Our next project in our ongoing renovation is the foyer. It’s a two story foyer with a beautiful staircase and wrought iron railing. As always, I thought the foyer would be a simple remodel, and as always, we ran into issues from the start.
The foyer is probably what sold me on this house more than any other room. The staircase is an eye-catcher and there’s a huge “to die for” antique chandelier hanging from the beamed, planked ceiling.
Here is what the foyer looks like in it’s original state.
As with the other rooms we’ve renovated, I wanted to lighten this space up, making it brighter. In it’s current state, everything feels dark and closed in.
The first thing that had to go was the carpet. Easy, right?
No…not so much.
We pulled the first section of carpet up and this is what we found.
The nasty black carpet padding has “melted” into the wood on the stairs. In some places it was like sticky glue, in other places, it was hardened like charcoal, and it would not come up.
Nothing in this house has been easy, I don’t know why I thought the foyer would be different.
I have to admit, hubby has been the one to tackle this dilemma. I have had several other projects on my plate that needed my immediate attention, so he tackled this one without me. We found that the only way to remove this sticky, gooey mess was to gently scrape a layer at a time, until it got down to the wood. Then we used mineral spirits to get the rest of the way into the grain. They will all need sanding, which is fine, since I would like to go with a little darker stain on the stair treads anyway.
Hubby has gotten ten steps stripped, with five more to go. Now I understand why I’ve been told that rubber pads aren’t good for wood floors. This is a nasty mess.
The staircase has a beautiful wrought iron railing that I’ve been told was forged at a local foundry specifically for this house. It appears to have some kind of special painted finish on it, not quite black, but with touches of……..turquoise…..yes, you heard me….turquoise paint mixed in with the black. Perhaps in 1972, it was fabulous….however, I will be going back with a classic black railing.
The staircase curves beautifully at the top with a bedroom and bath upstairs. The landing winds around with a couple of storage rooms.
And then there is that gorgeous antique chandelier, that is huge, and dripping in crystals. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s at least 36″ across.
We have also started removing some of the wallpaper….I see scaffolding in my future.
The old baseboard electric heat units have already been removed.
See the doorbell with the hanging chimes. It has the most beautiful “church bell” sound. Unfortunately, the electrical no longer works. I’ve had an electrician look at it, hoping to restore it…but he wan’t much help.
The tapestry was left with the house, it will be coming down….as soon as that scaffolding arrives….
The green tile is coming up, and slate is going down, everything is getting painted, no more golden oak. It should be a great project for winter!
This has been my inspiration photo, courtesy of Pinterest. I love this look, lighter and brighter.
To see our other rooms that have already been completed in our “whole house” renovation, click HERE.
I’m a little late in getting holiday posts out, showing off the Christmas decor…late by blogland standards anyway…..but, I have had a very exciting opportunity come up which has required me to delay my holiday decorating for a few weeks. Hopefully, I will be able to share more about that later on. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we will begin decorating for Christmas, and sharing some of the photos!
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