Front Entry Progress

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.


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20 Responses to Front Entry Progress
  1. Andrea
    March 6, 2012 |

    Looks clean and fresh now. Love the color on the door.

  2. Mindy
    March 6, 2012 |

    WOW! It never ceases to amaze me what a new coat of paint can do. And I love, love, love the door color. I’ve contemplated painting mine – it’s white now – but don’t know if it would work since it opens up directly into our living room. Hmmmm, I’d better consult Pinterest. :o)
    And I remember that light post! I can’t believe it’s been a year!

  3. Jessica@HomewithBaxter
    March 6, 2012 |

    Wow, it looks great! I love how you painted the inside side of your front door a color other than white. I’ll have to try that.

  4. Jayne Barbour
    March 8, 2012 |

    love the colors! awesome idea to paint the inside of the door. one day!

  5. Jayne Barbour
    March 8, 2012 |

    PS-I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Moravian Star! And know that I can keep my eye out for one of any kind and convert it to a hanging light fixture like you did!

  6. Laurel@Ducks in a Row
    March 9, 2012 |

    What a difference just painting the door made – that’s my plan for my back door, same color and everything!

  7. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    March 10, 2012 |

    Loving that door colour! It sure makes a statement now. :)

  8. Molly Cash
    March 11, 2012 |

    I love it! That wall color and door color really transformed the space! On the picture head on of the dresser I see a glimpse of blue on the left side-what is that? Show me more of the cuteness!! That nook area will be great for a mini mudroom!!

  9. Megan
    March 11, 2012 |

    That looks simply amazing! The color on the door is terrific!

  10. Lisa @ Creative Raisins
    March 11, 2012 |

    Beautiful entry way. I am in love with the color you painted the door, it gives the space a whole new feel

  11. Roeshel
    March 12, 2012 |

    Beautiful! The door is stunning. I love the color! Just that made a big difference! I love it!

  12. Katie @ Newcomb Home
    March 12, 2012 |

    Wow – That looks great! I love the idea of painting the inside of the door a fun color. I may have to try that! Visiting from The DIY Showoff – thank you for sharing!

  13. Crystal, your entry is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up at my paint color party. I’m featuring this tomorrow morning!

  14. Kim
    March 14, 2012 |

    I have been toying with painting my front door for a while.. This may just be the inspiration I needed. Thanks so much for posting!

  15. […] The Weekend Homemaker painted their front entry Sherwin Williams Natural Choice (walls) and Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue (door). I love that they painted the inside of the front door a color. And check out that light fixture! Beautiful job. […]

  16. wuthering.heights
    March 17, 2012 |

    Beautiful! So crisp!

  17. Cyndi @ The Decorating Chica
    March 27, 2012 |

    Nice updates. It’s amazing what small updates can do to a room, huh?

  18. Laura @ ThisFelicitousLife
    January 4, 2013 |

    Beautiful! Just found your post via Pinterest. I painted the inside of my front door red, just on a whim a few months ago. I’m so glad I did. I didn’t prime at all, and I probably put latex paint on oil-based paint. So, it might not last but it sure looks nice for now.

  19. Bindy
    February 19, 2013 |

    What a great brightener to your entry way. I am in the process of selling my 1975 oak woodwork traditional 2 story home and am wondering if I should do this to my dark door. Thoughts???

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