THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY IKEA STOUGHTON, BUT ALL IDEAS & OPINIONS ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN.
It’s here! It’s here! The organized entryway makeover reveal has come at last!
So I showed you yesterday how I went completely overboard with the amount of work I put into this. I mean who knew a 30 square foot space could take five weeks to complete??
Last night I came home through the refinished entryway for the first time and it felt SO. GOOD. That first impression of your home really is everything. It’s clean, it’s organized, it’s friggin’ pretty, and above all it’s not ARMY GREEN.
Enough talk, let’s get to the pictures.
I have to stick one “before” photo in here so you can get the full effect.
Pro blogger tip: always take your “before” photos with a crappy camera in crappy lighting.
Where is all our stuff, you ask? Why, right here, in this beautiful giant IKEA BESTA cabinet that goes up to the ceiling. UP TO THE CEILING.
It’s so big that I couldn’t fit the whole thing in one photo.
That’s almost NINE FEET of storage, baby. We only have one closet in our little one-bedroom apartment so I had to stuff as much storage into this nook as possible. And you know how I feel about open storage. Instead I went for something sleek, roomy, and totally closeable.
Here’s the Pinterest version of how the inside looks:
And the real-life version with all the tools, toilet paper, cat litter, and soccer cleats:
I decided to go with the IKEA BESTA storage system because it’s completely modular (but less expensive than its PAX counterpart). I chose tall frames for the base of the unit and didn’t order shelves for the right side, so that we could use it to stash our vacuum and broom. There’s even a planning tool so you can design your own combination and it’s really fun to use while Netflixing.
And if you’d rather just use this combination, I’m including the shopping list at the bottom of this post so keep reading!
Ok, that was a lot of organization gushing. Sorry, I’m OBSESSED with making our little apartment feel more roomy. 30 square feet down!
Moving on, you already saw how to hack the GRUNDTAL and turn it into a copper mirror. Doesn’t it look pretty in here???
The shelf is a DIY too! I’ll post the tutorial in the next couple of weeks (it’s really, really easy).
Can we just talk about the ancient linoleum floor for a minute? I originally had no thought of doing anything with it at all. When the whole room was crowded and weirdly army green, it really didn’t look that bad other than needing a very thorough scrub.
But as everything around the floor became more and more bright white, it started to look truly hideous:
So…I painted it. And painted. And painted. And stenciled. And eventually I got this:
And it was reeeeaallllly hard to cover it with the cabinet or walk on it or put our shoes on it because it’s so beautiful and I just want to stare at it all day long.
One last little detail: we’ve used a draft curtain in the entryway for years because the outer door is quite crooked and has lots of gaps around it (old houses will always find a way to get you). Hanging a curtain between the kitchen and the entryway helps A LOT.
For the makeover I picked this SANELA curtain with a velvety texture. When I saw it in person I thought it would be too thin, but there is a drastic temperature difference when you go in here from the kitchen so it’s working for sure!
For those of you who are interested, here are all the sources, and as promised my IKEA shopping list!
Door — Benjamin Moor Onyx, Satin
Walls — Behr Ultra Premium Plus Ultra Pure White, Eggshell
Trim — Behr Ultra Premium Plus Ultra Pure White, Semi-gloss
Floor — Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel in Stamped Concrete and White (plus a DIY glaze mixture which I will post in a few weeks)
Floor stencil — Marbella tile stencil
Storage boxes — No longer available (similar)
Shelf — DIY *tutorial coming soon!
Matisse portrait — printable download
Curtain — SANELA
Curtain tie-back — KNÖLFLY
Keychain — DIY
Ok pardon me while I go sleep until June. I’m sticking to little projects from now on. (For like, the next five minutes until I get the next crazy idea).
Have you ever taken on a renovation? How did it go??
This renovation would not have been possible without my amazing adventurous landlords, my very patient husband, my neighbor’s endless tool-lending, and my good friend’s savvy IKEA furniture-assembly skills. Thank you all! xoxo