Shaker Inspired Entryway Makeover

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Shaker Inspired Entry Reveal

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. 

Shaker inspired entryway makeover

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. 

Mudroom renovation ideas and plans in a small space before photo in cottage style home
Small mudroom space ceiling in cottage style home

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. 

Beadboard ceilings with rustic reclaimed barnwood beams

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. 

Rustic reclaimed beams in shaker style mudroom entryway area of back of home
Reclaimed rustic barn wood beams used to trim beadboard ceiling in entryway

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. 

Hanging Lantern in shaker style entryway makeover

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. 

Paint colors used in shaker style entryway makeover

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. 

Peg rack used for decor and for storage in mudroom entry area
Shaker style pegs contrasting brick pattern tile in back entry
Shaker style peg racks in mudroom entry area
Shaker style pegs used in back of home in mudroom area

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

DIY stair treads with pine boards for small entry area
DIY stair treads leading into shaker style entryway
Simple DIY stair treads from common pine in mudroom area

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. 

Sneak peak of DIY simple stair treads leading into basement laundry 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

Paint colors used in shaker style mudroom entryway makeover in cottage style home
Brick paver tile used for entryway area in mudroom space of cottage home

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!

Shaker style back mudroom area of home
Entryway into mudroom area of cottage style home
Shaker mudroom area inspiration

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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  1. Love your you tube channel and blog. Your make over is amazing. have you thought about using the rakes instead of the peg rack to hang things on in the entry space. The tines on the racks could be used to hang things. Just a thought. Enjoy this beautiful day!

  2. You are right! This is a lovely entry! You and your husband make a great team! If you ever do decide to give the pegs some color, staining them the same color as the stair treads and stair rails would be beautiful and tie it all together nicely. Everything looks perfect just the way it is. Can’t wait to see the basement!

  3. I believe you wouldn’t want to break the vertical look in your entryway by hanging the bay takes horizontally. They could be used in many other area’s.

  4. Your makeover is tasteful and bright.To your question about the rakes. I would leave them off the wall and find another spot. The peg rails are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and I think with the overhead beams that’s all you need.
    Great job!

  5. Love the make over. I want paver tile through my whole house lol I love rustic stone house cottage look so I love your tiles the most but it all looks great!

  6. Thank you for sharing the entry. It turned out beautiful. I very much like your rakes but I would keep them for another space. With the items on the pegs in the entry it would be nice to keep the upper walls more open and airy. The rakes look quite heavy for that space so perhaps if you don’t like the space empty select something that appears a bit lighter to the eye. The brick tile is so perfect and so much like a cottage. I so enjoy what you share so keep up the good work.

  7. How did you put on the beadboard risers? Did you use nails or liquid nails? We are trying this look but it’s not staying well.

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