Kwikset sent me some products to make this makeover possible. This is a sponsored post but all of these opinions are 100% my own.
Our little entry way has been a work in progress since January and I’m happy to be able to call it complete. Here’s where it all started, back in October.
And here’s where we are now. So. Much. Better, right?!
After tearing down our kitchen wall, the entry way started to stick out like a sore thumb. Although very popular in our area, the floral glass door just isn’t my style and needed to go. We found a great deal on a door in stock at Lowes and my father in law installed it for us. Shortly after, with my dad’s help, I cased the door with 1 x 4’s. With the leftovers I made a diy coat hanger, which was on my “must have” list for the entry way. It was super simple, the hardest part being the painting part – my least favorite, always. There is an offset on our wall to house our air handler, which created the perfect spot for a little shelf using a 1 x 6. The entryway stayed this way for nearly four months while I took some time off major house projects to heal from birthing a baby and of course to spend time with said adorable baby.
There were some trouble spots I still needed to tackle, like deal with those unsightly home alarm power supplies, fix the missing baseboard, deal with the beige door threshold, and paint the door!
I used Benjamin Moore’s Onyx color matched to Behr’s Alkyd Enamel in Satin. I wanted a durable paint to stand up to the wear and tear (read: slobbery child hands) a door will experience and during my research I found that alkyd enamel is the way to go. Knowing that I hate to paint, Philip (who also hates to paint) surprised me by painting it while I was out one day. After the second coat dried, I wasted no time swapping out our cheap temporary lockset with the set sent to me by Kwikset.
I love the black on black door, even though the set would look good no matter what the door color. I chose the Milan Lever and Uptown Deadbolt and am a huge fan of a minimal matte black. I always find it a pain to have two different keys for the handle and deadbolt locks so I was worried when the new locks came with non-matching keys. I learned, though, that Kwikset offers SmaryKey Security that allows you to rekey your lock so you can use the same key for both locks. It took me a minute to follow the instructions (thanks, mom brain) but it was strangely exciting once I figured it out. Yep, that’s right, messing around with my locks is exciting now – maybe I ought to get out more? Or maybe I have always been this way, you’ll never know.
The entryway now functions completely for us and makes it so much smoother to walk into the house, especially with a designated space to hang all of the things I come in and out with, since I have at least four things in my arms every time I come home, one of which cannot be hung on a peg hook (hint: it’s a baby).
Of course little Pip still likes to plop down right when he gets inside the door to take off his shoes, leaving it impossible to close the door as we stand guard with arms full of grocery bags attempting to scare Fran away from running outside. BUT, besides that, the entry way is 100% better than it was before and can claim the title of the first officially “done” space in the house. Maybe next can be the kitchen?! Ha, we’ll see.
And because I love a good before and after, here it is again: