The lovely Kim at Savvy Southern Style hosts a blog party each Wednesday called, "Wow Us Wednesdays!" With all of the talent that shows up at this party every week, I think it's safe to say this post will not "wow" you, but I was kinda proud of myself for having finally changed my foyer color, after 22 years of the same 1990's "Wreath of Green."
The turning point came when my blogging friend, Debbie, posted a few weeks back about the hunter green in her dining room. I read that and it was a like a switch went off. I had been hemming and hawing about it long enough. Debbie motivated me to just get off the sofa and do it! (Don't you just love inspiring bloggers?)
I'm not very good with remembering to take those crucial close-up "before" shots, but you can see the lovely green below the chair rail, as well as the wallpaper border above it. Not totally hideous, but definitely time to go.
I have no photos of the process, but the first thing I did was steam off the wallpaper border, using a hand-steamer. It worked like a charm, so quick and easy that I was tempted to remove the wallpaper, too, but with no inspiration for what to do afterwards, I felt it best to leave well enough alone, at least for now.
Then it was time to assess the green situation. On closer inspection, I could tell a paint job, alone, was not going to do the trick for me. I wanted something more distinct, like beadboard.
So I drove down to my friendly Home Depot and wandered around. I settled on buying two sheets of MDF board that closely resembles beadboard. It comes in 4x8 sheets, and I had my hunky Home Depot handyman make the cuts for me.
The next step was getting it hung, which I did by using a product called "liquid nails." I could tell right away that the change was going to be significant.
Even unpainted, it almost felt like a new house to me. (Did I mention I'm easy to please?)
I went ahead with the initial plan to use the same color as my family room, which is "Ripe Wheat" by Behr, and I happen to love it.
It's a far cry from perfect, but since I've never been a perfectionist we get along just fine. Who knows? Maybe one of these days I'll find the inspiration needed to revive the rest of the foyer, but I'm not holding my breath. As one who lives by the rule, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, I can easily see this little update lasting another 22 years.