Makeover Monday – Foyer Facelift

One of the things I loved about our house when we first walked through it was all the bead board wood trim that the previous owners had installed.  I was on a bit of a moulding kick at the time {thank you Pinterest} and as a result was able to easily see past this baby poop {no offence babies} brownish red colour that they had painted every square inch {except the kitchen backsplash, that was a hideous shade of green} of it and knew it would be a thing of beauty when it was all painted out white.

Though the bead board was throughout the lower level and as the backsplash in the kitchen I knew that the first area that we would tackle, where the baby poop bead board had set up shop would be the front entryway.  As you know our house is a split entry so our front foyer is in no way an enormous space and the dark colour of the bead board was just making it seem smaller.

Here is a not so fantastic before picture of the front entry way.  I meant to take before pictures of the entire house but got so fixated on getting paint on the walls {a whole 30 minutes after we got the keys} that I may have gotten a little distracted and taken them in the thick of things!

front entryway before copy{before}

 As you can see it is a less than appealing space.  You would feel the same even without the ladder, mop and other miscellaneous moving necessities in the way, trust me!  So we painted out all the bead board {and the raw wood poking through to the left of the front door there} which totally gave the space a facelift.  And here is the final product.

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift {after}

I am really happy with the final result, a little paint, a few new pieces and some VERY basic styling has totally changed the first impression of our home.  I was determined to have a piece with drawers that would hold and most importantly hide our crap keys and other stuff you drop when you walk into your house.  I thought I wanted a unit with drawers and a cupboard type space underneath to house shoes or scarves, something like this.

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift{foyer table option}

 I totally fell in love with this piece but it was a little smaller and flimsier than I was hoping for.  It is not that we are hard on our furniture {our 85lb Weimaraner is} but I knew this wouldn’t be a piece I would want to be replacing and decided that something that is closed like this would box the space in too much when you first walk in the door.  Then one day I stumbled upon this at … you guessed it, HomeSense.

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift

{the one}

I loved the legs and the figure on this one {yes I objectify furniture} and fell hard for her mirrored top and drawers and her beautiful crystal knobs.  I took the picture above and sent it to Patrick, a habit he is all too familiar with, and he shockingly didn’t reply with his standard “oh” “nice” “a table {or whatever the picture is of}” or the more often, no response at all.  Instead he said, if that’s what you want get it.  After doing my happy dance in HomeSense {which probably shouldn’t be seen in public} I closely guarded my soon to be new foyer table while my shopping partner in crime went and grabbed a cart.  For $129.99 she was exactly what I wanted!  The table alone wasn’t enough to do the space justice, it obviously needed a little style.

 Front Entryway 6{front foyer after}

That silver stool {or giant candleholder to my husband} is something I picked up at HomeSense when we first moved into the house, originally it was in the living room but once my new table moved in I knew they were meant to be together.  I am so happy I picked it up when I did for $49.99 because they are now selling for $99.99++.  My mom had given me the “twinkle twigs” probably a year prior and I had stuck them in an inexpensive glass vase and used them as a nightlight in our guest room at the apartment, they almost found their way into the trash when we moved because they had never really had a real home but I was sure glad I kept them when I began this makeover as I feel they are exactly what this table needed and I adore how they look at night.

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift{twinkle twigs at night}

I originally didn’t have a mirror above the unit but knew I needed something.  I was going to head out to purchase a mirror and then in my unpacking came across the beautiful brownish tin mirror than I had received as a shower gift.  I loved the mirror but it hadn’t found a home yet in the new house.  I decided it would be perfect in the foyer and with just a little spray paint I absolutely adore it!  I love the detailing and the little bit of interest it brings to the space while blending in so effortlessly.

Front Entryway 4 {spray painted mirror}

 The front entry carpet was also a HomeSense find but was a little more than I had originally planned to spend.  It was $49.99 but when I saw the colour and the thick pile I knew it was perfect.  I am happy we went to that as it gets a lot of traffic everyday and has withstood the tough wear and tear with ease.

Front Entryway 5{geometric carpet}

The last element we changed with out foyer was the door knob of our bifold closet door.  I picked up a crystal bifold door knob at home depot for $13.17 {weird price I know}.  It may just be my favourite thing about this makeover as it really adds some visual interest and pulls the whole space together.

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift{crystal doorknob}

I love the finished result of all the small details in the foyer coming together, it works with the colour story in the rest of our house while still having a look and style of its own.  Plus it makes me happy every time I walk through the door and that is well worth the $250 or so dollars this makeover cost!

Simply Style Blog - Foyer Facelift{before & after}

Thrift Store Finds: Mr. Bar Cart

Every once in awhile, while perusing Pinterest or some of my favourite blogs I will be inspired to get out and see what sweet deals I can find.  It seems to be happening a lot more recently as I find myself stopping into our local St. Vincent de Paul (Vinnies), our Habitat ReStore or Value Village.  Our resale, and thrifting options are limited but every now again I will find something that is just perfect for a project.  Sadly I have never had any major finds like Sherry or Katie but not too long ago, on a random trip to Value Village I spotted this bad boy.

{my value village find}

{bar cart}

Yes ladies and gentleman that is none other than the infamous bar cart!  You may be familiar with him from such appearances at some high end home decor retailers.  Here are some of my favourite bar carts that I have seen all over Pinterest, magazines and the web.

{source – Maison 21)

{source – Veranda}

{source – Design Chic}

{source – Restoration Hardware}

Needless to say Mr. Bar Cart was everywhere and sporting a hefty price tag right along with his stylish good looks, so, needless to say when I spotted this number sitting right inside my very own Value Village, I trampled every Granny walked calmly and slowly over to it.  I was careful not to draw any attention to myself because you never know when another design obsessed bargain hunter may also be on the prowl.  When I finally made it to said bar cart I was a little nervous to find out what price ticket this vintage Value Village version would be sporting.  I don’t know if you know but the prices at Value Village have been getting a little crazy lately, where I once was able to find a coffee table for $7.99 they are now selling for $24.99 and some even $39.99.  There is no denying that is still a good deal {depending on the coffee table} but $7.99 made turning it into a cute upholstered bench so much easier to swallow.

Anyways, I slowly flipped the tag hanging from Mr. Bar Cart’s shoulder and what did I see?

{bar cart – $4.99}

THAT!! That is what I saw, a little tag sporting the ever so reasonable price of $4.99!  FOUR NINETY-NINE can you believe it? That’s four dollars and ninety-nine cents, jeez lets call it $5 I don’t care, compared to its brothers and sisters and cousins that have been popping up everywhere $4.99 was a STEAL!

Obviously I continued to act with poise and grace when I nearly screamed a little shriek of excitement, quickly looked around to see if I could share my joy of this bargain with anyone around me and then proceeded to drag Mr. Bar Cart around the store with me making a helluva racket everywhere I went.  Usually I wouldn’t be so keen on drawing so much attention to myself but this time I was so excited you can bet I wanted everyone in that Value Village to see me and my bar cart and think “Wow, check out that sweet bar cart”.  In reality I doubt anyone in the store even knew what a bar cart was let alone how in style they had recently become and more likely were wondering why a 20-something girl felt that dragging a piece of brass on wheels around Value Village on a Saturday was a good idea, but I much prefer the first scenario.

So you’ve probably guessed that I happily paid my $5.64 for my very own bar cart, loaded it into the back of my car and headed home, where Mr. Bar Cart has now lived for the last 3 months or so.  I knew he needed a new paint job but it was too cold out to spray paint effectively so he just had to wait.  Very few visitors appreciated my bar cart as much as me but I knew that Mr. Brass Bar Cart could be something fabulous!

{the before}

Well this weekend we finally experienced some warmer weather and I was able to get out back and get my DIY on.  I had a million and one projects on the go and I am pretty sure my neighbours think I am absolutely nuts {they’d be right} because if they looked over the fence, spread throughout our backyard were different painting, staining and spray painting projects {I had a very productive weekend}.   I had some silver spray paint on hand from a previous project so I taped off Mr. Bar Cart’s black wheels and got to spraying.

{my weapon of choice}

{taped off the wheels}

I had the whole day and was sure to let it dry very well between coats.  Two coats was all I really needed then I flipped him over and did the underside.  Once he had dried completely I brought him inside, removed the tape from his wheels, cleaned the glass shelves and put him back together!  I am kind of in love with what an easy peasy coat of spray paint can do for previously forgotten home décor.  I have been using it in a lot of my projects lately and am enjoying the quick and easy update it offers.

{the finished product – oh hi shaq}

When I picked up Mr. Bar Cart, I really had no idea where he was going to go but for $5 I couldn’t resist.  I then thought he would live in the basement family room {like he had been for months} but now that he is all sprayed up pretty and silver I think he may have to make his home in the living room where he coordinates oh so well.  Here is where he is at right now.  With some simple styling and a few accessories I think my $5 bar cart will be a pretty fun addition to our home.

{the after}

{the after}

The total cost for the project was just the bar cart itself at $5.64 {that’s $4.99 plus tax} the tape and spray paint I had on hand.  I will need to spend a little on accessories to get him all spruced up but I am thinking those could be potential thrift finds as well.  I can’t wait to share the finished product once Mr. Bar Cart is styled and finds his permanent home.

Do you have any amazing thrift store finds?

Thrift Store Finds: Mr. Bar Cart

Every once in awhile, while perusing Pinterest or some of my favourite blogs I will be inspired to get out and see what sweet deals I can find.  It seems to be happening a lot more recently as I find myself stopping into our local St. Vincent de Paul (Vinnies), our Habitat ReStore or Value Village.  Our resale, and thrifting options are limited but every now again I will find something that is just perfect for a project.  Sadly I have never had any major finds like Sherry or Katie but not too long ago, on a random trip to Value Village I spotted this bad boy.

{my value village find}

{bar cart}

Yes ladies and gentleman that is none other than the infamous bar cart!  You may be familiar with him from such appearances at some high end home decor retailers.  Here are some of my favourite bar carts that I have seen all over Pinterest, magazines and the web.

{source – Maison 21)

{source – Veranda}

{source – Design Chic}

{source – Restoration Hardware}

Needless to say Mr. Bar Cart was everywhere and sporting a hefty price tag right along with his stylish good looks, so, needless to say when I spotted this number sitting right inside my very own Value Village, I trampled every Granny walked calmly and slowly over to it.  I was careful not to draw any attention to myself because you never know when another design obsessed bargain hunter may also be on the prowl.  When I finally made it to said bar cart I was a little nervous to find out what price ticket this vintage Value Village version would be sporting.  I don’t know if you know but the prices at Value Village have been getting a little crazy lately, where I once was able to find a coffee table for $7.99 they are now selling for $24.99 and some even $39.99.  There is no denying that is still a good deal {depending on the coffee table} but $7.99 made turning it into a cute upholstered bench so much easier to swallow.

Anyways, I slowly flipped the tag hanging from Mr. Bar Cart’s shoulder and what did I see?

{bar cart – $4.99}

THAT!! That is what I saw, a little tag sporting the ever so reasonable price of $4.99!  FOUR NINETY-NINE can you believe it? That’s four dollars and ninety-nine cents, jeez lets call it $5 I don’t care, compared to its brothers and sisters and cousins that have been popping up everywhere $4.99 was a STEAL!

Obviously I continued to act with poise and grace when I nearly screamed a little shriek of excitement, quickly looked around to see if I could share my joy of this bargain with anyone around me and then proceeded to drag Mr. Bar Cart around the store with me making a helluva racket everywhere I went.  Usually I wouldn’t be so keen on drawing so much attention to myself but this time I was so excited you can bet I wanted everyone in that Value Village to see me and my bar cart and think “Wow, check out that sweet bar cart”.  In reality I doubt anyone in the store even knew what a bar cart was let alone how in style they had recently become and more likely were wondering why a 20-something girl felt that dragging a piece of brass on wheels around Value Village on a Saturday was a good idea, but I much prefer the first scenario.

So you’ve probably guessed that I happily paid my $5.64 for my very own bar cart, loaded it into the back of my car and headed home, where Mr. Bar Cart has now lived for the last 3 months or so.  I knew he needed a new paint job but it was too cold out to spray paint effectively so he just had to wait.  Very few visitors appreciated my bar cart as much as me but I knew that Mr. Brass Bar Cart could be something fabulous!

{the before}

Well this weekend we finally experienced some warmer weather and I was able to get out back and get my DIY on.  I had a million and one projects on the go and I am pretty sure my neighbours think I am absolutely nuts {they’d be right} because if they looked over the fence, spread throughout our backyard were different painting, staining and spray painting projects {I had a very productive weekend}.   I had some silver spray paint on hand from a previous project so I taped off Mr. Bar Cart’s black wheels and got to spraying.

{my weapon of choice}

{taped off the wheels}

I had the whole day and was sure to let it dry very well between coats.  Two coats was all I really needed then I flipped him over and did the underside.  Once he had dried completely I brought him inside, removed the tape from his wheels, cleaned the glass shelves and put him back together!  I am kind of in love with what an easy peasy coat of spray paint can do for previously forgotten home décor.  I have been using it in a lot of my projects lately and am enjoying the quick and easy update it offers.

{the finished product – oh hi shaq}

When I picked up Mr. Bar Cart, I really had no idea where he was going to go but for $5 I couldn’t resist.  I then thought he would live in the basement family room {like he had been for months} but now that he is all sprayed up pretty and silver I think he may have to make his home in the living room where he coordinates oh so well.  Here is where he is at right now.  With some simple styling and a few accessories I think my $5 bar cart will be a pretty fun addition to our home.

{the after}

{the after}

The total cost for the project was just the bar cart itself at $5.64 {that’s $4.99 plus tax} the tape and spray paint I had on hand.  I will need to spend a little on accessories to get him all spruced up but I am thinking those could be potential thrift finds as well.  I can’t wait to share the finished product once Mr. Bar Cart is styled and finds his permanent home.

Do you have any amazing thrift store finds?