A Foyer Makeover

I did it!!…I finally did it..

….Another major milestone for me….not much for most bloggers out there…

………but for me, I finally completed my first painted furniture project.

I must say, it was fun…and scary at the same time….

….For I was painting a piece that I have had for a very long time…a piece that was about 100 years old….


From the pic, it looks in pretty good shape…but the top was truly not great…lots of deep scratches and burn marks
from the previous owner…this piece was purchased from an elderly woman who said it has been in her family for a long
time…this person was 85 at the time I purchased it 20 years ago for $50, along with 2 side chairs..such a bargain!

It is a Wisconsin Slider…a table that slides out to seat 12….


All these years I kept a dresser scarf over it to hide the scratches and burn marks…could not be refinished as the
top is veneer….


The table has beautiful carved legs…


So here I go…painting away…


and away….


and then distressed…


and distressed…A totally different look..


This is the foyer before….


And this is after…

Replaced the secretary and added the table, mirror and one more chair…
The mirror I painted a while ago…it is a mirror that I had since childhood…


Come on in….



I found this lamp at HomeGoods a couple of months ago…waiting to place it on the “new table”….


From across the room…


Some carving detail…The foyer rug from Pottery Barn on clearance πŸ™‚





Caught a little rainbow…my room is a multitude of rainbows in the morning…reflections from the swarovski crystals
hanging in the windows….


and another “magical rainbow”…


Next project…to paint that darn a/c return!!…You can see where the secretary landed in the background…the linen chest was relocated to our bedroom…(that’s another future post)….


The mirror that was my very first attempt at the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint….





I am showing this image again…for MAYBE in a short while, this wall may change…

I told my hubby about these shutters I found…he went to see them and was smitten…so here is a sneak peek…



Hope you enjoyed my new foyer makeover!!

I am joining the following:

A Bowl Full of Lemons Tuesday Link Party

A Stroll Thru Life Table Top Tuesday

At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday

Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Debbie Doo’s Blogging and Blabbing Newbie Party

DIY By Design..It’s a Party

French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday

It’s Overflowing, Overflowing With Creativity

Ivy and Elephants What’s It Wednesday

Jennifer Rizzo Show Us Friday

Katherine’s Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Mrs.Hines Class Show and Tell

Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday

Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays

The Shady Porch Rock and Share

Southern Lovely Show and Share

The Charm of Home Home Sweet Home

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  1. I love the foyer makeover. It is so fresh and light. Love the table and the mirror.


  2. Your table looks great. What do you think you will do with the shutters? They look awesome.

  3. Linda Miller says

    A fantastic foyer makeover, Shirley. I love the lighter, less formal look of the painted table and mirror. Great job!

  4. Love, love, love it. That was a very brave project indeed, but I cannot believe how beautifully it brought out all of the details. I think it is light and bright and airy. It was ver pretty before, but now it just has a sparkle and appeal about it. I love all of your little touches, like the stack of books and container of shells. That is one great lamp, girlfriend. I know you worked hard on this project and I am very proud of you!

  5. Shirley, you did a great job! I have not ventured into the painted furniture world just yet; but, I have some pieces that are looking like prime candidates!! LOL! I love what you’ve done with your foyer. You always do an amazing job!

  6. Looks fabulous! I have two pieces that need paint but I’m not the expert furniture painter so I’ve been ignoring the fact that my new to be Craig’s list dresser continues to live in my family room …



  7. creativehome8 says

    Those shutters look beautiful, Shirley! While I love your secretary, I really love the table in your foyer. It makes for such a light, bright look.

  8. Oh, Shirley – it looks just awesome! You did a great job of painting with just the right amount of distressing. You foyer looks so sunny and bright! OK – you’re a big tease – I want to see more of those shutters!!!

  9. Wow, Shirley! The table makeover turned out great! I have a similar table that I’ve not been able to bring myself to paint yet, but after seeing yours, I may have to tackle it. Did you use ASCP? Can’t wait to see what you do with the shutters!

  10. Shirley, the new look is fresh and light. I love it and you did a great job painting the table. Watch out it is very addictive!

  11. Look at you go girl! You must be so proud of yourself. I have to say it looks fantastic…really beautiful. I just got really excited for the future home tour…it is going to be awesome!!~ Talk soon. Thanks for joining my newbie party.

  12. Shirley it is wonderful! A total transformation!! Bravo!!

    I am featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crown and Cottages on my site! She is amazing!

    Art by Karena

  13. Beautiful!!!

  14. WOW!! I can’t believe the difference and such a great piece for painting and distressing with those scallops! Total transformation of your entry!

    • Wow … what a beautiful and itinivng Fall entry! You did a wonderful job of creating a truly charming space! *Becca* (your newest follower by way of The Inspired Room)www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

  15. Wow! Those changes really brighten and open up the foyer. You put your AS training to good use!

  16. You did a beautiful job on the table, and the mirror, they look so nice together. That table has great detail! The foyer looks so gorgeous with the cool lamp and all your pretty chairs and accessories !

  17. Beautiful job on the table…it highlights all the best parts and hides the flaws! The foyer was beautiful before but I really love the table and mirror combination. I think it is much more inviting.

  18. What a beautiful job Shirley and wonderful transformation! You’ve given new life and a face lift to scarred and worn piece! I love the combination of the mirror, sconces and plates hanging above it! Bravo~ I need to experiment with some AS paint πŸ™‚

  19. The furniture looks awesome and the foyer is gorgeous! Love it! Light and airy and soooo pretty! And I LOVE LOVE those shutters!!

    Lou Cinda πŸ™‚

  20. Ohhh I love it Shirley!! I just love the distressed look! And before you said where you got your lamp, I thought it looked familiar b/c I was just in HomeGoods and saw it on clearance!

  21. Hi Shirley,

    I love your new foyer!! It’s so light, cheerful and welcoming. You did a great job on the table and mirror; I’ve never tried to paint any furniture. That table has some wonderful carving detail — it’s just lovely. I also like the plates around your mirror.

    Hope you have a great week.


  22. Shirley, That’s a fantastic foyer makeover; and I love the distressed look you gave the furniture!

  23. Carlene @Organized Clutter says

    The table has great legs! You did a beautiful job on it!

  24. Your home is gorgeous and I love the new table. Both versions are stunning, but it is so nice to have a change. I love your new table vignette. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  25. I just love the new lighter and brighter look of the table. I am in LOVE with your lamp. I am looking for a lamp for my new table and yours is exactly what I want. I am off to Home Goods later and I hope that maybe they have something similar. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign’s Swing into Spring party.

  26. Oh, my goodness! Your entry is gorgeous. Love the table you’ve redone and the mirror and all of your accessories. Beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  27. So glad to see your gorgeous foyer at Show & Tell. Hope it gets lots of attention. You deserve it!
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  28. Oh, it turned out beautiful! The whole foyer is lovely! Wonderful transformation! Visiting from WIW.

  29. Your foyer looks so much brighter and welcoming…you did a fabulous job o the table (you said it seats 12 – are there leaves or does the table top open up?)

  30. What a beautiful piece and I LOVE the makeover you gave it! Beautiful entry! Just became your newest follower, so glad I found you!

  31. Love it! The table looks fabulous, and the new arrangement is so light and bright. The pillows are pretty awesome, too. Great job πŸ™‚

  32. It looks beautiful! It has completely lightened up that space! πŸ™‚ I love the paint color.

  33. Katherines Corner says

    Well done my friend, truly looks lovely! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Happy weekend wishes! xo

  34. You did a great job, I love the way the foyer turned out. Happy to be a follower.

  35. oh I think it is GORGEOUS!! What a nice beginning project!! It looks like you have done this forever Shirley!

  36. It turned out fabulous Shirley!! Great find, great makeover!! Your home looks gorgeous.. can I have it please? πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see the shutters! I’m already jealous:P

  37. Totally Perfect!!! I’d love to have you share at my party…it JUST opened!!!


    XO, Aimee

  38. Your table turned out great! I love all of its detail and your HG lamp is divine!

  39. Wonderful!! LOVE it!

    Hugs from Turkey,

  40. Your table turned out great. I really like how you distressed it. You foyer remodel looks great. I’m hosting a linky party for room remodels and think yours would be perfect. I’d love for you to join us. Here’s the link:

  41. Wow, that looks terriffic! I would love for you to share this (and any other rooms in your house) at my May House Par-tay at http://www.cheapcraftymama.com– now open!!

  42. how did you achieve the distressed look ? I found a small coffee table and I finished painting it but do not know how to get what you have; yours is great! would you mind sharing the steps you did to get your table the look you achieved? thanks

  43. You know I just love what you did with your foyer. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  44. Lovely!

  45. That was a great change! Gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  46. Pinning, Shirley!:-) Isn’t this fun!

    • Your space looks so inviting…I like the sraephn effect you used..the colors look so vibrant! You did a great job re-doing this space…and your outside entrance area looks so cute. I love the ladder you have with the wreath on it…very festive :)Rachel~ Your newest follower πŸ™‚

  47. Your table looks awesome!! I’m your neighbor at Shannon and Debbie’s party, pinning πŸ™‚

  48. Hi Shirley, You did a fabulous job with the table. It is so beautiful and I like it much better in the white. Love the foyer area. It was beautiful before but seems much lighter now. Kudos!
    I am pinning!
    Blessings, Ginger

  49. Your foyer makeover is so fresh and delightful! You did a great job on the table.
    Mary Alice

  50. I love how your table turned out! The space looks so light and fresh.

  51. I really like it. When I the secretary in the before picture, I thought…”that looked nice.” However, the new/old table with the mirror is lighter and shows your creativity. Very nice. Envy!

    How long did it take to complete?

  52. When I saw the secretary…sorry..I cannot type today.

  53. I’m coming, Shirley, I’m coming!! πŸ™‚ Seriously, I could stare at your house all day. Love the white deesk … perfect new color for that space.

    Thank you so much for linking up to our party. πŸ™‚

  54. Love it! Just found you through Stonegable and I have got to get me some Chalk Paint! Beautiful job!

  55. White is a color – and you really rocked the desk! So much lighter and brighter and looks great with the red chairs! So glad to see this at our Color party (can’t believe a rainbow showed up for you too)!

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