Monday, August 8, 2011

Room by Room....The Entryway

Today Cottage and Vine is hosting her Room by Room party, and today's room is the entryway!

It finally gave me the push I needed to get off of my duff and paint those front doors.  I had been staring at very badly treated builder's doors - dings, scratches ...not to mention it was white and showed every little boy fingerprint they could leave behind.

This is what I started with...kind of boring, right?

    and then i became obsessed with red interior doors thanks to Sarah's Farmhouse.  This is what, 3years old now and i'm still loving it.

And, I fell in love with this shelf and coat rack too, so V built me one when i couldn't find one the right scale for the wall.  Heather Chadduck love.

And here is where we are now.  I found out that when you paint a dark color, it is kind of hard to photgraph...

I had to turn on every light to get a pic, and it's making the front door have this weird sheen. It doesn't look like that in real life thank goodness.

These pics still crack me up.  The one the left is my paternal grandmother at 14, holding her chicken and her cat.  I have got to find a way to turn that into a Christmas card - I just need a good quote or comment to go with it.

The first on the right is my mom when she was 17 laying out in the sun, and the last one is my maternal grandmother and grandfather a few days before they got married.  Love that pic.
I had to come up with a way to get these things to stay up - so hook and loop to the rescue. Otherwise, every time those boys slammed the door, they would hit the floor.

Well, there you have it.  I still need a great rug.  And i'm looking for a very worn bend - small, no back, to go against the half wall on the left, and the elusive rug.  I've tried several - only to realize that i loved the first one i had and I should have kept it.  Now it's gone. Poop.


  1. What a difference to have such a fun color on your front doors!!!

    Your cat looks exactly like my Alice.

  2. I love your red doors, and all of your interior. Fabulous. I have a red family room and powder room and you've just inspired me with your doors. I think red paint for my doors might be just what my foyer needs.
    Enjoyed all your great photos.

    The French Hutch

  3. I love your red front doors- completely transforms the space! I'm stopping by from the Room by Room series at Cottage and Vine!

  4. Love your entry...especially the welcoming kitty. :) The red doors are wonderful and the Pottery Barn type decor you have on the wall is fun.

  5. I love the red doors! I'm stopping by from Room by Room.

  6. I love the red doors!!
    What a great picture of your Grandmother! I love it!

  7. I'm glad you took a chance with color on those doors. It was absolutely the thing to do. Well done!

    Thanks for joining the party Sheri!

  8. I wondered how you got the pics to not topple every time and now I know your great tip. I agree that some rooms are just so hard to photograph with lighting issues, but your entry is lovely. I love the tall ceilings and the transom above the door. Great family pics too (especially grandma's.) I love that both those inspiration photos are favourites I have saved and that you were able to incorporate the ideas and make them your own. I'll be back to check out more of your blog.

  9. Gorgeous. I have that same picture of Sarah's farmhouse foyer. I am in the process of painting two of the interior foyer doors red! I love how yours turned out!

  10. Great color! And I love your vintage pics. That one on the left is definitely Christmas-card worthy!

  11. Love it, Sheri! What a difference a can of paint can make! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I can't wait to read more of yours.
    Take care,

  12. Really loving the red! And the shelf arrangement looks perfect for the space. It reminds me that I need to frame more old pics of family. Don't you feel so good those doors are painted??!!

  13. I like the idea of painting the inside of the door a color. I have thought of doing that too so it was fun for me to see how fabulous yours looks.

  14. Just a perfect color you choose! You make me laugh with the hook and loop comment! Mostly because I can identify. Got to try that!

  15. OOOHHH Love the red door and the rest of your foyer makeover. How fun to have the photos of your Mom and Grandparents on display. Thanks for stopping by Room Rx!!!


  16. I love the red interior doors! I would have never thought of that! Thanks for the great idea. I am a new follower :)