Today I’m finally sharing our shaker inspired entryway makeover with you guys, and I can’t tell you how much I’m loving this tiny, yet character filled space!
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Hey friends! Back in June I gave you a tour and shared our shaker inspired entryway makeover plans to for our back mudroom area. Did you catch what I said? Back in June. It’s now September, and you’d think that such a tiny space would never take four months to complete.
Some makeovers happen quickly, but others just take time. Especially when you have little ones and you’re working in an area that gets a lot of traffic!
I’m sure we all wish we could snap our fingers and see projects completed overnight, but that’s not usually reality – in fact it rarely is. So be encouraged friends!
Let’s go back to what this space looked like before.
Pretty scary, huh? This back entry area has been an eyesore for a while, but it’s just never been a priority. I’m so happy that we were finally able to give it some love!
The first area that we needed to address was the ceiling. We had some water damage a few years back but never got around to patching the ceiling, so we decided to focus on that first.
My husband covered the entire ceiling in bead board panelling and then painted it white, and things were already looking better. Rather than trimming out the bead board with crown molding or quarter round, we decided to use some extra reclaimed beams from a local barn that was burnt down earlier this year.
You can read more about those reclaimed beams, how we cut them and where we installed them here if you’re interested!
I cannot tell you how much I love these rustic beams on the ceiling in this space. They add so much character and warmth, and I love how they draw your eyes upward.
We hung the lantern fixture that used to be hanging above our kitchen sink, and it’s perfect in this space. I’m often asked where I got it, and unfortunately it was a clearance item at Lowe’s years ago.
After finishing the ceiling we turned our attention to the walls. I decided to keep the upper portion of the walls white (a basic trim paint off the shelf of our local True Value), and painted the lower portion with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
We also added shaker style pegs and kept them the natural wood which I absolutely love. I found a $2 peg rack for the wall off the kitchen, and it ties in nicely to the rest of the space.
The next project we took on was the stair treads. Before, they were covered in ugly yellow linoleum tiles that we tried to cover with inexpensive, faux slate stick on tiles that we installed when we moved in.
They worked fine for the time being, but I wanted to bring warmth to this space and bring more character to the stair way. My husband built brand new stair treads using common pine boards, and I stained them with a mixture of Weathered and Pickled Oak as well as Early American, all by Minwax.
We also built new treads and a new handrail for the basement stairs, which I’m sure you’re getting sneak peeks of. I can’t wait to share that space with you once it’s finished! For now I’m just focusing on the back entry area.
The last thing we did in the space (which might just be my favorite) is add new tile to the landing area. We chose to go with a tile that looks like brick pavers, and I am absolutely in love. This tile is so beautiful and the mixture of gray colors ties in so well to the paint and larger tiles we have in the basement laundry area.
We went with an off white grout color which really helps the tile to pop and gives it that authentic, cottage feel. I loved the brick tiles so much that we continued them into the basement area with a herringbone pattern, and I love the contrast of patterns!
I hope you enjoyed this shaker inspired entryway makeover tour! We are so pleased with how it all came together, and I cannot wait to continue the progress into the basement.
Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!
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