A Quick Entry Update

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The entry of a house is the first area that guests see when they walk in. It should reflect the homeowners’ personality and make a great first impression. I’m finally ready to admit that ours could use a little work. It’s not that bad, but a few quick updates would make it great. I really want to replace the light fixture, add a rug, do something about the blinds, and update the hall tree. 

The hall tree originally belonged to my grandparents and it came to live with me when my grandpa remarried. His new wife had her own furniture, so most of the items that belonged to my grandma were handed out to family. I got the hall tree and her china hutch (you can see the china hutch makeover here). Eventually I painted the hall tree black, distressed the edges, and replaced the hooks. That was in 2012…6 years later it needs a refresh. 



It could really use a fresh coat of paint, but I have a few other painting projects that need to be done first (guest bathroom vanity, guest bathroom walls). But in the meantime, there’s a couple easy updates that I can do right now. I started by removing the design etched into the mirror. It’s too traditional for my taste and I’ve been wanting to remover it forever. The etching is old and cracking, so it looked pretty terrible too. So I just took a fresh razor blade and carefully scraped it all off. It took less than 15 minutes to scrape off the design and clean up the mess. I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes!



Next I added this orchid arrangement from Silk Plants Direct that I received courtesy of Commercial Silk. The size and added color is perfection for this space! I’m a big fan of artificial plants, but sometimes I have a hard time with artificial flowers. I think they can look fake really easily, but this one looks SO real (I also think orchids are the easiest artificial flowers to get away with). I’ve received a couple other artificial plants from this company and I’ve been happy with the quality on all of them. 





Just those 2 quick changes and the entry already looks better! Plus doing these small projects has really inspired me to start working on the rest of the entry! If you have a space that needs a quick floral refresh, Silk Plants Direct is offering my readers 10% off your order (not including custom designs) with code BLOGGER10. As I mentioned above, this is my third piece from them and I’ve been happy with the quality every time.


What area in your house could use a refresh? We’re also in the middle of a guest bathroom update, so there’s a lot of fresh looking spaces in our future!


10 comments

  1. I've actually never heard of a hall tree, but this is a gorgeous piece of furniture. It's lovely that you're repurposing something passed down.

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    1. Thanks Jenni! It's such a beautiful piece and it fits the space perfectly!

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  2. I had no idea that was called a hall tree! You did a great job updating it!

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    1. I had to Google it! I had no idea what it was called either!

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  3. Gosh those silk plants look so natural! And I love how your hall looks. Ours really needs an update. Your post is so inspiring!

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  4. What a great way to repurpose a cherished heirloom :)

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  5. I want to have a house that has an entry. I have always lived where you just are in the room.

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    1. We only have this little raised section and then you're in the living room. It's not much of an entry, but at least it's something!

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