Today I am back with a feature in my house tour. I also hope to get all of the rooms and pictures I have shared so far into a post/page linked on my menu bar at the top of the page this week.
So today isn’t necessarily a “room” but it is a very busy and important area of our home. It is the first thing you see when you open the front door!
The front door is the door at the end with my spring green wreath hanging on it. I change up my wreaths on the back of our front door just about as often as I change the ones on the front. Some of you ask where I store all my wreaths – mostly they just get moved to another door (unless they are specifically seasonal like fall/Christmas/Easter.) One day I will do a “wreath tour of my home” post and show you how many I have hanging at one time.
But before we talk about how the entryway looks today, let’s go back in time a bit.
This is how the entryway looked about 3-4 years ago. But that is much better than it looked when first bought it. When we bought our house it had this faux/white-washed entry area only up to halfway of the first doorway. It was a horrible finished – looked like muddy white floors. And then it had carpet from there INTO the half-bath (3rd door on the right) – yuck! Carpet just does not belong in bathrooms. So when we re-carpeted the floors before we moved (it was a HUD/bank-owned home when we bought so we had to re-do all the pet stained carpet when we moved in). It was just a plain, blank space. You can even see in the picture that this was “pre-dining room makeover” too.
We decided to install ceramic tile all the way down the hall and into the half bath. That also helped create a dividing line between entry/hall and the living room. In this picture – office door is on the right next to the front door, then closet door, then 1/2 bathroom. Dining room is to the left. And I am standing in the living room with the eat-in-kitchen and kitchen on my left.
Back to before pictures: I found a thrift store brass light and spray painted it oil-rubbed bronze and hung it a few years ago. . Much better! And I always wanted a bench or a table/dresser so this picture was right after I had finished painting and moved this dresser into the space.
The dresser was a $25 yard sale/flea market find. And if I can find the “before” pictures I will show the before/after of it on Wednesday. It was already white when I bought it but it still needed a good bit of work.
And here is how it sits today.
I actually don’t know if the DIY chalkboard is there in that location to stay. Things like to move around my house. I am actually hoping to find a really neat piece of art or a unique mirror or something to hang there during this spring/summer yard sale shopping season.
And especially when I look at these pictures, I am wanting and needing to add some COLOR! I love my neutrals (and I LOVE white) cause they are easy to decorate seasonally around and go with everything. But they also allow you to add bright pops of colors too. I just seem to chicken out when it comes to committing to a single color.
But as a shop yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets this spring and summer, I am going to be looking for things with COLOR or things that can be spray painted in a fun color – spring green, coral, navy, teal, yellow are my favorites right now.
Not entirely happy with the staging on the dresser, but it is ever evolving. And if I could nail down a color, I would either spray paint the lamps (again) or cover the shades in fabric or stencil them, but once again, I can’t commit. Anyone else have color commitment issues??
I love this dresser! I love the French provincial style of furniture. I love the size. And even though it is “pretty” it really does serve function too.
I plan to share a post soon on what I store in these dresser drawers and in the dresser drawers my $20 dresser in my hall upstairs too. Yes, it is a French provincial dresser too.
Now for the things I want to change:
This is the other side of the hall – closet door and then 1/2 bath door (and the doorway into the office on the left – no door to that room but I would love to add a french door for noise control if it would work).
I would love to do something to dress up this plain hallway even more. Thinking probably some wainscoting? Perfect reason to get to use my nail gun that I got for Christmas! I don’t want to do beadboard so probably a board and batten look.
But then I think that would be a whole lot of WHITE! I could always repaint the dresser in some fun color – gray or heavily distressed teal or something.
And I have been showing my husband quite a few pictures of black painted interior doors, like this one from Adventures in Decorating.
You know, just warming him up for the day I ask if I can paint ours
And I am going to look out for brighter color rug (I actually borrowed this one from the living room/back door.)
So what do you like/dislike? What would you change?
Do you have a problem with color commitment like I do?