Monday, March 18, 2013

Front entry/mudroom - before and after

Hello!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  We had a very productive weekend and today I'm sharing the fruits of our labour. 

A little while ago, I picked up this old piece at our local thrift store ($12.99) to hang in our entry way.  I thought I had taken more before, after and during photos, however this gives you an idea of the original state of the piece. 

After some love, care and a little bit of hard work from hubby, this is what it looks like now.  Rather than just hang it freely on the wall, we decided to build a simple bench/cubby space and add wood panels to extend into the piece to give a sense of continuity.  

 I love its country feel.

As much as I try to deviate from country decor, I keep coming back to it.

We had picked up these old hooks at my favourite little shop near the cottage last summer as I've been wanting to transform this little space since happy it's done. 

Hubby did such a great job bringing my vision to life (thanks boo).

This little space is going to be so useful to hang our coats, drop our keys etc. 

 And I of course can't wait to dress it up with the seasons...

The middle shelf encloses the light switch and alarm panel.  The alarm panel is hidden by a simple Ikea frame and I owe it to hubby to point out it is the light switch that the builders had installed that is not straight...not his cuts.

I love this little space and it makes me so happy to know another little part of our home is complete. 

Here is a quick before and after photo...

And speaking of before and after, while hubby was building our little mudroom entry way, our floors got neglected but I can't wait to show you how I gave these dirty old tiles a new life! 

Make sure you come back tomorrow - I might just have an amazing little gift for you..,;)

In the mean time, have a great start to your week! 

much love,


  1. Lucy, your entry is SO beautiful! I love how the old and new are seamlessly combined - good job hubby!

  2. You and your hubby did a great job! It's a beautiful piece and area. It must be so great to get things done while working together on something and both enjoy it.
    I'm busy painting the kitchen. A HUGE job I have to tackle all by myself; no hubby helping or making visions come alive, it is just not his thing. But as I move along and see bits and pieces done, I can totally imagine how you must feel.

  3. That is just gorgeous, Lucy! You and hubby partnered well on this project! Love how you've decorated it and it looks like a great piece for an entry and/or mudroom.

  4. it looks awesome! i love the skeleton keys hanging!

  5. Wonderful job! I love how bright and cheery it is...and what a great spot.

  6. Lovely, and there's a touch of you all over it... :)

    I've been begging my husband to tackle the area behind our front door! I'm adding this to my front entry inspiration board at Pinterest. Looks like you and I have the same to-do list: my grout in the bathroom is home enemy #1.

    Hope you are well...

  7. The little piece got a new lease on life! beautiful marriage of old and new. Can't wait to see how you decorate it for the changing seasons Lucy! Great job Hubby!!
    Hugs, Gee

  8. Wow what an incredible space. It is so light and airy. I love all the little details makes me feel like summer should be here already.

    Lisa Creative Raisins

  9. Lucy that was a great idea turning that old piece into the entry room wall! Wow it looks fantastic!

  10. Wonderful photos!!
    Best wishes! Carmen

  11. Lovely mudroom/entry. Your husband did a wonderful job!

  12. Girlfriend, this needs to be on the front cover of a Magazine!! Seriously!! It's beyond LOVELY!! So, simple, fresh and sweet! Can't wait to see your floors and this gift your hiding from us {wink*} have a lovely week!

  13. It looks so great! So fresh and inviting!

  14. So beautiful I love way you styled it xxx

  15. This is STUNNING Lucy! I love what you have done with it :)


  16. Such a pretty area to come home to. Your hubby did a wonderful job and your styling is beautiful as always.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

  17. Oh, GORGEOUS! I absolutely love how it all came together.

  18. Beautifully done and useful project - thanks for sharing! Take care, Laura

  19. Lucy-What a great addition to your entry. I really love how you built a simple base to marry the top. It turned out great. I really love it! Can't wait to see what you did with your tiles- xo Diana

  20. You and your husband did a great job!! Looks wonderful!! Lynn

  21. It looks fabulous Lucy. I can't wait to see your tiles.

  22. of course it was the builder !:) great looking entryway.

  23. omg how incredibly perfect and beautiful! LOVE

  24. That looks beautiful, Lucy...quite the transformation!! xo

  25. Absolutely gorgeous!!! And you styled it so beautifully!! Great job Lucy!

  26. Gorgeous Lucy! Just love your vision with the shelving unit and addition of the bench to tie it all together. beautifully done...

  27. Great thrift find and beautiful transformation! Love it.

  28. Love, love it! I laughed when you pointed out the light switch not being straight, I did notice it right away lol. Electrians are notorious for that, I see it all the time. But thankfully your beautiful cabinetmaker did a wonderful job on disguising their flaw. Great job Boo. :)

  29. Wow, love the transformation of that worn brown thing! Your pictures are just so pretty! What kind of camera do you use Lucy?

  30. This project is amazing!!

    Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    You are so creative and have a beautiful artistic spirit, Lucy!!

    I found your blog just a short time ago...and have loved following it!!

    In fact--on busy days, when I don't have much time to pick up mail--YOURS is one that I will open--since it's sure to be infused with beauty and creative inspiration!!!

    I'm a Canadian too--so have been "enjoying" our cold, snowy and gray days too!! lol

    You mentioned buying the hooks for this project from one of your favourite shops---do you mind sharing which one it is--and where? I'd love to check it out if we are ever near there.

    Again, much, much thanks for ALL of your work in sharing this beautiful blog with us!!
    Lisa Hains

  31. Gorgeous Lucy! And I don't blame him for wanting that pointed out. LOL! He did a fab job :)

  32. Wow, Lucy ~ I love that it's as functional as it is beautiful! I don't think you should try to deviate from the country look, you have a gift for making it look fresh! :)

  33. Your husband did a great job building your functional and pretty entry piece. He managed to make the light switches accessible and disguised them at the same time. You have also made it look so pretty with the accessories and the vintage hooks. I wish our entry was big enough for one. I agree that you will have fun styling it with the seasons.

  34. Great entryway! I love how you say as much as you try you can't seem to deviate from the country look - I am SO with you! I love other looks and try to incorporate them, but keep coming back to cozy country!

  35. So beautiful and bright and airy! I love it!


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