After our busy summer of lots of upgrades/refinishes to our downstairs (see all the posts HERE), it feels good to finally be putting the finishing touches on our space. While I painted our buffet at the end of June, and then we installed the floors at the beginning of July (and have yet to install new baseboards), the window coverings weren’t figured out and hung until a few weeks ago.
I love having the windows around our front door for the great lighting and ability to see the neighborhood, but good privacy was pretty lacking. The previous owners of our house installed mini blinds, but unless we had them raised our dog and cats worked really hard to destroy them. When I saw that Emily of Jones Design Co. hung curtains over her front window (seen HERE) I knew it was the perfect solution for ours. The rod and clip rings are from Target and the curtains are from Ikea. Someday I’d like to get higher quality curtains (they’re pretty paper like), but for now I can’t complain since they were the right length and only $10 total for both panels.
We bought this buffet back in January of 2011 (original post HERE). We found it on Craigslist and have used it for toy storage. Even though I didn’t like the original look of it at all, I wasn’t all that motivated to paint it because of the hassle of moving it out of the house or putting it on a drop cloth. So painting it on the old floor right before tearing it out was the perfect opportunity! I used the same method as with our RED BUFFET and made homemade chalk paint. The color I used was Behr’s Black Suede. I love this black because it's soft.
The hardware is a huge improvement as well. Before, the left door was really difficult to open, but repositioning where the handle is made all the difference. I also put a coat of wax on the rails the drawers slide on when I was waxing the whole thing and now the drawers slide beautifully! The cupboards and lower 2 drawers hold toys and the top drawer holds random junk. I used to think our entry way was disproportionately large for our house, but with the toys right there, it gets used as a play room most of the time, so I guess it isn’t so bad.
I also picked up THIS coat rack from Target and hung it between our downstairs bath and entry closet on the wall opposite the buffet. I originally planned to build one myself, but then this one was cheaper and easier. This has been great for our family (as you can see, we have a lot of coats). Before, we just piled them all up on the chair by the buffet and they always looked like a crazy mess.
I’m loving how my entry way was transformed with minimal effort—painting the buffet, hanging the curtains, and adding the coat rack. Of course, the new floor makes a big difference too. I’m so in love with it. I’ll have to show you the downstairs as a whole soon so you can see just how pretty it is. It’s a laminate with hand scraped texture to it.
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