Hey, you guys! I am excited to be back with another hot topic…wall coverings! This is something I thought about the moment I put down my earnest money for my home, and I didn’t want to postpone the inevitable change. I am so in love with the way this wall turned out, and now the entryway is a space I am ready to welcome guests into.
The original entry just felt flat, boring, and unwelcoming. The luxury vinyl was grey, which I felt was typical to the average home. The entry leads to the great room. With this layout I needed a detail that was going to define each space while not overpowering the overall esthetics.
My pre-closing walk-through
The design plan for the entryway began with a board and batten design. I wasn’t completely sure on the exact placement due to the large opening leading into my office and a closet door, but I knew that particular design would make a huge impact. After meeting with the carpenter, I felt a lot more confident in the overall plan. He suggested 1×6 and 1×4 treated planks. The 1×6 would act as the base and crown trim, and the 1×4 would be used for the center framing.
I think because the entryway was so narrow this design was the perfect choice to make a bold statement. The panels aren’t overwhelming, and it doesn’t take away from the other areas of the house. I’m so I happy that I trusted myself and went with this style of design.
With the paneling completed, the next thing I needed to plan for was the paint and the new flooring. I tried out a few colors, but I couldn’t make a final selection. I decided to walk away so I could clear my head and the entry way remained untouched for about a month. Working in a client’s home and working on my home is different for one reason and one reason only. I feed off my client’s excitement, which generally pushes me to go harder because I love making people happy. When my energy is depleted and I’m tired or overwhelmed with my house, there’s no one on the other side cheering me on. In those moments, the best thing for me to do is to walk away and re-visit the area later. Remember this is not a race. I’d rather wait than make a mistake that will cost me more to redo. So, while I waited to get my mojo back, I put my focus on the floors. My medallions were in and I could not wait to get them installed… check floor blog here (Click Here)
I made my appointment right away and the guys came at 8 a.m. to get started. The measuring and conversation about the install lasted around two and a half hours. The installer kept saying “I want you to be happy”. I think the confusion on my face made him feel as though I unhappy but honestly, I was just nervous. It’s one thing to have a vision but there is something very helpless in trusting someone else to see that vision. I trusted my contractors, and I had to give them room to work.
The most dramatic design choice in my entryway makeover is definitely my deco medallion by Duchateau. The pattern added so much detail and interest. Most entryways are meant to weather the conditions of heavy foot traffic, but I think I’m ok with having my guest crawl in (lol). All jokes aside, I love coming down and seeing the flooring, and the color is just perfect.
The next thing to address was the lighting. I had already selected the Juliette six-light chandeliers by Troy Lighting from Hudson Valley Lighting, and they were in the garage ready to make their big debut.
Once the lighting was installed, I actually second guessed my decision because I thought the lighting was too big. I had measured and determined that the fixtures should be 16 – 19 inches wide, but for some reason, I ordered a fixture that was 24½ inches. Instead of changing it, I did what anyone in my situation would do. I took a picture and it looked purrrrfect (lol). I did opt to shorten the chain because it hung too low, but it was just too beautiful for me to take it down.
With the wall paneling completed, the floors installed, and the lighting sorted out, it was now to time to figure out the wall paint. I had selected my final color for the fireplace, my bedroom, my closet, my office, and the front door, so the color was obvious…. I was going to go bright and very neutral. I chose Sherwin Williams Bright White (Emerald urethane trim enamel in semi-gloss). This is same white I used in my closet and I loved it. I knew going white would elongate the entry by bringing height and depth to the installed paneling.
One of the most difficult choices of this makeover was the door color. I knew I wanted a dark color, but how dark, I didn’t know. The door also has a transom window above it. I played around with the idea of painting the entire trim surround which would give the illusion of a much taller door. The idea of painting was much cheaper than changing out the door. I decided on Peppercorn from Sherwin Williams (Emerald urethane trim enamel in semi-gloss), and I went with my original thought of painting the entire trim surround and the door the same color.
It feels so good to finally finish this entryway makeover that I had been planning even before I closed. It was all worth it…. crying, being moody, nervous, second guessing myself, and crying again. All of it was worth it, but I’ll let you guys see for yourself
I chose a semi-gloss finish for the paint in this area so that it would be easy to wipe clean. Semi-gloss does show flaws more than eggshell, satin, and flat paint but considering how much love this area would be getting, that was the best option for me. I would also like to mention that this area was sprayed which made a huge difference…no roller marks or brush strokes. I highly recommend investing in high-quality paint for any project, but especially in areas that will receive wear and tear such as an entryway.
This project was drawn out and exhausting, but it feels good to have the space finished! On to the next project. Until next time you guysss!
Sources for the items you’ve seen in this post
- 1×4 wood planks: https://go.magik.ly/ml/yuuq/
- 1×6 wood planks: https://go.magik.ly/ml/yuur/
- Flooring: https://duchateau.com/product/domenico/
- Lighting: https://go.magik.ly/ml/yuup/
- Paint: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/emerald-urethane-trim-enamel