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My Welcoming and Reasonably Clean Entryway

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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.

Before -- white flat walls
After -- painted walls, but still nasty carpet
More Before
Same wall as above, after
Before -- see that dirt? Ugh!
Ahh, AFTER! Good-bye grimy dirt.

Before (that basket gets really messy!)

After (yup, I cleaned out the basket!)

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.

Before (this is beyond embarassing!)
Before (YUK!)
After

 

After

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!

Relatively Clean and Welcoming!

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22 Comments
  • Jacqui Layne
    May 6, 2013

    Thats a BIG difference… the update looks great. Good job

  • Cheryl
    September 11, 2012

    What a marvelous redo! I would never have thought to paint a small entry a dark color but it really pops with those white doors! The new flooring really pulls it all together. Great job!

  • Emily
    August 8, 2011

    Oh my word, that is an amazing transformation! Usually I like white and bright, but I have to say that your chocolate brown is fabulous.

  • justamouse
    August 8, 2011

    I LOVE that chocolate brown! It looks like a whole other room now that you redcorated it. Just beautiful.

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thank you! I have a wall hanging that says “I Dream In Chocolate”. Maybe I should put it up in there! 🙂

  • Alanna Rose
    August 8, 2011

    The brown paint looks great! And the floors will be so much easier to keep clean 🙂 We just moved from a home with no carpet, to one that has mostly light beige, it’s been just a few weeks and I am already sick of vacuuming, especially the stairs which look grimy immediately after cleaning.
    Don’t you love how a newly finished room becomes your favorite 🙂

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      I hate to admit, but I’m terrible at mopping floors. I much prefer my vacuum. I have new cleaning routine, though, so hopefully that will help!

  • Mrs. Fordyce
    August 8, 2011

    Wow! That is a huge improvement! I love the color of the paint, it looks very warm. Good for you!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Kate
    August 8, 2011

    Wow! What a transformation! It looks wonderful. And I’ll admit I’m a little jealous – I wish we could paint to get rid of the grime on the “landlord beige” walls of our apartment 😉

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thank you! Up until we bought this place, we rented for years and years, too. I did see a blog post yesterday where a lady painted an old front door a cheery color and hung it behind her couch in her living room! She was renting and wanted some color, but didn’t want to paint the walls.

  • Rosie
    August 8, 2011

    Wow, that is quite the transformation! It’s such a good feeling to finally something (like that carpet) that you’ve been just putting up with for so long. Incredibly satisfying, and it looks great, too!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thanks, Rosie! We had been wanting to tear it up, but kept thinking it would be too expensive to replace with tile or laminate flooring. I’m glad we came up with an alternative that fit in our budget.

  • S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
    August 8, 2011

    Gosh, that’s a gorgeous brown! It really does make the space seem bigger, doesn’t it?

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thank you! I was really worried it would make the space seem smaller, but not so! I guess you can do dark colors in dark areas.

  • Leila
    August 8, 2011

    Camille, you did a great job! It looks wonderful!
    I do recommend large LARGE “waterhog” mats at entryways — yes, I know that water isn’t your issue, but they are great because dirt hugs them and not your shoes or floors! Then you can vacuum them or hose them off. I have two mats at my door — one small like yours and then one large one!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thank you, Leila! I am going to look in to those mats. Anything to cut down on the dirt that gets tracked in! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Robin
    August 8, 2011

    Is the paint Benjamin Moore Middlebury Brown? It looks just like the color in our upstairs hallway (and looks great in your entryway)!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Nope, it’s Lowes brand paint. I can’t remember what it’s called, which I’m sure I’ll regret. Hopefully we kept the can! I was really hesitant to use it (it’s on 2 walls in our living room), but I love it! I’m thinking of painting the one white wall left in the living that color.

  • Cathy
    August 8, 2011

    Wow, that looks REALLY awesome!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2011

      Thanks, Cathy! I really love it. I was concerned about dark paint in there, but it works.