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Hello hello everyone, it’s Kate back again in Part Three of this continuing series, and this week’s focus is on sprucing up secondhand finds for the entry! The first space you encounter each day as you come through the door is your foyer, and a smart entry has a few key essentials.  When you come through the door, you need a place to set the daily mail, your keys and your phone. It’s also nice to have a place to sit and kick of your shoes!

Consider that the entry is also the last space you leave each day, so a mirror is not only decorative but a place to add lipstick at the last second, fix your hair, or straighten your tie or scarf. Mirrors can be large or small, but how fun is it to transform a tired piece found at the back of a thrift store or in the corner of a garage sale? Study these stylish transformations for inspiration for your foyer.

Secondhand Mirrors(Ebay turquoise mirror by Our Lake Life; Convex rope mirror by Meridian Road; Acid etched mirror by Vintage Revivals; Thrift store plate mirrors by CraftyNest)

A small scale bench in the entry is a natural choice for taking off shoes at day’s end. Again, like in the bedroom, paint and fabric are your best friends! Personalize an entry bench with a stylish stripe, a punch floral, or an eclectic textile.

Entry Benches(Flea market bench makeover by Eddie Ross; Floral bench by Wonderfully Domestic; Coffee table to entry bench from Style At Home; Bright entry bench via Design*Sponge)

A place to drop your keys, mail, and phone is a must in an entry. Take the opportunity to bring both style and function into your home with a revamped thrift store console or Craigslist dresser placed in your foyer. Style it up with art, lamps, or a tray to corral the mail and keys.

Consoles and Dressers(Green cabinet from Young House Love; Painted entry console from Design*Sponge; Garage sale score from Decor Chick; 70s dresser turned console from Sweet Pickins Furniture)

Entries need not be merely functional, they can be stylish too, all with pieces scored on a weekend treasure hunt or reinvented with new stain or paint. I hope you all are enjoying these inspirational finds. Next week we’ll take a peek at some very cool ideas for turning secondhand finds into chic dining room accents. Stay tuned!



41 Responses

  1. bvj says:

    Like the concept of an old dresser revamped in an entryway.

  2. Allie says:

    Is there a link for the blue dresser here on a how to?

  3. Corina says:

    The coral colored etched mirror is really different. I like that.

  4. Centsational Girl says:

    Hey Allie, sorry about that, here's the link! http://www.designsponge.com/2011/05/before-after-

  5. Chrissy(Brush Dance) says:

    Although we do not have a foyer, I love the idea of painting furniture…I have a few things in my home already that I've been wanting to paint so they coordinate with each other… I have a tall round-top black table that I work at home from & I think it would bring everything together if my other furniture items were black also… this inspires me to give it a try…and transform my at-home work area (which is seen as soon as you enter our front door!). Great post! Loved the photos of the dressers!

  6. Tina says:

    I love the idea of a bench, the floral one is so cute!

  7. Sausha@Sweet Pickins says:

    Hey Kate! Thanks so much for the feature of my dresser! There are some great ideas, and im especially loving that green dresser!!

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