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a $150 entry refresh

    bright + happy entry refresh for $150 / jones design company

    You may remember I was helping a friend brighten up her entry way (for a refresher, here is the original post).  Rae has such great style – think cool, hip, cheerful – and her neutral entry wasn’t feeling cool, hip or cheerful.


    With about $150, a few simple diy projects and shopping her house, we were able to pull together a space that feels much more her.

    Painting the inside of the front door a bright sunny yellow was the first step.  We originally thought we’d do black, but I’m so glad Rae brought home a few different samples of paint and took the risk with yellow. It perfectly sets the tone and brightens up the narrow hallway.


    For the small corner next to the front door, we added a big mirror (an old one from IKEA she had laying around), wall hooks, some diy art and a darling diy shoe crate.


    Those hooks are just the best. They make a subtle, yet stylish statement and look so great it is hard to cover them up with coats!

    The art was a little project I did the other day with a ruler, pencil and watercolors. Tutorial to come. It was so easy and looks great in here.


    And that crate.
    This one was all Rae and she’s showing you how she made it over on her blog today.


    There are many things I like about Rae’s new entry, but my favorite part is that it looks so bright and happy and it didn’t cost a fortune. In fact, between the new light, hooks, rug, sample pot of paint and crate, the total was less than $150.

    Be inspired … if you have a room in your house that doesn’t feel like you, see what small changes you can make to it to bring more of your personality and aesthetic in and you’ll be so happy you did.

    Thanks Rae, for inviting us into your home! (You can find more from Rae on her blog or instagram)

    21 thoughts on “a $150 entry refresh”

    1. JD -

      LOVE LOVE LOVE the “cute shoes” crate!!! Our toddler loves shoes… and he loves to tell people, “Nice shoes!!!” We might just make one of these for our mud room or entry way. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your style.

      JD –

    2. Love how bright and cheery it is, and such a great reminder if you can’t tackle the whole redo list or do it the way you’d envision, to still add your style. I sometimes feel I need to wait, but when I make the small changes they make me so happy and that’s all it takes! :)

    3. Where is the rug from?! I didn’t see a source mentioned and am currently looking for a runner. Always love all the inspiration on your blog.

    4. What kind of paint did you use on the door? Did you paint the edges yellow also or leave those the same color as the exterior side of the door?

      1. We used interior latex in semi gloss. We taped off the sides and just painted the back. The front is a different color (deep blue/gray). In my house, I painted our front door black and did all three sides (front, side, back).

    5. My favorite thing is the little string of “beads” linking the mirror and painting. Adds almost another whole dimension to the art, and is just charming…the whole entryway is!

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