It’s a new week which brings a new project, and for us that means renovating the entryway to our home.
Our home has had dozens of lives. It was built in 1800, and for the last 50 years it’s been a rental property. Like with most rentals it’s been through a lot, and when we first moved in I’ll be honest we weren’t star homemakers either. I was finishing up my degree while running our first business, and Cory was working three different jobs. Improving our home was on a long list of things we wanted to do, but just didn’t have the funds or time to accomplish. We spent all of our extra money on traveling when we could which was great, but as a result our home stayed relatively stagnant. It didn’t grow with us, and when we looked around it no longer felt like a reflection of who we were.
When we moved in - I was all about the color. We picked a different color for every room, and I loved blue tones. For whatever reason (maybe it was learning more about photography) I now can’t stand blue tones. Our entryway is Antique Glass by Benjamin Moore, and while it’s a beautiful color it quickly became dingy in such a high traffic area. We also don’t have a lot of light coming into the entryway so the color never flowed like it would in a room with lots of natural light. Over the summer we’ve focused on updating our home to match our love of Scandinavian design, antiques / thrift finds, and of course highlighting our ever growing plant collection. The entryway seemed like a good next project as it’s the first and last thing people see when they visit our home.
We had carpet put in when we first moved, and while I initially loved the color - it got beat up in the high traffic area. With two cats, and a Bernese Mountain Dog the carpet never stood a chance. We shampooed it every 3 months, and it never quite came clean. It also did a great job at trapping the pet fur, and dust which wasn’t wonderful for our allergies. So the first part of our entryway plan was to take up the carpet on the staircase, and what was underneath wasn’t great.
Our game plan is to repair the stairs, sand, and then paint them a pure white to match the trim. We will paint the walls (you probably guessed it) Mountain Peak White by Benjamin Moore for consistency, and to brighten up the space. We are going to paint the heater vent matte black as well the wall duct to add a little modern feel. You may be thinking the white will be hard to maintain in such a high traffic area, and we completely agree. We anticipate a lot of maintenance, but we think the benefit of the brightness will outweigh the work involved.
We have a few tile options picked out, but haven’t committed to anything yet. The space is also quite narrow so we are on the hunt for a few storage pieces that don’t overpower the room. We also have a couple of shop products we want to incorporate in the final design.
In one word - update. It’s time to take down the photos from our wedding, the wreath from our trip to Waco, and find better storage solutions.
Here are a few pictures I've pulled for inspiration. What do you think of our entryway plans? Would you do anything differently?