Before & After: An All-Star, DIY Entryway Makeover

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Deirdre’s entryway makeover packs in all of our favorite things: DIY, IKEA, wallpaper, space maximization and creativity. But you know what, since it’s not all about us, the best thing about Deirdre’s new entryway is how much she loves it.

(Image credit: Deirdre Sullivan)

From Deirdre Sullivan: My apartment didn’t have a real entryway. Worse, when I answered the front door anyone on the other side could easily see my entire kitchen/living room — which really sucked because my entrance faces the building’s lobby.

I had a weird wall to work with, and the front door opened into it seriously limiting the amount of usable square footage available for traditional entryway furniture. The icing on this mud cake was the ugly electrical panel next to the intercom.

In a nutshell, to carve out the entryway I wallpapered my weird wall with Tempaper. The pattern I picked (BRANCHES) was printed on easy to clean vinyl. Next, I created the ultimate landing strip using two VALJE floating drawers (which I think IKEA just stopped selling— BUMMER!) They keep my grab and go stuff out of sight without eating up floor space.

Afterward, I covered the ugly electrical panel with an IKEA BRIMNES cabinet. So it wouldn’t stick out, I had to saw the cabinet’s depth in half before installing. I covered the glass door with rice paper inspired window film.

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My favorite part of the project was the easiest to DIY. I created a vestibule that kept my living room out of sight when I opened the door using curtains hung on a curved rod.

What’s on the floor? A vinyl floor cloth. I LOVE IT because it protects my wood floor, which I refinished last spring, and it’s easy to clean with a damp rag!

Thank you, Deirdre! Readers, you can see more on Deirdre’s blog The Spruce.