5.19.2011

Making a House Our Home: Part 7 {Entry Way}

I am changing things up a bit – well actually I am changing things up a lot!
I decided that instead of showing the befores, durings and afters – in a big long row – I am going to show the before, during and after of each space. Then you won’t have to wait quite so long to see the afters!
hooray
I’m not sure why I started doing it the other way – Sometimes I am crazy!!
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Here is the before in all her glory!

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And here is the after!!!!

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So much better right! Right!
You wouldn’t think that you can do so much to such a small space – but we did!
First things first – we got rid of the iron rod railing -
and we cleared out all the funky yellow tile.


Don’t you think it is strange that the light switch is behind the door?
So did we.
Who wants to fumble around behind the door with your baby, toddler, diaper bag, purse and grocery bag in the dark for the stupid light switch?
We did not.
So we cut a huge hole in the wall from the light switch to the ceiling, over the door and down the other side.
I wish I had a picture so you could see the huge mess – but just pretend this wall is all chopped up!


We built up this pony wall and ran all our electrical into it.

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It is so nice being able to open the door and have the light switch right there.
One switch turns on our outside lights –
and the other switch turns on the new chandelier light fixture that we installed.

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We also installed a light switch/outlet combo on the other side – I love this! The light switch is wired to an outlet outside so I can plug in Christmas and Halloween lights and simply flip the switch inside my house to turn them on and off – It is the best! I also use the outlet to plug in Christmas lights so I can light up the pony wall!

I love our pony wall!

It keeps the cold and heat out the rest of the room because it acts as a barrier.
It also keeps unwanted visitors out of my home. When I open the door and stand between the door and the wall all they can really see is the pony wall. I can also invite people into the entry way and I don’t have to worry if I have a hot mess behind the wall because they can’t see it!!
And I can decorate it cute to boot!! So fun!
Another improvement we made was installing hardwood floors but that another post in and of itself.
There was also only one stair from the entry way to the living room. It was so hard to step up. I could just imagine my pregnant self tripping up all the time.
So we took it out and built two stairs – and it is so much better!

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I definitely don’t feel like I am lunging up my stairs anymore.
I love the way our new entry way turned out.
We made just a few simple changes but it seems more practical now -

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I have been thinking a lot about this space – and have some more changes planned for it.
But for now, I am happy with the improvements we made.

Do you have an entry way?
What do you love about it?


Did you miss a part? Catch up here.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

I am linked to WhipperBerry and TDC before and after party and you should too!

11 comments:

Aimee said...

I have an entry way. There is a good size closest on both sides. On side is for my family and everything we need ti store in the entry. The other side is a nice clean closest with shelf space and nice wooden hangers for guest purses and coats. There is always hangers and a closet to hang, y guest stuff in without being embarrassed of the unorganization.

Rhonda said...

That turned out so great! My entry way is awaiting a makeover - I'm thinking board and batten...

Sims Family said...

Amanda, it looks great! And I love the floors!

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said...

Wow, looks good! But I have to laugh a bit because your afters don't have base boards and neither do we! I feel like we are kindred spirits in our lack of base boards. :)

Natalie said...

Looks great!

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

I like seeing the before, during, after pics all in one post because I scroll back and forth through to compare them! It's crazy how much you guys totally transformed your entire house. I love all the changes!!!

Karen At Home said...

What an amazing difference! I love the iron scroll and pictures. This was my first visit to your home tour posts, I can't wait to check out the rest!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Your entryway turned out beautiful! BTW, I'm your newest follower and would love if you would stop by and follow us back if you also like our blog! =)

I would LOVE if you would add this project to our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party...today is the last day!

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Melanie said...

SO Much work but well worth it. It looks wonderful. So much more inviting. What is the little red cabinet in the corner I couldn't quite see ? I love it's color.

Melanie said...

SO Much work but well worth it. It looks wonderful. So much more inviting. What is the little red cabinet in the corner I couldn't quite see ? I love it's color.

Ty and Whitty said...

wow that looks really great! I am visiting from whipperberry's linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors and I am doing a really fun giveaway next week so come back and check it out.

A Mommy's Life....with a touch of Yellow
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