There are two front doors on the house - the formal entrance right as you come up the porch stairs and then the other entrance all the way at the end of the porch and around the side of the house. We'll use that one for now.
As we step through the door, we're in one of the parlors and can look into the formal dining room.
If you were a friend of the family, you would have entered the room we're standing in now: the informal parlor. You can think of this as a Victorian version of the family room.
This room needed some serious help when we bought the house. Like the rest of the house, it looked like a 1980's pink and green nightmare. The wallpaper that had been up for 25+ years was peeling and it was in desperate need of a paint job. The light was original, but it didn't work and needed to be rewired. We ended up replacing it with something more modern.
|OOPS! Caught our real estate agent's back side in this picture!|
|Looking back at the front door that we just came in. Nice shades, huh?|
We weren't so lucky with the walls.
I'm sorry, but that wallpaper is hideous with a capital H. And it stank to high heaven because the previous owner was a smoker. I couldn't wait to rip it down.
|That stained glass window in the formal entrance is eye-catching. We'll get a closer look at it in a later post.|
Once we had all that nasty old wallpaper and border stripped off, we primed and painted the walls in both parlors with two coats of Behr Ultra paint in a nice neutral cream color. I think it really sets off the color of the wood, don't you?
What do you think so far?