Our entry is definitely a work in progress. It is SMALL and weird, which makes it interesting to decorate. Especially since I have no set “style” or “taste” in decorating. I love pretty much everything & every color. Ugh! Guess I’ll just have to change it up often!
The entry is shaped like a “T”. The front door is at the top of the “T” and off to the right, with stairs to the left and the den to the right when you walk in. The top of the “T” is 12’3″ long, with the den side being 57″wide and the stair side being 39″ wide. The leg of the “T” is 15’5″ long and 39.5″ wide. So, it’s a wonky “T”. Is “wonky” a word?
Anyway, we started with some fabulous 1986 rose colored wallpaper under the chair rail and parquet flooring. Need a visual? Here ya go!
Lovely, right? Not so much. We hopped on the DIY Wainscoting bandwagon and then put down new laminate flooring when we did the kitchen floors. SOO much better! We’d still love to paint above the wainscoting, but with the 2 story ceiling, we know we’ll probably have to hire that done. However, the wall facing the front door has a low ceiling, so I got to thinking. (Which is dangerous, by the way.) It was looking a little boring…… Oooh! time for some STRIPES! Yep, yep, yep! I headed out to Lowe’s for some painter’s tape and gray paint. I knew the stripes HAD to be gray. I love stripes! The color is Valspar’s Cathedral Stone.
I had painted some stripes on the wall in our powder room & learned quickly that I did NOT want narrow stripes on this wall. Waaayyy too much work! So, I went with 12″ stripes above the chair rail. That gave me an odd number of stripes, which I just think looks better. I taped it off & started painting. Realized I needed more paint. Ran back to Lowe’s. Came home and finished the stripes. I’m just good like that at planning. 🙂
57″ sounds like a lot of space until you try standing in it to take a picture. So, I had to step out onto the porch for the rest. I added this little game table, but it was just too small.
I hit all the thrift stores in our area for a dresser, because Pinterest told me that was the way to go. No luck. Yet. But, I was able to talk one of my girls out of her dresser so it’s in there now. I changed the hardware and slapped a lamp on top of it. It isn’t perfect, but it’s getting there. If I don’t find a dresser/chest by Spring, I’ll just paint this one. The idea of which is killing my husband. “You’re going to PAINT the OAK dresser?!” “Yes.” He’ll come around.
The lamp has since been redone (surprise!) with some paint & a slipcover for the lampshade. I’ll share that another day. The dresser knobs are now a cool antiquish aqua blue. The best part (other than the stripes) is how much storage this will give us for lightbulbs, batteries, emergency candles, etc. (By the way, notice the new laminate floors? Love!)