After 12 years of the same entryway and hallway decor, I decided it was time for an update. How do you know when it’s time for an update? I guess when it simply just starts to matter to you. Perhaps you are putting your house on the market, maybe you are having company stay with you or if you are like me when you just randomly walk by the area that you walk by any old day but this one particular day you decide this definitely needs a makeover. It wouldn’t be shocking to me if there was a subconscious Pinterest inspiration behind the impulsive makeover decision. I know I’m not the only one out there. Come on Pinterest addicts, you know who you are. For those of you who may have never crossed the paths of Pinterest, don’t feel left out, let me introduce you. Meet one of my favorite Pinterest places here and don’t forget to visit our own personal Pinterest page for more inspiration. Just don’t forget to come back and see our entryway and hallway makeovers.
I remember shopping for hallway and entryway tables and mirrors several years ago and was so excited when I made these purchases thinking I would never tire of them. Back then, Kirkland’s was one of the most popular home decor stores where I always found something I couldn’t live without. Fast forward a decade and we have World Market, IKEA, Home Goods, Target, Hobby Lobby and now more popular than ever is making your own home decor with re purposed wood, chalk paint and yard sale finds.
Enough reminiscing, let’s get started. This was the before picture of our upstairs hallway. I remember the day I spent my hard earned paycheck on this mirror and table and thought it would stay here forever. When you look a little closer, the legs are pretty beaten up and quite honestly we needed more storage and anytime I can find more storage, I’m all in.
So, the search begins…one store at a time trying to find the perfect piece. First stop was Home Goods where I always become Home Goods Happy when I first step inside. Does anyone else feel the retail rush that I feel when first entering that store? I really loved this piece, especially the color and the distressed look but wasn’t keen on the see through glass. I thought this would go better in a larger bathroom, study or guest bedroom.
If my memory serves me right, I believe I was at Kirkland’s and found this jewel. The dark wood top with the distressed cabinet and drawers looked like the perfect size but again it had the see through glass and although I am not opposed to glass doors, I just didn’t have it pictured for the hallway. The hardware itself almost convinced me to buy it anyway and find a place for it somewhere in the house. My pocketbook said I should refrain from any impulse buying. Darn it. I’m looking at it again and wish I would have. Those wheels!
Now, this was at Target. Beautiful, but two things 1) I had to put it together, ugh! and 2) glass doors!
What’s that? More glass doors? Clearly, it has been established that I gravitate to cabinets with glass doors. I liked the color and style more than anything but this was too small for either the entryway or hallway.
This distressed coastal table had me at hello. Although I wasn’t going for the coastal decor in either area, I thought the distressed looking wood and shutters would easily fit in with our more rustic feel. Did you notice? No glass doors! We are about ready to pick a winner for the hallway makeover. Can you guess which one I chose?
Drum roll, please! And the winner is…. Kirkland’s coastal! We haven’t even talked mirrors yet, have we? This mirror is made of metal and replicates old license plates. It was a Kirkland’s find as well.
Now, moving on to the entryway makeover. I didn’t want to pretend this area isn’t our ‘catch-all” table so here it is in all its glory catching keys, wallets, mail and sunglasses. You can probably tell this was a Kirkland’s purchase from years gone by. At least it had storage and you can bet each of those drawers were filled to the rim.
There wasn’t much browsing to be done when it came to selecting the perfect piece for the entryway. I had stumbled upon it at World Market one day and immediately knew it had a new home. I mean, come on, plenty of storage, metal and wood together is our favorite and it was on sale! Hallelujah!
There was only a little bit of assembly but I didn’t mind. It was super easy and I was so motivated to see the end result. Within a week, I had sold the old entryway and hallway tables and mirrors on Craigslist so that we didn’t have to store it anywhere, aka…our garage! Here is what it looks like today in our entryway. This is one of my two favorite pieces of furniture in our entire house. Hopefully, you will stick around awhile to see what the number one piece is.
Let’s talk about the mirror, can we? Even better, let’s talk about how perceptive my husband is to my Pinterest pinning. I came home one day and found him nailing pallets together to make this! Thank you, babe! Dean and I found the pallet boards on the side of the road for free and the mirror was purchased at a local glass business. We left it in its original state and figured if we want to change things up a little, we can always put some stain on it later. Is this not beautiful?
You may have noticed the white pumpkin display on the upstairs hallway table as well. You aren’t seeing double and I didn’t buy 6 pumpkins at Michael’s craft store. I just can’t decide yet where I am going to put them for our Festive Fall decorating!
These certainly aren’t the most crisp and colorful photographs but I hope you get the idea of our entryway and hallway makeovers. Even if your budget isn’t where you want it to be to purchase brand new furniture pieces, try being creative with yard sale finds or makeover a piece of furniture you already have. If you get a chance, check out Tip Junkie to get some great ideas.