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Work on our entry way addition has sure taken longer than we originally thought … the plan was to complete the work sometime around Thanksgiving, but (as always) there were several delays that stretched things out longer than anticipated.  As of last weekend, though, the only things remaining are a couple of touch-ups to the interior paint … and the last coat of exterior paint, although that will likely have to wait a couple of months for the weather to cooperate first.

I still need to get some pictures of the outside work, but I thought I’d share a few of the inside ones first.

Just as a reminder of what we had before, here are a couple of pictures of the small and out-dated entry way and connected powder room before the renovations started:

The Entry Way "Before" Picture

The Powder Room "Before" Picture

And here’s a picture of the entry way area taken from the same spot now that construction is complete.

The New Entry Way

We added about 6′ on to the front of the house, which gives room for a coat closet (on the left), a proper front door with side lights, and access to the kitchen (on the right) that doesn’t involve taking a short cut through the powder room like before.

Doors to the Coat Closet

We were really happy with the way the new coat closet doors turned out.  We had been a little concerned when we started the project that we would have trouble matching the style and stain color of the existing doors in the house, but the contractor & painter did a great job on both fronts … they go perfectly with the originals.

Inside the Coat Closet

Inside the coat closet, we asked for a stained hat shelf and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  We’ll probably keep looking for a closet rod and a couple of shelf brackets that have a more vintage feel than the ones there now, but we’re excited to finally have some closet space on the first floor and a good spot to keep coats!

French Door to the Kitchen

The french door in this picture goes to the kitchen, with a new pantry closet just through the door on the left and access to the basement stairs on the right.  We love the way the door looks – the only problem is that seeing the kitchen from the new entry way is making us start to think more seriously about our next remodeling project (updating the kitchen).

View of the New Entry Way From the Kitchen

The powder room connected to the entry way also got a face lift as part of this project.  The walls were filled in where a window and a second door (making it a pass-through to the kitchen) used to be.  We weren’t really intending to do a bathroom remodel, but by the time the walls were patched and the floor tiled to match the entry way, there were a couple of things (faucet, light fixtures, etc.) that just didn’t seem to fit, so we decided this might be a good time to make those updates also.

Updated Powder Room

The new light fixtures are a match to the sconce that we picked for the entry way area and we really like how they tie the two spaces together.  I also like the height they give the room considering that the ceiling slopes down under the staircase to second floor.  I’m also really liking the new faucet, which we think has a bit of a vintage feel.

Updated Faucet

Replacing the faucet (and drain) on a pedestal sink turned out to be a larger adventure requiring a lot more patience than we anticipated, but the end result was well worth it get the last bit of polished gold out of the bathroom and replace it with a fresher look.

We are so excited to have the main floor bathroom back and to finally be able to start using the new entry way space!  We were beginning to feel like this day would never come!

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!

With the entry way project getting wrapping up in the next few weeks (hopefully!) we’ve started to focus on selecting hardware and fixtures for the new space.  We started by looking at the local home improvement centers and a couple of design showrooms, but weren’t finding a lot items that seemed right in our older colonial house.  A lot of the selection locally seems geared mostly to new construction with a few selections that might feel right in a craftsman style house, but very few options that seemed like they would be in keeping with the era of our house.  So, we decided to try looking online instead.

For light fixtures, we wound up selecting a couple of Murray Feiss Cotswald Lane fixtures for each side of the front door.  The light is available in a few different sizes and finishes – we picked the 21″ 2-light version in a black finish.  We’re hoping the larger scale will look right on either side of the front door and that the black finish will be a more classic look that will go with the style of the rest of the house.

Murray Fiess Cotswold Lane Lights

And we selected a Murray Feiss Pub Sconce for the wall above the pantry door.  For this one, we picked a pretty simple fixture since it won’t be in a very prominent spot and it seemed unnecessary to do anything fancier.

Murray Feiss Pub Sconce

For the wall sconce that will go in the new entry way, we found another fixture in the Hinkley Sussex collection that we liked.  We liked the unique design of this fixture and the fact that the projection is only 4″, so it will lay pretty flat against the wall and not feel like it sticks into the room too far.

Hinkley Sussex Wall Sconce

In addition to the light fixtures, we also found some nice hardware options on  From that website, we ordered Nostalgic Warehouse’s “Fifth Avenue” door hardware for the new front door.  We really struggled with the selection of door hardware.  We decided that we would prefer an entry set with a knob on both the interior and exterior of the door, which really limited our options.  We also decided that we wanted something that looked similar to the hardware on the rest of the doors in the house.  While this one isn’t exactly a match for anything we have anywhere else in the house, we think the simplistic style will blend nicely with the style of the existing knobs.

Fifth Avenue Lock Set

We also found some house numbers and a doorbell button that we think will look nice with the new hardware and light fixtures.

So far, we’ve received a couple of the new light fixtures and we’re pretty happy with the way they look.  We’re excited to get the rest of it and see what it all looks like when it gets installed.  The electricians dropped off the trim kits for the recessed lighting today along with the switches and outlets for the addition, so we’re hoping this means the light fixtures will be going in sometime this week …

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