Our entry is a space that gets changed up routinely in our home, mostly because I haven’t loved anything enough to leave it alone for a while! Luckily after this last entry update (and some fun DIY canvas art!) I think I can finally walk away from it for a while, and call it good 🙂
Although we don’t use our front door often, the entry is in between our playroom and office, so it’s within my sight lines multiple times a day. Having it be an unfinished space was bugging me (also causing some serious procrastination on other things I should be doing) but after seeing an amazing inspiration image from Studio McGee, I had an idea and ran with it.
Oh, and the best part? This entire update cost me $7! Using what you already have at it’s finest. I will however put some links and inspiration pieces at the bottom if you’d like to achieve a similar look (all online shopping because #quarantine) as well!
For starters, I had this serving buffet sitting in our office as a family hand-me-down from my grandparents. My sisters and I all have a piece of the original set, and they’re all this golden orangy oak color. I hesitated on painting it or sanding it down to raw wood at first, but in the end decided on painting it black!
I used my favorite chalk paint, Amy Howard, and kept the original hardware. It made SUCH a difference, and now I really love how it looks. It also serves as some great storage, and fits the space perfectly.
Once that was done, I moved on to the art! I knew I wanted a large scale piece to lean above it, and had seen some pieces I really loved at Homegoods recently, but the $200 price tag was not what I had in mind. So, DIY it was. I had no idea how it would end up turning out, but that’s the fun part with DIY! Plus, if it stunk, all I would have wasted was a little bit of time.
The canvas was built out of scraps from the garage. 1×3’s and painters drop cloth. I used pocket holes and screws to assemble it, and stapled the drop cloth to the front.
To create some texture, I took a small putty knife and some spackling and went to town! There wasn’t too much of a rhyme or reason with this part, just basically covering most of the canvas and leaving a few heavy “globs” on the canvas to dry.
Next up was paint. The entire canvas got a coat of white paint (I used sample pots from previous projects for every color shown) and then darker colors were layered on after that. I wanted to go for an abstract plaid design, and used whites, grays, beiges and some black to get the look. I’m always good for a fun plaid design (like in our bathroom and den) so it was an easy decision. Plus, it’s just paint, so you can always paint over any spot you don’t love and try it again! The most important part is layering different colors so that there’s depth to the piece.
For the frame, I was originally planning on ripping down some boards from the garage, but the 9 months pregnant part of me won, and I grabbed some trim from Home Depot for a grand total of $7. All I did was cut it down, stain it, and nail it on with my brad nailer.
And just like that, she was done!
A few accessories, painted the wall white to match the rest of the house, and this entry update was complete.
If you love the look, here are two different design boards with links to recreate something similar in your own home!
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Which one is your favorite? I just might have to add that art and gray vase to my shopping cart stat 🙂