I LOVE this DIY Before and After 2 Story Foyer Makeover. Here’s how I used Budget-Friendly molding to turn this stairway into a feature!
2 Story Foyer Makeover with DIY Molding & Trim
Our 2 story foyer had tons of potential when we moved in 9 years ago. Tons! But, it was definitely in need of some major work.
Our foyer is actually huge, it’s probably 15′ wide x 12′ deep. That’s a lot of space for a foyer!
But, it’s open concept meant that the space was almost completely empty because there just wasn’t any wall space for furniture or wall art.
And the 2 story stairway in the foyer was beautiful, but boring. It needed some work to turn it into the feature that a stairway in the middle of a foyer should be!
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Instead of just telling you about it, let me show you what I mean. Let’s get to those amazing Before and After Foyer Makeover pictures!
Our Open Plan Foyer Wasn’t Working
Here’s the before view from our Family Room through to the Foyer. You can also see the Dining Room just past the foyer. That old open archway was about 10′ wide.
That huge archway between the Foyer and Family Room made that wall unusable for furniture on both sides. I wanted to close that wall off and turn it into usable space, in both rooms.
And, I wanted to make that Family Room more private while also reducing some of the noise in our VERY open concept home.
You can see MORE of the AMAZING Before and After Family Room Makeover On A Budget pictures in another post. I made some huge changes in that room too!
Once we had kids the toys that we kept in the Family Room always found their way into the Foyer.
I really needed a Family Room that wasn’t visible from the Front Door. And, a wall to keep toys from ending up in the foyer.
Adding a Wall Made the Foyer Feel Larger
The 2 story foyer was already kind of GRAND. Or, at least it had the potential to be grand. The stairs had some nice molding already that I decided to carry across to the new wall.
Painting all of that molding in the 2 Story Foyer white brightened the room while also adding instant class!
I have a post about How to Remove an Arched Doorway in a Wall that shows detail pics on the demo and framing in that old opening.
Check out How to Cut Drywall & Hang Drywall – 15 Beginner Tips to find some helpful tips for anyone new to drywall. You can see me drywalling this wall in that post.
I continued the lines of the molding already on the stairs across the new wall. That meant that I had to cut strips of plywood to size.
And, I added trim molding along the plywood that matched the existing stairway molding.
I am SO IN LOVE with the way this trim molding accents the height of this traditional style foyer.
More Before and After Foyer Remodel Pictures
This 10′ high molding on that newly added wall was such a huge improvement. Even from the 2nd floor the style of this area is so much better.
Those white walls make that black banister really stand out too! If you’re loving that cow wall art, here are some beautiful options on Amazon.
How about a look at that foyer stairway makeover from the bottom of the stairs now??
Check out my DIY Baby Gate Hack for Stairs – No Drill! to see how I installed that baby gate without putting any holes in the walls. That thing was totally unshakeable for 4 years, against 2 toddlers.
Does this even seem like the same house?? The whole vibe is changed by closing off that wall, adding the trim, and going with white paint!
That’s our sweet cat Fluffy, by the way. We adopted her at the begining of 2021 and she’s absolutely taken over the house, and the blog.
And, here’s a view from the middle landing on those stairs.
I took those photo for a post about how using a light paint color on the walls is improving every room in my house.
Here’s that same view BUT with the wall closed off and even MORE molding and trim. You can see more of that ceiling and a few other nice ceilings in my home in the Best Paint Sheen on Ceilings post.
Have a seat at my Dining Table, before and after the Entryway Makeover.
A Few More After Photos
What Did I Spend on This Foyer Makeover?
Since I did all of this work myself, I saved thousands of dollar on labor in this Foyer Makeover. My best guess is that I actually only spent somewhere between $400 and $500 on the changes in this entry.
I spent money on materials to frame in the old archway opening, drywall for the framing, and the plywood and trim molding that I added to that wall.
Then, I really only had to buy small things like screws, brad nails, caulk, wood filler, and paint to finish that wall off.
That’s it! I already had all of the decor items from that foyer. Can you believe the huge improvement I got for that amount of money. That’s why I LOVE DIY.
Where to Find Similar Items from my Foyer
- Black and White Cow Wall Art
- Natural Fiber Area Rugs or more Colorful Area Rugs
- Dark Teal Chalk Paint
- Decorative Storage Box
- Woven Baskets
- Gold Peacock
- Console Table with Drawers
What do you think? I am LOVING this room. My family spends so much time in here now.
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That’s it for this Before and After 2 Story Foyer Makeover on a Budget! You can see more BEFORE and AFTER Makeover posts on this site.
See the Before and After Family Room Makeover On A Budget! for pictures from the other side of that new wall.
You might also like this Simple DIY Coffered Ceiling Design.
Check out this Loving this Before and After Master Bathroom Remodel!
Feeling inspired? That’s it for this Before and After Family Room Makeover on a budget! Let me know if you have questions.
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