entryway refresh

My little entryway needed a makeover. I am pleased to say it’s finished-ish. There are a couple more things I would like to do, like paint the door and order this sign from Etsy.  But for now, I love the way it turned out! This project was low cost, and took only a small amount of hands on time.  Watch the video to see the process and/or check out the before and after pictures below!





We have a very narrow entryway without much natural light so my goal was for it to feel light and airy, while making the most of the space.  I also wanted to have a spot for guests to hang jackets and purses, as well as a place for my kids to throw their backpacks during the week (I like them tucked away in the closet on the weekends).

Here are some photos of the before…


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I loved having my scripture wall while it lasted, but the pages that started to pull off the wall were beginning to bother me.  I had chosen different verses that spoke to me and tore them out of old Bibles we were getting rid of when we moved in.  I totally recommend doing this on a wall in your home, it looked good for almost two years and came down seamlessly.  Oh, and it was free- added bonus.


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That photo is embarrassing.  Classic example of having an idea and not following through (you will see how I always intended to use this in the after photos). Can’t believe I left it like that for so long.  Yikes.


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Then finally, my mom picked up this cream bench for me because it was the perfect size.  We knew when we bought it we would have to paint it, but I was having a hard time finding a bench that narrow and really wanted a place for kids and guests to sit and take on and off their shoes.

Ok, now time for the fun part.  Here is how it looks now:


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I made the shelf myself with a piece of cut wood from Home Depot, some brackets I ordered online, and a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax.  Below the shelf is a curtain rod from IKEA with a few spray painted “s” hooks.












It might be hard to tell because the change is oh so very slight, but I painted the cream bench white.


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This was such a fun project and every time I walk past this part of my home I smile.  I am also obsessed with the way fresh greenery adds that final touch.  #crazyplantlady

All sources are linked on our YouTube Channel under the “entryway refresh” video.


create freely xoxox


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