I’m so excited to be sharing some of my entryway makeover progress! Today I’m going to chat about the current state of the space, share some inspiration about where I hope to take it, and show some painting progress. Here’s a quick peek of the space as it was at the start:
First let’s talk about painting inspiration. I knew I wanted to incorporate some navy walls into the space, and I decided on Sherwin-Williams Anchors Aweigh. For the rest of the entryway, I chose Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray. It provides the perfect complement to the navy! Here is a picture of Repose Gray in my office/dining area, where I have it paired with a black accent wall.
And here’s a peek at the rest of the ideas floating around in my head. I know I need to incorporate a wall-mounted coat rack, as well as something to store shoes and set things on. I also want to put a big jute rug, a large mirror, and some artificial plants in the space. It’s a super dark space, so real plants are a no-go, but I just love the way the plants look in these inspiration photos. Lastly, we’ll need something for keys and outgoing mail.
And now the before photos:
It’s a great little space, but it’s just that: little! It’s quite narrow with no coat closet, so I knew we needed to work in a space to hang coats. We also take our shoes off when we come in the front door because of the carpet in the house, so we needed a space to store shoes. For a while we’ve been using a little old Ikea TV unit, but as you can see, that wasn’t cutting it.
I also want to hang a mirror on the wall that has the paint swatches in it. I’m planning on that wall being navy, but I don’t want it to continue down the entire hall. I’m also planning to put down a big jute rug to cover the floors, and maybe even a matching runner for the long hallway. As for the rest of my plans, I’m hoping they fall into place as I work. 🙂 This project is a bit fluid! So for now, let’s chat about this paint.
Sherwin-Williams sent me a few cans of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Interior paint to use for this project. This is a paint and primer in one and is the most top-notch paint in the Sherwin-Williams lineup. It has fantastic coverage and washability (I’ve already had to test the latter!), and comes in flat, matte, satin, and semigloss. The Emerald line is designed so that even the flat and matte finishes have the same durability and washability as the glossier sheens, which is something I’d love to test in the future. I typically use eggshell or satin, which is what I used in the entryway, for the washability.
Here is the first coat of Anchors Aweigh on. I have to admit, at this point, I was a bit worried. This did NOT look like the beautiful navy color I had been pining over for weeks. But I pressed on, hoping that the second coat would deepen the color.
I also decided to continue the navy into the space around the door frame, as well as on the little diagonal wall you can see in the right-hand side of the following photo:
I did the wall on the left using Repose Gray, which I continued all the way up the stairwell, which transitions well to the next floor’s Repose Gray walls.
Thankfully the second coat of the navy did the trick. It really deepened the color and the coverage evened out completely.
The only thing I hadn’t finished in the next photo is continuing the Repose Gray all the way down the hallway you can see on the right. I hadn’t originally planned to do that during this round of painting because I didn’t think I’d have enough paint, but it turns out I did. I’ll share that in the coming weeks!
And in the next week or two I’ll be sharing free build plans for a shoe cubby, so stop back by for that! 🙂
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