Our Current Entryway

Several months ago, I started trying to get my entry way under control. Before, it was dark and cluttered with stuff all over the floor. I reupholstered our ottoman and hung (or rather Walt did) a shelf with hooks in time for Lily’s birthday party in June but then came the false labor and then the baby and I got a little sidetracked.

This weekend (ahem, 8 months later), I decided to buckle down and get our entryway organized. As with practically everything in my house, it’s not done done because I’m always tweaking something but it’s done enough to share.

Welcome to our home…

DSC_1045 We quickly assessed our needs for the entry way space. I made a list of must-haves storage needs:

  • Bags – Diaper bags, handbags, briefcases, backpacks
  • Coats
  • Wet or dirty shoes / sneakers
  • Umbrellas
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • Keys
  • Mail

And then other preferable needs included:

  • Baby gear – Strollers, infant carrier
  • Preferable a seat for putting on rain boots
  • Place for sports equipment


When we learned we were pregnant with Townes, we started shuffling furniture around to make room for a crib in the then playroom. As a result, this bookshelf was being bumped from the office. I decided to paint it and move it to the entry way. 2013-01-022

Painting this laminate bookshelf was not as easy as I expected. After priming it and sanding it and priming it and sanding it, I left it outside to dry (per my husband’s recommendation). Well it was a humid, damp evening so the flimsy cardboard backing was wet and rippled. Ok, no problem, we can deal with that. I decided to rip off the backing and painted the bookshelf with two coats. It turned out okay but the minute I went to put the shelves back in, the shelves nicked the sides and the paint would peel off – argh. I repainted the damaged spots but it still kept happening and I finally given up. I’m considering chalk paint but there are other pieces of furniture that are awaiting their first coat of paint that take priority.


DSC_1092 I’m actually excited about the space because we now have a place for most of the items outlined on my must-have list.

DSC_1081 Starting with the orange storage boxes from Ikea (orange no longer available), one stores baseball caps and the other winter ski gloves. Neither are getting a lot of wear right now.

DSC_1067 The vintage wire basket from Potterybarn (no longer available) holds our incoming mail until I’ve had a chance to go through it. This way it doesn’t clutter our dining room table. diy dry erase board On the side of the bookcase, hangs a photo frame turned dry erase message board. (I changed the fabric from the original photos above to a chevron pattern that was a little less busy.) We have a couple of these throughout the house. The one in the entryway is for reminders of things we need to remember as we are leaving the house for the day. DSC_0965 I used address numbers to “label” wall hooks. Our family has a dedicated space that is somewhat hidden for diaper bags, backpacks and briefcases. {For some reason I thought there were only 5 hooks so I’m one short. I plan to add a #6 soon.}


The scroll hook rail is from Target. I simply spray painted it turquoise for to match the ottoman.


The baskets are from Michael’s. I spray painted the bottom half white for added interest. One holds winter hats now {I’ll move the ball caps down for the summer} and the other has gloves and scarves.

DSC_1039 The hanging label holders are from Ballard’s Design (12 for $18). I used twine to hang the labels and my stamp kit to add the label. DSC_1078 I’m using a leather monogrammed catchall for keys and sunglasses. DSC_1077 I used a decorative box from Home Goods to hold our dog’s leash and her poop bags. DSC_1072 I was looking at this boot tray from Ballard’s Design when I came across a less expensive Smith and Hawkin tray at Target ($19.99 in stores).


DSC_1070 The side table with braced legs that I’m using as a plant stand is from a flash sales site One Kings Lane. (Membership is free but product is unavailable.) DSC_1054 I’m using this straw basket from Home Goods for sporting equipment. I’m sure we’ll outgrow this but it helps keep the balls out of the yard. DSC_1032 The ottoman is adjacent to our living room and holds decorative pillows and throws. The rug is from Ikea. DSC_1099

Most of the frames and mirror are from Ikea ($1.99 mirror from Ikea). I noticed Ikea has much cooler colors in stock now! The Love canvas is from TJMaxx and the door knob hook is from Pier1Imports.


You’d be surprised how much the ottoman gets used (even with the pillows on it).

There are two wire bins on the bottom shelf of the bookcase that hold our umbrellas and reusable grocery bags. I’m not crazy about their visibility so I’m rethinking that solution.

So what did you think of the quick tour??

Thanks for visiting!

Linking to: Savvy Southern Style, Shabby Creek Cottage, The Frugal Girls, Tip Junkie, Design, Dining and Diapers, Serenity Now, Between Naps on the Porch, Shabby Nest, The CSI Project

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  1. Cate says:

    I have a love hate relationship with our mud room and front entry. I love how you combined utility with welcoming beauty. I’m inspired to continue working on both these areas in my house!

  2. Jane says:

    I love this post! The pictures are REALLY well done. I think you’ll see them re-posted somewhere at some point. Can’t wait to get together. I’ll be in touch.

  3. Rox says:

    I love your new mudroom. I know I’m seeing this for the first time a year and a half after you posted it, but it’s brilliant. I just moved to a new house and I’m tyring to venture into the lighter woods in place of the dark black-brown woods at my previous place and I wanted to ask you about the small ikea mirror; it looks like you refinished it somehow and I LOVE the way it looks! I have quite a few and am curious if you’ve done a tutorial or posted something on how you did it… please help! I totally want to do that to mine so I can actually use them in the new house! Thanks!
    Ooohhh… and I’m also using your re-upholstering the bench tutorial for the same exact bench I bought at Target a few years ago. Thanks for that too!

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