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My 5 Big Projects Of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was lovely … and white!

When we moved into our fixer upper in 2014, I was in a rush to get everything done so my kids could have a home they’d feel comfortable in. I soon realized unless you have $100K to spend on a 6-week remodel (HGTV kind of remodel), your home/house is going to be a work in progress… for many years. Before 2018 rolls in, here are a few projects I poured my energy into this year.

1. Kitchen Pantry: Our kitchen needed more storage so I did the obvious (haha) – I took two bookshelves and turned them into a pantry.bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry


2. Chain Link Fence Upgrade: A few old fence boards can make a chain link fence look so much better, don’t you think?

chain link fence makeover

chain link makeover


3. Dog House Makeover: I almost didn’t think this old dog house could come back “to life”. This made the end result so much sweeter. dog house makeover

dog house makeover

dog house makeover


4. Modern Entryway Table: A couple of hours of work and $30 worth of products can get you a new entryway table. It’s perfect for our small entryway, which leads into the living room.

diy modern entryway table

small entryway


5. New Door Handles: I can’t tell you how much I love our new door handles. Your hands can be full, that’s ok, because your elbow can open the door.

kwikset door handle

door knob

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

I’m looking forward to new projects in 2018! May the new year be filled with all the very best.

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.

entryway table

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