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As a crafter and DIY’er, I usually have about 5 projects going on at one time. That means that makeovers and craft projects don’t always get finished quite as quickly as I’d like. Updating the sad state of affairs of my entryway is one of those projects I’ve been working on over the past two months. When I look at the before and after, I definitely think taking my time was totally worth it.
Let’s look at the very embarrassing before:
Small Entryway Refresh: From Boring and Blah To Cute and Cozy Farmhouse Style
That’s the coat rack I updated a few years ago and on the floor is a sensible but boring jute rug. What bothered me most about this space was 1) how dull it was and 2) those fixtures on the wall. Since I can’t remove the security alarm, I opted to conceal it and in the process, I took this little space from boring and blah to cute and cozy.
Since I live in an apartment, I’m not permitted to change the flooring or the wall’s paint color so I had to work around those two factors. To help me, Soft Surroundings kindly sent me two complimentary items to use in my refresh:
You’ll find that these two items played a big part in the makeover of my space. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Oh, my word! I am in love with this space. Huge difference, right?!
The 3’9″ x 5’9″ size rug fit the entryway area perfectly. This wonderfully soft, New Zealand wool carpet evokes the timeless beauty of antique Persian designs. Sage, coral, and taupe medallions and border play against a slightly feathered field that runs from dusty robin’s egg blue to a soft, muted slate gray.
This rug is truly soft. It feels so plush and cozy under my bare feet!
The Claire Petite table is perfect for a small space and the intricate details and finish make it look like it’s vintage. The table is crafted from poplar and as you can see, it has a walnut stained top and a distressed Swedish gray painted base. I placed a basket under the table which fits an extra velvet pillow and a throw blanket.
The lantern is a clearance find from Michael’s. At Christmas time, I’ll probably fill the lantern with something festive but for now, the LED flameless candle gives the entryway a soft, flickering glow at night.
I added a bit of texture to the table top by stringing wooden beads on a piece of twine and adding tassels at the end. The book is a Goodwill find.
The two arches above the table were found at a local antique shop but I have seen them being sold online (similar wall arches here). I was lucky to find the preserved boxwood wreath for a steal on eBay. Have you seen the price of boxwood wreaths lately?! Crazy expensive. This one was under $40 and it adds a nice pop of greenery.
I added an all wood bench in the entryway so there’d be a place to sit to put on shoes, relax, etc., I covered it with a faux fur white throw because I simply love the way it looks and feels. The pillow was made with leftover grain sack fabric which is soft and durable and let’s face it, it screams “farmhouse.”
I made this tray using a piece of balsa wood and layered on black and white chalk paint. Once I distressed the chalk paint with sandpaper, I added two vintage style handles for the finishing touch. Don’t spend tons of money on trays. Make your own.
The silver container was a very lucky find at Goodwill. I mean, look at this gorgeous patina:
Cotton stem bundles are a great way to add texture plus their white color brightens up the area.
This vintage plaque is another Goodwill find and I love the way it looks on the tray with the vintage postcards.
The wooden coat wall hanger was made using a piece of wood from a 1800’s table that was passed down to me from my great-grandmother. The table legs had some serious rot so I decided to dismantle it and use the pieces in other ways. I love that the coat hanger is original and isn’t a copy of everything else out there in blog land.
I can’t remember where I got the milk glass hooks from but they were easy to attach and totally give off that vintage vibe.
I know that some people like to put “Gather” signs in their kitchen or dining room areas but I wanted one for the entryway. I wanted to send the message that all who enter are welcome to come and talk and eat and gather. I found it online at Kirkland’s and priced at only $21.99, it was totally worth it.
The copper baskets underneath the bench are a perfect place to store shoes and winter gear. I love the way they complement the colors of the rug, don’t you?
The mirror was a Hobby Lobby purchase made about three years and surprisingly it’s still available online. Find it here.
It’s a perfect size for small spaces and it’s a solid, quality mirror.
Let’s take another look at both the before and after:
Did you notice that the ugly security alarm disappeared? The scarf is covering it! The bench and baskets are covering the receiver on the bottom. Thank goodness! Anyway, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?
Thank you to Soft Surroundings for generously helping me with this DIY. I appreciate it so much. I can tell you that I want all the things in their store! Get a peek at their goodies by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.