Before and After: $130 and a Smart IKEA Hack Save This Entryway from ClutterProjects & Improvements
It’s nearly impossible to renovate every room of your home at once, so some spaces have to wait a little longer than others for a transformation. At Michela Andrioletti’s (@casa_in_newyork) home that she shares with her husband, that space was the entryway. “We put in the first things we could find at the most affordable budget when we moved here five years ago and then we just didn’t have time to fix it,” Michela says.
Feb 15, 2021
Before and After: A Cluttered Closet Becomes a Cute, Functional EntrywayProjects & Improvements
The space is way more organized now.
Feb 9, 2021
Before and After: A $30 Redo Turns a Boring White Door into a Work of ArtProjects & Improvements
Here's proof that you can sneak style into the most surprising of spaces.
Jan 29, 2021
Before and After: A $260 Redo Turns a Blah Hallway into a Dreamy Design FeatureProjects & Improvements
Hallways might be pass-throughs, but they deserve love, too.
Jan 22, 2021
Before and After: Simple Upgrades Make This Plain Entryway Tons More InvitingProjects & Improvements
Little changes add some pop to this small entryway.
Dec 12, 2020
Before and After: From Cramped Laundry Room to Super-Functional EntrywayProjects & Improvements
This space was an inefficient laundry room—but reimagined as an entryway, it's beyond functional.
Nov 19, 2020
Before and After: A £300 Hallway Redo Swaps Dated Carpet for Fun Pops of ColorProjects & Improvements
Hallways are, by necessity, functional spaces. But that doesn't mean they have to be drab and boring!
Nov 3, 2020
Before and After: A Builder-Grade Entry Finally Gets Its Wow FactorProjects & Improvements
The after has a smart trick for making your ceilings seem taller, no tools required.
Sep 17, 2020
Before and After: A Weekend Project Transforms a Narrow, Cluttered EntrywayProjects & Improvements
The best part? The project repurposes many items that the homeowner already had.
Sep 9, 2020
Before and After: A $900 Redo Turns an Awkward Nook into a Functional Desk SpaceProjects & Improvements
"It feels like we added an entire room," says the homeowner.
Aug 29, 2020
Before and After: $52 Turns a Curbside Find into an Organized Entry Drop SpotProjects & Improvements
This dresser's dramatic glow-up will inspire you to go curb shopping.
Aug 27, 2020
Before and After: A Bold $150 Redo Gives This Gray Entryway a Whole Lot More WowProjects & Improvements
The new space will make your jaw drop.
Jul 19, 2020
Mike & Sandie’s Foyer: The Big RevealProjects & Improvements
Name: Mike and Sandie Type of Project: Foyer renovation Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919 The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.
Jul 16, 2020
Meg and Josh’s Mudroom: The Big RevealProjects & Improvements
Name: Meg and Josh Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel Location: Chinook, Washington Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet For all of you good people who have been following along with Meg and Josh’s mudroom renovation, the big moment has finally come: all the work is complete, and it’s time to take a look at the finished space! From Meg: Any renovation project is special, but there’s something extra special about a DIY renovation project.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Meg and Josh’s DIY Mudroom RenovationProjects & Improvements
Shortly after moving into their Chinook, Washington home, Meg and Josh decided to tackle a big project: transforming their existing laundry room and breakfast room into a single, open mudroom/breakfast nook combo. Before the project began, the breakfast room and laundry room were separated by a wall, making the small house seemed more cramped. Meg and Josh envisioned a single, open space the would serve as breakfast nook, laundry room, and mudroom all in one, with lots of built-in storage.
Jul 16, 2020
Before and After: A $30 Refresh Turns a Grimy Staircase into a Work of ArtProjects & Improvements
A two-part project takes this stairway from "oh no" to "oh, hello!"
Jun 21, 2020
Before and After: A $100 Project Transforms a Cluttered EntrywayProjects & Improvements
Talk about bang for your buck.
May 12, 2020
Before and After: This $10 Entryway Redo Done Over a Weekend is Peak Happy PlaceProjects & Improvements
Four different paint colors make this entryway a happy and welcoming spot.
Apr 24, 2020
A $44 Makeover Makes This Blah Entry Look Like a Hotel LobbyProjects & Improvements
You're going to want to pick up a paint brush after seeing this!
Apr 2, 2020
Before and After: $140 Turns a Cramped Closet into a Super Organized EntrywayProjects & Improvements
Cubbies! Hooks! Baskets! This entryway's small, but it's got it all.
Mar 8, 2020
Before and After: This Bold $100 Floor Redo Will Stop You in Your TracksProjects & Improvements
Paint gets another point in the "W" column.
Feb 28, 2020
Before and After: A Cheery But Still Classic Update for This 1880s EntrywayProjects & Improvements
The "after" is a whole lot brighter, but still exactly right for this 140-year-old house.
Jan 29, 2020
Before and After: This Maximalist Entryway Uses ALL of the PatternsProjects & Improvements
This entry is an explosion of pattern and color, in the best way.
Jan 6, 2020
Before and After: A Bold $70 IKEA Hack Is Just What This Entryway NeededProjects & Improvements
You'll want to steal this clever idea for your home ASAP.
Jan 3, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Entryway Redo Cruella De Vil Would Go Wild OverProjects & Improvements
This new space has major spunk with minimal investment.
Dec 23, 2019
The “Dingy to Decorative” DIY Patterned Entryway MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Project by: June Location: Hertfordshire, UK Our hallway was dark and dull, looking grubby and tired.
Dec 19, 2019
Before and After: The 5 Best Entryway Redos We Saw in 2019Projects & Improvements
Every single one of these says, "come on in!"
Dec 19, 2019
Before and After: This $1200 Entry/Laundry Room Is Organization Goals Projects & Improvements
So bright! So open! So ORGANIZED.
Dec 11, 2019
Before and After: A Mini $30 Entry Makeover with Big ResultsProjects & Improvements
This is proof that you can make a serious transformation on a tiny budget.
Nov 8, 2019
Before and After: The Ceiling Mural in This New Entryway Might Make You GaspProjects & Improvements
Andrea Latham's entryway had fabulous bones, but it wasn't living up to its potential, and it wasn't very functional either.
Sep 20, 2019
Before and After: This Plain Entryway Was Transformed into a Much More Useful SpaceProjects & Improvements
This hallway-turned-home office makeover is great inspiration for anyone looking to carve out space to be creative and productive in an unlikely or unconventional spot.
Jul 8, 2019
Before & After: A $50 Houndstooth Entryway MakeoverProjects & Improvements
When it comes to sprucing up the outdoors, it can be hard to rationalize spending big bucks on designer products. After all, things will get used and abused, walked on, sat on, and beat up by the elements. That’s why I love this transformation so much. It gives a big designer look for very little cash!This entryway has been spruced up with some simple black paint. It now coats the front door and has been stenciled onto an inexpensive indoor/outdoor rug from the local hardware store.
May 7, 2019
Before & After: Linda Welcomes Style to the EntrywayProjects & Improvements
Linda has a lovely home, outdoors and in, but her entryway was not feeling very welcoming. Besides being on the bland side, this entryway was also seriously deficient in functionality. Fortified with a whole lot of DIY ambition, Linda turned the entryway into a welcoming (and useful) space…As you can see in the ‘after’ photos, Linda went with a more dramatic palette for her entryway.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Christine’s Edwardian Staircase RestorationProjects & Improvements
Christine loved the period details of her dream home — though some of them had been lost under years of paint. Though it took a while (250 hours of stripping alone!), the results of her staircase restoration are light and bright and a little breathtaking. From Christine: We’d been looking for a house to buy for ages and within seconds of entering this house we knew we’d finally found “The One”.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Dull Door Gets Dressed Up DIY-StyleProjects & Improvements
I think AgaP. would admit that this wasn’t her “best” project in terms of ease and fun. But the finished result is pretty spectacular and inspiration to those of us with entryways whose doors have seen better days. Take a look and see how it turned out: AgaP. had a “bad craft day” and encountered every DIY problem in the book. But, armed with her list of dos and don’ts, you’ll learn from her mistakes, and it’ll be all smooth sailing from there.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Wall Goes From the Woods to WoodProjects & Improvements
Sandy grew tired of her painted birch tree entryway, and needed to switch it up. A quick trip to the hardware store and $28 later, she created a completely new look. Check out what she did and see what you think… Sandy bought four packs of shims and covered the wall from floor to ceiling with cedar. Here’s Sandy with the details on how she did it: Start at the top left hand corner of your wall.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Rental’s Dirty Carpeted Stairs Get a Welcome ChangeProjects & Improvements
This week Camille is sharing her real life rental challenge and how she transformed her dingy carpeted entryway stairs (with her landlord’s permission!) into something more welcoming, yet still temporary. If you want to start by hearing all the plans, check out the before photos here. Updating an old home is filled with challenges.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Surprisingly Bold New Entryway on a Tiny BudgetProjects & Improvements
Mila participated in a recent round of the One Room Challenge, but didn’t want to get overwhelmed by a major hard-core makeover. So, instead, she chose to redo the single wall just inside her entryway, which is also part of her living room. As is, the space was fine, but she was bored with the current gallery wall of photos, and wanted instead to make it as impressive as possible with just a little work and money. Her goal for the end of the project?
May 3, 2019
Before & After: This Odd Hallway is No Longer a Hodgepodge-y MessProjects & Improvements
When Emma bought her current home, she inherited one weird hallway. It was, in her words, “a giant monstrosity.” Along with four different types of scruffy, threadbare carpet on the stairs, it featured chipped white vinyl tiles downstairs, and yellow and orange “woodchip” wallpaper on all the walls on all three floors — even on the ceiling! When the 1970s called and wanted its decor back, Emma was more than happy to oblige.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Bright & Budget-Friendly Hallway RefreshProjects & Improvements
We don’t often see hallway/stairway renovations—especially ones as fun as this one. These dingy, mustard stairs — and the dark landing spot at the stairs’ base — are about to get the makeover of a lifetime… WOW! That is so incredibly fun and unique! Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace has turned a stairway from a functional necessity to a stunning part of her home.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: An Unused Entry is Now Busy & BustlingProjects & Improvements
A mudroom is a great luxury to have—a spot to corral hats, gloves, scarves, dog leashes, muddy shoes, boots, and other inherently messy items—but a pretty, even glam, yet still totally practical, mudroom?!? Dreams really can come true. Before we ooh and aah over the space now, let’s see what Leslie Price of Price Style + Design had to say about the unremarkable room before: When I entered my home through my garage, the space always felt unwelcoming and undefined.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Tiny Bland Entryway Gets a Functional FaceliftProjects & Improvements
When Lindi of Love Create Celebrate set out to redo her entryway, she knew she wanted an accent wall. After deciding against wallpaper and painted geometric shapes, she ultimately landed on wood as her medium (one-inch MDF strips, to be exact). With a few power tools and a helpful hubby, she materialized her vision in just one afternoon and the results are impressive. Lindi sketched out several different designs before this one stuck.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Dead, Empty Entryway Gets a Very Useful IKEA Upgrade
This blank empty space was the first thing this family saw when they walked in their home’s entryway, and not only was it underperforming in the looks department, it also just wasn’t as useful as it could be. Over the course of just one week, this space was transformed from a dead zone into a new household favorite. Before we get to the big reveal, here’s a look at the corner again, from head to toe. Not much to see here, other than some beige walls and a dog crate.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Entryway Is Chock-Full of Money-Saving DIYs
This entryway is pretty darn aspirational, but its owner knew it could be even better and was determined to improve upon the “standard, builder-grade finishes like the dreaded ‘boob lights'” and the 20-year-old brown carpet on the stairs. Six weeks later, the stairway and entryway have a fresh new look. While white and cream walls have a definite beauty, the new grasscloth wallpaper adds an upscale richness and texture in the subtlest of ways.
Dec 18, 2018
Before and After: This IKEA Hack Is Every Organized Person’s Dream
This entryway had a spot for coats, a large landing strip, a mirror for last looks, personality, and beauty, but it was lacking in storage for shoes and other odds-and-ends. A DIYer who enjoys “trying to figure out how to make things with no experience” solved the issue with a few ordinary IKEA drawers and some very special wood.
Dec 7, 2018
Before and After: An Online IKEA Order Solves a Classic Shoe Storage Problem
While this entryway looks pretty organized and well-wrangled in this photo, the entryway’s owner assures us that it was actually “cluttered and disastrous” on a daily basis. IKEA to the rescue! Reader Kate Sheehan explains the issues this hallway was causing: I had tried to make the entryway nice with two industrial shoe racks, but my husband and I have so many shoes that the hallway always looked cluttered and disastrous which is not a particularly great first impression.
Nov 12, 2018
Before and After: $200 Goes a Long Way in This Messy Entryway Makeover
This entryway is so incredibly relatable: purse, recycling, tote bag, Roomba, grocery cart—all necessary and conveniently accessible, but perhaps a bit too visible. One impressive DIYer took $200 and totally revamped this space, making it a lot more attractive and practical. Here’s a description of the pre-makeover entryway, plus how it affected the rest of the home: My entryway was a complete disaster.
Sep 17, 2018
Before and After: These Homeowners Made a Very Bold Move in Their Kitchen
Why are we showing you a photo of a kitchen in a post allegedly about an entryway? Well, because the wall you see is about to disappear, opening up the entryway in a major way. Kimberly Smith of Turning It Home helpfully describes the situation: In our home was a non-load bearing wall that separated the entry way/dining room from the kitchen.
Jul 2, 2018
Before and After: Solving Storage Woes in a Home’s High-Traffic Zone
Look, having any entryway at all is a luxury—in all my studio apartments, you walked in the door and bam, that was it. But if you do have one it can be tricky to keep it functioning and looking its best. This particular entryway has a lot going for it (high ceiling, built-in storage), but it’s not quite as luxurious as it could be.
Apr 19, 2018
Before and After: This Small Hallway Gets a Massive Makeunder
Reader Anne’s home featured these somewhat overwhelming teal-shuttered cabinets, and while they provided a ton of storage, they made this petite hallway feel dark and crowded. They also trapped a dark secret in place… The cabinets were thoroughly installed, making it impossible to remove what lies beneath. The nailed-in wooden wardrobe covered a shabby 33-year-old carpet. There was even a newspaper from 1985 hidden under it! A time capsule!
Apr 5, 2018
Before and After: An Empty Entryway is Now a Functional Triple Threat
This shoe storage had its issues — scuffs, unpainted areas, general ricketiness — but it’s still better than my Heap O’Shoes. Can the less-than-ideal but serviceable shoe storage racks be improved upon? Is attractive, accessible, adaptable, practical shoe storage actually possible? We shall see. This is amazing! It looks incredibly cool, and the shoes are within easy reach of both the door and the shoe-putting-on bench.
Mar 11, 2018
Before and After: An Empty Dead Entryway Gets a Functional Facelift
This unassuming patch of hallway was the first thing this family saw when they walked in their home, and not only was it less attractive than they liked, it wasn’t as practical as it needed to be. Over three weekends, this space was transformed from Massive Shoe Pile to Fabulous Entryway.
Jan 3, 2018
Before & After: An All-Star, DIY Entryway Makeover
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. From Deirdre Sullivan: My apartment didn’t have a real entryway.
Mar 16, 2017
Before & After: A Beige Entryway Gets a Bold Blue “Town & Country Mod” Makeover
M. Pettipoole, an Omaha-based interior decorator, writes: “My clients… own a picturesque Cape Cod Colonial in an established Omaha neighborhood. [They] had already beautifully decorated the rest of their home in a traditional-with-a-twist style befitting the 1939 year of their house. She just wanted my help to make a statement in their entryway— where first impressions are made.” From M.
Jun 20, 2016
Before & After: Smart Solutions for Narrow Spaces from a Masterful Mudroom Makeover
We don’t all have a mudroom in our home. We don’t even all have an entryway. But nearly all of us have at least one hallway. If you’re looking for stylish and functional design ideas for whatever kind of narrow space you’re working with, find inspiration from this dreamy mudroom makeover.
Jun 1, 2016
Before & After: Nearly Forgotten Floor Model Goes Green
Meredith had picked up a floor model of this nightstand years ago, and then forgot about it. When she redid her entry and couldn’t find the perfect table, out came the old cabinet, just waiting for a new look (and a statement color). From Meredith: A few hours over a couple of nights and it was completely transformed for about $40.
Jul 31, 2015
Before & After: Dark Entry Goes Light & Bright
Dee’s new house was dark, having been painted chocolate brown with dark trim throughout. She decided to start at the beginning— and transform the entryway first. From Dee: About a year ago, my fiancé and I bought our first house together! While I was excited at finally having my very own home, I completely underestimated the amount of work involved in getting it to look like my “dream” home. Luckily for us, the changes have all been cosmetic so far.
Mar 21, 2015
Before & After: Blank Entryway Gets a Bright, Easy Makeover
My apartment’s entryway is an angled, narrow pseudo-hall that opens to my main living space. After searching for a way to create some definition, I decided to do a little painting project, inspired by my coworking space. Here’s the inspiration: I love that I work from a place that makes bold design decisions, so when my WeWork location recently opened up this new common area, I filed away this simple geometric painting technique for future use.
Mar 5, 2015
Before & After: From Balustrade to IKEA Built-In Storage
Ewa and husband Andrew approached their new home’s balustrade in an interesting way. With only a tiny hall closet, they could benefit from some additional storage. See what they did with a trip to IKEA: From Ewa: My husband and I moved into this VA townhouse late summer. We knew we would be removing wall to wall carpeting before our furniture was to arrive in only 4 weeks. We had little time and not a huge budget. We decided to DIY the floors.
Feb 15, 2015
Before & After: An Outdated Closet Turns Functional Family Entryway
Having a whole closet right by your front door is amazing for storage if you’re a family with kids, but not if that closet comes with big outdated mirrored doors that don’t work well and don’t allow you to see what’s actually in the closet. Jen got to work, transforming this old closet into a very stylish — but most importantly functional — welcoming storage spot for her family. From Jen: This all started because this closet was not working for us.
Oct 5, 2014
Before & After: The Hallway Needed a Little Help (and has a Stealthy Secret)
Renovation by: Mike (you may remember his bathroom renovation) Location: Chicago We live in a typical Chicago apartment with a really long skinny layout. When you enter our apartment the foyer and hallway are the first things you see so they really needed some TLC. When we first moved in to the apartment the foyer and hallway were painted in a yellow glaze and the only light fixtures were flush mounted glass domes from the 80’s.
Sep 5, 2014
Before & After: A DIY Project-Packed Split Entry Makeover
When Amanda moved into her second house, she knew the dark and dated split entry needed to be brightened up — a dark door, peach-hued walls and a tall wall with nothing on it just didn’t fit her style. From Amanda: To brighten up the space, we installed a tongue and groove accent wall (to cover the heavy knock down texture) and painted it white. A new larger glass French door let light pour.
May 25, 2014
Before & After: An Entryway That Goes From Beige to Wow With a 3D Pattern
You know how we’re always saying that entryways are a perfect spot for walls that wow? This before and after certainly highlights what a difference design in one’s entryway can make! It was a lot of work (and a lot of math) but you might find inspiration for your own entryway with this neat 3D wall pattern idea.
Apr 19, 2014
Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color
Katja’s entryway was pretty, but plain, and needed a good dose of something. Turns out that something was turquoise paint and a lot of graphic pattern. To create the accent wall, Katja first painted it a light turquoise. Then, strips of painter’s tape were placed vertically every 14 inches. Smaller bits were taped at an angle off those stripes, to create the arrow effect. She then painted over the whole thing with a darker turquoise and removed the tape.
Nov 12, 2013
Before & After: DIY Makeover with Small, Chic Changes
Sometimes “before” pictures aren’t disgusting nightmares that leave you horrified. Sometimes they are perfectly nice, but the owner was just sick and tired of looking at the same layout or piece of furniture. We’ve all been there and so was Bethany, who’d grown weary of seeing this dark brown trellis pattern first thing after walking in the door. She made a few crucial tweaks without spending a dime — including a mini IKEA hack — and wound up refreshed.
Oct 14, 2013
Before & After: Cassity Steps Up Her Staircase
A staircase in the entry was a selling point for Cassity, but the builder basic quality left much to be desired. She decided to make the steps worthy of their prime location. Check out the results:From Cassity: Having a staircase in our entry was one of the features I liked about our new house, but the builder grade finishes, worn carpet and cramped entry really bothered me.
Mar 5, 2013