Another home project down!! We are on a ROLL!!! (Except that, well, we started this project about 9 months ago… *cough cough* *shifty eyes*
When Jonathan and I bought our home, one of the first things we mutually agreed to work on was the entryway. In our little 1950’s ranch style home, the floor plan had the classic boxy entrance with a coat closet… functional but closed off, boring and boxy. The previous owners had a LOT of great ideas for upgrades, but they kind of did things halfway. So when they decided to turn the closet into a mudroom of sorts, it was a GREAT idea… that kind of fell flat.
They pretty much just removed the rolling closet doors, painted the walls, and then nailed some 2×6’s into the wall as a makeshift bench. The bones of a great entryway were there, but it was so raw that it just felt.. I dunno, tacky?
When the home appraiser came out, he even put in the house report under “negatives” that “the entryway closet doors are missing”. The “entryway” clearly was just that… a closet with doors missing. We decided we’d change that! We wanted to make a room that felt like it BELONGED to the entryway, with no sniff of closet to it!
Here are a couple of before and after pictures… check it out!!
How the entryway looked on the day we moved in. You can see how this has SO MUCH potential. There wasn’t anything I really wanted to drastically change about the concept.. I just wanted to polish it, flush it out and FINISH it!
You can see how they just left the sliding door tracks intact..
They also left the original paint splattered baseboards inside the recessed closet area, along with random holes in the drywall. (They also didn’t clean or sweep before they moved out, haha!) And did I mention I am NOT a fan of the dirty looking brown tile??!
The Upgrades We Made to the Entryway
Here is a quick rundown of the upgrades we made! First things first, we could NOT have done this project without the help and generous support of our friends, the Buckleys. Not only did they lend their expertise on woodworking with baseboards and such, but they loaned us ALL of the hardware and tools for this project – the nail guns, the saws, the drills… pretty much EVERYTHING.
Secondly, the paint that I used for this project was graciously provided by AFM Safecoat Paints. We were delighted to use this eco friendly primer and paint for our baseboards, casing, crown molding shelf and entryway bench.. I’ll be following up with a review of this awesome product SOON, so keep an eye out for it!
So on to the project details! We decided to rip out ALL of the baseboards, molding and door casings in the entryway, living room, kitchen and dining room and replace it with a nice bold, thick, beautiful design. This way the entryway baseboard and door frame had a flawless flow throughout the entire living area. Nowhere do the moldings feel jarring or different or set apart – they finally all match!
We also changed out the outdated lighting fixture to something simple, modern and energy efficient. We switched out the light switch cover to a beautiful black and brass cover. We fixed up chips and cracks in the tile, painted it a beautiful flat slate grey, and then added some quarter round floor transitions (the tile previously had a very jarring unfinished edge with a half inch drop to the hardwood).
We filled the drywall holes and touched up the paint, then we made and installed a crown molding shelf and coat rack. Next we added decorative molding to the 2×6 boards and had it flow into the doorframe casing to make it appear less “boards nailed to the wall” and more “finished artisan bench”. (I also added a much thicker cushion than the one they previously had.) Then we bought some shoe baskets to put under the bench! And voila!!! New and improved entryway! Check it out!
Now the baseboards for the entire entryway match and flow into the baseboards for the rest of the main living area. The tile also has an oak transition strip instead of just dropping off abruptly to the hardwood floor. Also note the new light switch plate and light fixture!
No more closet door tracks, or even signs of a closet door! The entry way has a finished open look, without a hint of a previous door frame.
Check out the new veneer on the ceramic tiles! This project was a LOT OF WORK, but I think it was certainly worth it! I hated the brown broken tiles, and no matter how clean they were… they ALWAYS looked dirty! The slate grey blue works well with the surrounding wall colors, and the flat tone feels great and looks good (and is easy to clean!)