entry project II

so here it is. we broke up the large expanse of dirty, yellowy walls into a section of decorative molding below and rich color up top. the result is a high impact, major transformation. i am totally in love. the molding was done with MDF. we were back and forth between the MDF and poplar, and ultimately left it up to our neighbor, a very experienced contractor, who decided MDF was the better value. whatever it is, its pretty. 
 
 

and look, storage! we have a pathetic little coat closet that is strangely shallow and fits about 3 coats, so the hooks are very necessary.
i’m not thrilled with the floating shelf. it juts out awkwardly far and is a weird width. i would love to have something custom that fits perfectly in the space… but for $30, this expedit unit from ikea will do for now. 
and now i have a before and after shots from just about every angle. the christmas decorations are a bit distracting, but we’ll have to deal.
we’ll start upstairs on the landing..
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now facing dane’s room..
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facing our room…
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going down..
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now back downstairs. (so these aren’t really before, before.. you can see the bottom is already primed and the molding is penciled in, but you can definitely still get a sense of the drastic improvement!)
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as for the “million decisions and details” i referenced in my last post.. here is a perfect example. we had to figure out how to handle this bump-out above the door. it wasn’t a straight-forward wrap-around scenario with the molding. but i think the way we handled it flows, and looks nice.

finally, here is the view looking up the stairs before —

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… you may notice the “art work” up there… stay tuned to see what becomes of that!