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Our entryway project: sneak peek & 3 thoughts about front-door essentials

By Meagan Francis |

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We’re knee-deep in our entryway makeover project, and I will be sharing the final results soon! But I wanted to post a sneak peek and some thoughts about what I’m finding to be some essential principles in creating a practical and attractive front-door staging area:

Work with reality. Our entry is small, and short of knocking down a wall or two, that’s just what we have to deal with. That means that while I’ve fallen in love with several beautiful entry benches, coat trees and more, I’ve had to be realistic about what will fit in my space without over-crowding, and what will be really practical for our family.

Luckily the Martha Stewart Living bench we picked up at Home Depot has just the right dimensions, isn’t too tall for the space, and has enough storage to work for our family of seven.

Extend your entry. Who says an entryway can only encompass the first room you see when you walk in the front door? We’ll be extending the feel of our entry into the living room by painting one wall the same color as our tiny foyer, and using coordinating furniture and accessories in the same styles and shade of dark wood.

Brighten up the rest. The nice thing about an entry is that it’s generally a relatively small space, so if you’re going to take everything out, rip down hooks and put in new furniture, you may as well take the extra step of painting and, if needed, putting down new floors! We didn’t even need the whole box of resilient vinyl tiles we bought, so freshening up both the floor and walls will only cost us about $60. And just wait until you see the final results! Be sure to check back soon for the big reveal.

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Meagan Francis is a mom of five who loves everyday adventures and is in pursuit of a big life with her big family. Her love of family, food, home and travel fuel her writing here and on her blogs The Happiest Home and The Kitchen Hour.
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3 thoughts on “Our entryway project: sneak peek & 3 thoughts about front-door essentials

  1. @JustHeather says:

    We pained our foyer, stairs, and upstairs hallway all one color. I think it helps open everything up and give it a larger look. Great tips!

  2. Danielle says:

    I would love having enough room in our entryway to do a fun project like this! I have seen so many awesome ideas and almost want a new house just to carry them out! Ha!

  3. laurenjimeson says:

    Love that bench! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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