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Progress in My Garage Entryway: Paint and a Striped Wall

Striped wall with chalkboard calendar

I wrote a few weeks ago about the big plans I have for the area between our kitchen and our garage; it’s a great space and has such potential.  You can see my step by step to-do list {here}.

The space that I’m working on looks like this:

Garage entryway plans | 11 Magnolia Lane

Our kids have been back in school for a month now and I’ve been getting so much done during the day–Etsy orders, seeing a few local clients, and of course, working on our own house.  Their school is six minutes from our house, so I am saving at least 2 hours a day in the car as compared to when we lived in Savannah.  I can’t tell you how HUGE that is!

So, I’ve accomplished quite a few of the things on my punch list over the past month, and I wanted to report in with my progress.

We started out with a builder color off white with yellow undertones; we had this in our house back in the late 90’s and I loved it then, but it was time for an update.

Here’s the before:

Garage entryway plans | 11 Magnolia Lane

The first thing I did was give everything a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter, and then I changed the two wall sconces to something a little more industrial looking.

I originally was leaning towards galvanized metal sconces, but then decided that the oil rubbed bronze would tie into the kitchen better (the hardware in there is the same finish).  I found the sconces for $43 each here and was really happy with that price.

Here’s the same wall with a coat of paint and its new lighting:

Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore | 11 Magnolia Lane

Sconces    |   Paint

The pantry, niche, and coat closet got the same paint treatment; it made such a big difference!

I found a black and white dalmatian spot rug at Hobby Lobby and thought it added a fun touch to the hall leading in from the garage (sorry, I can’t find a link to it online so it must be in-store only).

Black and white dalmatian spot rug | 11 Magnolia Lane

The door on the left is to the coat closet; I’ve removed the door and turned it into a mudroom area–I’ll be showing you that next time.  And the sweet gold mirror on the wall is from Amy; she brought it as a hostess gift the last time she visited and I’ve had the hardest time deciding where to put it because it works everywhere.  I figured I needed a mirror right next to the door, though, so I can check lipstick on teeth before I head out.  I have a middle and high-schooler now and they are easily embarrassed. :)

Next, I painted the horizontal stripes in the mudroom and one of the walls.  Although painting stripes is DIY 101, I’m going to post a tutorial next Monday as part of the Back to Basics series we’re participating in during September; there are a few tips that will make it go more smoothly.

This is how my stripes turned out:

Striped wall in entryway | 11 Magnolia Lane

The lighter color is BM’s Edgecombe Gray; it’s one color lighter than Revere Pewter on the paint chip.  It’s also the color I repainted my kitchen; I owe you photos of that, too!

Then I let the paint cure for a week before I stuck my week-at-a-glance chalkboard calendar on the wall.  As long as I have wall space for it, I have one of these in every house we live in–it’s so useful for keeping our family organized.

Here it is in our Savannah house:

Easy DIY Vinyl Chalkboard Wall Calendar | 11 Magnolia Lane

And here it is in our last NC house, way back when we first started the blog:

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