Farmhouse Style Foyer Makeover Update + Lighting Options

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We’re making slow, but steady progress on the farmhouse style makeover for our foyer.  I’m not trying to hurry though.  You might remember me talking about taking things one step at a time instead of rushing the process when I started my dining room transformation.  I used the same approach for the makeover of our home office and I’ve certainly been happy with the end result!

When I last left you, we had completed the board and batten wall on the doorway that opens to the office and we had added trim above the window and all of the doors.

Farmhouse Style Makeover Plans For A Suburban Foyer || Worthing CourtPin

Farmhouse Style Makeover Plans For A Suburban Foyer || Worthing CourtPin

As of a few days ago, all of the trim above the window and doors and the board and batten wall had been caulked and painted.  What a difference it makes in brightening up this dark’ish space!

Completed board and batten wall for a two story foyer || Worthing CourtPin

Next up on my to-do list, is to choose lighting for the foyer.  I haven’t shown you the current lighting because looking straight up to the ceiling makes for a kind of awkward photo, but I want to show you what I’m dealing with in here.  I used a wide angle lens for this shot, which makes things look a bit wonky, but I wanted you to be able to see the whole area, from ceiling to floor.

foyer lighting BEFOREPin

Here’s a better look at the fixture.  This shot was taken standing at the top of the stairway.  

Foyer chandelier BEFOREPin 

The current chandelier is too small for the space. Plus, it only has six arms/lights, so it doesn’t throw off nearly enough light to suit me.  I crave brightly lit rooms, not rooms that have dim lighting.  In fact, that’s what prompted me to add a light fixture in our office.  The office already had four recessed lights, but it was still was too dimly lit and it drove me bonkers.  Our decorating decision making process certainly came into play when making that choice, because Pookie thought it was just fine the way it was.

But back to the foyer – I think that adding a chandelier with more arms/lights still won’t sufficiently light the area on a gloomy day or when it’s dark outside, so I also plan to add a flush mount light at the very top of our stairs (which is a blank slate right now) and I’ve decided to add sconces to the board and batten wall, instead of on either side of the mirror above the chest, which I was thinking about.  Oh – and we also have to replace the missing smoke detector – see that brown’ish spot on the ceiling?

Foyer lighting BEFOREPin

I don’t want all of the fixtures to match or be from the same collection, but I do want them all to work well together and also give me the farmhouse vibe that I’m going for.  Here are few options that I’m considering. Once I’ve made my choices, I’ll be sure to come back and give you an update!  You can find a link directly to each light fixture below the image, in case you’re interested in any of them.

Three groups of lights that would work well together in a farmhouse style home - flush mounts, chandeliers and sconces || Worthing CourtPin

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After making a couple of revisions, here’s what my to-do list is looking like as of today:

  • Caulk and paint the board and batten wall white, to match the trim.
  • Replace the chandelier, add sconces to either side of the doorway into the office and add a matching flush mount in the hallway at the top of the stairs.
  • Replace the area rug.  The current one just isn’t working well with two dogs.
  • Add hooks to the board and batten wall to the left of the office opening.
  • What am I going to do on the board and batten wall to the right of the office opening???
  • Build (maybe) two benches – one for each side of the office opening.
  • Do something on the big honkin’ wall going up the steps.  Gallery wall???
  • Made a decision about whether or not to add sconces to either side of the mirror above the gray chest.
  • Add an outlet inside of the coat closet.  That’s where our modem and router are located.  See that extension cord running around the wall beside the gray chest?
  • Add some sort of drapery or shade to the window at the bottom of the steps.
  • Replace the smoke detector in the upstairs hallway.
  • Add accessories!

So, not a lot of pretty for today’s update, but you have to have the ugly to get to the pretty – right?



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  1. Wow! I love how the board and batten wall came out!!!! What a difference! Collection #3 is really nice.

  2. Love these lights. I’m in the process of trying to add a new light to our entrance and am having an awful time. It has a sloped cathedral ceiling but the area that I want the new light is not that high so the light can’t be that big or it might hit the door. #decoratingdilemas

  3. wow, your entry looks so grand! i can’t wait to see the finished product. i vote for collection 3, although they are all lovely!

  4. Love your lighting choices. We are going to replace foyer, dining room, kitchen and family room lighting this year with more darker bronze fixtures. I think it’s such a wonderful upgrade at a reasonable price – lots of bang for your buck. We had our bathrooms renovated last year and the new lighting was like a cherry on a sundae.

  5. What a difference the board and batten makes! I think I’ll try that in my new house. I think I like group 2 of the lighting best!

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Beautiful foyer!!

  7. Love the board and batten – isn’t it amazing what a little caulking and paint make? Collection #3 just “looks like you”.

  8. I am looking for a new light in my foyer also, but mine is not as grand as yours. I like the number one series for myself. Your board and batten really lightens up the entrance.

  9. The new trim and board and batten look fabulous, it is a beautiful foyer, light and bright, quite a change! This is very inspiring-I see another home project in my future!

  10. Wow I love your current lighting fixture in your foyer but do agree it’s a bit small. Can I buy it from you once it’s down? Love all the options but believe #3 is my favorite. Cannot wait to see more!

    1. Hi Gina. Yes! The current light fixture should be down by the time you come for a visit, so you can take a look at it then. See you and Lisa soon!

  11. The foyer is very warm and inviting.. I love your color choices…

  12. Paula Godwin says:

    Your board and batten wall looks fantastic! I think a gallery wall would work great going up the stairs and I really like collection 1 for the lighting. However, whatever you choose will look wonderful as does everything you do…love your style

  13. Linda Owens says:

    I love everything you’ve done! It’s beautiful.
    Linda Owens

  14. Donna Whitley says:

    I love what you are doing in the foyer, but am most impressed by your decision making process. It makes good sense to move slowly and get everyone on board. Kudos to you!

  15. I like collection 3. I like the wall pattern you did.

  16. Candy Walsh says:

    Your home is coming out beautifully, I love the walls and the office!! You must be thrillled with the outcome! I wish I could pick a light pattern for you, but I like one from each, lol!

  17. I love your decision-making process. I often make quick decisions! I love how the foyer is looking even while it is still in process. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Beautiful entryway transformation so far. Can’t wait to see which lighting option you choose, but if it were me, I’d pick option 3. All the light frames in that set are open and airy which will help keep the space bright.

  19. Love it so far. Can’t wait to see it all finished. Enjoy the weekend.

  20. Guess I’m in the minority, don’t care for Collection #3 at all. Think #1 but exchange the chandelier with the one in #2!