Hi sweet friends!
Well, this past weekend was a bit of a bust. We had been planning to pick up new bi-fold doors for the closet in our front entryway, which we’re giving a little makeover. The original hollow-core sliding doors are pretty beat up and literally falling off of the track. We had already been planning to replace them at some point, but I’m thinking our front entryway needs it sooner rather than later.
I was really hoping to get the bi-fold doors painted this past weekend so they’d be all ready for installing this upcoming weekend, but no such luck! I want to stick with the same style closet doors as we installed in our fireplace room for consistency, but the smallest that each door runs is 24 x 80. Unfortunately, the closet opening in our front entryway is about 45 x 80 in width, so it’s a few inches too narrow for two 24 x 80 bi-fold doors. Bummer.
We’re looking at other similar options, but haven’t really found anything in our budget. So I’m thinking we’ll probably have to just shave down each of the 24 x 80 bi-fold doors to fit. Crossing my fingers that this will work out… I guess we’ll see!
When a project falls through or gets postponed, I try to look at the positive side of things. Our front entryway may not be getting a makeover for a little while longer, but at least we have a few other spots in the house that are already cozy and inviting!
I haven’t really blogged about our dining room makeover yet, but it’s now one of my favorite spots in our entire house. It took awhile to get it to where it is now, as I’ve been collecting and adding vintage + antique décor to it here and there over time. I just love how it’s turned out! (You can see the “before” tour of our split-level fixer upper here.)
When we moved into our home just over two years ago, we really didn’t do too much updating. We were far too busy with getting settled, working and planning our wedding, and didn’t want to rush the process just to get it done. I think the only things we really did in the dining room within the first few months were tearing down the faux wood paneling, patching any holes and painting the walls.
And then, over the course of the next year, we installed crown and baseboard molding throughout the first floor – which really made a huge difference! – and I started to slowly decorate the space. I wanted to incorporate that old-age farmhouse charm into our home, so I also built a farm table + bench for our dining room for only $150, and created an antiqued vintage door as a quick fix for the far lonely corner. I’ll probably end up replacing it at some point with a charming little corner hutch, but I love how the door looks there for now.
One of my favorite things about our dining room is the neutral farmhouse-style gallery wall that I created to add some interest to that back wall. I wanted the gallery wall to have a vintage farmhouse vibe with neutral colors, while still preserving a sense of simplicity.
It was actually all inspired by an antique wooden grain sifter that had been gifted to me from a family friend. I used this piece as the main focal point of the gallery wall, and collected an assortment of antique-inspired pieces to complement – a cast-iron door knocker, chippy photo frames, a distressed white door knob and skeleton keys. I think it all really came together perfectly!
What do you think? Do you have a gallery wall in your home?
- farm table + bench – handmade (see tutorial for $150 farm table + bench here)
- four wooden chairs – family member (FREE)
- crocheted linen table runner – vintage shop
- assorted brass candlesticks – flea market
- vintage dry sink – thrift store
- distressed shutters – family member (FREE) + handmade
- antique woven basket – vintage shop
- large white pitcher – Target
- antique hand-crank laundry wringer – family member (FREE)
- vintage laundry soap box + assorted soaps – family member (FREE)
- woven floor basket – Marshalls
- dark green throw blanket – thrift store
- decorative linen pillow – HomeGoods
- antiqued vintage door – salvage shop + handmade (tutorial coming soon!)
- hanging wire basket – HomeGoods
- glass pendant lighting – Pottery Barn (on sale, of course!)
- antique grain sifter – family friend (FREE)
- chippy photo frames – Marshalls
- cast-iron door knocker – Marshalls
- skeleton keys – HomeGoods
- distressed white door knob – Marshalls