Like an exciting prologue in a book, adding an interesting wall color, piece of furniture, or architectural detail to your entryway piques the interest of your guests and leaves them wanting to see more. Here are 5 easy-to-do, budget-friendly tips to help you make the best first impression.
1. Add a Photo Wall
Got a bright or bold wall color but nothing to go with it? Make your entryway a conversation starter with a photo wall. Using prefinished moulding, which comes in a variety of colors and profiles, you can build a giant sized picture frame to show off your favorite vacation pics, anniversary photos, or your kid’s art work, all at once.
2. Add Beadboard for a Farm-Friendly Vibe
Adding classic white beadboard to an entryway wall can instantly infuse charm to a cottage style design scheme. The clean, crisp aesthetic of the beadboard lends itself to a modern take on the farm-house trend or a more traditional style. Either way, it’s inviting to all. Photo posted from deavita.net.
3. Add a Bright Piece of Rehabbed Furniture
If your design tastes run on the bohemian side, the best way to set the tone for the rest of your free-spirited colorful style is starting off with a pop of color and a vintage piece of furniture. We embellished a flea-market dresser with some multi-use moulding strips, which you can find at Lowe’s and other select dealers, that make this front entry statement warm, inviting, and totally cool.
4. Add a Mirror, or Dress Up an Existing One
If your entryway is on the small size, one of the best design techniques to make it look larger is by adding a mirror. Especially if your front entry has light sources (sun or artificial), a mirror reflects the light and can make the room look brighter and larger. You don’t have to spend big bucks on a mirror either. Grab one at your local building re-supply store and add an inexpensive, but expensive looking moulding frame or go bold with some glass or organic materials to it to finish it off.
5. When Your Entryway has to be Functional
Maybe you don’t have a separate mudroom, or you’re without an entryway closet. Sometimes your front entry has to serve a functional purpose in addition to an inviting check-in point for guests. Add a bit of stylish practicality like some classy coat racks so everything has a space for its place. Here are some easy DIY instructions to make your own shelf coat rack.
Hopefully you’ve found some of these tips helpful and inspirational. We’re always interested in your own DIY tips and projects, so let us know what you’ve been working on. To find an Inteplast Moulding dealer in your area, visit our dealer locator here.
Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you thought was a perfect fit at the time, only to realize later that it was, well, boring? My hand is raised here because I’ve done it more than I’d like to admit. But as a consummate repurposer, reuser, renewer, and recycler, I’m all about upcycling a lackluster table or dresser to make it functional and fabulous.
One of the easiest and inexpensive ways you can do this is by adding visual interest with prefinished decorative moulding profiles. Inteplast Building Products has a variety of classic and modern design options like batten and lattice to help you add excitement to furniture. You can choose from Crystal White and paint it any color you want, or you can match any of their natural wood colors to fit the furniture. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding at your local Lowe’s and Home Depot. Check out this video tutorial on how to recreate the moulding accents on this table, or follow the instructions.
Materials you’ll need:
Select the moulding you want to use and get enough for the project. For this project we’re going to create a panel using Batten moulding, a Stop moulding under the lip of the table and a cap to the top to keep your books and reading glasses from sliding off.
Cutting & Gluing:
Cut the pieces you need, miter the corners and tack them on. You might want to use a little contractor’s adhesive, too.
Once everything is on, just caulk the joints and paint.
See how amazingly easy it is to make a piece of so-so furniture the highlight of a room. For all of you fellow flea-marketers, doesn’t this give you some great ideas? Finish the piece of with a fresh coat of paint for a contemporary, anything-but-boring feel. So don’t immediately put that bland end table or accent shelf into a yard sale or an online auction, or hide it in the corner. Give it a makeover with prefinished decorative and multi-use moulding from Inteplast Building Products.
I'm Andrea, thanks for reading!
The only resolution I’m making this year is to continue to live as clutter-free as possible. I’m one of those people who doesn’t get overly attached to or sentimental about “things” – whether it’s my old grade reports, collectable knick-knacks, or the sweater Aunt Jade knitted for me when I was five (the one that now boasts moth holes the size of softballs) – so it’s easy for me to clear out clutter. My philosophy is if you aren’t going to use it, wear it, or display it, then get rid of it.
With that said, I’m not opposed to repurposing things; especially functional items like furniture. My husband and I have amassed a collection of family furniture from his childhood that his parents hung onto for decades, and that we just can’t seem to part with. So recently when I was in search of a new piece to liven up my entry way in place of the boring high back chair and lamp, I looked through our existing inventory in the attic. I came across an old, ho-hum dresser that used to be my husband’s back in the 1970s that I thought I might be able to do something with.
I consulted my usual sources of online inspiration and came across this DIY gem. They attached a narrow moulding profile design to each dresser drawer to add some pizzazz and make it an aesthetic focal point for the entryway.
With a fresh coat of paint and unlimited hardware options on the market these days, you can easily add unique knobs, drawer pulls, and hinges to give an old-fashioned piece of furniture a modern refresh. What I really love about using a dresser here in the entryway is the functionality. If you’re in need of an extra junk drawer or want a place to keep car keys, flashlights, or old towels to wipe muddy shoes, this is the perfect hideaway. I know that when I have a place for everything, and keep everything in its place, I’m more productive and less stressed. And when I’m able to reuse or repurpose something, that makes the project even better!
This is definitely a quick weekend project with just a few supplies – decorative moulding, paint, finish nails, glue, and some updated hardware from your local building supply store like Lowe's or Menards.
Let me know how you repurpose and refresh old furniture. I’d also love to know how you plan to manage your clutter in the coming year!