The vestibule is finished!
Only (!) four and a half years after starting renovation on the tiny vestibule at the front of the house, I am happy to say that our entryway is now 100% DONE. Okay, except for doing some doorknob repair work, repainting the outside of the exterior door, and replacing a strip of missing trim on one of the windows. As far as I’m concerned, though, this is a project that I can now cross OFF the to-do list and feel content with the results.
It’s really hard to take photos of such a tiny space that show all of the details, so I took a whole bunch of somewhat redundant pictures that together tell the whole story…
I think we bought this wallpaper before we’d actually closed on the house. I knew I wanted to use it somewhere, and this was the right spot. I still love it now as much as I did five years ago.
We don’t use this mail slot (mail is so much BIGGER now than it was 120 years ago!), but it’s super cute. I usually like to coat rusty metal hardware with flat black spray paint, but I actually like the rust on this guy—maybe because this was one of the first things in the house that I stripped a million layers of gooey paint off of.
The step-down to the porch is a giant hunk of slate. I love it. This photo makes it look like the tile is lower than the slate, but I promise everything is nice and level!
See? We did wind up going with the world’s largest threshold (just a 42″x6″ oak board, stained black and coated with polyurethane), and I’m very happy with it now that it’s in situ. And yes, the floor is still horribly scuffed, and it will remain so for the foreseeable future!
I wanted to include a detail shot to emphasize my belief that sometimes “good enough” is good enough. I don’t fret over every gap (that’s what caulk is for!) or worry when molding is damaged. My house is old, and it’s been through a lot. It’s never going to look like new construction, and I am more than okay with that.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I have any real “before” photos of the vestibule, so you’re going to have to take my word when I say that it was gross. All of the woodwork was painted either high-gloss brown or forest green, and the walls above the wainscoting were covered with fake-wood paneling (graffitied with the catchy tagline, “Mr. Bojangles”). There are some pictures here of the hideous tile that we ripped out (demo shots!).
Sources, in case you’re curious…
Black paint: Benjamin Moore “Black Beauty”
White paint: Benjamin Moore “Simply White”
Wallpaper: Orla Kiely “Flower Blossom”
Tile: U.S. Ceramic Tile “Marfil Brown” (with black grout)