Paint, Lights, & Tile!

Even with the short week last week, there have been a lot of changes in the new entry way space recently, so I figured it was time to post some more pictures!

Early last week, the painters finished applying the primer and first finish coat of plant on all of the interior walls.  In the bathroom, they painted the walls & wainscoting where the second door and window had been closed up so that they matched the paint colors that were in the bathroom before (SW Techno Gray on the top half of the wall; SW Modest White on the wainscoting).  The room is a little small, so it’s hard to get a good picture of the fresh paint, but here’s an attempt:

Powder Room Paint

The entry way also got the first coat of the finish color (which turned out to be more different from the tinted primer than we expected) – the color we picked (SW Aleutian Blue) actually has more of a gray hint than the primer initially lead us to believe.  The color is more vibrant than just about anything else we have in the house (I usually stick to various shades of beige or brown), but it’s really growing on me.  I think it’s going to contrast nicely with all the white trim.

Entry Way Paint Color

In the hallway to the basement / kitchen, I picked a tan color called Basket Beige.  The idea was that we would repaint the kitchen over the winter to be the same color, but after seeing it in the hallway, we’re not sure if it’s the right choice for the kitchen.  It’s hard to really see the color in this picture, but it has a definite greeny-gold tint that we’re not big fans of … it always surprises me how different colors look on the wall than they do on the paint samples!

Hallway Paint Color

Also last week, the electrician came back and installed the outlets, light switches, and light fixtures inside and out.  In the entry way area, they installed 3 can lights in the ceiling, but we’re were still waiting on the wall sconce to arrive, so it will have to be installed sometime later.  The sconce above the pantry door was installed, though, and we’re happy with how it looks and how much light it gives off.  Outside, three more can lights were installed in the porch ceiling along with two lights on either side of the front door.  This is the first time we’ve really had a decent amount of lighting outside and we’re liking the difference it makes.

Outside Lights

The tile that we picked out what seems like an eternity ago is also being installed this week.  The installer stopped by today and laid the Hardiebacker board on the areas where we wouldn’t be going over old tile.  They also dropped off the boxes of tile which should start going down tomorrow.  I had really started to doubt our tile selection over the last couple of weeks, but seeing it in full sheets today when I got home from work, I’m reassured that it’ll look perfect in the entry way.

The Hardiebacker Board

The New Floor Tile

After several iterations of the layout for the new tile, we finally landed on the one in the picture below, where the field tile is the gray color and there are a couple of border stripes in the white color.  The area in the upper left corner is the pattern for the bathroom  & the “L” shaped area is for the entry way.  The address numbers will be centered in front of the door.  I’m so anxious to see what it will look like.

Tile Border Design

When the installers removed the old Pergo “tile” floor in the powder room today, they also exposed what we think is probably the original tile in that room.  We were pretty surprised that it looked to be in such decent shape and can’t really imagine why it would have been covered up with the Pergo floor to start with.  We’re at least encouraged that the unglazed 1″ x 1″ tile we picked for the entry way seems to be consistent with what was used in the house when it was built.

Original Tile in the Bathroom

Needless to say, there should be a lot of changes this week as the floor gets installed and (hopefully) some work starts on interior doors & trim. We’re so excited to see it all coming together!

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