Saturday, June 16, 2012

New and improved entryway

We recently took a departure from our do-it-yourself mantra and paid to make some upgrades to our entryway, and I must say, it was worth it. In an ongoing effort to eliminate all the 70s-era decor from our house, we had the wrought-iron railings upgraded to the light wood that we had used in our bathroom remodel and that we'll soon be replacing all our existing woodwork and doors with. We found someone in Lakeville who specializes in railings and stairways and did a great job.

At the same time, we have been in need of extra shoe storage to keep all our shoes from piling up on the entryway floor, so I knew the existing setup needed to become more functional, especially given we'll be adding baby shoes to the mix in a few months.

Here's the "old" entryway, with stuff from the townhouse that we had just used to fill the space when we first moved in:

And here are some photos of the new and improved entryway:

My initial plan had been to build a custom storage bench to perfectly fit the space, but then I found this, which is just 2 inches from filling the space and I have to think costed less than building myself, and is likely better than anything I could have done on my own. I love it! I used my tried-and-true no-sew pillow cover technique to cover some old pillows, using outdoor fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I'm hoping it will hold up better than some other fabrics would given this is such a high-traffic area. Believe it or not, another great thing about this bench is you can lift the lid to dig around inside without having to take the pillows on and off! If that weren't the case, there's no way these pillows would actually get any use.

A close-up of the detail on the railings - adore them!