Sometimes it’s so easy to forget little spaces like entryways, hallways, closets, etc. That’s why we love Mandi’s complete transformation of her entryway, which we originally discovered when Sherry pinned her awesome ceiling paint treatment over on her home away from home (yes, as a guy I still don’t quite understand the magic of Pinterest but then again Sherry doesn’t quite understand the magic of Angry Birds). Anyway, back to Mandi’s entryway makeover. Here’s her story:
I’ve spent the last week and a half making over my entryway and I am dying to show you! This is what it looked like before the makeover:
And here’s the after. I love it.
The hands down greatest thing in here is the tandem bicycle art by Jonathan from Olson Ink. All I did was tell him that I wanted a tandem old school bike in cobalt and white. He painted it on a 8’x4’x1” plywood with a wood veneer. The wood was stained a light Honey Blonde color before he started painting. Then when he was all done he cut it into 5 sections.
The credenza was a find that my mother-in-law spotted about a year ago for only $35.00. Its probably from the 50’s and not one thing has been changed on it. Sometimes you can really score a great piece that just needs a good wipe down! It is made out of metal so its really industrial but, helllllllo it’s teal. Its like a combo made in mismatched heaven.
All of the books and odds and ends as well as the lamp were found thrifting. The cute little stool was a $10.00 Craigslist find and it gives it the raw industrial push that the space needed.
And then there is of course the herringbone ceiling. Oh how I love it. But it would not be as awesome without Octy the Purple Chandelier.
Ol’ Octy is still one of the best thrifting finds I have ever happened across (painted in Krylon’s Rich Plum).
Thanks so much for, Mandi! Isn’t that such a fun space to come home to? I mean, hello – BIKE ART. Everything from the colorful spray painted chandelier to that killer herringbone ceiling is definitely smile-worthy. And $35 for that teal metal credenza = jackpot (and yes, that is the first time I have ever typed credenza). You can read more about the makeover on Mandi’s blog. And feel free to chime in with your favorite part. Mine is obviously the bike art. But that ceiling has Sherry doing all sorts of happy dances over here.
Psst- Clara met Santa! And it was quite the adventure (she apparently went through a roller-coaster of emotions from being nervous and excited to feeling some sweet affection for her cousin). More on that here.
I kind of like the before better…except for the big G. Not a fan of initials.
Kim S says
I love both entry ways, they are just two totally different styles. I’m sure coming home to the bright colors is fun. The new ceiling is PHENOMENAL!
Julia @ Hooked on Houses says
What a fun and creative makeover. Love it!
That herringbone ceiling is to die for!! I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to paint it on the ceiling though or how sore your neck would be. :-) I did a harlequin paint treatment in our downstairs hallway (http://www.oldtownhome.com/2011/6/10/How-To-Create-a-Harlequin-Paint-Treatment-Diamonds-are-a-Girls-Best-Friend/index.aspx) and I thought that was challenging!
Great finished result Mandi!
Wow- that’s amazing work Wendy!
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
All I can say is WOW!
This is so mega awesome it makes my brain explode. I love her style! I would probably do mean things to a puppy to get that credenza. OK, maybe not, but I’m definately heading over to check out that blog.
It doesn’t even look like the same space! Wow- super cool!
Christine Schwalm Design says
I could see you guys pulling off an art project like that in your home. A reasonable DIY with the art background/powertool prowess combination. (Hmm…why does “prowess” look spelled wrong….)
Haha, we’ve made art on wood before (here) and had lots of fun… so you never know!
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I love Mandi’s blog! She’s hysterical!! She also has made a few cameos on the Nate Berkus Show. She’s faboosh & so is this redo. This makeover is all over Pinterest, lol! Your Pinterest/AngryBirds debate is the same one going on over at Casa FSL!
Ooo. Two worlds collide! I’ve been following Mandi’s blog for quite some time. It’s fun to see her featured on my beloved YHL! xo
judy williams says
You have done so much and provided tons of information on items purchased, etc., but I wonder if you could look into providing info as the mouse is moved over an item. Thanks.
Oh yeah that would be amazing if we could figure that out! We do all of our own coding (along with projects and blog posts and raising a toddler) so if we can somehow master that we’ll definitely make a huge announcement about it!
I love Mandi’s blog and her think-outside-of-the-box style! And whats not to love about teal? And the ceiling? Actually I love it all… I also love that she makes her house her own style instead of worrying that some people won’t like it. Isn’t that what decorating our own homes is all about anyway?
Amen! There’s so much freedom in deciding not to try to please the masses and just doing what you love in your own home!
Lisa M says
I think it’s funny how some people love the “before” and some love the “after”. This is my daughter and me for sure! The “before” would be walking into my house… the “after” would be hers. Both are equally attractive in my opinion, just two completely different styles. Kudos to the homeowners for knowing and embracing THEIR unique style!
Eileen 2 says
Don’t wanna brag or anything, but I too, found a metal credenza from the 1960’s. It was free! Someone had an orange U-Haul truck in their front yard, was moving, and didn’t want to take the credenza. I was in-cred-ulous. The mistake I made was not grabbing a set of wooden 1970’s lamps that were beside the credenza on the curb. They looked like carved Hawaiian gods or something. Think about Don Draper’s trip to Hawaii. I should’ve bought them and painted them TEAL. My credenza is not teal, though. It is shades of cream.