Farmhouse Style Makeover Plans For My Suburban Foyer


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

Wouldn’t you think that if you were remodeling and redecorating every single room in your house, that you’d start with the room that every single person sees when they first enter your home?  Yeah, I would – but, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of a rebel.   😀   My foyer has actually taken a seventh row seat behind the total makeovers of my kitchen, breakfast area, laundry room, family room, dining room and office.  Click HERE if you’d like to take a look at the final reveals of the other rooms that we’ve completed.

There’s a reason that I made the decision not to do the foyer first though.  Until I actually had the other rooms decorated, I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of look I wanted to wind up with in the foyer.  Now that those other rooms are pretty much complete, I’m ready to get started in here!

The best way to show you what our foyer currently looks like is with an overhead shot, because my foyer is oddly shaped and hard to photograph.  Obviously, this is looking straight down from the top of our stairs.Farmhouse Style Makeover Plans For A Suburban Foyer || Worthing CourtPin

What you can’t see in that shot, is what’s under the landing at the top of the steps.  Our foyer is actually L shaped.  When you enter through our front door, the stairs are to the right, but straight ahead, the foyer narrows into a little alcove before opening into the family room.  Yes – those are my two “helpers’ that follow me everywhere.

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

We are fortunate to have a coat closet in the foyer, but the problem is – it’s filled with our own coats!  Not much room is left for adding more when we have company.  One of the first projects that we’ll tackle is to add some sort of a board and batten treatment on the wall that’s to the left of the front door – the one with the opening into the office.  I also want to add trim above the opening (and the rest of the doors in here) to make it feel taller.  As you can see, I have a bit of an issue to figure out where the ceiling below the stairs drops down to it’s normal 9′ height.  

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Adding a few hooks on this wall will give our guests and easy place to hang coats and pocketbooks.  I’m planning to do this on both sides of the office opening.  

Well…surprise!  The board and batten was installed yesterday!  The entire wall will be caulked and painted white before too long and then I’ll add the hooks.  I’ll go into more detail above the sizes and types of trim that we used in a later post.

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Another area that we took care of yesterday, is the two story wall where the front door and a window at the bottom of our steps is located.  We added trim to the top of those as well.

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

And the doors in that little alcove that I mentioned?  They received the trim treatment too.   😀

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

Here’s what’s left to do:

  • Caulk and paint the board and batten wall white, to match the trim.
  • Replace the chandelier, replace the can light in front of the coat closet with a flush mount fixture 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.
  • Add accessories!

I look forward to you following along with our foyer makeover journey!  Have any suggestions?  Leave them in the comments!



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  1. I can’t wait to see how you make over your foyer!

  2. ‘Love the board & batton. Keep up the good work!

  3. Love the trim added to the doors!!!! I am going to give serious thoughts about doing something similar!!!! Thanks!!!! As usual, can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!!

  4. You made the right choice to Board & Batton in the front foyer leading into your office. Making the final decision is a big step if you’re like me, so many ideas swirling around in your head. I really like the simpleness of the chest tucked under the stairs especially the way you decorated it for Christmas. When people enter your home this setting provides of the rest of your decor. Exciting to see what you will do next!

  5. I like what you have all ready done. Waiting to see the project completed!

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Looking great – can’t wait to see the finished project. Love the door trim.

  7. Nancy Booher says:

    Love the Board and Batten wall and the trim above doors. Great ideas. Can’t wait to see completed project.

  8. Mary Geldreich says:

    Love board and batten.

  9. Love what you’ve done so far. Can’t wait to see the finished space. Absolutely love that dresser too. Funny I have two helpers at my house just like that. 🙂

  10. I’m not real exited about my foyer. Looking forward to following along with you to get more good ideas.

  11. Great decision to add the trim!

  12. . Looking forward to the finished product.

  13. Carol Jones says:

    Foyer looks great already…Looking forward to the finished product

  14. Love your projects! I’m anxious to see it all completed and what you decide your finishing touches will be. You’ve given me the motivation and numerous ideas to “change up” my foyer. Keep the ideas flowing!!

  15. Who knew that one of the smallest spaces in a home could take on such a big personality! Just love the board and batten detail! Can’t wait to see the finished space!

  16. love the trim around door and window (I wouldn’t have thought to add it to the window). Totally makes sense! Pinned it!

  17. MaryChris says:

    It is a bright and welcoming space to enter into. I do like the way this project is going. Good Job.

  18. It looks amazing! Love the board and batten, and the addition of the trim. Our foyer is similar to yours. I just repainted a dresser in ours as well as the mirror. It too is one of the later “rooms” to be redone in our home for the same reasons.

  19. Janice Stewart says:

    Great transformation! Love all the wood details .

  20. Candy Thomas says:

    I love all that beautiful trim work you’ve added. I can’t wait to see the wall after it is painted white. That’s a great idea and very do-able! You are such an inspiration to me!! Reading your blog has made me excited again about my own little house!