My little brother turned 30 this past week and for his birthday I decided to go all out. I bought him a sandwich. HE WISHES.
Actually I decided that this year I wanted to build more furniture for my own house and for people I love so I asked him if he would want something for his house for his birthday. Now if you know Tim….which I am sure you do….you will know that he is one of the most non-talkers ever in the world. Like unless it is motorcycles or engines or trucks, don’t expect more than a “yup” or a “nope” out of him. Sometimes you are lucky if you get a shrug. And he said “sure”. I would take that as a “ABSOLUTELY I WOULD LOVE THAT KATIE!” That’s the Timmy-translation.
The other thing you should know is that my sweet baby brother was a bachelor until this past year and now he and his wife live together in what previously was his bachelor pad. You can see the exterior of the house in this old post. And since Jessica is now expecting a baby girl (yes, I have been going nuts in the whole ruffle-butt-jammie aisle) she really would love to have the house feel a little more homey and less bachelor-y. That’s a word.
Since Jessica and Tim have had less than a year together in this house, their couple style is developing and I knew that from certain cues that they like things that clean lined, a little modern farmhouse and they love grays and metal. That’s where I took my inspiration for their foyer.
Their foyer was just recently painted this sage color (it’s Behr) by Tim and my mom…but he didn’t have a lick of furniture or decoration.
The wall itself is the only thing in the foyer….on the left is the wide open doorway to their living room and on the right is the hallway to the kitchen and the stairs.
And after I Katie-fied it, it looks a little like this….
I started off with the foyer table as the kick-off-point. I found this really cool console table on Restoration Hardware and knew that Tim and Jessica would like it….it’s simple, easy to clean under (they have two big dogs so they have to sweep often to keep those beautiful floors clean), and a great blend of wood and metal.
And when I say wood and metal, I mean….wood and wood. Yup. That base is just 2×2’s that are just painted to look like metal (tutorial on the finish coming soon!).
On the wall itself, I created a planked look that cost me $1 and it adds just enough interest to make this wall special and reflect that modern-farmhouse vibe.
Speaking of reflecting….did you see that mirror? It was a Goodwill find and I simply painted the 1970’s off of it. So simple and inexpensive!
I always say that if your space can swing it, the perfect recipe for a foyer is a table/mirror/lamp combo. It is the perfect base for any foyer because the table is functional as a drop zone and it can display things that reflect the people that live there. The lamp is great because light makes small spaces feel bigger and brighter (um duh katie) and generally foyers are small. And a mirror is helpful because it expands your space visually, adds light and gives you the ability to ‘check yo-self before you wreck yo-self’ on the way in and out the door.
This birthday present was affordable too. We definitely got a big bang for our birthday buck. I only ended up spending $84 for the entire makeover. The lampshade was definitely the biggest splurge ($20 for the shade + $9 for the Goodwill lamp that got a mini-makeover) but the light does look like similar to other baluster lamps that cost an arm, leg and half your dental work so it was money well spent. The mirror was a great deal and it has great close up details now. The table itself was so inexpensive and even though it was a little tricky to figure out the design, I can not wait to share that with you. The stuff on top of the table is very reflective of them….a mason jar with faux greenery (they had mason jars at their wedding), a picture of them laughing together, a little metal drop dish, and a big aluminum ampersand (it’s from Walmart). It all definitely shows off their love for metallics, dark wood and a smidge of rustic for fun.
And of course I had to get a photo of them together with the new space. Isn’t Jessica the cutest little pregnant girl? It literally looks like a mini basketball under her shirt! (and yes, my brother’s shirt was a Christmas gift from Jeremy and I and I laughed when I saw him with it on. Also…yes, he has an epic tattoo sleeve….we call it the Terminator arm. It’s all motorcycle parts and every time I see it, I study it like artwork. The shading is ridiculously good.)
So a fun little birthday makeover for my favorite little brother. After I was done, Tim said that next he wants a dining table. Maybe I will make him one for his daughter’s birthday
This week I will share all the plans for this makeover – including how to do the wall, lamp, mirror and the table plans so stay tuned.
Also – Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We are so proud to live right outside his birthplace and to be able to celebrate his message of love and freedom and peace.