You may remember that ever since I started doing murals and furniture makeovers that my goal was to eventually be given permission to remake entire spaces for clients. Just last week that dream became a reality! I got to work with a wonderful retired couple to help them makeover their entryway. I'm incredibly excited to show you all the pretty things they let me do!
Let's start off with a photo of how the entryway looked in the beginning:
They told me that what they really wanted was for this space to feel brighter. It's a small entryway and they told me how it felt like a cave! We discussed the changes that I felt would improve the space (accent wall, refinished dresser and bright, feminine decor). After purchasing the supplies, I got started! They told me how much they loved the stenciled wall in my office and after browsing through alternative stencils from Royal Design Studio's website, they decided the same Spanish Lace stencil I had used would be best for them as well.
When I had stenciled my office, I had painted the wall white first, then stenciled the gray over it. Since my clients preferred warm tones in their home, I felt leaving the cream wall the way it was would help it to tie in with the rest of the space.
The space was brightening up already after adding just a little contrast! The brand of paint I used was Valspar but I am embarrassed to say I don't remember the name of the color! Just that it was a beautiful shade of blue, that in some light looked like a dark, gray-ish teal.
Next they agreed that the small cabinet should be lightened up. I suggested a pale cream called "Lace" (Americana Chalk Paint), and got to work!
I can not even express how many layers of paint this little cabinet soaked in! There has to be 8-10 coats at least! But it was soooo worth it!
After it was fully coated I began distressing it. You can see in the photo above this one that I had attempted to put new knobs on it (see the little glass knob?) but they didn't work out. Since this cabinet is so little, it can't get away with those larger glass knobs that are so in style now. My alternative was to paint the existing knobs, so I gave them a couple coats of metallic gold and I love the way they pop against the cream!
I used a sanding block to distress, which I had purchased from Sherwin Williams and if you're into distressing furniture - it is an absolute necessity! Normally I use sand paper, but the block was so much faster and easier to grip! Once the cabinet was dry, I applied a coat of Americana Clear Wax, so that they could place decorations/the lamp back on top and not worry about the paint chipping.
Next step was deciding on the right decor. I knew I wanted something bright & feminine with a pop of color to stand out against the patterned wall. My clients are all about silk flowers so I snagged a bright orange bunch from Michaels, along with this beautiful pedestal frame, two small glass vases and a circular wood container.
Something I really love about current Fall and Winter decor are the metallic accents. I LOVE gold. So I got to work giving the cabinet decorations subtle gold touches. The vases received gold stripes and I also made a small sign (with the assistance of my favorite website of all time, Canva) to put in the pedestal frame:
Once the wax on the cabinet had dried, I set up the new decor + their lamp and viola!
I'd say things brightened up a bit, wouldn't you?
If any of these makeovers appeal to you, I'd love to chat! It was the best feeling seeing my clients happy with the finished product, I can't wait to get started on another space! While this was my first all over makeover, I have refinished a LOT of furniture, and painted a LOT of walls, which you can see by clicking here. I'd love to work with you to create the space you've always dreamed of! :)
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