I have been contemplating what to do with our entryway for about a year now. I knew I wanted a change, something light and bright, something to energize this space and bring in a sense of airiness. Now, before we begin, I want to let you know that I LOVED our entrance beforehand. I loved the graphic Moroccan motif rug, I loved our console table and sunburst mirror. It really was a favorite space of mine. That said, as you know me by now, I’m always looking for ways to revamp our home without spending too much. After close to eight years, I was craving a change in here and I can tell you I think this is one of my favorite makeovers so far! Not only was it simple to achieve, it took me about two days and it cost less than $300. A can of chalk paint, swapping out the mirror for one in our bedroom (more on that in a minute), and a new rug that was such a lucky find…and our entryway makeover is complete. Come on in, I cannot wait for you to see it! Before I get started, below is the before – and as I said, it was beautiful, but I think you’ll really love the after so much more! Get ready, because I have a lot of photos to share with you! Affiliate links are provided in this post for your shopping convenience – while I make a small commission on these items, it’s no extra cost to you!I loved the rustic yet sophisticated balance the console and mirror had. The lines of the table are so gorgeous and I knew with a fresh coat of paint, I could take this piece to a whole new level. The shot below is from one of my favorite posts about styling our table in four different ways – you can read all about my styling tips here. As for the black rug, it had served us very well for all of the years we’ve had it, but I wanted something new to energize our space, but still bring in a sophisticated feel.I wanted a subtle sophistication, and I think the results are exactly that. I can’t believe the difference in this room.- light and bright is what we have now and I’m so thrilled with the way it turned out. I knew I wanted the table to be a light color – either cream, white, grey, putty…I wasn’t sure which one I would end up choosing, but I found the most perfect grey when I finally decided I was ready to paint.I have a confession to make…I’m very impatient and I can be very lazy when it comes to DIY projects, I won’t lie! When I want something done, especially when it’s a small project like this one, I want it done fast. I knew I wanted to try chalk paint, and when I was ready to paint the other day, I headed out to our local hardware store, which has only one brand of chalk paint, by Rustoleum. Lucky for me, Icy Grey was the perfect grey. The cream color option was too yellow, and there were no other colors in the line that I liked. My impatient self figured it was the way to go, since I wanted to bang out this project as fast as possible…
The chalk paint was so easy to use and because the table had a matte finish already, there was no need to sand it or strip it for prepping. I washed it down, grabbed my brush and painted away.The coverage of the paint is beautiful and I was pleasantly surprised at how evenly it went on. In the shot below, the table is still wet, but you can get a very good idea at how opaque it is when it’s applied, and this is only one coat. I also still plan on giving the table a coat of satin varnish to finish it off. Varnish is a clear, protective coat that you use to finish off a painted or stained piece of furniture. I don’t want a matte finish, or a glossy finish, so I’ve settled in between, on satin, which I think will be beautiful.Next up, was the mirror. My plan was to paint this one gold, which I did, but unfortunately the results were horrible! It turned out looking like an awful mustard yellow, and one of my favorite mirrors is now no longer a favorite anymore…lesson learned! I’ve slapped gold paint on so many things around here (including our pendant light in this space – read about it here) and I’ve never had an issue until now. I really don’t like the way this turned out. At first, I kind of liked it, and it was growing on me, and then I decided it wasn’t at all. On a whim the other morning, I grabbed my vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror from the bedroom to see how it would look. I think it’s the perfect piece, and what I love about it, is the smaller scale, and that it doesn’t overpower the console table. I also think the style suits the table much better now that it’s painted as well.
I’m in love with this color palette in here, and with all of the beautiful natural light we can get, it is much better than before. I also really love how it plays off of my wall color, Collingwood, by Benjamin Moore. There are so many different layers and tones of grey in here, both warm and cool, and they all play off each other beautifully.I’m so happy with the grey paint on the table, I’m thinking of painting a similar color in our dining room. I’ve talked about possibly painting out the black walls for a while now, and I’ve gone back and forth for so long. I do love them so much, but think I might take the plunge and bring the same airy brightness to that space as well. Since these two spaces are open to each other, it will be a cohesive thread that will be beautiful.I may have to try and find a different rug for the dining room if I do paint it – something to better compliment our new one – but I think I’ll try to tackle the paint first and then decide! All I have to do now is talk my hubby into it!
Let’s talk about the rug. This was the luckiest find from HomeSense, and absolutely meant to be. I ran in the other morning to see if I could find something and there it was waiting for me to bring it home… I still can’t believe how quickly I managed to pull off this room. There wasn’t much to do except paint the table and mirror, but finding the perfect rug by chance was the icing on the cake for me! I love the silver tones and the subtle hints of beige and brown in this rug. The vintage inspired vibe is beautiful and the muted pattern is perfect – quite the contrast to our previous rug! This one is like a breath of fresh air. I’ve sourced many different vintage grey rugs for you, you’ll find them at the bottom of my post, along with other items as well.
PIN THIS IMAGE BELOW FOR LATER!