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Friday, August 31, 2012

Entryway Update and a few fun projects!

     I am so excited to get this project finished that the paints still wet but I'm showing you anyways! Let me preface this all by saying that we have a very small, poorly thought out entry way. There are 3 doors that open in that small square, and if someones coming in the front while dad's bringing in the burgers from the grill~~~~well, its not pretty! Storage is also an issue here.

     While I can't do much about the doors, I can add a smidge of storage. Another challenge with this area is the lack of privacy. Our front door has no curtain to cover the window at night. We don't live on a busy street but especially when Jeff is gone at night and I'm home with the kids I'd rather not get the creeps that someone could be watching me!

     Here's where we started:

     Last Saturday I went over to my parent's and my sweet dad gave me a lesson in bench building. He brought home from vacation this summer some white cedar from my grandparents property in Maine that my grandpa had cut down and milled. Its really special to have a piece of furniture that has a story to tell! I will share how we put this together with you next week.

     To address the door issue I made a faux Roman blind that velcros to the door frame. Here's the without:

Here's how it came out:

     When its down it covers the window.

     I will give you the full tutorial on this window treatment next week. There's no hardware or strings involved and it was easy to make. I love this fabric found at Hobby Lobby. When I went to have it cut the lady said it had just come in but they had already sold most of it. Im hoping to get more for the kitchen window too.

     These pillows were a simple sewing project from IKEA forms. {They seriously have the cheapest ones!}

     In the winter time I may switch out the library book basket for two that will hold hats and mittens, or trays could be added for the kids boots. Either way we have a nice spot to put our shoes on!

I'm sharing this project here:

Tatertots and Jello
Too Much Time
Its Overflowing
Between Naps on the Porch
Skip to my Lou
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Not Just a Housewife
DIY by Design
The REAL Housewives of Riverton
The DIY Dreamer
At the Picket Fence
House of Hepworths
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Shabby Art Boutique


  1. UGH, I need that library kids seem to think it is our job to fund the libraries electric bill.

  2. Your entry is looking good now. Too bad at least on of the doors can't be turned into a pocket door so swinging it open is no longer an issue. I really like the shade and bench both.

  3. Wonderful, every foyer needs a seat. It makes folks fell comfortable even if they never sit. Congratulations.

  4. That is amazing! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the wood came from your grandpa. I a huge sentimental person that believes you should add things with meaning to your home. I am off to pin....

  5. I love your library book basket! That is such a great idea! We'd love for you to link this up at our party!

  6. oh man, ok, ikea for pillow forms, good to know. the bench is perfect for the spot, but even more because of the wood and your dad building it. love it!!

  7. Great job on the redo...your foyer is functional and pretty! I agree about Ikea having the best inexpensive pillow forms. Love your fabric too. Would love to know where you found it! Stopping by from At The Picket Fence.

  8. Great entry and I like the faux Roman blind on the door. Love your choice of fabrics. Looking forward to your next post and the tutorial.

  9. You have created a lovely entryway even with the challenges you faced. Such a cute bench and I love you window treatment on the door.
    Mary Alice

  10. Great transforamtion Jody...especially considering the difficult door configuration. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

  11. Love the chevron! The bench looks nice there. Dropping by from at the picket fence.

  12. Love the chevron! The bench looks nice there. Dropping by from at the picket fence.

  13. I love your bench and the roman shade is perfect! XO, Aimee

  14. Very efficiently written information. It will be priceless to anybody who uses it, together with myself. Sustain the good work – for positive i will try extra posts.


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