Weekend DIY: Our $100 Entryway Makeover

April 24, 2020

While in quarantine, we’re finding lots of new ways in this house to spend our time.

Well, not during the weekdays. Monday through Friday is filled with conference calls, distance learning attempts, and multiple daily bike rides and trampoline jumping sessions to help the kids burn some energy.

But the weekends?

Well, let’s just say that one silver lining of being safe at home is that I now have time to finish all those half-completed projects that were lingering around our house.

Our foyer makeover is one of those.

Our foyer: The very gray “before”

Here’s what our foyer looked like a few years back.

When we moved into our home nearly six years ago, I focused all my time and energy on the spaces we used most often: our family room, the kitchen, the playroom, and the kids’ bedrooms.

There were a couple places in our house I completely ignored for a long time, and our foyer was on that “totally neglected” list.

It was the least welcoming entryway.

Which didn’t really make a whole lot of sense, considering that all our guests, well, enter our home through the front door.

Yep, the “50 shades of gray” foyer was the first thing they saw when coming into our home.

It finally dawned on me that it was time to add some color and pattern to this spot.

So one weekend, that’s exactly what I did.

Now it’s brighter, happier, and says, “Come on in!”

To refresh our foyer, I used exactly four items. Yep, four! And some of the decor I owned already and just reused it for this project.

Even better? This little makeover took just a few hours of my time.

The simple items that took our foyer to a whole new level

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know that I love a decorating “easy” button.

And this entryway project was no exception.

As a busy mom of two who also works outside the home, I simply don’t have the time or patience for really complicated home projects. (And if any project feels too complicated, then guess what? I’m calling my favorite neighborhood contractor and hiring it out.)

For this foyer makeover, my plan went something like this: Order some happy decor from Amazon and Target, and spend a couple hours installing peel-and-stick removable wallpaper.

That’s it.

Here’s what I ended up using for our foyer makeover:

Pssst! Here are links to everything I bought for this makeover:

Patterned trellis wallpaper // Gold mirror

Faux plant (similar to the one I have, which was purchased at HomeGoods) // Patterned rug

I already owned the faux plant and the mirror, so I didn’t factor those things into my $100 budget.

The wallpaper and rug cost me right around $100.

Did I mention I snagged both the rug and wallpaper from Amazon and got free two-day Prime shipping on both items? (How’d anyone ever live without Amazon Prime, by the way?)

This project turned out to be one of the easiest and most affordable. And that “easy + affordable” combo makes a girl want to cartwheel over here.

The (much prettier) “after”

Here’s what our foyer looks like today:

easy weekend foyer makeover

It kind of feels like it’s welcoming guests with open arms now (it’s about time, let me tell ya).

Such an improvement over the all-gray “before,” right?

What do you think? Would you try your hand at using peel-and-stick wallpaper in your foyer?

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Hey! I’m Kate — I love decorating with color and pattern. I also love finding decorating “easy” buttons: quick DIYs, simple organization hacks and amazing steals at Target.

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