Our Entry Way Before & After Part 1

August 8, 2016

I had a much needed break this weekend. If you follow along on Instagram and Facebook you may have noticed I didn’t post anything blog related. I really just felt that I needed to take a step back for a couple days and focus on life. I forget sometimes how much renovating a home can take out of ya. We’ve had one of the busiest summers we’ve ever had. I’m sure I probably say that every year, but really we have. We currently have friends staying with us and so our renovations have slowed down a lot. However, I am happy to report that the entry way/foyer and coat closet are complete! There were moments when I didn’t think I would ever be able to say that.

You would think that the foyer would be one of the rooms that we did first because it’s the first room every one sees when they walk in. That would just make sense that it would be one of the first rooms to complete. Think again. Maybe it was the fact that we really don’t spend much time in the space, maybe that it was always the place where we’d dump our stuff when we’d walk in the door or maybe it was those second story high ceilings in the staircase. Well, it was all of them! This room was one the tedious room. It’s been such a slow process but boy was it worth it!

Lets take a look at it before we started renovating-

Entry Way Before & After

Dirty carpet, ugly walls, outdated fixtures and no outlet/vent covers.

Entry Way Before & After

Here’s how it looks now-

Entry Way Before & After

We gave the trim and walls a fresh coat of paint. We stripped the carpet off the stairs and painted them. We painted the front door and added covers to all those switches and outlets. Big thanks to Rugs USA for the beautiful braided jute rug! It’s absolutely perfect. (Source list is at the bottom of the post with links.)

Entry Way Before & After

Entry Way Before & After

This is one of my favorite chairs. It’s an old Windsor chair that was in our dining room until I recently moved it to the foyer. I think it’s found its forever home.

Entry Way Before & After

Entry Way Before & After

Entry Way Before & After

We haven’t painted the lower hand rail just yet. I asked the question on IG a while back if folks thought we should paint it or not. I was really surprised that more people thought we should keep it stained instead of painting it black. I’m still leaning towards painting it but to say I’ve been procrastinating would be an understatement!

Entry Way Before & After

Thank you also to Painted Fox Home for this adorable vintage style mailbox. It’s one of my new favorite things!

Entry Way Before & After

I used to cringe when I would walk into our home and now I’m happy to be home. We didn’t spend a fortune in the space either, it was actually the opposite. We simply sanded the stairs down and painted them with floor paint. We kept the trim that was already there and just painted it.  All the furniture and decor was purchased used or at an outlet store at a much cheaper price.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing our little coat closet makeover. It’s such a fun little space tucked under the stairs but it had very humble roots. You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see how it looks now!

I hope you all have a wonderful week friends!



Entry Way Before & After Part 2




Source List:

Wall Color- Halo by Benjamin Moore

Stairs & Door Color- Graphite by Benjamin Moore

Lantern Light Fixture- Thrift Store (You can find a similar light here)

Braided Jute Rug- Rugs USA

Vintage theater Chairs- Yard Sale

Velvet Green Pillow Cover- Pottery Barn Outlet

Striped Throw- Target

Vintage Gathering Baskets- Thrift Stores

Vintage Style Mailbox- Painted Fox Home

Framed Botanical Print- TJ Maxx (You can find a similar print here)

Vintage Baskets with Lids- Antique Store in Marietta, GA.

Antique Windsor Chair- Thrift Store (You can find similar baskets here)

Bicycle Pillow- Target

Wood/Metal Wall Hooks- Pottery Barn Outlet

Boxwood Wreath- Target


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  • Reply Norma | The House that Will August 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Wow! What a transformation! I love that Windsor chair and the cinema chairs too. And the baskets … and, well, all of it really!
    I have been procrastinating with doing our entryway for the same reasons you mentioned. Seeing this makes me want to bump it up the to-do list.

    • Reply Amanda August 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thank you so much! It’s funny how the entry way can get forgotten but I know so many people who are in the same boat. Good luck on your to-do list! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Roxanne August 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Amazing transformation! I really love the baskets on the wall! Pinning!

    • Reply Amanda August 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much Roxanne! I have been collecting those baskets for a while and I finally found a place for a lot of them. I’m just slightly in love with baskets.

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