I am so excited to be sharing with you my DIY Small Entryway Makeover. Scroll through to check out how we transformed this space from boring, bare, and dated to fresh, modern, and stylish!
DIY Small Entryway Makeover
When we first moved into our home, we knew we wanted to eventually do some home renovations. A lot of the rooms were nice but were showing their age (either through dated paint colour choices or scratches and dings on the walls) and we wanted to eventually give the whole house a nice refresh.
The first place we revamped was our Dining Room. We loved how that room really transformed with a fresh coat of paint and so we thought it may be high time to start tackling the paint projects elsewhere in our home.
At the beginning of quarantine (when I was going REAL stir-crazy), I decided to take the opportunity to paint some of the other rooms in our house. The first room I decided to paint was our bedroom because I really was not a fan of that deep teal-blue shade on the walls. It was a big project and I have to say that halfway through painting our bedroom I was definitely thinking the blue may not have been all that bad.
With the leftover paint (Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee), I decided to paint our entryway. We had just enough, and since I loved the colour we had chosen so much I was happy to see it being used in multiple spots in our home.
Let’s Talk About the Paint!
So you likely have noticed that there’s quite a bit going on with the entryway paint. I had originally planned on just painting this with the leftover Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee Paint, throwing up 3 frames with some simple art in them, and re-hanging my great grandma’s mirror.
Maybe it was just a creative moment, or maybe it was a COVID-19 lockdown craze, but I decided that the upper part of wall needed something more unique. So, we painted on this triangle/line pattern and added a wood bar to break up the pattern from the bottom of the wall, and then added some hooks to the wooden bar for some extra hanging space.
About halfway through painting the black lines on the wall, I was pretty concerned that I had made a major mistake. But now that it’s all done, and everything’s all hung up, I absolutely love it.
The white paint colour we used for this space was Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee. Swiss Coffee is a neutral off-white paint that leans on the warm-side. It isn’t a super warm shade so you won’t notice that it has a lot of yellow in it, but it is warmer and slightly deeper than some of their other popular paint colours, like Chantilly Lace.
For our bedroom, I had wanted the walls to be white without being too stark or bright which is why I settled on Swiss Coffee – rather than Chantilly Lace which I had originally thought we would do. When I had tried a test of Chantilly Lace in our bedroom, I found that it looked very stark and blue-toned and that just wasn’t what I was looking for.
The black paint I used to create the lines on the upper part of the wall was just some simple black acrylic paint that I got at the dollar store a while back. It’s held up really well in the months since and I am still very happy with how it looks!
The wood piece was actually something we already had in our garage. I decided to just sand it down and stain with the Varathane Weathered Oak Stain, which we already had at home as well. I also sanded down our stairway railing and stained it to match the wood wall beam, and I spray painted the hardware on the stairway railing black.
Let’s Talk About the Details:
Picture Frames and Art:
The picture frames on the wall were from Ikea. These frames we already had so they were not a new purchase. They use to hang above our bed in our last apartment, but we hadn’t yet found a spot for them in our new home.
When we began our small narrow entryway makeover I thought they may work here, but I really had no idea just how great they would look in the end. I had originally planned on ordering prints to fill these frames but instead, I just took an afternoon and drew some simple line art flowers instead.
I am so happy with how clean, simple, and stylish they look and how they break up the print on the wall a bit. If you’re not into drawing your own though, then you can find loads of line art prints on Amazon!
The mirror on the wall was actually my great grandma’s so unfortunately, I cannot provide a perfect “dupe” for this one. But, there are tons of beautiful mirrors out there, here are a few of my favourites:
I purchased these hooks on Amazon from a retailer named Franklin Brass. These hooks were their “Franklin Brass FBCHHB5-FB-C Ball End Wall Coat and Hat Hook in Flat Black” and they came in a 5 pack which was exactly the amount we needed to properly fill our wall/wood beam.
We absolutely love the look of these hooks. They have a vintage feel/vibe to them yet still look very modern in the space. The finish on them is a lovely matte black. I was really happy about this as I wanted the finish to match the matte black paint on the walls and the hardware on the stairway railing.
How much did this entryway makeover cost?
The only things we purchased for this makeover was the paint and the hooks. The paint was definitely the most expensive part of this makeover as it cost $70, and the primer was $40. However, we used this paint can for this space as well as the bedroom so it really did go a long way. The hooks were $19.00 which I thought was a really good deal.
So in total, I would say we spent about $150 on this space which is a pretty affordable entryway makeover!
The most important thing to do when you’re attempting to makeover a room without breaking the bank is to re-use and re-vamp what you already have at home. For example, we already had paint tools, the wood accent piece, the picture frames, the mirror, and the acrylic paint (which I use for the accent wall).
Another saving opportunity is with the art you put up on the walls. Rather than purchase expensive prints, I decided just to draw my own art. I actually did this also for our bedroom makeover. This is just one more easy way to keep the cost of a room makeover down a bit.
Is this space completely finished?
Is any space really ever finished? No. We still have lots we would like to do to this area, but for now we are happy with it.
We eventually want to update the stairs (that carpet has got to go!), open up the wall next to the stairs and replace it with wood posts, and maybe open up the wall underneath the stairs and install a little wine cellar under there!
I would also like to eventually swap out the lighting fixtures for black fixtures that will match the rest of the hardware in our home.
I would like to eventually get a new entryway mat – but I haven’t found one that I love just yet.
We LOVE our DIY Small Entryway Makeover!
I absolutely love how everything turned out and I am so happy that this space really feels like our own now.