Foyer & Hallway Makeover Progress

Small foyer makeover using SW peppercorn paint color. Find more DIY projects at

It’s a bit, um, embarassing to write about this DIY project since I started it way back in January. But, hey, better late than never. The walls are painted  Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn, which is HANDS DOWN my fave paint color ever. It’s like…sexy. Almost anything looks good when on the wall, and it really helps art pop.

I highly recommend finding a place for this color in your home, like right now. I think besides using it on walls, it’d be great on a furniture piece, shutters, or even a front door. In addition to using this color in my foyer, I’m also using it as a bold accent wall in my office makeover, which I’ll tell you more about on Friday.

What I need your help with today is picking out a new light fixture. Currently, the foyer is lit by a cheap light fixture I installed (all by myself) back in 2010 when we first moved in. While it definitely suffices, it doesn’t match the look I am going for. Forgive the uncaulked mouldings; that’s my to do project this weekend.

Small foyer makeover using SW peppercorn paint color. Find more DIY projects at

As you can see, we also replaced our brown, dark hollow core doors (if you need some ideas, check out this post I wrote about revamping dark, dated hollow core doors from the 1970’s) with some raised panel doors. We simply bought the doors and used our Dremel to mortise the hinges in (soooo much work). Then I used the Wagner Flexio 890, which is an AMAZING paint sprayer, (I should do a review of this soon for you all…money well spent on our part) to give them a flawless, high gloss factory finish. We also use the Flexio to paint trim in mere minutes. That paint sprayer saves us so much time, headaches, and paint.

Small foyer makeover using SW peppercorn paint color. Find more DIY projects at

Now, I kind of feel that our front door might need some paint or stain. It just doesn’t quite fit in, and I need new front door hardware for sure.

Small foyer makeover using SW peppercorn paint color. Find more DIY projects at

My top choice for a light is the Nerisa Chandelier from Amazon.



I want the foyer to feel glamorous, welcoming, bright and swanky.

What do you all think? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments, or give me a shout out on Instagram or Twitter.



  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    November 12, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    That is a gorgeous color, I love it. As for the crystal chandy light, I would check out a few reviews from other that say the light sends really distracting light prisms all over a room, especially a foyer. Just a thought before you commit. I hate to replace something twice.

    • Monica @
      November 14, 2014 / 2:26 am

      I totally get your point, and that's one of my main worries with this type of chandelier. I want the bling, but I also don't want it to detract from everything else. It's a tough choice!

  2. Jennifer Schmitz
    November 12, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    I think it would look fabulous in your foyer and add some sparkle too. (as long as it doesn't hang too low). What other accessories would be in the room? Anything that would compete with the chandelier?

    • Monica @
      November 14, 2014 / 2:27 am

      Hi Jennifer! I'm planning on keeping the foyer pretty minimal- I want to add in some hooks for jackets/purses, a basket for shoes, and maybe a small table and mirror. Nothing too over the top, but I do want it to be practical and gorgeous (hope that all makes sense!)

  3. Susan Smedley
    November 13, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    I love the fixture, Monica. It's similar to the one I used for our bathroom remodel. The prisms really throw light around and a dimmer switch makes it even more dramatic. What color are you going to paint the ceiling?

    • Monica @
      November 14, 2014 / 2:27 am

      Hi Susan! (Miss you!!) I'll probably paint the ceiling a bright white once I scrape off the popcorn ceilings (hopefully sometime in 2015).