Thursday, April 26, 2012

Foyer Makeover, Part 3

Today's the day...the great reveal! 

We've been working on a foyer facelift to turn our white and cluttered entryway into a functional and beautiful space. We started with this BH&G mudroom photo for our model.

After the prepping our space by removing the furniture and baseboard, we taped and painted. What a difference just the paint made! Then we moved some of the existing furniture around and applied a window film to our sidelight by the front door.

Finally, the new entryway: 

We love it! It is exactly what I hoped for -- beautiful, functional, and affordable. We are not home improvement specialists by any stretch of the imagination, so it certainly took much longer than if we really knew what we were doing. But it is such a great feeling of accomplishment to have done the whole thing ourselves.

Let me take you on a little tour...

The bench was my first big wish for this area. I used to herd my kids over to the stairs to get their shoes on every time we left the house. Inevitably someone would drop a shoe along the way, pick up two that didn't match, or forget that we were going to put shoes on and run off somewhere else. An entryway bench makes the shoes struggles so much faster and easier. Plus, I love the beadboard above the bench!

Both this sailing frame and mirror were in the foyer previously, though on opposite walls from each other. They go together so beautifully and bring the whole wall together. I also picked the fabric for the bench to coordinate with the black and gold in these frames.

This is probably my favorite part of the whole thing! We hung this Ikea coat rack down low so that the kids can hang up their own coats and hats. Its so much nicer than trying to keep them on a hanger in the coat closet, and they can help get ready now too. I think its fantastic!


Here are a few more shots, just because!

I'll go through some more detailed step by step instructions, but I wanted to get these pictures posted first! We still have to attach the baseboard, caulk the gaps, and give everything a little bit of white paint, but thankfully most of those things are not noticeable until you get very close.

I'd love to hear what you think!



15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Great job, you two! come do my house?

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    1. Haha, I think we're taking a break for a while!

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  2. That looks awesome! What are you going to put on the shelves? Anything besides shoes?

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    1. Haha, yes more than just shoes. I'm still working on what to put on them...some more pictures next post!

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  3. I love it, and I'd say now you are well on your way to being home improvement specialists!!

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    1. It was a great experience to be sure!

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  4. You guys are fantastic! And now that you've done it, you're that much closer to being experts!

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    1. Closer, yes, but still a long way to go...

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  5. Oh, Beth Anne. It's beautiful. You both have done a fantantic job. And, so much more usable storage. Fantastic job.

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    1. I am so exited for all that storage!

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  6. Most impressive! Attractive and practical!

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