An entryway should feel welcoming and organized. Having a large family made that feel impossible. While we were on our house hunting mission, we hated every time we walked right into a huge closet wall. I, of course, purchased a house with a huge closet that smacked you right in the face. Why? Well, because that’s what I do, make life harder, haha!
I truly feel your front entrance should set the tone of your home. Our entryway closet by no means helped our guests know our home is pretty and cozy. I knew I wanted the sliding doors of our closet off. There were even thoughts about taking down the sidewalls and just creating a flat wall. The only thing I knew was that I wanted an entryway bench somewhere in that space. So in a true indecisive form, I went straight to Pinterest. A plan was born!
I decided that my entryway should use the same colors we had throughout my main floor. White Dove is my favorite relaxing color I have ever used. It’s on my dining room and kitchen walls, so I carried it through to the entryway. For all the trim in my home, I only use bone-white by Benjamine Moore, so naturally, I knew it would be on the entryway trim as well. Lastly, I had to pick a bench color, so I went with agreeable gray. This color is in my little hall that leads to my powder room and the bathroom wall.
With a strong renovation plan and color choices in hand, it was time to start deconstructing this big bulky closet! And I was too ready.
Once I took down the closet, I did light patching. I used the all-purpose spackle because we have so much of it from past jobs, haha! But on a serious note, I do like this one a lot. A few tools are essential for this project, like a stud finder (so we don’t have our built-ins falling off the walls), a leveler, which is self-explanatory, and a pocket hole bit. If you want a seamless finish, hiding screws are key.
I wanted my Entryway bench to have storage for our everyday shoes still.
Our wall was pretty beat up, and I honestly didn’t want to put in the time it would need to look smooth. To be clear, I built this in between the needs of three kids! Praise God. Lol!! The perfect solution would be an accent wall. Throughout Pinterest, I saw a ton of board and batten walls. I wanted to do something a bit different for the entryway than what I was seeing. Lowes has these faux Stone wall panels that felt unique. However, they didn’t look real enough, so I added plaster and paint to give them a true brick feeling and appearance.
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