I’ve been contemplating an entryway makeover 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. I loved our entryway before, it was beautiful! The graphic, Moroccan motif rug, I loved our console table and sunburst mirror. It really was a favorite space of mine.

That said, I’m always looking for ways to revamp our home. After almost eight years, I was craving a change in here and I can tell you I think this is one of my favorite makeovers! It was simple, it took me about two days, and it cost less than $300. A can of chalk paint, swapping out the mirror and a new rug that was a lucky find…and our entryway makeover is complete. Come on in, I cannot wait for you to see it!

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A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!


Here’s a look at the before – as I said, it was beautiful! I loved the rustic and sophisticated balance the console and mirror had. The lines of the table are 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 a console table four different ways, full of tons of styling ideas. The black rug served us very well for all of the years we’ve had it, but I wanted something new to energize our space and add sophistication.

It was time to lighten and brighten!

OUR ENTRYWAY MAKEOVER – THE REVEAL!A light and bright entryway makeover that was simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

Our new rug is exactly what I wanted (more on that further down) and 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.Entryway makeover with a new rug, a painted console table and new mirror lighten and brighten!

I knew I wanted the table to be a light color also – either cream, white or grey. I wasn’t sure what I would end up choosing, but I found the most perfect shade of soft grey when I finally decided I was ready to paint.
A beautiful entryway makeover with a few pieces - a new mirror, rug and painted console table have transformed this space from dark to light!


I’m 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 wanted to try chalk paint and found the perfect shade for my project – Icy Grey by Rustoleum. A beautiful, light, cool grey.It 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. 

In the shot above, 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.The coverage of the paint is beautiful and I was pleasantly surprised at how evenly it went on. 

I also plan on giving the table a coat of satin varnish to finish it off, for a smoother finish, instead of a chalk finish.Next was tackling the mirror…I tried to paint this one gold, but I really wasn’t thrilled with how it looked against this wall color, as you can see above.

As a quick option, I tried swapping it out with my vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror from the bedroom to see how it would look…

Light and bright entryway makeover with a beautiful new rug and mirror, and painted console table from dark brown to light grey.

AND here it is – I think it’s the perfect piece for now, and I also love the style paired with this console table much better now that it’s painted as well.Console table styled with gold and glass hurricane lantern, a gold tray and spring floral stems in a glass jar.

Entryway with a light grey console table, gold, glass and blue accessories are classic and elegant. I’m in love with the soft tones and layers of warm and cool greys in here now.

With all of the beautiful natural light we get, it is exactly what I wanted.A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

The cool grey of the table pairs so well with the warm grey wall color, Collingwood, by Benjamin Moore, and the vintage gold mirror add a gorgeous element to the mix.A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

Painting the table now has me 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, but think I might take the plunge and bring the same airy brightness to that space as well. UPDATE: OUR NEW DINING ROOM!A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

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.A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

OUR GORGEOUS, NEW GREY RUGA light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

OK, time to 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. A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!There wasn’t much to do in here except paint the table and change the mirror, but finding the perfect rug just by chance, was the icing on the cake for me.A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

I love the silver tones and the subtle hints of beige and brown in this rug, they compliment the warm and cool greys in the space.

The vintage-inspired look is beautiful, and the muted pattern is perfect – quite the contrast to our previous rug! A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!

This rug is like a breath of fresh air and was the ideal piece to finish off our entryway makeover.

Nothing excites me more than when a vision in my head comes to life! A light and bright entryway makeover that was super simple to achieve! Some chalk paint, a new mirror and new rug have completely transformed this foyer!That wraps up my reveal today, I want to know what you think about our entryway makeover! Leave me a comment at the bottom of my post, I’m always so happy to hear from you. If you’d like to always have the latest news sent to your inbox, you can sign up for my newsletter, also at the bottom of my post, or at the top, under subscribe. Thank you, as always for reading with me, I hope you’re inspired! xo



  1. Jacqueline
    February 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Tamara,
    I really enjoy your posts! You and I have a very similar style in our homes. Two years ago, I painted all of our interior doors black, it took a lot of guts (and my husband growled the whole time!) but the result is amazing & classic.
    May I give you one bit of advice? DONT CHANGE YOUR DINING ROOM WALLS…LEAVE THEM BLACK! We’re the type that loves decorating, restyling & change, but we also need to recognize when something is right, leave it alone. I love your dining room, it is an exclamation point amid your other neutral rooms.you have the ability to use any color in there, any flowers, and it was gorgeous at Christmastime.
    Enjoy your Spring:)

  2. Marty Oravetz
    February 9, 2018 at 9:38 AM (4 years ago)

    love the change. It is amazing. Such a difference and yes it really is so light and bright. Just perfect.

  3. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM (4 years ago)

    Marty thank you SO much!! I am so happy you like it and I am so in love, it’s such a refreshing change!! Thanks for stopping by!! xo

  4. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Jacqueline! You are so kind, thank you for the lovely note!! And thank you for the advice!! I have gone back and forth on the idea for so long now! I love the black so much and love that it really punctuates our home and makes a statement!! I just can’t help but think sometimes because it’s such a small space, the lighter color will help it breathe a little bit. But you may have convinced me not to do it haha! Thank you so much for your encouragement and support, and for taking the time to comment!! It really means so much to me!! xox

  5. Bree
    February 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM (4 years ago)

    Tamara I love the change and really love what you did with your console table!! Thanks for sharing another beautiful space with us…you always inspire me💙

  6. Lynn Holloway
    February 9, 2018 at 10:36 AM (4 years ago)

    I can’t seem to make the rugs reference the shopping cite? The other items work but not the rugs. I click on them
    And nothing or eventually Pinterest

    Thank u
    Love your home and ideas

  7. Tracey
    February 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi tam
    First off, the change is stunning. I love this mirror and the chandelier together, your eye runs from the ceiling to the mirror as though they are a perfect match. That area, just like the previous, is WOW! I love the light airiness to the entire area and with the natural light flowing in
    Also, why did you use chalk paint and not regular? I don’t know the difference…
    I agree with jaqueline…I love the crushed pepper so much, as you know. I’d hate to see it go. But, whichever you choose will be gorgeous :)

  8. marion duffield
    February 9, 2018 at 11:29 AM (4 years ago)

    What a lovely makeover! In the past few months, I have done mini-makeovers on the entrances on both my Canadian Club-house and my Corner House. You know it’s done right when you walk in and sigh….. it makes such a difference.
    I love the mirror you chose. I think it goes perfectly with the cherry blossoms and the stools flanking the door to the left. A bit of an Asian feel without being all-encompassing!
    I love it when I sit down with my coffee in the morning and check my emails and BAM…there is a beautiful makeover to look at by one of my fav bloggers. Happy Friday!! If I were you, I’d just keep walking in and out of that front door all weekend…lol….or pull up and chair and drink tea in the foyer and marvel at your handiwork:):)

  9. Isabel Gauvin
    February 9, 2018 at 11:46 AM (4 years ago)

    Oh my! Tam! I am book marking this page – I have been putting off some decoration update and this is the perfect insporation for my projects. Thank you so much!! love it xoxo

  10. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 11:54 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much Isabel!! That makes me so happy! The best part was this was so effortless and cost so little…nothing like an easy DIY with big results!! xoxo

  11. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 11:56 AM (4 years ago)

    Marion, you are SO SWEET! Thank you so much for such a kind compliment…it means the world to me!! I can’t tell you how much it inspires me! I will admit, I’ve been hanging out in here a lot lol! I love it so much!! I had the vision in my head and I’m so happy I finally went for it!! Thank you so much for the encouragement and for stopping in to say hi! I always love hearing form everyone!! xox

  12. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 11:58 AM (4 years ago)

    Trace!! So so happy you love it!! I knew you would! Isn’t the difference amazing? Hope it was worth the wait for you lol! I went with chalk paint because I’ve heard its simple to use and you need to do very little prep – which was totally the case. I really love using it. BUT I don’t love the matte finish, so I’m eager to get the satin varnish on there. Love you!! xo

  13. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 11:59 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Lynn! They work for me, so sorry you’re having trouble! Try clicking toward the bottom of the images and see if that works :) I’m happy to send you direct links as well if you prefer, just let me know!!

  14. tamaraanka
    February 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM (4 years ago)

    Bree, you are the best my friend!! Thank you so much for stopping in to see! It means so much to have you here! I need to hop over to your blog next and see what’s new, you inspire me just the same, always! I’m thrilled you like the table, I can’t get over the difference!! Love you my friend!! xo

  15. Jennifer
    February 9, 2018 at 7:19 PM (4 years ago)

    Tamara, I always love to see what you will do next. I am still swooning over your master bath makeover btw! This makeover really took minimal effort for maximum results! I love it! I agree the Regency mirror was a better fit, as it looks terrific. I really like how airy & bright going lighter with the table made your entry. Major wow points! Well done.

  16. Nicole FALCE
    February 10, 2018 at 4:40 AM (4 years ago)

    Hello Tamara,
    I’m living in France and it’s not easy to find such example of beautiful home…I’m addict of over-atlantic “chic” deco (coastal or hamptons) and above all houses floor plans. but on internet it hard to make the right choice.
    How could it be possible to find a house floor plan matching with your home to get an idea of surface and so on..
    Thank you so much to help me and for giving us so delightful ideas..I adore your outdoor dinning place.

  17. Sandra
    February 10, 2018 at 8:57 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this makeover Tam! I was worried because I love your front entry so much, I though how could it get any better? You have such vision! It is even more beautiful now!

  18. Norma Rolader
    February 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM (4 years ago)

    Beautiful and what inspiration

  19. Pamela
    February 10, 2018 at 4:08 PM (4 years ago)

    I. Love. This. Great inspiration, thanks!

  20. tamaraanka
    February 11, 2018 at 9:17 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you very much! So happy you like it!

  21. tamaraanka
    February 11, 2018 at 9:17 AM (4 years ago)

    I’m thrilled you think so, thanks so much!!

  22. tamaraanka
    February 11, 2018 at 9:18 AM (4 years ago)

    Sandra you are so kind my friend!! Thank you for such a wonderful compliment!! I’m so happy you like it!! Thank you for stopping by! xox

  23. Jill
    February 11, 2018 at 12:14 PM (4 years ago)

    When I saw the before, didn’t think it could get better but it did! Love the faux bamboo mirror. Also from just the angle you showed, dining room wall color looks great with entry. Side note, could you tell me paint name of your dark interior doors?

  24. Melissa
    February 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM (4 years ago)

    Your rooms are stunning! I wish the Collingwood Benjamin Moore paint looked as nice in my home as it does in your. I’ve painted two coats of 16 different popular gray samples throughout my home and they all look blue! We have large open spaces with tons of natural light and it’s killing me to find one nice gray paint that doesn’t look blue. I’ve also tried white dove by by Benjamin Moore on our trim and it looks a bit gray. Alabaster from Sherwin Williams seems to be the best clean very slightly off white trim paint for our house. Do you have any suggestions for gray paint colors that won’t look blueish? Thanks so much!

  25. tamaraanka
    February 16, 2018 at 6:40 AM (4 years ago)

    Jill, Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! We loved the before as well, but it’s really amazing how making small changes can have such a big impact – it feels like a whole new space! And thanks for your input on the dining room walls, I am still on the fence about changing the color, which is actually the same as the door color, Cracked Pepper by Behr :)

  26. tamaraanka
    February 16, 2018 at 6:45 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for you kind words! Paint is so tricky and grey especially can be tricky depending on the light in your room. The Collingwood can even look pinkish depending on the space it’s used in! Between the seasons changing and the exposure of the windows, the lighting can make a color look nothing like it does on the swatch (which is usually the case). I wonder if you tried the Dove on the walls and Alabaster on the trim or Simply white (BM) on the trim with the Dove..so hard to say to be honest! You have to keep testing away until you find the right color. I’ve had repaint our entire house once because the color even after testing looked so off! Not so fun! I wish I was more help!

  27. Jennifer
    February 26, 2018 at 6:15 AM (4 years ago)

    Tamara, I’m in awe of this beautiful space. I thought every bit of your home was stunning before, especially your entry, but you’ve updated this space perfectly! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with your dining room. I love it black, but I trust that you know what works in your home! Love you friend!

  28. tamaraanka
    March 5, 2018 at 9:04 AM (4 years ago)

    Jen you area so sweet!! Thank you my friend! It really means so much to me! As for the dining room, I am still stumped on what to do!! Thank you for stopping in to say hi! Love you more! xo

  29. Lindsey Jones
    March 15, 2018 at 9:21 PM (4 years ago)

    Love this! It’s gorgeous! Quick question. The direct link for the paint indicates the color is “Linen White.” Is that the color you used or was it “Aged Gray?” Just want to make sure before I buy it and start painting =) Thank you!!!!

  30. Celeste
    April 2, 2018 at 2:24 PM (4 years ago)

    None of the items would work for me either. I wanted to see the rugs.

  31. tamaraanka
    April 3, 2018 at 3:34 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi! It can be tricky to click sometimes, but try to click near the bottom of the thumbnail. Or, you can visit my SHOP tab, and scroll down to SHOP MY ENTRYWAY. Let me know if you need more help! xo

  32. Kathlen Koch
    October 27, 2018 at 3:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi! Can you say what color grey are your double doors?

  33. tamaraanka
    October 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi! They’re actually black! The color is cracked pepper by Behr :)

  34. Yvonne
    December 19, 2018 at 10:35 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi, I have the same question about the chalk paint color. I couldn’t find the color Icy Grey and the link took me to Linen White. Love the colors in the entry.

  35. tamaraanka
    December 19, 2018 at 10:45 PM (3 years ago)

    Yes, the link seems to only be able to link to that color but I used Icy Grey – which is available here in Canada. I’m not sure where you’re living, the color selection might be different, but this is definitely not white! My apologies for not responding sooner! Unfortunately I missed your comment! I hope you ended up painting!

  36. tamaraanka
    December 19, 2018 at 10:47 PM (3 years ago)

    Hello Nicole! Thank you for your kind words! I am so sorry for not answering you! I never saw your comment until now – I apologize!! My plan is from our builder and we modified it. But you can search them up and see what they offer! Check them out at habitationsrobert.com – I hope that helps! xo

  37. tamaraanka
    December 19, 2018 at 10:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Hello Yvonne! the color is definitely not white, it is in fact Icy Grey, but unfortunately I can’t link to it! I’m not sure what colors are available where you live, but this is a very pale, cool grey. I hope that helps! Thank you for your kind words!

  38. Steffan
    July 18, 2020 at 2:10 PM (1 year ago)

    I love the paint color on your walls! What is it called and where is it from?

  39. Olivia Elliott
    February 17, 2021 at 12:16 PM (8 months ago)

    Hi! I love your floors! Can you tell me the material and color? Thank you!!

  40. tamaraanka
    February 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM (8 months ago)

    Thank you! These are pre-stained, mix-grade oak in a walnut color. I hop that helps!

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