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Monday, April 27, 2015

Entryway Redecorating Ideas ...

For awhile now, I've been sharing bits and pieces of our entryway redecorating project...today I'll show you the whole space!  No major changes...but there was a lot of painting and brightening up...


This is a naturally dark space in our home. There are doors at each end, but one goes out into our sunporch, so the light is indirect.  Three years ago, we did the first redecorating of this space- there was a huge change then, as we took down floral wallpaper!  Check out the link...it was quite a before and after lol!  
This time, we just took it up a notch by lightening up the wainscoting.  We used Behr's Satin Enamel in Swiss Coffee...the upper walls are Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray.
We have a split level house with stairs going up and down when you enter, so the entryway needs to be organized so there aren't shoes and coats everywhere!  
Here's some photos of what's going on now...
When you enter the house, there is the
bench re-do project I shared recently...



On the other side of the front door, my husband and I put together some fun artwork.  We have been doing lots of ancestry research lately, and my husband discovered a 1905 plat map of his great-grandparents farm in the township.  It was particularly meaningful as he lived on the farm and even went to a one-room schoolhouse shown on the map.  He ordered a copy from Historic Map Works (not a sponsor, just a wonderful source) and we framed it out, for a really personalized piece of art!




Another project we tackled here was repainting the newel post, and all of the spindles and base in the same white.  We left the railing stained as it gets a lot of use.  But the white paint gave it a very clean, unified look.  The rugs in both areas of the entryway are matching...they are from IKEA.



I recently shared this chalkboard project 
but not the rest of the vignette...





We decided to re-do this old dresser we had in the space.  It had been refinished in the 70s and neither of us liked it. 



Some Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in the Yesteryear color did the trick...
(I'm a blogger for DecoArt, but purchased this paint myself)



See the fun old brushes?  I got that idea from the talented Mary Alice on this post at Chateau Chic.  When I saw what she had done, I knew I needed to display some of my old paint brushes...


The coat rack/bench area was just brightened up with paint and redecorated with some of my vintage globes.  You can visit this post to see how easy it was to create this bench project!



The big galvanized tubs hide shoes...they are inexpensive at Walmart.  I'm going to be adding some old numbers to them...




Opposite of this bench, is my faux fireplace.  It was a display my husband built for one of my antique booths.  Now it adds architectural interest and a fun mantel to decorate...









Next to the mantel area, I painted a big sign on
  a thrifted canvas...




And finally, on the stairway going downstairs, I hung part of an old school map.  I used the roller to hang it with jute, 
and mounted the bottom to an old yardstick.  
It gives a real pop of color to a large empty wall...




That's it...you can see I loved using my maps and retro goodies in the space!  Hope you found something to inspire you!

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