DIY Foyer

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Foyer 1


Fantastical Foyer
What do you want to experience as you enter a friend’s home? How about when they enter into your home? I think of the foyer as an appetizer of what is to come. I long for my guests to feel warm, welcome, and get a little taste of who we are as a family.

Piano Frames

Piano Decor

Whether you have a designated foyer or a front door that opens into another living space, you can make it an inviting place for people to come in. My new home happens to have a designated foyer area which I had the fun and challenge of fitting with decorations.

Each home and room has a challenge and mine has been covering all the incredibly large walls in my home in an interesting way that fits the space. Our foyer was no exception but first I had a beautiful antique piano I needed to fit in that space. The piano, while a lovely and appreciated gift, wasn’t adding much warmth to the entry.


Antique Piano

Oh Piano….
This piano was met with many rounds of decorations. I finally settled on a sheepskin rug for the piano bench to add a contrasting texture and soften the space. In addition, the contrasting colors and textures of dark magnolia and olive leaf foliage were just right for additional depth on the top of the piano.

On the piano I also added some height and warm light through the use of a rich dark lamp. It sits opposite a vase containing some antique paper song lyrics. To finish off the space with a personal touch; I added pictures, a beloved Bible verse, a cozy smelling candle and a few of my favorite decorations. I felt that I was almost there.

Piano Snail

More Fun Piano Decor “Rustic Snail”

The Lonely Wall…
Finally, I needed something for my large wall. I found a great frame that seemed to coordinate well and ground the space with more contrasting color but it was far too small.  I didn’t want to go bigger with the frame because I knew the reality of how often I would want to special order a large picture. Pretty much, never.

Thus came the need for a little project to tweak my “almost there” foyer.

Picture with Samples (1)

Foyer In Process

At the suggestion of my sister-in-law, I decided to help the frame fit the space properly by adding some visual interest through the use of boards. Normally, I would go raid my barns on the farm but with a recent move to the city it was made impossible.

I did some searching at Lowe’s and found inexpensive wood to use for my project. It was fun and easy, okay actually, it took me a while to get the measurements right, but if you don’t make the mistakes I did it will be fun and easy for you!


DIY Plank Frame Backdrop
Create a plank wall piece for picture frames or a favorite quote!

The Problem: Picture frame to small for the wall.
The Goal: Include the frame while creating something that will fit in the space properly.
The Project: Add a plank wall frame as a backdrop.

My Cost: $14.70 (6 planks) I had the rest of the materials on hand. See the complete material list and prices for what you need to get your project started.

Cedar Wood

Cedar Fence

~Cedar Fence – 6 boards (or found wood) – $2.45 per plank (Lowe’s)
~Sand paper (hand sander optional) – $2.97 package
~Vegetable Oil (paint or wood stain also great options) – $2.50
~Antiquing Glaze (Lowe’s) – $12.99 Container
~Matte Finish Varnish Spray – $4
~Small Nails – $4
~Saw (Miter, Table, Jig or Hand)
~Gloves, Safety Glasses, Mask (as needed)

  1. Find your look! Narrow down Size, Shape, and Color.
    Think through how you want this wall piece to look. Do you want even edges or staggered edges? Do you want the ends convex or concave?Experiment and look for ideas until you find your favorite. I started with straight but due to the clean lines of the picture frame I adjusted to add more visual interest.

    Raw Wood with Samples

    Experimenting with Stains and Paints

    *If framing around another frame or even a set of pictures imagine the wood as a sort of boarder. Too much and it takes away from the picture, too little and it looks unnecessary. I started with too much board and cut my wood down to fix it. As you can see in the picture I started with 7 boards but my final product has only 6 boards.

  2. Measure… twice
    Set your wood up to test the look with frame(s)/verse on top of it. Measure and mark.
  3. Cut Wood
    A quick cut with a miter saw would probably be the fastest but any type of saw will get you where you are going.
  4. Sand Wood
    Lightly sand the cedar fence as it is very rough and could cause splinters.

    Distressing Wood

    Distressing Wood

  5. Distress Wood
    Find a few old tools to rough up the wood. It’s super fun! My kids loved helping me.
  6. “Stain”
    I used vegetable oil from my kitchen and a brush to “stain” my wood. Vegetable oil works great on

    Wood with Oil

    Vegetable Oil Stain

    incredibly porous woods that can soak in much of the oil. A traditional stain is preferred with less porous (less soft) wood.
    *Vegetable Oil takes several weeks (or a few super sunny days) to dry out completely and will drip oil and leave marks until that time. If this is an issue for the timeline of your project, choose a traditional stain from your local hardware store.

  7. Apply Antiquing Glaze (Lowe’s)
    Apply Antiquing Glaze

    Antiquing Glaze Application

    Paint onto wood. Let soak for a few minutes: less for porous/soft wood, more for hard wood.
    *Although the vegetable oil will still be a bit greasy, the antiquing glaze can be added a few days into the drying out process.

  8. Wipe Off Glaze
    Use an old rag to wipe off the antiquing glaze.
    *Glaze Problems? If the glaze is too dark use a damp cloth to continue to thin out glaze. If the glaze is too light repeat steps 8 and 9.
  9. Let dry
    Give wood a few weeks to dry out if oil was used. If using a stain it should be ready to go in a day or two.
  10. Varnish
    Spray 3 light coats of matte finish varnish spray on wood planks.
  11. Center, Measure, HANG!
    Now measure the placement of your wood planks on the wall, get them centered properly and hang. Cedar Fence is so incredibly light I didn’t even need to nail it into the stud. I just used 1 or 2 thin nails per plank.
    *I chose to nail the boards directly to the wall so my project would be flush against it. However, if you want to minimize nail holes, first nail the planks onto one or two boards that will go perpendicular behind the length of the original boards.

    feature image foyer

    Enjoy your new wall!


About cedarbranch

Welcome to Cedar Branch! Written By: Randa Smith. Randa loves Jesus, hubby: Barat, kids: Shiloh and Silas, decorating and repurposing. She spends the rest of her free time with her family and friends, shopping, drinking lattes and putting in as little effort as possible to stay mildly fit. Happy Reading!
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2 Responses to DIY Foyer

  1. Barat says:

    Great work. I will say that after all my complaining and prodding, it looks great!


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