Hello friends! I am so excited to be sharing our Glam Cottage Foyer makeover reveal with you today!
I am running a thin line between extreme giddiness and exhaustion, so today I am going to try to keep the talkie down to a minimum and let the pretty pictures speak for themselves. That’s what you came here to see anyhow, am I right? So here it is – our completed Glam Cottage Foyer/Redneck Sunroom/World’s Smallest Mudroom/Back Entranceway/Whatevertheheckthisroomiscalled!
I almost didn’t think we were going to be able to pull it off, since as of two weeks ago we had barely even began. With a lot of help and a few late nights, we did it!
Just to refresh your memory, here is the side by side before and after. Bye-bye nasty old carpet, forest green stairs, floral wallpaper border, bare lightbulb and glossy cream walls!
We have come a long way in just a couple of short weeks!
The chandelier was a gift from a friend, and I just love it! I think it fits perfectly with the cottage glam theme and it’s definitely one of the focal points in the space. I love that you can even see it when you walk in our front door.
Oh, and the light it let’s into the space is amazing! Getting the French door made such a difference! The room make only be 3’2″ x 3’8″, but you better believe I’m still calling it my sunroom! Any room that let’s that much light in is definitely a sunroom! I plan on having my afternoon coffee perched on that top step. Our long cold Saskatchewan winter is going to be a whole lot more tolerable now!
Almost everything used for this makeover were items we already owned and somehow reworked for this space, with a few exceptions I will point out along the way. By doing that we were able to stick to our very small budget.
The clock you see hanging is one of the few items I purchased for the room. It’s from Homesense, but I added the rope detail which I think gives it that extra touch!
The chalkboard was an old mirror I had laying around. I just painted the frame white, painted over the mirror with the chalkboard paint and added the magazine basket that I had purchased from Target a few years ago (before they abandoned us poor Canadians).
We always have odds and ends that need to be returned to our garage out back, so I thought instead of us just dumping them on the floor they could sit in a cute little bucket. Or, I could just keep this adorable little plant in there!
Oh, this view has so many things I love! The sleek black French door, that awesome industrial pipe hand rail, the gorgeous shiplap, that showstopping chandelier, our new vinyl flooring and it’s all warmed up by the cute little DIY pendant banner (I am sort of obsessed with making these!), the DIY shelf and the warm sisal rug.
This shelf turned out to be very simple to make using just a couple of spruce fence boards ($2.14 each!), some very simple shelf brackets I sprayed black and a few hooks. The stain is Aged Oak by Minwax.
Why, hello there Mr. Antelope! You were very adorable above my piano for the last two years, but now that you have moved to a new space I have a whole new appreciation for you!
I think the view going down to our basement just got a whole lot more beautiful!
With the exception of the small white M, everything you see here was something I dug up from around the house or made.
The industrial pipe hand rail was fairly easy to put together. It ended up costing a bit more than I expected it would, so to keep the cost down I chose the 3/4″ pipe instead of the 1 1/2″ I had planned. Now that I see it up, this size is perfect! In the end I think it really adds so much character to the space, so I’m glad we went for it!
I love this black, white and brass hook from Anthropologie. We don’t have one here, but on my last trip to Edmonton I picked this up. I must have been having a temporary lapse of sanity, because normally I would never pay $22 for a single hook. That makes it the single most expensive piece of wall decor in the entire room, if you can believe it. Instead of using it as a hook, now it’s a beautiful piece of art.
Hopefully this next shot doesn’t make you dizzy, but I wanted to show you how we planked the ceiling as well. When I say we, I mean my husband, who worked so hard to get this room finished! He did such a great job!
Do you remember how disgusting these stairs were?
Those are vinyl stair pads and after I realized how much glue was used to attach them, I decided to just paint right over them. 😉
Here is a shot of the floor without the rug, just so you can see how completely gorgeous it is. This is the same flooring we ordered for our last one room challenge, our bathroom makeover. We had enough leftover to cover this area, so my brother came over on Monday evening after work to install it for me! Doesn’t it look like cement tile? Vinyl sure has come a long way!
My little boy picked out the M at Michael’s and he was very excited to see it all lit up at night!
The back entrance was so exposed to our entire main living area, that having it finished makes the whole space feel complete.
I love that we get to enjoy the new space while passing through to the basement and from just about every other area in our home.
Isn’t the shiplap so beautiful? I wasn’t expecting for it to make such a difference, but it really does add so much character. I love it so much, I kind of want to add either shiplap or board and batten to our living room. Not anytime soon though. This One Room Challenge was really tough for us to pull off, so we are DONE with major projects for a quite a while!
This project was done on a VERY tight budget. By very tight, I mean next to nothing. The vast majority of items were things we already owned, including most of the paint. We were able to sell quite a few of the items from the space, which really helped offset the cost. (Read more about how to be a thrifty decorator in my week 2 post.) I really enjoy the challenge of trying to make over a space on a small budget. It forces you to be creative, to DIY and to reinvent what you already own. In the end, I believe you end up with a space that is not only beautiful, but one that feels more “you”.
Source List & Budget Breakdown
French Door – Restore – $15 | Glass Insert – Used – $80 | “Shiplap” (Underlayment sheets) – Home Depot – $180 | Paint – stair treads – Dark Secret by CIL (colour matched to Behr Porch & Floor Paint) – $20 | Paint – door – Dark Secret by CIL (preowned) | Trim – Ultra White by Behr (preowned) | Walls – Mixed 1/3 Chantilly Lace by Ben Moore, 1/3 Ultra White by Behr (preowned), 1/3 Flat White Ceiling Paint by Glidden | Industrial Pipe Hand Rail – Home Depot & CMS Hardware – $75 | Chandelier – Canadian Tire – Gift | Vinyl Floor – Mannington (preowned)
Clock – Homesense – $20 | White M Marquee – Michael’s – $8 | Coat Hooks – Home Depot – $15 | Rustic Hook Shelf DIY – Home Depot – $30 | Silver Bucket – Home Depot – $4
Everything else was something we already owned or something I created. If you have any questions just ask in the comments!
$447 less proceeds from items sold $290 = Total Cost $157
Not bad for $157. Although I didn’t quite meet my zero goal, I’m still extremely proud of what we did in the space. If you consider that the cost of a new French door would have been at least $350, we did well. I think the hand rail really was the shocker, I had no idea it would cost that much. Although, it is definitely stunning and not your average railing.
There was no way I could ever have pulled off this project alone, so I want to say a quick thank you to those that helped me! I didn’t work with any sponsors, so instead I am giving a huge shout out to all my family and friends that volunteered in some way to help out – Kyle, Mom, Dad, Chad, Whitney, Bridie and Lesley. I love you all and I couldn’t have done it without you!!!
If you would like to see more of the journey of how we got from the before to the after, check out these posts!
If you would like to see our previous One Room Challenge reveal, our Glam Cottage Bathroom, click here.
Don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing One Room Challenge reveals over at Calling It Home! Click here to see the featured designers and here to see the guest participants. There are so many beautiful transformations!
I know I said I would keep the talking down to a minimum, but I am just so excited about this room I had to talk about it! Thank you so much for reading and for following along on Instagram! I so appreciate it! Have a great day! I plan on catching up on some laundry, but at least the view up and down those basement stairs will be so much more enjoyable now!