Today I’m sharing a fun refresh I did in my front room and entry! I added floor-to-ceiling wall moulding, wallpaper, fresh paint on walls and furniture, and some new lighting and decor, giving this room a more classic and traditional vibe.
This room refresh is part of the #BEHRBox Challenge sponsored by the BEHR Paint Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have loved and used BEHR Paint for years, so I was very excited about this opportunity! Do you remember the last BEHR Paint challenge I did? It was my front porch makeover 2 years ago and while it was a lot of work, it has been one of my favorite projects to date! Check it out here.
The tricky part about this challenge was that we couldn’t get started on the project until our box arrived and we would only have 1 week to complete everything! That is a VERY tight timeline when you have a 5 month old EBF baby! Thank goodness for a supportive husband who was able to take some time off and help me for a couple days.
Of course I knew about the upcoming challenge a month or so before, and while I didn’t know the exact contents of the box, I knew immediately I would be tackling my front room and entry.
For years this room hasn’t quite felt “finished”, and while the “before” wasn’t bad at all, I had been brainstorming for months about adding additional moulding around the room (previously it was just on the piano wall) and new lighting. The rest of the details came together after I saw the color palette I would be using.
As I said, I’m not mad about this “before” at all. But, it was feeling a bit bland with the creamy white walls, gray piano, gray chair, cream sofa, chandelier that blends in… I was fighting to bring life in through the rug and plants.
Once I created a mood board for the space, I could see it all finished and I got excited!
I made a video I made of the whole #BEHRBox Challenge experience, check it out below!
The only thing I did before I got the mystery #BEHRBox was the wallpaper in the entry. In the interest of time, I chose to order and apply the wallpaper about a month ago. This also allowed me some time to figure out if I could make this church pew bench still work here.
I decided it was more “farmhouse” and less “traditional” than I wanted. So, I swapped it out with a bench I already owned that was on our front porch, and started painting it with the BEHR 2020 Color of the Year, Back to Nature S340-4. It is a light green that is so pretty and versatile with other nature-inspired colors, which is a welcome change to the light blue I had on the other bench for several years. I used used BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint in a matte finish.
Then, I started tackling the wall moulding. This is a big project and while it isn’t difficult per se, you DO have to be very careful and precise with your measurements and miter cuts.
Shortly after I took this pic, I realized that on that wall to the left of the walk-way I hadn’t lined up one of the rectangular panels with the lower panel quite perfectly, which meant the spacing between was off (which I didn’t discover until I was about to apply the third panel). So I had to remove 2 rectangular panels (8 pieces of trim that had already been cut, nailed, glued, wood-puttied, and caulked.
I’m not going to lie– I cried. It felt like a punch in the gut with 3-4 hours of work down the drain. Which may not sound like much, but with the tight timeline (I only had Bruno’s help for 2 days), juggling a baby, a dog who kept jumping the fence, and 3 big kids with soccer practice and homework, it was a big setback. Not only that, but when I removed a couple of the trim pieces that had liquid nails on the back, it removed some pieces of the wall with it! So I had to apply spackle, let it dry, and sand before putting the trim back on.
With the drama and tears behind me, we managed to finish the wall moulding by lunch on Friday, then spent the afternoon and evening painting. By 11pm walls, trim, and ceiling were done. We used Painter’s White PPU180-08 on the walls with BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint semi-gloss, and ULTRA PURE WHITE® PPU18-06 in semi-gloss on the crown moulding, baseboards, and window/door trim.
Now it was time to tackle the piano.
I painted this piano a few years ago with chalk paint and it held up okay with no top-coat. I had to do some touch-ups now and again, but more than anything I was ready for a bolder color.
I chose Graphic Charcoal N500-6 and used BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint. I also painted the inside of my front door with Graphic Charcoal but in a semi-gloss finish, which is a bit more durable than the matte finish.
Now for the big reveal…
What a change right? This space looks anything but bland now!
I love the color of the new bench and the style/size is so much different than what was here before. It is a welcome change!
The darker front door color is so much more bold than the robin’s egg blue we had here before, and I love how it looks with the wallpaper! Graphic Charcoal is truly a gray, but it definitely has some blue undertones because in different lights it looks navy.
The piano now makes a huge statement against the pretty wall moulding. It inspired me to go simpler with the decor items and really let the classic silhouettes of the furniture stand out.
I was able to hit up St Louis Vintage Market Days last weekend and buy a new piano bench, which was perfect for this space. I think every room needs at least a few things that are vintage and that little cane-topped bench is unconventional and the perfect size!
I used many items that I already owned, but I did get a new rug, a few new pillows, new curtains (and hung them wider), new coffee table, and lighting.
This view is so much different now than before. The creamy yellow color was too yellow before, and the walkway didn’t have any trim. Now it looks elegant and classic!
The buffet I made years ago even looks better now, especially with those beautiful lamps I scored at HomeGoods!
The painting between the lamps is actually from Brazil and we brought it back from our visit there 2 years ago. You see, it belonged to Bruno’s late grandmother and is a painting of his great great grandparents in Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, on the farm they used to own. It was perfect for the space because it has some of the same green tones I have in the room!
I love how this room came together and it feels like it was always meant to be like this!
A huge thank you to BEHR for inviting me to participate in the #BEHRBox Challenge and giving me the opportunity to make this space my new favorite in our home!
What do you think? What is your favorite part?
Sources (affiliate links used):
Wall paint color: Painter’s White PPU180-08 BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint in a semi-gloss finish
Crown moulding, baseboard, door trim paint color: ULTRA PURE WHITE® PPU18-06 in a semi-gloss finish
Entry bench paint color: Back to Nature S340-4 BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint in a matte finish
Front door paint color: Graphic Charcoal N500-6 BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint in a semi-gloss finish
Chair (similar here)
Green Lumbar Pillow on chair: old World Market
Pink vase: old Target
Lamps – HomeGoods, same here