I wasn’t hiding the destroyed entryway from you, really. I just forgot about it.
Back when I moved in, I painted it a nice clean white, installed some quarter round trim, and displayed loads of wooden and brass frames (all spray painted white) with random photos from my personal collection.
This is no secret: Quarter round super glued to drywall is completely stupid. And the frames had to be double-sided-mounting-taped to the wall too, since the base of the trim-gone-shelf wasn’t wide enough to balance frames on. This was a project that I was satisfied with for all of… 2 weeks. And then I hated it. But I left it for about a year, slowly prying off the frames and emptying off the shelves before I carefully pryed the quarter round off the wall.
As I mentioned, I had super glued them on and that left me with a highly damaged wall. Bummer!
Oh well, nothing a little light patching can’t fix. I secretly love spackling and would consider earning a living on a construction crew if I could do this every day.
After that quick coat, a thorough sand (and re-coat and re-sand for good measure) I was left with a nice smooth wall. That I then proceeded to stare at for 2 months in spackle-happy state that is represented in this next photo. I wasn’t ready to just repaint the wall white again (because I was sure the white I had on hand wasn’t enough to do the whole wall, and likely wasn’t the same shade of white as the other walls in the entryway).
- I’m cheap. Or thrifty. Or resourceful. Yeah, resourceful. And when I have an extra half gallon of paint sitting on the shelf in the basement, you can be sure I’m going to find a reason to use it.
- I’m always trying to cross-pollinate my paint palette throughout the house. Cross-pollinate is the best word I can think of. I like to incorporate the palette throughout to make the transition from room to room feel more seamless. I don’t like theme rooms; it’s weird to walk into a room that doesn’t feel like it belongs with the rest of your home.
- The door is purple, and I briefly considered painting the wall purple too, but thought it might look too dark in the entryway given that the opposite wall with coat hooks is painted olive green like the living room wall you see poking into these pictures.
With those in mind, I chose blue. The blue that you saw in yesterday’s post about the guest room slash Cody’s room. There actually isn’t any of this bright, light blue downstairs yet (short of a few accent decor pieces) and I thought it would look really nice when put in closer proximity to the greenish walls and the purple door.
And it did. From a distance, the entryway radiates light and an ever-so-gentle shade of blue. It’s like a little ice in a room of warm greens and yellows, and I like the freshness of ice.
Sidenote: That’s my favorite Amber Perrodin print in that white frame. Her etsy shop has a sweet deal this month: 30% off your purchase with offer code: BlockParty
Appropriately transitioning into print-chat, I’m planning to extend the stairwell gallery into the entryway, starting with these frames:
The eagle in the dramatic clouds won’t be staying, sorry. The frame was a recent garage sale find, and the print just happened to come with it. In any case, eagles or no eagles, I think the extension of the gallery will do a nice thing for the entryway.
I’ll be getting around to that project sooner or later. I’ll let you know how it goes.