32. The Foyer

Before we could begin the foyer the decayed porch decking leading to the front door had to be addressed.  Long before we lived here someone had replaced just the ends of the boards but they installed the new ones with the nails driven directly into the face of each piece.  Many of the nails had begun to protrude out and several boards were very loose.  There was a bounce to one side as well so we assumed we would open it up and find more damage.

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Removing the ruined patch job someone did to the front porch.

Removal of the decking revealed a big split in one of the beams. It would have to be replaced.  It also unexpectedly revealed remains of a very old brick sidewalk that once lead to the portico removed when the porch was added.

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Remains of an old brick sidewalk below the porch.

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The damaged beam.

Since we did not know the extent of the damage we would find until we had taken the decking off, we had yet to purchase any of the required lumber.  Rather than making the trip to the store, we grabbed a piece of wood from the abandoned barn across the street.  After replacing the beam we put down new tongue and groove decking in pieces the full width of the porch.

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The source of our new beam.

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Work begins on the foyer.

Moving on to the foyer, you can see it retained some lovely vintage shag green carpet.  The woodwork had been hastily painted in the past and was covered in paint drips.

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All the walnut spindles on the staircase had been painted.

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A small sample of the original grain painting that was once on the foyer’s trim.

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The baseboard required a patch where a gap had appeared from the house having settled.

We decided to go with two earthy shades of green for the paint scheme.  We used Benjamin Moore’s Kennebunkport Green for the walls and their Gloucester Sage for the trim.  We added a late 19th century light fixture with an opalescent swirl shade that was originally made for use with gas.  The ceiling is Bavarian Cream.

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The foyer finished save for the radiator.

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The staircase from the parlor.

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Stain was added to the newly stripped spindles.

 

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