We purchased our town home just over two years ago. The town home is only about 6 years old (an old house in Las Vegas is about 25-30 years old!) so aside from some shoddy construction and corner cutting made by the builder, our home is in pretty good shape. But it’s kind of blah. It came with white walls, white linoleum and cheap light beige carpet. We live in the desert and there is more dust and dirt here than I ever experienced living out East. Light beige carpets and white walls get very dirty, very fast. We need to have our carpets cleaned at least four times a year, which is a real drag.
We finally gave up cleaning the carpet in the entryway from the garage. The dirt was back in the carpet within minutes. The dirt from little kid hands refused to wash off the flat white contractor paint no matter how hard I scrubbed. It was dirty, dingy and disgusting. I hated having people go over there to use the restroom when they were visiting!
So this summer we decided to use what we had on hand freshen up the entryway to make it reasonably clean and inviting.
The first step was painting the walls a dark brown. We have this color on two other walls in our living room and the paint was leftover from that. I love, love, love this color! I thought the dark brown would be too dark in there, but it really made the space feel bigger.
Then the nasty carpet had to go. We figured even if we ripped up the carpet and just painted the cement floor, it would still look better than that carpet! But then we came up with the idea of self-adhesive linoleum tiles, which just happened to be on clearance. In fact, the flooring was so cheap that we decided to go ahead and cover the ugly white linoleum in the bathroom, too.
I printed out this artwork and put it in a dollar store frame.
And I picked up a clean welcome mat at Wal-Mart because I read a tip to have a mat on both the inside and outside of every door to cut the dirt being tracked in.
This welcome sign I already had.
And voila! Our brand new entryway. I absolutely love and adore it. I think it’s my new favorite “room” in our home!
Want to see some more reasonably clean and welcoming entryways? Click on over to Like Mother, Like Daughter for some inspiration!