There’s nothing like hosting a party to get you motivated to finish a project. Over the last two weeks, we took a slight detour from updating our family room to focus on the front entry area. We typically use out back door but when we have non-family guests over, we use the front entry. Obviously, we haven’t had non-family guests in a while or I might have tackled this project sooner.
You can see in the picture below that I had painted a few samples of paint in here oh, about a year ago; didn’t like them, but never decided on another color. The first samples I chose, and lived with for a year, were in the grey/blue family and ended up being too gloomy.
Our house is a ranch built in 1960 with low ceilings and narrow hallways. Therefore, I wanted a color that would open those areas up and lighten them a bit.
But before we move on, let’s take a peak at the dated before shot. Brass ceiling light; check. Too small, too low mirror; check. Dingy trim; check. Louvered bi-fold doors; check.
In order to open the space, the first thing we did was remove the louvered doors that lead to the hallway.
Next, we replaced the brass fixture with this moravian star light. It was actually a lamp, but you can read here how I converted it to a hard-wired ceiling fixture (which also happens to be my very first blog post almost one year ago).
A few weeks ago, after some research, we settled on Sherwin Williams Natural Choice Paint Color for the walls in the entry and hallway, along with bright white off-the-shelf paint for the trim. SW Natural Choice is a soft tan with a hint of grey that looks clean and crisp against the bright white trim.
I forgot to get a shot of the inside of the front door before I primed it but it was the same dingy, cream color as the trim. I used an oil based primer to seal and cover the door and trim since it was previously painted with oil based paint. This is essential if you plan to paint over an oil based paint with water-based paint. If you use a water-based primer or paint over oil based paint, it won’t last and will peel off over time. Therefore, the trick is to prime with an oil based primer and then paint over it with water-based, latex paint.
To add a little color to this neutral space, we chose to paint the front door Benjamin Wythe Blue, the same color we painted the family room. The mirror, we had in another room of the house and I relocated it to the entry. So with a couple coats of paint, and some items we already had, we were able to brighten and lighten the space.
The space still needs some accessories and I’m planning to turn the little nook next to the door into a little coat check area with a bench, some baskets and some hooks (similar to this inspiration photo).
Though not yet finished, removing a few dated items and adding a few coats of fresh paint, took 20 years off this dated entry’s appearance.
What are your favorite tricks for updating your home?