I cleaned out our entryway this week and tried to pretty it up a little. Then I realized I never really shared the full space after my dad built a bench in October 2011.
When we purchased the house, I was mildly obsessed with this entry. We didn’t have any sort of an entry in the old house, so this seemed like a true luxury.
Here’s the before of the space.
Since it’s at the front of our house, the hooks don’t really store most of our day-to-day stuff (purses, bags, coats), but I put other stuff there that doesn’t get used every day.
The bench is used for storage of all of our boots and extra stuff that doesn’t have a home.
I finally added some little baskets to the cubbies. I’m really loving the size of them. They are from Target.
The other side of the entry was the perfect size for an IKEA Hemnes shoe cabinet. I seriously love this cabinet so much. It holds all of our shoes (outside of a few pairs at the back door). It looks so nice. It’s super close to the wall so it fits in tiny spaces.
The drawer is handy for some hand tools that we use often. (I like to have a hammer, tape measure, tiny level and finishing nails in every area of the house for easy access.)
A few things you should know about the Hemnes shoe cabinet. It is a serious paint to put together. A SERIOUS PAIN. Okay. I guess that’s only one thing. But, it’s worth it because it looks so awesome. This is a hard-working piece of furniture.
Above the shoe cabinet, we put in 2 IKEA floating shelves that lived in the office of our old house. Don’t they look like they were made for the space? The width was so perfect we may have scraped the walls putting them in. At some point, I may do something pretty with them. For now, they hold stuff that didn’t have a home. And that awesome copper sign that I picked up in my home town. Also, those baskets are begging me for some spray paint. Ala these baskets in the nursery.
What? Don’t your baskets talk to you?
Ooo… and here’s my Ballard Designs light fixture. Which I love love love. This fixture, along with many of the other fixtures in the house, are coming with us when we move.
And that, my friends, is the entryway. I hope it’s a welcoming little space for our friends and family who visit.