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A Small Entryway

small entryway

We have a small home with a front door that opens directly into our living space. Who knows, one day I might have a grand foyer & an office (yeah, right) … but until then, I am working with what I have.

small entryway

Since moving into this home, three years ago, I have tried several furniture placements.

small entryway

I placed the couch parallel to the TV, so when you walked into the room you saw the back of the couch. I thought it would be a great way to visually create a separate entry way. In the end I didn’t like it. It felt as if the bulky couch was “cutting off” the room. I can see this work better with a slimmer couch. Like this one.

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Via Terracottadesignbuild


At some point, the couch was where the TV and book cases are now.  I mounted the TV on the opposite wall of the room. Nope, didn’t like it. The TV felt “lost” and I was afraid we’d bump into it every time we came through the front door.


My favorite placement: I placed an entryway table and mirror where the TV used to be. It’s right next to our tiny closet, which holds some of our hats, gloves, boots, heavier jackets, reusable bags, etc. The entryway table/mirror area is a place for keys, sunglasses, chap sticks, as well as a last minute “before out the door” glance in the mirror. At some point, I want a larger, round mirror.

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small entryway

At first, I wasn’t crazy about having the sofa in front of a large window. However, I discovered that placing the sofa in front of the window gave us more open floor space and encouraged casual conversation. It’s also the pups’ favorite place. I strongly suggest moving around your furniture until it feels right.


At some point, I want to get a smaller coffee table and a soft rug. A brown leather couch would be awesome too. Other than that, I don’t want this room crowded with patterns and bright colors. I like minimal, clean and cozy.


This is our “foyer”. In my opinion, the entryway table and mirror create a room separation. I guess i can say  I have achieved my entryway  ambience.

I like the way this modern, shallow bookcase defines an entry, while adding style and function. I think it’s better than a wall.
Is your home lacking a foyer? How do you work with it?



DIY Modern Entryway Table

ddiy modern entryway table

This modern entryway table is a quick and inexpensive project almost anyone can do. If you have a drill and screws, you can do it. In one day.

Anna Elyce Smith Creating modern, livable, lovable homes for budgets big + small. Denver, CO + beyond.

This is what I hoped to accomplish. I envisioned a clean, simple entryway table that’s functional  and modern. (via pinterest)


I spent $21 on the boards. Three 1 x 2’s  and three 1 x 4’s. Home Depot cut the larger pieces for me. At home, I cut the smaller pieces to make two rectangles.


I drilled pilot holes and used wood glue. Pilot holes are necessary since this type of wood splinters easily.diy modern entryway table


Next, I glued together the pieces for the top.


After I sanded and smoothed the pieces with 80 grit sand paper, I painted the legs a semi gloss black (leftover paint).


I flipped the top upside down and attached the rectangles with three screws.


diy modern entryway table

Next, I attached the two horizontal pieces to the bottom of the table. Same process: pilot holes, glue,  2 inch screws.


I sealed the top with two coats of General Finishes Satin Polyacrylic. This poly is fast drying, non-yellowing, and water based.


I like the dark and natural wood color contrast.


diy modern entryway table

If you want or need a modern entryway table, I hope you will try this simple tutorial.

Hope you’re all enjoying summer. If you want to keep up with all my projects, follow along on Instragam and Facebook.

Have a great week! xo Sabine

Upgrading a chain link fence

chain link fence makeover

A year ago, I wrote about affordable chain link fence makeover options. You can read this post here. I finally found the time and motivation to work on my chain link fence. Let me show you what I’ve done so far.


BEFORE:chain link fence makeover

The previous home owners built a “dog park” on their property. Although we have two dogs, they don’t enjoy spending more than five minutes inside the park. My goal is to turn the area into a garden. It’s the perfect location – it gets plenty of sunshine, and the chain link fence offers protection from deer and other animals. I’m envisioning a lovely garden, full of flowers and vegetables. Someday. In the meantime, the chain link fence isn’t pretty to look at, and since I had a pile of leftover fence boards, I decided to use it on the metal fence.

Last year, I came across this video and thought this would be an easy and affordable makeover for my fence.

chain link makeover



It’s really simple. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe straps,  3/4 inch screws, and fence boards (around $1.50 per board).



I made lots of cuts, so the BladeRunner was perfect for this project. Because it’s lightweight and sets ups in seconds, I was able to carry the saw all the way to the fence and make the cuts there.


chain link makeover


For now I’m leaving the back of the fence area alone. It’s pretty much covered by trees and ivy. All I have left to do is the left side of the fence and the gate. I’m glad I was able to reuse the old fence boards.

chain link fence makeover

Do you see the yellow dog house? This, too, was left behind by the previous homeowner. Last month, I was able to give the dog house a makeover. You can read about it here.dog house makeover I donated it to our local animal shelter and just found out that this dog house is going to be used for a deaf dog. The house will be picked up this week. I’m beyond thrilled!

Have a great week! xoSabine