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Hey friends! Summer is underway here at our casa. We love hosting our friends over the Summer with all kind s of different fun activities like cookouts with water balloons or just have them over for drinks. I thought this would be the perfect time to give our entryway a little spruce with a couple of DIY entry way projects. Having a welcoming entry space for guests is really important to me. I want to send the message of relaxation and calm to our guests.
The above and below picture is the before. Kinda boring.
Our entryway isn’t really dedicated space. You walk in our front door to this large living room space. We divided it up with our couch so that we can even have an entryway. A couple of years ago we bought the big iron and wood table for a song at an anniversary sale. The two huge bookshelves pretty much have no other place to go in our house so here they are. My husband is super duper bibliophile which I love about him, but woah, books. Simmer down nah! In the future I’d love to paint the shelves or even have built-ins in this space. But for now, simple and pretty is my goal.
Here’s the AFTER of our DIY entryway Art and color blocked wall!
How to Create a Welcoming DIY Entryway
To get to this point, I started planning out my space. I knew I wanted to lighten it up a bit so I decided to do a white color block on the wall. Then I grabbed a couple of frames I already had on hand and printed a few pieces of art. I LOVE the “STAY awhile” piece. It just feels so welcoming to our guests when they walk in the front door! I added 2 very old thrifted tennis racket covers that I bought for $2 a couple months ago at a yard sale. I also added a little leather wall strap that holds a blanket.
Next up was a piece of DIY art for the space. I went to The Home Depot and bought a 2×4 project panel and had them cut it in half for me. I brought it home and painted it the same white that I color blocked the wall with. Then I used a paintbrush and black paint to make a little abstract art on the wood. Next I used a piece of leftover 1×3 to add a little ledge to the bottom of the art. I just predrilled my holes through the bottom of each piece and then screwed in a 2 inch wood screw. Then I hung it on the color blocked wall. We have a chair here for putting on shoes which are in a little closet by the front door. And of course extra pillows and blankets to add softness and comfort.
While I was at The Home Depot I also picked up several Glade® products. With 3 kids, 2 cats and constant DIY projects, our home can get a LOT messy and even a little stinky. These products really help add a nice smell which is always super welcoming to guest. I bought a Glade® Room Spray and PlugIn® Scented Oils in Clean Linen® fragrance. It smells amazing and so clean, which is exactly what I’m trying to convey in my home even when the chaos of Summer and DIY rears its head!
Tip: We sit our Glade® Room Spray in our coat closet right by the front door and when the doorbell rings we give it a little spray to freshen the place up.
I also purchased a Glade® Wax Warmer and Glade® Wax Melts in Cashmere Woods® fragrance. This scent is perfect for rainy Summer evenings curled up on the couch. The wax melts offer a flameless (safe for kids and pets!) way to warm even large rooms.
These scents added just the right touch to complete my DIY entryway space for welcoming guests this Summer. Glade® offers so many different products and fragrances. They also have many ideas on their social channels that you can find here, here, here, here and here.
Do you have any Summer projects you’re trying to complete? Do you like to finish off your spaces with a nice touch, like Glade®?