Entryway Before & After

Entry Before & After

We repainted several rooms in our house WAY back in October, but things got kinda crazy in November and December around here, so the "redecorating" had to take a back seat.  We're still lacking several things, but since it doesn't look like things will be "FINISHED" for a while...so I thought I'd post a few photo updates of the other rooms we painted.

I've already shared the Kitchen and Dining Room and my office before and afters.  Now, let's look at the entryway.

Here it was BEFORE:

Entry Way Before

What you can't see in this picture is how dirty those walls are, and how many giant holes there are up there on the wall (next to the B & A).

We painted the walls and ceiling the same color as my office (Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray 7043), repaired all the walls, and cleaned all the baseboards.  Amazing what a little elbow grease can fix!

When we started putting everything back, I decided to take down the plate holders with frames in them and retire 'em.  They've been around a long long time. :)  Instead, we put back our monogram, family tree canvas, and brought in the secretary desk that I'd had refinished not too long ago.


Entry After

Here's a view from the stairway, looking toward the front door. 


Entry Before

and AFTER:

Entry After

The framed print by the door is the original building permit for our house.  We found it in the garage after we moved here, and thought it was pretty neat looking.  The entryway just seems like the right place for it to stay!

I'm still shopping for the right rug for this space, but haven't come across the right thing quite yet...

The two buckets next to the desk aren't exactly a "decorating" choice, but they have been VERY functional - so they're staying! These are the kids' junk buckets.  Anytime we find something of theirs laying in the living room, kitchen, stairway, or my office, it goes in the bucket.  At the end of the day, they carry their buckets upstairs and put everything away before bedtime. 

We've been doing this a few weeks now and it's worked PERFECTLY.  The kids are glad they don't have to put their stuff away immediately.  We're happy there's not junk all over the "adult" areas of the house (especially the kitchen island), and they've been happy to put it all away when it's time to do it. 

Speaking of functional spaces...the entryway is also our school bag and homework central area.  We kept the little board with coat hooks just like it was before.  Four hooks - two for coats and two for backpacks - for two little kids. :)

Entry After

When the kids get home from school everyday, they unload their lunch bags and backpacks and hang them and their coats up here. 

Entry After

Then, I sort all the papers that come home at this desk, and Ayla does her homework at it - we just open the desk up and scoot the chair over for her).  This has helped keep papers and books and "stuff" from cluttering up the kitchen island or my desk and then Ayla has a dedicated space to do her homework.

Entry After

The top dresser drawer of the desk holds folders for each kid, with all the schoolwork we are saving throughout the year.  We also keep the little photo albums that hold all our postcards from Noni, as well as any coupons or flyers that we need to hold onto in the top drawers of the desk.

So that's it. Entry way is mostly done. :)   And it's turned into a functional space, instead of just being a walkway.  Yay.

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20 comments so far:

Susie@bowdabra said:

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Visit us again next week and link up more awesome stuff!

Have a great week!

Sarah(sweetgirl) said:

Great job Andrea! You house is so pretty. Love how clean and organized everything is.


BeColorful said:

Loved this and I am featuring it tonight on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

Mariel said:

Looks great! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

Ruth said:

Your entry looks lovely. The secretary looks wonderful there as well as all the organization and decor.

Selene Galindo said:

You did an amazing job! I love the wall color...thanks for posting and inspiring!

Selene Galindo said:

It looks great! You did an awesome job!

Roeshel said:

Great way to make the most of this space! Our entryway is often cluttered. It awesome when everything has a place rather than being dumped right inside the door! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Mary Catherine said:

Thanks for sharing how you changed up your entryway. I have a very small one because I live in an apartment, but putting up hooks for backpacks and coats helped. What helped me the most, though, was adding a shoe cabinet from IKEA. It has helped a lot! :)

Kaye Swain said:

Very lovely AND practical. Such a delightful combination. And a fun visit for Rednesday!

Carissa said:

also, the change of paint color makes such a huge difference!!!

Carissa said:

I love it! I have my entryway on my to-do list for this year. it HAS to be functional. I love what you've done!

Laurie @ Simply Creating Home said:

I love how a fresh coat of paint makes a room feel brand new! The junk buckets are a wonderful idea!

Tricia said:

Love the idea of the "junk buckets!" Your entry looks great!

Roxana said:

It looks so good, and you organized everything so well. great ideas! Love the family tree canvas ;)

Dropped by from Manic Monday. Have a blessed week!

Kirsten said:

It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do to a room, isn't it? This looks beautiful and cozy. Great job! I found you on Skip to My Lou!

Jill said:

Great makeovers! That desk is just gorgeous - and so nice that you're making full use of it! Perfect for homework time!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Ladonna said:

Looks awesome! Will you come to my house & organize my life too?!

audreyeden said:

It all looks great! Sooooooo.... functional! How does Ayla work at that desk? I always remembered it being too high to sit at with that chair?

Andrea said:

I think she sits on her knees...but it works. :)

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