Friday, March 8, 2013

Home Entry Revamp–Part2

Yesterday I showed you the new shoe cubbies my T and his friend built for me.  Today I’m back with pictures of the finished space.  Let’s look at the before again, shall we?  I wanted to swap out the light, remove the pot lids, paint the walls, remove anything that didn’t need to be there and replace the dinky hooks….so I did.  You may be wondering why I left the skillets – I like having them hanging since storage space in my kitchen is limited and hanging them keeps them in better shape than stacking them so for now, they stay where they are. They are in easy reach to the kitchen and get used daily.


First up – the paint. I chose a gorgeous gray by Valspar that we had color matched at Sherwin Williams in their matte paint. My T is a professional painter and he swears by SW so I figured I’d stray from my usual Glidden. Since there wasn’t much wall space that wasn’t the faux brick and the ceiling angles were weird, I requested that they paint the walls and ceiling gray and the shoe cubbies and faux brick glossy white.




Look – even my tall winter boots fit in the cubbies with room to spare! Did I mention how in love with the cubbies I am?!? A few times? Well, I’ll say it again!  Did you notice anything in that ceiling picture? I bought a new glass pendant from Shades of Light to replace the ugly old fixture – it is the Young House Love Bubble Glass Pendant. I love the light (less than $50!) but I wasn’t thrilled with the glue traces that were on the inside of the glass when it arrived. It took quite a lot of time to get that removed but for the cost and the look of the light, I decided it was worth the extra cleaning effort.  I forgot to remove the sticker on the base when I took the pictures, but here she is cut to size to fit my space.



The hanging rack full of pot lids was replaced with a $10 mirror from Target (on sale) and some cup hooks to hang my keys/sunglasses since every girl needs a mirror by the door for last minute hair/makeup spot checks and a place to hang her keys.


I love that you see the reflection of the plants in the kitchen in the mirror and the touch of blue adds some nice color to the space. I chose this mirror for its size (the space is narrow but tall), the cost was perfect, the touch of blue had me at hello and the wood ties into the wood floors in the adjoining kitchen.  I chose to use simple white cup hooks for keys since I didn’t want them to stand out or compete with my gorgeous new coat hooks.


What coat hooks? These brass beauties! I bought five of these hooks from Anthropologie for $8 each (originally $20 but on clearance). In fact, I cleaned out both Anthro stores here in Michigan to get them all.



Finally, I swapped out my old door deadbolt with an electronic one for easier access (for me anyway) to the home. Since the exterior of this entrance is not covered, I didn’t want to have to mess with keys while trying to enter the house in the snow or rain. Perhaps some updates will be made to the entrance in the summer – we’ll see!


That’s it! Here’s a last picture of the entire entrance, which is incredibly hard to capture on film since the space is so small. Small – but now, extremely functional!


The hallway isn’t the only space to get a new coat of paint – I’ll be back with pictures of other revamped spaces!

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