Entryway Updates

I know I keep saying that I’m done with the living/dining/entryway that I just painted, for the 2nd time, but I guess I can’t leave well enough alone. I see something that doesn’t look quite right and I have to change it…as in right now.

Entryway Updates upholstered bench and turquoise front door | chatfieldcourt.com

Let’s take a look back to right after we moved in last June before anything was painted. This was the only picture I could find (those packages are my first set of living room blinds) but you can see the white front door, white closet door, swine colored walls and green marble on the half wall.

Entryway Updates before | chatfieldcourt.comThe first thing I did was to paint the door a lovely shade of blue, Ben Moore Blue Lake. I also added a bench to put on our shoes, some carpet squares and a coat rack made with an old piece of wood and 3 numbered hooks.

Entryway Updates turquoise front door | chatfieldcourt.comThe inside of the door was plain, no molding, so I decided to try to paint “faux” molding to give it a little style, I explained how I did it here. I also painted the walls with Ben Moore Thunder.

Entryway Updates | Chatfield Court.comThis was how I left the space for a few months, but the white closet door bothered me. There was just too much going on with the blue door, in such a small space, so I decided to paint it the same color as the walls. We also built and painted a wooden cap to cover the green marble on the half wall. Things are starting to shape up!

Entryway Updates | Chatfield Court.com

After the really long winter we just had, and because this North facing room gets no direct sunlight, I found that the paint color on the walls was just too dark. I decided to change the color and go for something lighter so I painted them Ben Moore Gray Owl at 50% strength.

Entryway Updates | Chatfield Court.comI was loving the lighter and brighter color but I felt that I needed to add a little something to the wall where the coat rack hangs and I’ve also been wanting to paint the bench that was all dinged up. I like my silver deer head but he was looking a little lonely, so after searching for something to hang with him, and not finding anything I liked that would fit in the small wall space, I decided to make my own art. I had several small frames that I spray painted black and I added maps highlighting the towns in the states that we have lived in…New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.

Entryway Updates | Chatfield Court.comI also gave Mr. lonely silver deer a makeover using oil rubbed bronze and some gold spray paint (love the shiny gold). I ended up spending about $12 to buy two cans of spray paint to do these updates, since I already had the deer head and frames and I printed the maps. Big changes in a small space for not a lot of money.

Entryway Updates | Chatfield Court.comThere are still a few things I would like to change down the road, like changing out the storm door and I really want to get a new front door that has some windows to lighten up this area. I’m thinking that I want to put a cushion on the bench too, it gets dinged up easily from Finn’s leash and the car keys, but that can wait a while.

Update: I finally upholstered the bench and this is what the entryway looks like today. You can check out my tutorial on upholstering the bench here.

Entryway Updates upholstered bench | chatfieldcourt.com

Do you ever just look at something in your house and think that you have to change it…like now? Tell me I’m not the only one.

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  1. Monday,June 9, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    Kristi, I came into reading your blog after you made the changes to the entryway so although I thought it looked great I didn’t see the before and after. I could understand your reasoning for the changes you made and I can relate to the front door thing! My entryway is even smaller, if you can imagine that! And I have the front door and closet door thing too! We don’t use our front door because we have a door from the garage, but company does use the front door. It’s always an area that I want to change too. So you’re not the only one! I think what you have done looks great and I like the bench in black and the wall decorations are perfect! Looking forward to seeing your guest bedroom.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:45 pm

      Hi MJ. I remember you telling me about your small entryway and we discussed using the carpet tiles in the space. I’m sure you get that it is a difficult space to decorate so I appreciate your kind words.
      As always, thanks so much for visiting!

  2. Monday,June 9, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    That is a tuff space! You did a great job. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Liz. It is a tough space to decorate (and to photograph) and I have a feeling that I will always be tweaking it.

  3. Shirlee
    Monday,June 9, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Love the idea of the maps representing places you have lived and Mr. Deer stands out with his new snazzy paint job. He was kinda lost with his previous look against the gray walls.
    Replacing your front door with one that has a window will make a huge difference. Our entryway is approx. 3 feet by 3 feet and the previous owners did replace both the front and back doors with a vented window style. They’re kinda “blah” and probably not what I would have chosen but I’m glad they didn’t opt for a solid door.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks Shirlee. I agree about Mr. Deer fading into the background. I like him much better.
      Wow, your entryway is small too. I’m sure the window in your door makes a huge difference. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into a new door but he sees that the door we have is in ok shape, so he doesn’t think it’s necessary (I do get his point). Sooner or later he’ll get tired of me talking about it and we’ll get a new door. 😉
      Thank you for visiting and for commenting. I truly appreciate it.

  4. Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I love the pretty shades of blue on your door! I’d love to paint the interior of my home’s front door another color (it’s now white), but my husband would hate it! 🙁

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Lauren! My husband wasn’t thrilled about it either and he didn’t think the “faux” molding would work but I think he is ok with it now.

  5. Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Love the blue door and the changes you have made. I can definitely relate to wanting to change or tweaks things in my house constantly.

    Deb @ Seeking Lavender Lane

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 9, 2014 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you Deb. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one! 😉

  6. Tuesday,June 10, 2014 / 7:36 am

    That looks great. I really like the color of the door, and the idea of using maps as art (while it may have sounded odd) looks right in the picture. For some reason I think Mr Deer needs a fedora hanging off one of his antlers *grins*

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 10, 2014 / 11:14 am

      thanks Manda. I wasn’t sure about using the maps but I like them. Hmmm…a fedora…interesting idea. 😉

  7. Tuesday,June 10, 2014 / 11:13 am

    Oh, I’m always looking around the house thinking about what I can change next! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one 🙂

    Your entry is looking really good 🙂 Love the blue on the front door and the glossy black bench. And great idea to paint the closet door the same colour as the walls.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 10, 2014 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly. I’m still loving the Blue Lake on the door. I have to restrain myself from painting it on everything. Glad I’m not the only one with the “what to change next” affliction. 😉

  8. Wednesday,June 11, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Don’t worry we all have the same addiction 🙂 Love the blue door. Its gorgeous! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 11, 2014 / 12:37 am

      Thank you Anu! I appreciate your visit and will head over to see you.

  9. Friday,June 13, 2014 / 12:49 am

    I LOVE your beautiful blue front door!!! I’m featuring it tomorrow in my Friday Features… so pretty! Thanks for linking up!

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 13, 2014 / 2:05 am

      Wow, that’s so great! Thanks so much Maryann.

  10. MariaElena
    Friday,June 13, 2014 / 7:35 am

    Love your entryway! The color of your door is beautiful. I can relate, I am also always changing things. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 13, 2014 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s nice to see others in the “always changing things” club. 🙂 I appreciate your visit.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 16, 2014 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Dawn! There’s always seems to be a long to do list, isn’t there? 😉

  11. Monday,June 16, 2014 / 9:30 am

    this is so pretty. I never would have thought making it even lighter would have changed that much, but it did. The door is wonderful, it is so bright and pretty. I also love the ceiling light. I noticed it and am in love with it. Love all of the small details

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 16, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words Emily! I was surprised at how much the color change made. I’m glad that I did it. I appreciate your visit.

  12. Wednesday,June 25, 2014 / 9:45 am

    That looks really cute! I love the color of your door. You’re definitely not the only one that can’t leave things alone. If I have an idea, I can’t stop thinking about it until I do something about it. Even if I did just paint or change the same thing a short time ago! #wakeupwednesday

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 25, 2014 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks so much. I can’t stop thing about something until I do something about it too. I’m glad I’m not alone.

  13. Monday,June 30, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    That faux molding is too cool!!! Amazing transformation, Kristi!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 30, 2014 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks so much Kristi! I appreciate your visit.

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