Monday, April 16, 2012

How to DIY your Entryway to Awesome

Entryway Makeover



So my entryway left A LOT to be desired.

I will totally admit it.

Why should the space that every person see’s that comes in my home be a priority?

I decided that it was time to give my entryway some lovin.

My husband was thrilled when I told him this. (insert eye roll here)

He loves the entryway now, but he did not love the idea of it in the beginning.   So, if your husband is not in love with this idea at first, have faith, he will come around.

My space was a little pathetic.

It was the dumping ground that was pathetically neglected.

BEFORE              AFTER

  entryway pics and kitchen counter-april 2012 004 entryway after 2

If I could just lay on the rug and look at how pretty it is now, I would, but that would be totally weird.

                                   Before                                                  After

 entryway pics and kitchen counter-april 2012 004   HELLO 2

I thought that it would be fun to show you how I got from the before to the after & share some tips & ideas along the way. I know, I am so kind right?

How To Get

Entryway Excellence

entryway makeover 101

1. Paint

This little corner was so dark. I didn’t think that it felt welcoming at all. So, the first thing was to paint.  The idea sounds simple right? I love paint, but sometimes there are just too many choices.

Case in point:

entryway pics color choices

I knew that there was a lot of grey’s to choose from, but holy schmack, there were a lot of grey’s.

I decided on Fashion Grey by Behr.

Loved the end result!

You also might want to consider painting your door. Mine was black and shiny and I hated it!

So I picked this yummy, warm yellow.

Honey by Behr

The bead board needed to be painted-Antique White by Behr

This is such a  warm, perfect cream color.

entryway with paint colors

2. Lighting

I had to get rid of the “boob” light. It didn’t put off any light and it looked, well, like a boob.

                  Before                  After                   

entryway light before  entryway new light

We, by we, I mean my husband, replaced the light with a drum shade & a pendant light kit from Lowes.

The space is so much warmer,  just by simply changing out the light.

Who Knew?!

#3 Adding a Rug

A rug is the quickest, most simple way to warm up a space. You don’t need to spend a fortune on an entryway rug. When picking a rug out, remember all the traffic that the rug is going to have to withstand. Don’t choose a light colored rug. You will be washing it way to often.

entryway no rug before              entryway rug

A rug will also define the space.  Plus, it will encourage your children to stop, and drop everything in the entryway. Just in case they forgot and wanted to say, hang their stuff up.  At least it will be in the right spot.

4. Custom Artwork

This is the perfect space to show off some art your kids have drawn, or maybe a favorite quote. Or, you can be like me and try something totally different.  I wanted something that was bold and simple. I found the perfect thing from Uppercase Living.

hello with uppoercase info

The “hello” is something that is definitely different for me. I love the final outcome. Plus, it’s vinyl & so I can remove it if I get sick of it. Win-win!

5. Simple Storage

All entryway’s need some storage. Why not make it cute and purposeful? I have to admit that I do have a coat closet and I don’t need that much storage. But, I still have some ideas to share.  See, I am so kind & giving.  I did find the perfect hooks at the depot. $4.99 each & brushed nickel.  I made sure to pick large hooks because my kids put a lot of stuff on these things. I wanted to get the biggest bang for my buck.

entryway hooks

When deciding on storage, think of cute, practical and useful. If you want some more DIY storage ideas, check out my pinterest page. I love pinning cute organizing ideas. Now if only I could implement more of them…

Simple ideas that will make all the difference. I love simple, cheap and easy! Especially when it comes to decorating. If I had the energy to move my furniture or redo a space in my home every day, I would. But, the thought of it makes me yawn. It would be exhausting to say the least. The idea of something new & different in my home sounds perfect. The idea of doing it, sounds not so great. 

Redoing my entryway has made me happy every day! Almost as happy as redoing something in my house everyday. My house definitely “rises up to greet me”, and I love it!  I would encourage you to take a deep breath, pick a step and get to work.

Trust me, it will be fabulous!

custom art work entryway

entryway after 2

Happy Creating!!

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  1. That looks amazing! I love everything about it! Yellow and grey are definitely my color crushes right now. Awesome job!!

  2. Less is more.... it looks fabulous and I love the gray with the yellow.... so soft and happy looking.

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  4. So cute, Tausha. You did a great job {as usual}!

  5. I love it Tausha! I never would have thought of painting a door yellow, but it looks just fabulous! :)

  6. LOVE the colors! Looks great!

  7. I'm crazy about this wonderful space. The HELLO sign is the coolest! Great job. Hope to see you at SNAP.

    Warmly, Michelle

  8. Kaaaa Ute!! I love it!! I love love love the yellow on the door and well everything else too. How are you. I wonder often. Did you get things figured out?

  9. my girl, you are a total rock star and i don't think laying on that rug would be weird at all...maybe just do it when you are home alone.;D love that hello above the door and love the colors!

  10. oh and btw...your comments will work on my blog now, i have to approve the first one so that spammers can't leave me weirdo comments.:D

  11. my girl, you are a total rock star and i don't think laying on that rug would be weird at all...maybe just do it when you are home alone.;D love that hello above the door and love the colors!

  12. i love it all! the gray you used looks so pretty and so ... welcoming. i'm terrible with decorating and i really love all your little tips! we'd love for you to link this up to our Sunday Best link party going on right now.

  13. Love your entryway makeover - it looks very chic now!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. You do a great job. I love the yellow and gray combo.

    I'm visiting from Making the World Cuter. I hope that you can visit my blog too. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  15. Great job brightening the entry way. I think my favorite is the big HELLO over the is fun and different!

  16. Your entryway is gorgeous! Love the colors you chose! I can't decide if my favorite is the bench, the hello, or the adorable doggie painting by the door...

  17. What an awesome remodel! I love what you have done with this space! I would love for you to link this project up at my link party – Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find it here:

  18. Wow, I LOVE the Hello decal!

    Great job! The grey is so attractive.


  19. Hi, I'm Jaime. I run a blog called The Dress-up Drawer and I was just passing through. Love your blog and I love this makeover!
    I have a great giveaway going on right now for a personalized platter from The Southern Belle Boutique and just thought it might interest you. Thanks for letting me say hi!

  20. Tausha! You've created a happy cheerful welcome to your home! I love every detail! I'd smile every time I walked in the door. I'm going to share a link back in this week's highlights. Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

  21. That really looks great!! Where did you find that bench?

  22. Nice job on your entryway, it turned out beautiful. You sure put together a great post as well and I have this linked to my mudrooms and entryways post too today, well done!


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