I love a porch, inner or outer. We are fortunate to have a small inner porch. The walls are covered in a paper that mimics wood panelling on the lower half of the wall and a patterned anaglypta textured paper above it. Both were painted stark white when we moved in.
We do have original parquet flooring in this tiny space. Originally I was going to leave the porch white, but I am not sure why as I don't really do complete white (ever) and it soon became apparent that it felt like one was standing inside a fridge and I am not referring to the chill. We decided not to attempt to remove the paper because we think the walls are probably quite bad underneath. Both the panelling and textured paper would come off, but so would most of the walls requiring a complete overhaul and replaster. One day we may go to that effort but for now, we just wanted to make the space more welcoming and cheerful. Whilst the area is mainly a dumping ground for coats and boots, it is also the first space any visitor sees in our home so it deserved to be redecorated. The porch is completely practical. It is a space for keeping coats, boots and general outdoor stuff without cluttering the house. It also provides a barrier to the outside. I reckon that our house is easy to heat and holds its heat well because neither the front or back doors lead directly into the house. There is a small space and an inner door at both the front and back of the house: this porch at the front and a utility space at the back.
We had two pieces of furniture: an art deco coat and hat rack in aluminium
and two cinema seats covered in brown velvet.
The cinema seats have beautiful art deco sides, but they fit this space so perfectly, we had to sacrifice being able to see the sides. We decided simply to paint the space, get the chairs recovered and stencil the light fitting. The anaglypta and ceiling is painted in Dulux's Sulpher Springs No. 4 matt emulsion which is an egg yolk yellow. The fake panelling and woodwork has been painted in a black acrylic eggshell paint. We replaced the inner door with a 1930's stained glass door we found on ebay as it was more in keeping with the house.
I had a plain, white, round, flat, light fitting and decided it would be fun to stencil a pattern on it. I used paints suitable for porcelain and glass. These are generally a bit translucent so won't block the light out. I chose design DE329 an art deco tile stencil which has a cockerel and sunburst pattern but had Chips remove the cockerel and just keep the sun pattern. He made it in two layers so that I could stencil the two colours separately.
Had the surface been flat, I could have done the two colours on a single layer stencil, but the light shade has a convex curve which meant the stencil would not lie completely flat. I had to stencil portions of the design at a time, stencilling only the area of the stencil that was stuck to the surface, as I finished each section I left it flap free from the light shade and adhered the next area of the design. I used a stencil sponge rather than a brush. Any smudges could be scratched off carefully, but it went well and no corrections were needed. Once the black stripes were stencilled, I waited a few minutes to make sure the paint was totally dry and then applied the green colour through the second layer of the stencil.
And here it is in place
All in all, it was quite a quick project and was completed within two weeks. That is the kind of turnaround I like.
Stephen and I have been busy lately. We have also just finished our guest bedroom so will be posting about that soon too. Now it is time to turn our attention outdoors. Our decorating flurry has meant that we have neglected our garden which has taken the opportunity to go jungle like.
All photos by Stephen Egglestone (except for the two "in progress" shots of the light)