Before and After: Entryway Vignette

We are really marking things off the Home Improvement List, people! And that’s a darn good thing since I wanted to complete everything on the list by year’s end, and it’s already October. Sure is hard to believe!

So this is the item we tackled:

Set up an entryway vignette. (When you open up the door to my apartment, all you see is this little bookshelf that’s cluttered with magazines and sketchbooks and god knows what else. It’s sad. I would love to have something with a little pizzazz. First impressions are everything, right? Wherever I can gain some storage is a plus!)

It’s been a work in progress for some time. Let me refresh your memory…

It started as this sad little bookshelf I got on Craigslist for $10 a few years ago:

img_0056And it took a really long time to move past that because it’s hard to find just the right size console table or bench or bookshelf or whatever to fit in that nook. (It couldn’t be more than 17 inches deep or 36 inches wide, the depth proved trickier than the width.) And look at that speaker over there too… Pathetic.

So anyway, this was the inspiration.

il_570xN.230272217Then I happened across this little gem, also on Craigslist:

-3It had great lines and it was cheap, but it certainly wasn’t in the best of shape. And then after I got the new kitchen table, the two just didn’t play nice. Everything was wood! So something had to go…

Or did it?

IMG_1498_editTa-da! It wasn’t something a coat of paint (or four) couldn’t fix. If you look closely, you can see that it’s actually two-tone (a take on ombré, I suppose!). It’s Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover Dark Gray and Winter Gray Gloss.

beforeandafterI love the way it turned out! And the color is such that should I move next year (god forbid), it could be used in a number of different rooms; it’s very flexible. Granted, this doesn’t help my storage problem much, but most things that are pretty aren’t all that practical, amiright?

See more of my Before and Afters here. Per usual, a special thanks to Mikey! #bestdadseverawards

(Inspiration Image: Etsy)


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