Tara Marie
Tara Marie
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  • Cottage Grove, WI

Entryway Updates, Before and After


Check out how I updated a dark and boring entryway to a brighter space with better function.
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
Here is what our entryway looked like 2 years ago.  (Please excuse the terrible lighting).
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
A LOT has changed since then.  The entryway is where our guests enter our home.  We enter through the garage right next to the entryway.  But our first stop is the entryway where we put our shoes, coats, backpacks, etc.
I added the board and batten about 2 years ago and it made a HUGE difference in making that area feel more inviting and brighter while adding function with the hooks.
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
My dad made a barn wood bench based off of some specifications and a drawing I gave him and I could not love it more! It stores a roll out crate with shoes under it and holds pillows on top.
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
I just repainted the wall above the board and batten to the same color as my dining room (Behr Pewter Mug) since it spills right into the dining room.  The grey that I had in the entryway and going up the stairs and into the upstairs hallway was clashing with the grey in the dining room and it had to go.  I replaced most of the oak trim with painted 1X4s with the exception of the trim around the front door.  I just keep dragging my feet on that for a few reasons.  One, I would need to cut back the board and batten and the base trim to allow enough room for the wider door trim.  Two, because I feel we need a new front door and I don't want to put up the trim only to take it down again to replace the door.  So I just leave it.  And hate it.
I recently replaced the light fixture in the entryway from an old boob light to a chandelier.
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
I did a little Fall decorating recently.
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
entryway updates before and after, foyer, home decor
And that is my updated entryway! What do you think? For more info and details, head to the blog. Thanks for stopping by!
Tara Marie

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  • Becky Hansen
    on Sep 10, 2016

    So much prettier! I love the wainscoting and the color change!

  • Beverly Etapp
    on Sep 11, 2016

    Where did you get that fabulous light fixture?

    • Tara Marie
      on Sep 12, 2016

      I got the chandelier off of Amazon. I just tried to find it and it said it was out of stock right now. It was called “New Galaxy Lighting 4-light Crystal Semi-flush Mount Chandelier.” Currently unavailable but I am surprised because I just bought it about 3 weeks ago:(

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