My Foyer Makeover – Inspiration And My First Project

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This post is sponsored by Burke Décor.  As always, all words and opinions are my own.  See my full disclosure policy HERE.

I have a confession – we haven’t been making a very good first impression at our house since we moved in a little over two years ago.  Our foyer has been a sad, neglected space that has served as little more than a landing spot when you entered through the front door.  It’s dark and blah since it receives very little in the way of natural light.  Brown and more brown.  Not welcoming and friendly at all!  Shame, shame, shame on me.   🙂

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All that’s about to change though – my foyer is on its way to becoming the happy first impression that it should be!  It all started with this magnificent Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rug from Burke Décor.  

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I’ve never seen an indoor/outdoor rug quite like this one.  It has a handwoven look and is soft and cushy underfoot.  And bonus!  The small’ish pattern will help to hide any dirt and grime.  If it ever does need cleaning, all I need to do is to take it outside and hose it off.  You can’t beat that for ease of care!

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As soon as I spied the rug, I knew it would be the perfect jumping-off point for the foyer makeover!  It’s the exact colors and pattern that I was looking for.  I had a wonderful time shopping on the Burke Décor website!  I highly recommend taking a looking at all they have to offer.  A little bit about them, in their own words:

  • From outdoor furniture to bathroom accessories, we offer a wide variety of décor to fill any space and fit every style
  • We carefully curate our extensive selection of home furnishings and gifts from designers and artisans around the world
  • We offer high-quality, and one-of-a-kind products as well as some of the most respected and innovative brands in the industry.

OK – back to the foyer – the rug spurred the first of several projects that I have planned for this area.  First up was the transformation of my cherry chest.  It’s no longer sporting its traditional, early American vibe.  Gray paint and new hardware have given it a whole new look.  I used Sherwin Williams semi gloss paint in the color Software on it.

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I’m not sure how the chest will be styled once the foyer is finished, but for now, I have it styled very simply with a magnolia wreath and some candlesticks.

Traditional cherry chest painted gray with industrial hardware || Worthing CourtPin

Even though I’ve made only two changes, the foyer is already showing its happier and brighter side!  Now I no longer need to cringe and make apologies when someone comes to my door.

I’m undecided about how to treat the wall going up the steps.  A part of me wants to do a gallery wall, but I’m afraid that we’d constantly be bumping things and knocking them off.  I probably will wind up trailing three or four large prints up the wall.  Another dilemma is how to treat the window?  It’s location is a bit awkward.  I can’t really hang a pair of draperies there.  Maybe one panel, on the side of the window in the corner, paired with a shade of some sort.  We’ll see.

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We have a coat closet in the foyer, but it’s already pretty full with our own coats.  When we have more than a couple of guests visiting, their coats wind up draped over the office chairs.  I’d like to do something with this area that would give us temporary hanging space. (Notice the sneak peek I’m letting you have of the newly madeover bookcases in the office???  I’ll be sharing those soon!)

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This wonderful rug is already bringing my foyer to life.  Plus, it’s Buddy approved!

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  1. Stacey Keeling says:

    Suzy, I have that same piece of furniture and had been considering letting it go. Not now! You completely changed it. Love the rug too.

  2. I love what you’ve done to your foyer. Now I wish I had a foyer to decorate. My husband just looked at me like “oh no, another project”. Did you make or buy your wreath?

  3. Hi! Your foyer is looking great! I was wondering- is your bannister stained dark or is it painted black? I’m deciding what to do with mine…

    1. Hi Lynn. Our bannister is painted with black oil based paint in a gloss finish. It was originally stained oak, so the painters primed it before painting.

  4. You are such an inspiration! Our foyer hasn’t been spruced up since we moved. I won’t tell you how long ago it’s been 🙁 We definitely need to paint and make things more attractive. I’m looking for a small chest like yours – we really need storage since we downsized. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your changes.

  5. It is beautiful! I’ve had my eye on Dash & Albert rugs for sometime and now I’m really wanting one.

  6. I too would love to know about your “black” bannister. Painted or stained?

    1. Hi Vicki. Our bannister is painted with oil based black paint in a gloss finish. It was primed before painting.

  7. Great update to the early American piece!

  8. It looks great! You are inspiring me to lighten up my foyer. Where did you get your magnolia wreath?

  9. I like the rug also. I am in the market for a new one in my entry. I also repurposed a piece of furniture to put in the area. You are on your way. The magnolia wreath is beautiful.

  10. I, too, have a coat closet that is already brimming! I added coat hooks on the inside of the door and now have a place to hang a couple of extra coats. hope this idea helps.

  11. Joan Young says:

    It looks great! I love painted furniture!!! No better way to bring new life to an older piece.

  12. I just love the chest and have one from my parents that is hard rock maple . I have not been able to decide what to do with it until I saw yours. I hope that you will share the paint info as I would love to redo my chest before Christmas, as my husband’s family are visiting this year. Thanks for your blog and inspiration.

  13. Heather Linz says:

    Really pretty… it is hard to lighten up spaces where there is so much dark wood.

  14. Barbara Barteau says:

    I Love the color of the dresser! It’s stunning!

  15. Your foyer is lovely. I love the rug and the results of painting the cherry chest gray. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you do to the space. Love the sneak peak of the painted shelves. 🙂

  16. Pam Cates says:

    I love the chest remake and where did you get the darling glass & wood box? I do think one drape panel with a shade would looks great and add interest with whatever pattern & color you like .Thanks, Pam

    1. Hi Pam. I can’t remember for sure, but I think that I found the glass display box at TJ Maxx. Sorry I can’t tell you for sure!

  17. I love this rug. I’ve been looking for three of them for the last few months and can’t seem to find one that I like I’m going to give this site a try.

  18. Your foyer looks very welcoming! just a suggestion why not use a roman shade in the Foyer window. 🙂

  19. kathy olson says:

    Your foyer looks lovely – it’s so fresh!
    I love the magnolia wreath, also.

  20. Brenda Orthober says:

    I love the gray color of the painted chest. I have been looking around on your site to find the color you used, and I haven’t been able to find it. Can you tell me the color? I have been looking at a mahogany chest that has a cherry stain, but I can’t quit envisioning it in at least one shade of gray:)

    1. Hi Brenda. The chest is painted with Sherwin Williams Software, in a semi gloss finish.