Modern Entryway Reveal | ORC Week No. 8

June 30, 2020

White entryway
A dramatic before and after - this dated former pantry in my 1900s fixer upper has been transformed into a stylish modern entryway ready to welcome guests.

MACTAVISH HOUSE   |   Published June 30, 2020

Gray found vase and small round basket

It's a little later than I had hoped, but I finally have the complete reveal of my fixer upper entryway ready for you to see.  This renovation has been quite the rollercoaster ride from start to finish and in-person there are things that aren't quite done.  But for the sake of the camera, this room looks just as it should.

Sources for everything you see here, as well as links to all the previous posts in the One Room Challenge series appear at the bottom of this post.

I never would have guessed when I signed up for the One Room Challenge earlier in the year that there would have been so many complications and delays or that the room would take as long as it did to come together.  But I am so happy with how it turned out and glad that I took my time to get it right.

White entry with door

While there is nothing grand or extraordinary about this small room, it is such a change from where we started at the beginning of this One Room example of a great before and after for sure. It now fits in perfectly with the style I'm aiming for in the house and it is really quite refreshing to walk in the back door now.

Just in case this is your first visit, here is a peek at what the before of this space looked like:

Dated room with paneling

And now here is the after:

White entryway with black sliding barn door

Between removing layers of old flooring, ceiling, and paneling, taking out the pantry cupboards, and painting the room a crisp white has made the space feel much larger than it did before.  I tried to maintain the open feel with limited furnishings and decor, while still keeping it from looking sparse.

Rustic console with vignette

My handmade console table lends a more rustic look to a room filled more with clean lines and provides for a nice conversation piece about how it was made.  Although it is narrow, it is plenty wide enough for some pretty decor to greet you as you enter.

Styled console and chair

basket filled with greenery

The wood mirror hanging over the table was a $2 Goodwill find.  It was painted bright blue, but after a few thin coats of metallic black spray paint it looks almost like the metal framed mirrors I had found while shopping for the space.

A mirror is quite handy in an entryway, both because it reflects the space making the room feel larger and because you never know when you might need a quick once-over before heading out the door.

Mirror hanging over console table

A simple coat rack was installed using a scrap board and some vintage hooks that had been hanging in the basement. The metal hooks were sprayed with the same metallic black spray paint to freshen them up and then they were screwed into the board.

Coat hanging on vintage hooks

Adding a sliding "barn" door to the bathroom has added a nice decorative element to the room and maintains some of the old house charm by reusing something original to the home.  Best of all, it allows for a pretty light fixture to hang in the room and no longer will someone coming out of the bathroom open the door into another person or the opening entry door!

The brass hardware adds a nice touch by keeping the room from looking too modern.

Black sliding barn door

Brass barn door hardware

The purpose of any entryway is to provide a convenient place to come into the house, an area to remove shoes and outerwear, space for setting down mail, keys, and a purse, and to welcome guests.  This room now does all of that with style.  Now I can get back to finishing up that breakfast nook started so many months ago!

(And if you're in the mood for another great before and after, be sure to check out my living room makeover!)

Rustic console table styled

Vase and basket on entry table


PAINT: Valspar Snowcap White (Satin for walls and semigloss for trim) and ValsparCracked Pepper (for barn door) available at Lowes
FLOOR STAIN: Fusion Stain and Finishing Oil in Cappuccino available on Amazon
RUG:  Bed, Bath, and Beyond has the best price with coupons and shipping, but I purchased mine directly from Magnolia before realizing that!
MIRROR:  Goodwill find sprayed with Rustoleum Black Night Spray Paint
BARN DOOR: Original to the house
CHAIR:  Antique find
CONSOLE TABLE:  Handmade - Click here for tutorial
PILLOW: Local gift shop
"FOUND" VASE:  Goodwill find painted with this tutorial
COAT HOOKS: Original to the house

Week No. 1 - Entryway Before Tour
Week No. 2 - Demo in the Entryway
Week No. 3 - Entryway Design Plan 
Week No. 4 - Cleaned Up and Painted in the Entryway
Week No. 5:  Cancelled
Week No. 6:  RH Inspired Console Table DIY
Week No. 7 - Barn Door Project
Week No. 8 - Entryway Reveal You are here!


Entryway before and after
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Fixer Upper Entryway Reveal

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