Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stage One of the Entry and Hall Project

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Ladies,

When we first moved into our house, my first thought was that the iron railing along the staircase had to go!
My nemesis for so many years...the iron railing!
My second thought was that the white carpet, while not offensive in any way, also had to go because day by day my boys were going to destroy it!

And then...four years went by.  Today, I'm happy to report that the carpet and railing are gone.  Wanna see how it all went down? 

Well, here's how it looked before we started STAGE ONE - ripping out the carpet and painting the trim and ceiling.

Look at the hardwoods peaking through.  There's potential there, right?

Here's the carpet - getting a bit more stained every day in the upstairs hallway.

Now, let's get this project started.  First we my husband painted the ceiling.  Then, we both painted the bottom half of the walls, below the chair molding, the trim, and the doors.  I begged my husband to give the go ahead on painting the top half of the walls (since he would be doing most of the work), and I got a big, "No," each time I asked.  So, for now, the top half of the walls stayed the same (did you catch that, "for now"'s only a matter of time honey).  

Before:  Do you think the walls needed some new paint, or what?

Painting the ceiling looks fun, no?

We even let our little guys help.

After everything was covered in a fresh coat of Alabaster White, it was time to do some demo.  Yup, time to pull out the carpet, tack strips and all those staples.

Are pajama pants regulation demo attire?

Finally, a glimpse of the hardwoods on the stairs.

From what I hear, carpet removal is no fun. (Taking photos of someone else doing the carpet removal isn't bad at all though.)

Look who I caught resting on the job!

Finally, the white carpet is out of the house!

And here's what was underneath all that carpet.

Next stage of the project...getting the floors refinished.  I'll pass a note with all the details and pictures soon. (And the best part of the next stage?  The iron railing comes out.)

Talk soon,

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Can't wait to see what's coming next!  Fresh paint alone brightens it all up.  Love the pic of your hubby and little guy.  
Note from Mrs. Gosling:  I am literally pumped (pump pump it up) for the finale.  I can't wait to see what happens next.  And when you are done, please come over and do my railing!!!! 


Ashley@thethreeofus said...

Looking good. I just finished a entryway makeover and I have to say I'm totally jealous of what you have under your carpet. Wish I had the same! =)

the cape on the corner said...

how lucky you were that the wood was in such great shape! i hate our iron railings outside our home. i want modern and straight lines...but i'm making do. can't wait to see your results!

Naptime Notebook said...

Thanks Ashley! Just checked out your makeover. Looks awesome.

Naptime Notebook said...

Thank you! Stay tuned for those iron railings...I feel ya on that one.

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