Monday, July 26, 2010

Foyer and Side Hall

Wow, almost 2 months without a post! Things have been hectic around here lately. I have done some work on the house though. Two of the projects I have been working on are the Foyer and the Side Hall.

I've been dying to get the foyer done because it's the first thing everyone see's when entering the house. Here is a picture of how it looked before.

What you can not really see in this picture is the condition of the paint. The white trim is scratched, chipped, and stained and the red is just way too dark for this room.

I spent most of the last two days repainting all of the trim and the walls. Here are a few pictures of what it looks like now.

In the third picture you may have noticed that the front door is not repainted. I am holding off on doing that for now because I am debating on stripping and shellacking it.

You cant see it in the pictures but I removed all the carpeting from the stairs, they were carpeted above the first landing with a nasty old green carpet. The treads are in great shape except for a few paint stains. That shouldn't be too hard to remove.

The other project I have been working on is the side hall.

 I ran a 2" PVC vacuum line in the wall for the whole-house vacuum I intend to install in the future. This runs up into the laundry room in the attic.

I also ran some string in the wall for anything I may need to run in the future. One thing I need to run is an Ethernet cable for the video surveillance system I will be installing in the near future.

With that done I started putting up the sheetrock.

The side hall is in the back part of the house where the ceilings are 11', the main hall is 10'. The plumbing from the upstairs bathroom runs down this wall but it comes out from the bathroom floor into the side hall up near the ceiling. I had intended on boxing this in but was not looking forward to it.

Instead we decided to just paint the PVC pipe black to make it look like old cast iron pipe and leave it exposed.

I still need to put up sheetrock behind it but I think it will look fine.


Kathy said...

Beautiful job! I love the piano and the old gumball machine! We just finished some painting too.

Larry said...

AWESOME job!!!!!

I'd strip the door if I were you.

If you get the chance would you e-mail me? I need to scratch your brain in regard to your porch.

correus at yahoo dot com

Mike said...

Looking really good! 2nd vote for stripping the door - the natural wood will be a nice contrast to the painted woodwork. You will love the central vac!! One thing I learned the hard way... is that sch 40 pvc pipe for the vac system?? I bought a bunch at Lowes thinking the vac outlets would fit, but a vac system uses a thinner pipe and the outlets won't fit standard pipe. Shoot me an email or see my posts about my install if you need any help.