Small Entryway Solution

October 4, 2017

Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a grand and beautiful entryway in which to greet our guests. The notion that my entryway needed an update came to me after listening to episode #55 on Young House Love Has A Podcast regarding the science(?) of Feng Shui. On this particular episode, John and Sherry from YHL interviewed a Feng Shui Goddess who said the entryway is ONE OF THE MOST important rooms in your house. Say whaaaaaaaat? Mind. Blown. I guess it makes sense, it is the first thing people see when they come into your home; and you know what they say about first impressions. But what about those of us who don’t really have an entryway? How do we improve our Feng Shui and make our guests feel welcome?

Inspiration

I’ve gathered a few pictures from the internet that each have something to offer a small space trying to be a big deal.

I like the picture below because of the charming wallpaper. That got me thinking, even if you just have a wall (like me) you can still create a lot of character. You can add wallpaper, a bold paint color, stenciling, faux brick, shiplap, molding, the list could go on and on. The options are endless. It’s a small commitment so don’t be afraid to do something a little daring.

Wallpaper in hallway

I like this next picture because of the mirror and the narrow shelf.  A mirror will obviously give the illusion there is more space than there actually is, plus guests can check to see if they have anything in their teeth (something I always appreciate). In a space where you don’t have very much depth to move, a narrow shelf for trinkets is perfect. Too deep and you run the risk of getting a rib check every time you turn the corner. That’s the opposite of a friendly greeting in my book.

To summarize 1). We need to add some interest to our wall 2). Hang a mirror or picture 3). Use a narrow but functional shelf. Now it’s our turn.

Small Entry Update For Less Than $40

Before

small entryway
You see that wall there? That’s it. That’s all I got. It’s okay, we can make it work.

After

Small entryway after

Breakdown

I’ve always wanted a “moody” wall in my home so I figured now’s the time. A 28″ wide wall is a pretty safe bet. I really wanted to do wallpaper but my husband laid down the gauntlet with a solid “NO.” How rude. The original paint color I used was “Shadow” by Benjamin Moore. However, it ended up being WAY too purple for me. Fortunately, I had black, brown and navy paint samples in my basement so I mixed them into the purple and created a darker, moodier tone. Don’t be afraid to mix paint you already have. It’s free and you never know, you could end up with something that looks quite nice.

The gold mirror was a solid find from Craigslist for $25.00. Craigslist has proven time and time again to be a money saving maverick. Whenever I’m hunting for something in particular, I check the site daily and wait patiently. If you build it they will come.

Lastly, I decided to make a shelf out of a leftover 3″ x 3″ post I had in my basement. My husband was feeling generous and decided to assist in this portion of the DIY. He cut the post to size with our mitre saw and carved inlets for corner brackets. I bought a package of 2 1/2″ corner brackets from Home Depot for about $3.  The inlets were carved so that the bracket could sit flush with the wood and therefore with the wall as well.

groove for the corner bracket
Groove for the corner bracket
shelf with corner bracket placed into the groove
Shelf with corner bracket placed into groove

I  screwed the corner brackets into the wall where the studs were. The inlets carved onto the shelf were measured to line up with the studs prior to carving them. I placed my shelf on top of the bottom part of the bracket and screwed it into the bottom brackets. The shelf itself is not attached to the wall but to the bracket which is attached to the wall. This gives the illusion of a floating shelf.

This project took me a few hours a day over the course of about 4 days and less than $40. I’m hoping the Feng Shui in my home is now more balanced and my guests feel cozy and comfortable whenever they come to play. Hopefully now you feel inspired to create a cute entry for yourself and guests even if all you have is a 28″ wide and 3″ deep wall to work with. Thanks for reading!

Small entryway solution

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