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Small Entry Makeover: Add Storage and Function

Welcome to the 213th Metamorphosis Monday!

Spring has come early to the Atlanta area.  I’ll have to take some pics to share what’s popping up around here.  The daffodils are up, the red bud trees are blooming and the tulip magnolias are gorgeous!  Are things beginning to bloom where you live?  Love this time of year!

Update for a Small Entry:

I have an inspiring “Before and After” to share for this week’s Metamorphosis Monday.  Recently a friend of mine, Joy, decided she needed a place for her family to take off their jackets, scarves, gloves and boots.  They were preparing to move into a cute cottage home and were making some upgrades to the home before moving in.

The entrance to Joy’s home is there on the left.  Notice the small non-carpeted area just inside the door leading to the closet.

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

BEFORE:  Joy lives where it snows a lot.  She really wanted to make her entry work better for her family’s needs.

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

AFTER:  Joy had board and batten added to the wall just inside the front door, turning this unused space into a great area for hanging coats, scarves and book bags.  She also replaced the modern, metal front door with a cottage style door that is much more fitting with the exterior of the home.

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

A bench was also added in the entry.  It provides a handy for spot to sit while pulling on the snow boots.

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

Joy is looking for two smaller baskets to place underneath the bench.  In the meantime a basket she already had is working well for holding gloves and other cold weather gear.

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

If you’re home has a small entry and could use some extra space, I hope this entry update gives you some ideas.  Even if you don’t have room for a bench, just adding a little board and batten along one wall with hooks for hanging coats, scarves, book bags and hats can add tremendous storage and function to a small entry. 

Mudroom Addition for a Small Entry

 

Joy just added the following comment to this post and I think it sums up her entry makeover well.

We did this because we were throwing coats everywhere. Our small entryway closet just didn’t give us enough storage….and the motivation by some in the house to actually open the door and hang up a coat was lacking! Now, there are no coats thrown anywhere. It’s wonderful.

Since moving in the house in May, we’ve repainted the interior completely. The entire house was bachelor pad green and much too dark. We added central heat and air, raised the kitchen cabinets, replaced all the kitchen appliances, and built a new fence. Next to come is remodeling the master bath, hardwoods because I’m not loving the tile at all, new tile in the hall bath, and new countertops. I’m still undecided if I actually like the remodeling process or not. But I do love the end results.

Joy, I’m with you on that.  The remodeling process isn’t much fun sometimes but the results definitely make it worth it.

 

Pssst:  The seasonal footer at the bottom of BNOTP has been updated to include some links to Easter themed table settings, crafts, decorating ideas.  You’ll find links to a few St. Patricks Day table settings, too.

Giveaway Winners:
Recent giveaway winners have been announced on the giveaway post for Southern Living Weddings and the giveaway post for French Bleu Vintage.  Thanks to everyone who entered both giveaways!   I’ve emailed the winners to let them know.  Thanks to all who entered!

This weekend my friend, Ginger, had a wonderful dinner party.  I’ll be sharing a few pics from that magical night for Tablescape Thursday.  This week I’ll also be sharing a recipe for a yummy trifle.   You’ll love how easy it is to make!

Dinner Party

Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday:

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In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the party so the other participants will have an opportunity to receive visits from your wonderful blog readers.

Please observe these few rules:
Only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.
Do not link up if you’re doing so to promote a website or product.
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Comments

  1. They did an amazing job, looks wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting Susan, hope your week is wonderful!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  2. Wow! What an amazing makeover…with lots of added function, too! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  3. Hi Susan, what a great transformation. Thanks for hosting each week. hugs ~lynne~

  4. Thanks for hosting! XO, Aimee

  5. I love your friend’s entryway storage area. Wonderful idea. Thanks for hosting this party. Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Nici

  6. Susan, This post certainly shows that with a little ingenuity, even a small area like this can become functional. I really like the addition of the bench. Taking off boots is a pain without sitting down. :-) Thanks for being such a great hostess, as always! ~ Sue

  7. What a transformtion! It is very fuctional now too….Christine

  8. Joy made great use of a small space. Love her new door. Thank you, Joy and Susan, for sharing this great make over. laurie

  9. There’s nothing better than having a place to throw your coat and shoes when you come home. And to have a beautiful place to do it is the icing on the cake!
    Kelly

  10. Love the transformation..what a difference a door makes too…

    here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore..we have the early flowers making their way..i have some yellow crocus blooming now..hoping the tulips aren’t far behind.!!

  11. Debbie refreshrestyle says:

    Love the new entry! I need to do some board and batten :) Thanks for hosting.
    Debbie

  12. Great transformation. Thank you for hosting

  13. Thanx so much for hosting Susan! Love the new freshened entry. It looks fabulous.

  14. Hi Susan! Oh, this is a great makeover and I know more functional for her now! Thanks always for hosting your party and I hope you’re doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Susan,
    Creative use of space in the entry hall in this transformation!!!
    Basket storage is a MUST when children are in the picture!!!
    Thank you for hosting MM each week!!!
    Inspiration abounds through yours and others creativity and talent!!!
    Your dinner party looks fabulous!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  16. Love the changes to your friend Joy’s entryway. Looks much better! Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  17. Nothing is blooming yet, but I’m patiently waiting!! And beautiful entryway. Quite an amazing transformation!!!!

  18. Susan, your friend Joy’s entry makeover is truly fantastic…she certainly created such a tremendous funtional area in that small space….Have a great week and thanks for hosting!

  19. Penny @ From Harvest To Table & The Comforts of Home says:

    Thanks for hosting Susan!

  20. Thank so much for hosting! I love the changes she made to the entryway. Looks fantastic and makes such great use of the space.
    Have a great week.
    KC

  21. Love the space transformation! Awesome! Thanks so much for hosting. :)

  22. Thanks for hosting! Little Bit

  23. We did this because we were throwing coats everywhere. Our small entryway closet just didn’t give us enough storage….and the motivation by some in the house to actually open the door and hang up a coat was lacking! Now, there are no coats thrown anywhere. It’s wonderful.

    Since moving in the house in May, we’ve repainted the interior completely. The entire house was bachelor pad green and much too dark. We added central heat and air, raised the kitchen cabinets, replaced all the kitchen appliances, and built a new fence. Next to come is remodeling the master bath, hardwoods because I’m not loving the tile at all, new tile in the hall bath, and new countertops. I’m still undecided if I actually like the remodeling process or not. But I do love the end results.

  24. Oh I love board and batten! What a fantastic project!

  25. That is brilliant!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  26. Thank you for hosting!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  27. Thank you so much for hosting Susan, I love the board and batten redo!

    xo, Tanya

  28. Great new entrance and very functional. They did a terrific job! Thank you for hosting this interesting party, where’s so much inspiration. Have a good week.
    FABBY

  29. Her entryway idea? ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

    I cannot believe how perfect it is now – form, function and aesthetically PERFECT for a cottage home.

  30. This is a very clever use of space. Thank you for letting me join in.

  31. So fun to see a makeover today. Who doesn’t dream of a space like that. Thanks for providing another week’s party. I appreciate you going to all the trouble!
    Liz

  32. Thanks so much for hosting! Life to the full, Melissa

  33. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Great entryway transformation- pretty and functional, the perfect combo! Thanks for hosting the party!

  34. Hi Susan, the daffodils are up, the red bud trees are blooming, wow… here in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada it is -4 degrees F and a couple of months before we see a spring flower. Loved your friend Joys entryway, it is perfect for hanging up snowy jackets in my neck of the woods and rainy jackets in yours!
    Darlene

  35. Thanks so much for hosting! I love your entry update. I am planning to update my entry dining room soon and this gives me some wonderful ideas. Have a wonderful week. Peggy~PJH Designs

  36. Wonderful redo on the entryway! As we expanded our house to make room for a mudroom, we took space away from an old workshop in the garage, and were lucky enough to have an old set of 4 lockers from a local (now defunk) mine. The lockers were just what we needed for hanging all the winter coats, etal. My husband built a “shoe rack” to go under the lockers – which also helped hold the lockers up and organization and peace were returned to our house!

  37. So nice to be able to join the party! Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  38. Hi Susan, your mention of daffodils and red buds surprised me also, as here in Raleigh , NC we had our coldest morning yesterday, about 16 degrees, and we still have a bit of snow on the ground from Saturday! Brrrrrrr
    I can hardly wait for spring however, so you give me hope!
    I loved the entryway also! We have a tiny area where we come in and out from our garage. I’m wondering if something like that would work there. It would be agreat relief to have places for jackets and scarves! Ours doesn’t recess behine the door however, so I don’t know if the door would swing open if there were a bunch of coats blocking the way! Hmm..its so pretty, its got my juices flowing! I love the bench also! Thanks for this Susan and Joy! Helen

  39. Great entrance and thanks for hosting.
    My daffodils are blooming also. Waiting for spring

  40. Hi!

    I just love your blog but I can’t see the posts for the Metamorphosis Monday on 2/18/13. Did anyone else have that problem?

    Thanks, Karen

  41. What a great use of space.Looks amazing and so functional!LOVE this!
    xx
    Anne

  42. I love your front door…..great mini makeover :-)

  43. Dang, you’re good. I came upon this spot by way of Dawn’s Feathered Nest. I do humor and dream of HGTV projects.
    I guess if you are 69, raising a 7 yr old and an 11 yr old and haven’t learned to cook by now, chances are you never will…hence the humor blog. What else am I going to do? Love everything on here and wish I could do it all.
    The Medicare Mom

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