We have a small home, but we are quite content with its size (except for the kitchen haha). Our small home, also has a small entryway. During the winter months, the entryway seems to feel even smaller. If we’ve been outside playing in the snow, we always leave all our wet belongings on the entryway floor and closet door knob to dry. Basically, the entire space is filled with wet stuff.
One of the projects we wanted to complete last year was to make the entryway bigger. We were going to remove the closet door so that we could add cubbies, hooks, and a bench. We knew exactly what we were going to do, however it involved a little more work than we had time for (remove the wall around the door, replace the sheet rock in the closet, fix the ceiling sheet rock, add more tiles, etc…) We were also planning on adding board and batten all the way around the space. It was going to be super nice. However, the year went by and we never got around to it. Or perhaps we didn’t make the time because we didn’t really feel like doing all the work…
I’m happy to report that I have good news! We found a beautiful and quick way to update our entry! I’m so very happy with how it turned out, the best part was it only took a weekend to complete!
Small Entryway Makeover and Decorative Shelf with Hooks
Isn’t it absolutely beautiful?! I can’t help but smile every time I see it! I’m not joking, you can ask Sébastien. hehe You’d be smiling too if your entryway looked like this before:
Not so pretty, wouldn’t you agree?! Everything about it was boring except for the beautiful rustic wood bird house my parents made me a few years back. I will have to ask them to make more so that I can share a DIY tutorial with you! Let me show you how we transformed the space.
We started off by purchasing a new Shaker style 5 panel closet door. We bought a door that had primer already applied, it just needed to be painted. Sébastien removed the old door and hung the new closet door. We hung the door before painting it because Sébastien had to attach hinges and drill a door knob hole (the door didn’t come with a hole to insert a door knob) and we didn’t want to scratch the new paint. Once the door was fully functional, he removed all the hardware so that I could paint it. We also removed all the old trim around the floor (we bought new ones) but we kept the trim around the entry door and closet door. I painted the new door and all the trims in BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Satin Enamel – Ultra Pure White.
I also painted the walls in BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Eggshell Enamel – Dreamscape Gray which is one of the colors in BEHR’s 2015 Color Trends.
The space already had a fabulous new look just by painting it in a fresh new color and changing the door.
Once we added the new floor trim and the entire space was painted, it was time to work on our wood shelf. We started off by nailing a piece of 1″x6″ (the length of the wall) into the wall studs. Then we placed a piece of 1″x3″ (length of the wall) over the 1″x6″. We attached the 1″x3″ to the 1″x6″ and wall studs by screwing it in diagonally downwards. We used wood filler to fill in the holes and then we painted the shelf in Ultra Pure White. Once the shelf was dry, we added 4 metal hooks. Here’s a photo of the shelf before we painted it:
Now that the shelf was painted, the entryway was ready to decorate! YAY! I started off by purchasing two frames, one large white 8×10 frame and one gray toned 4×6 frame. I knew I wanted to put a family photo in one of the frames, but I didn’t know what to place in the other…. That’s until I came across a printable by brepurposed! You have no idea how happy I was when I saw it! Not only did it go great with my family photo, it worked perfectly with my Wood Family Sign! Talk about a match made in heaven!
You see, the Wood Family Sign didn’t actually look like that before, I had to get creative to make it look pretty. When I bought it, it was black with weird white doodles on it. I loved the shape of it, but not the color nor the doodles. So I used medium grit sand paper and removed a good part of the glossy finish. Then I applied a couple of coats of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Matte – Plastic Lime (another color from BEHR’s 2015 Color Trends) and voilà, a beautiful Family Wood Sign! Doesn’t it just give a nice touch of color to the entryway?! LOVE IT!
Oh and of course I found the perfect spot for Mr. Deer Hook that my parents gave me as a gift.
Ready to see photos of the entire finished entryway? I know I am! :)
How about I remind you how it looked before? Look at the before and after. Looks very different, doesn’t it?
I LOVE that we now have a place to hang our wet/snowy winter outdoor-wear!
If I haven’t said so enough yet, I’m so very much in love with my entryway! :)
So, what do you think of my entryway? Do you love it as much as I do? It’s so much brighter than it was before. I’m so happy that I completed a project that I wanted to do last year! It’s not exactly like I was going to do it, but honestly I think it’s way better than we had planned. YAY for completing a project at the beginning of the year! What a great way to start 2015, wouldn’t you agree?
Another thing that I’m excited about is the BEHR 2015 Color Trends Sweepstakes! To enter, you must pin your favorite trend-inspired look (you can even pin my project if you’d like, hint hint) on Pinterest before Tuesday, 1/27 2015. Then, copy and paste the link of your pin on the Facebook contest page and enter your information. One winner will receive a $500 VISA gift card! What would you do with the $500 VISA gift card if you won? Is there a project that you wanted to complete last year and you didn’t get around to it? How about making 2015 the year you complete it?! :)
The sweepstakes details and regulations are on the Facebook contest page.
BTW, if you want to see more projects using colors from BEHR’s 2015 Color Trends, you’re in luck!
My fellow BEHR DIY Experts are also sharing wonderful projects!
DIY Key and Mail Holder by Elizabeth at Frugal Mom Eh!
Console Table in Blue Clay by Robin at All Things Heart and Home
The Cs’ Bathroom Refresh by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog
DIY Window Seat Storage Bench by Amanda at Small Home Big Start
Small Entryway Makeover and Decorative Shelf with Hooks by Christine at The DIY Dreamer
Moody Built-In Shelves by Kim at NewlyWoodwards
Girls’ Bathroom Sneak Peek by Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts
Did any of these fabulous projects inspire you? Which one(s)?
Feel free to let me know how much you love my entryway. haha :)
Have a FABULOUS day!
P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.
Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to BEHR for supplying me with paint to complete this project. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.