Entryway Makeover

Friends, as I write this post, I’m sitting in the airport delayed, yet again. This week, I’m headed to Florida (yay, vacation!!!), although at this point it feels like I might not get there.  By the time you read this tomorrow morning, though, hopefully I’ll be enjoying the sand and the salt air and the sunshine with my little one! In the meantime, I have two fun things to share! The first is a freebie! The second is our new and improved entryway!!!

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen our Flower Market sign. It’s probably one of my favorite signs to date because it speaks to my plant lady heart (thank you, Magnolia!). The best part about this right now is we’re doing a giveaway! Check out our Instagram post here for all the details. We’d love for you to win!!! The winner will be announced this Friday, so head over there now for your chance to win!

Here’s the story behind the entry. When we moved into our house 12 years ago, it still lived in the 70s from wallpaper in the closet to orange and yellow walls. That’s what welcomed you into our cute little ranch on a basement. Le sigh. I didn’t even take pictures of it when we moved in because it was such an eyesore. I had a friend tell me once that we must have had some sort of crazy vision for this house because she never would have bought it if she’d seen it in its original condition. That’s a post for another day, though. In the meantime, I painted the hallway a tan color because it was THE color at the time, and left it at that.

A couple of weeks ago, though, I got an inkling to change it up. Granted, I’d been oohing and aahing over all of these gorgeous entryways I found on Pinterest. (Check out some of my entry inspiration photos here plus a whole lot of other ideas!) I finally decided it was time to break out my first can of white paint and hit the walls. Up until this point, I’ve been strictly a greige kind of girl — mostly because white walls always seemed really clinical to me and sterile. Embracing the minimalist walls, though, lets me use high contrast items like black hardware to really define a space and then add my favorite vintage pieces and greenery to bring it all to life. It’s like a blank slate. So I jumped in.

Everything is white, you guys. The walls, the ceiling, the doors, the trim — all of it. The hardware is black (except for the hinges — I forgot to buy those, but those are coming), and my favorite part is the mudroom-style board and hooks that I added to look like a built in. It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do.

Color before with patching. Apparently I really couldn’t make up my mind where to hang things when we first moved in. Look at all those nail holes!!!

 

Color after. I hadn’t added the entry board yet, but even with a fresh coat of paint it looks brighter and more modern!

Here’s a breakdown of what I changed. A few months ago, I posted about this gorgeous light fixture I found at HomeGoods for $60. That was the first inspiration piece for all of the hardware. Then I redid our bathroom and framed in the mirror with a piece of pre-primed pine board (check out the details of that here). That board was the perfect width for an entry board, so I cut an 8′ piece down to 7′ and hung it in the entry. That cost $11. To hang it, all I did was find the studs and put 2-1/2″ screws through the board into the studs. I buried them into the pine a bit (its soft, so it’s not hard to do) then put wood filler over the holes to hide the screws. Then I painted the entire thing white to match the walls and hung the black hardware (found here) with the screws provided. Voila! Add a plant that loves low light and a DIY bench (tutorial here), some artwork (tutorial here) and that’s it! It’s simple, but beautiful and oh, so bright!!!

The total cost to renovate the front hallway was under $100 including the light fixture. Here’s the breakdown:

  • HomeGoods lantern – $60
  • Pine Board – $11
  • Hooks – $24
  • White Paint – had on hand

 

I feel like it completely changes the feel of the entry, and love all of the pieces I’ve gotten to add. I kept my bench and added a pillow that my aunt gave me from Kirklands. I also found this cute low light plant at Lowes. It’s quick growing, too, and only needs water once a week or so. The jute basket it’s in I found at Hobby Lobby. Along the opposite wall, I hung a mail sorter basket that was a Marshall’s find. I filled it with old books that I recovered with white wrapping paper and tied with twine.

Of course, I had to use my apothecary cabinet from Gabriel Brothers (it was a steal, y’all, at $50), filled with some of my Rae Dunn collection and topped with a mirror I distressed using this technique. The boxwood wreath is dried. It’s the same one from Christmas that I purchased from Trader Joe’s for $10. They have these every Christmas, so be on the lookout! I added a few old books and an olive bucket and cotton stems from Hobby Lobby and called it a day.

Friends, I’m in love! It’s so bright and happy in this entry and it really sets the tone for the entire house because all the walls are going white in the front half of the house! What do you think about the white paint? Love it or leave it?It’s okay. White’s not for everyone on the walls, but I’m certainly a believer now!

I’ll be posting about my progress through the house, so stay tuned.

 

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