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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Entryway- A Work in Progress

So, the entryway is a work in progress, but I wanted to share where I am in the process right now.  First, let's take a look at where we started. 
Not much going on, right? Yep.  So, I spruced it up a bit.  First, I found a new home for the lovely picture that was hanging there before and then I added a couple of other touches to add some color.  Let's take another look at the after picture.

 By the numbers:

1. Remember that piano bench makeover I did a few weeks ago?  Well, the bench has a new home.  It's a great piece of furniture for the entryway as it allows for storage and a place to sit when putting on or taking off shoes.

2.  I shared the story of these pictures and frames here and here.  A part of me wanted to spend time measuring the frames out perfectly--probably the large part that spent 10 years in a military environment.  But, I broke away from the 'dress-right-dress' mentality and hung them, purposefully, in a random arrangement. As tempted as I was to spend 20+ minutes making sure the frames were straight for the picture, I didn't!  So, if a crooked picture really bothers you, Quick! Look away!

3. I picked up this cute little basket from a store the other day for $5 or so.  I thought it would be wise to have a place to put mail when we walk through the door and we just don't feel like sorting through it yet. Hopefully, this will also deter any urge we have to pile things on the piano bench.  The basket started out white but I decided to paint it a 'claret wine' maroon.  Check out a close-up of the after picture below. 

Well, there you have it, folks!  I still feel like something's missing. I'm gonna keep my eyes peeled for whatever that may be.  If I find it, I'll be sure to share!

What are you working on in your home?  Post your link in a comment!  I'd love to check it out!

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  1. love the entryway -- so simple and classic. Seriously needing to spruce up my entryway -- which dubs as my apartment in its entirety? ha! gotta love NYC.

  2. love the makeover! Saw this on Blue Cricket Designs and fell in love! thanks for sharing!

  3. Love your new yellow frames -- very cheerful! You did a great job on the bench, too. It looks like a nice space to walk into! :)

  4. Looking good Kirsten. I loved the elements individually, and they look great as a whole.

  5. That basket is such a clever idea. Although mine would end up packed to the brim. Lookin good!
    I have a new blog, Would love for you to stop by and say Hi! xo

  6. I love the pops of color!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  7. Super cute! That bench is lovely.

  8. Love the bench! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


  9. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  10. Cute entryway! Love the metal basket and bench!

  11. Everything looks great with the bench! Organization and storage is the key to keeping clutter under control! ;)

  12. What a cute bench!! I love the basket too, great choice!

  13. The basket is brilliant. I must remember that idea.

  14. Hi! I saw you were a new follower so I stopped by to check out your blog and ohmygracious... I love! You have so much craftiness going on! I don't know if I can do anything creative other than cook.... haha! Also, on a more serious note, thank you for your service! ... Your blog is an instant follow for me. I can't wait to see more :)


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