Hey, friends! I have recently checked another project off of my to-do list (phew!), and I am excited to share it with you today. If you saw this post from back in March, you may remember that redoing our stairs/entryway was on my list of projects to get done before baby arrives. Well, after starting the project in mid-May, I can finally say that the entryway makeover is done.
While it’s not the most dramatic makeover ever, it is a nice change, and I am happy with the way it turned out. I found this space particularly hard to decorate, and I imagine there will be a few tweaks in the future.
But, without further ado, let me show you what it used to look like.
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It wasn’t too bad to begin with, but I was ready for a fresh new look. Plus, I have been desperate to get rid of the carpet ever since we moved into the house 5.5 years ago…
So, here it is now.
We ended up only painting below the chair rail in the entryway, because the color above it runs all the way up the stairs and throughout the entire upstairs hallway. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to tackle all of that right now, although I would have loved to.
So, here’s a run down of some of the changes we made.
We installed a new light fixture, and added a rug back in. (I didn’t capture the old light fixture in the before photos, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say it was pretty outdated.) Initially, I was a bit worried that the new fixture would be too big for the space, but I actually think it works pretty well. I also love the pattern it casts on the walls.
And I’m loving the new rug. We lost our dog a year ago, due to old age and failing health. In the last few months and his declining condition, he ended up ruining the rug. So, we tossed it out, and just never replaced it. I love having a soft rug back in this space though, and I think the color really warms it up. (It is also very much cat-approved.)
The biggest part of this makeover, though, was the stairs. Here’s the before and after back to back.
I love the new look! It’s clean and simple and that awful carpet is gone. Woohoo! Click here for the full tutorial about how we transformed the staircase on a low budget.
I found this corner very awkward to try and decorate. Obviously, I never did come up with anything to put here. I originally had a plant stand there, but I’m just not sure what to do with it now. It’s not quite big enough for a piece of furniture, such as a bench, and I hesitated to put something tall, like a hall tree, in front of all of the trim work. Any suggestions as to what to do here are welcome!
I do, however, love the little succulent hangings that I came up with for the wall. I made them myself, and I’ll also be posting a how-to for those in the next few weeks.
The last thing I want to point out is the doorknob hangar on the opposite side of the entryway.
My dad actually made this a number of years ago, and it has been hanging in the house that he grew up in for most of that time. My grandparents passed away quite a few years ago, so my parents purchased the house. They fixed the house up, and both my brother and I spent a number of years living there.
My grandpa lived through the depression, and like many from that era, was quite a collector. After my parents purchased the house, my dad found a big bucket of old, ornate doorknobs tucked away. So, he made this, and hung it up as a coat hanger at the back door. They recently took it down and asked if I wanted it, and of course, I said yes!
I have also had a hard time coming up with just the right things to hang here though. I would prefer for it to be decorative, instead of functional, so that it stays visible when people enter the house and doesn’t become cluttered. Again, if you have any suggestions as to what to hang on it, I’m all ears.
So, that concludes my little tour for today. Thanks for taking a look! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.
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