I am off to do a second
    Coat of red on m front door. I am following ur steps and t
    Is turning out great. Happy Monday

  3. MISSY says

    The chair rail is gorgeous.
    Good for you for seeing past all the blue trim. It’s going to be a wonderful house when you are done with it.

  4. says

    Oh I LOVE the color you went with. It looks gorgeous with all the white trim & will be the perfect color to welcome you into all the other rooms in the house. You guys are making such great progress on the foyer!

    • says

      We didn’t tackle that wall yet since we figure that “zone” will be the staircase (so we’ll paint that when we move to that area and the hall upstairs).


  5. says

    Change is definitely good, and the foyer looks wonderful!

    We changed a diaper wipe box into a mystery object box this weekend-

    Oh, and we also went back to check out the changes at my hub’s HS reunion in good ole Preston, Idaho. We found a few great finds at the DI of Napoleon Dynamite fame, and more- we cherished the visits with friends who are still the same in heart.

  6. says

    Wow, that looks soooo good! I bet you’re so happy to have that one crossed off and it’s amazing how light and airy it makes it in there. I’m bookmarking that color because we have gray and light gray upstairs and when we repaint down here at some point, I’d like something “greige” in the living room!

    Burger looks so cute! I hope he’s all settled into his new home and has his favorite spots all picked out to sun himself! :)

  7. Christina says

    I’ve already “stolen” your blinds. Would it be too creepy if i also stole your foyer color? :-)

    • says

      Not yet – we’re trying to decide what color we want up there (white? a half-tint of the walls? the same as the wall color? a very very very soft blue?) so we’ll keep you posted!


    • Krista says

      I definitely vote white for the ceiling!

      Speaking of votes, it would be really fun if you had some reader input in the other house you guys are designing… like a vew options for kitchen countertops and readers get to vote on their fav :)

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