Our Entryway Makeover: The Reveal

This post is sponsored by Lowe's Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A little while ago, I shared the before photos and the design plan to makeover our entryway – with the help of Lowe’s Canada. Today, I am so excited to share the final photos and show off just how beautiful our new entryway is. First, a quick reminder of what the space looked like in the beginning so we can fully appreciate the transition!

Just like I mentioned in my first post, there was nothing “wrong” with our entryway. It just lacked personality and felt almost half finished. Because I am a designer, I felt passionate about the first impression this space was making (which wasn’t a good one, we can all agree!). And in addition to being beautifully designed, I wanted it to feel welcoming and cohesive with the rest of our home. And so, here’s how we transformed it from blank and boring to classy meets cozy!

A new front door with a more modern touch would have been amazing. But with a smaller budget, we had to put that idea on the back burner. So, when the weather was a touch warmer, we painted our front door both on the inside and outside with what is absolutely my new favourite colour. We chose Tricorn Black from the HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams line and I absolutely love the saturated tone. It has the right amount of depth and almost chalkiness to it, making it feel warm and soft, and not just like a plain black. I also love that it has no strong undertones – which means I could use it in just about any setting and still love it! Lowe’s Canada carries a large selection of quality paint from many top brands, in addition to all the paint supplies you need, which made our search for the perfect colour much easier.

With a dramatic new paint colour, updating the hardware was a must! We chose the Schlage Century Handleset with Bowery Interior Knob for two reasons. First, it has the perfect matte black finish and a sleek design. Second, the interior section was a knob and not a lever, making it a good option for our young son (the longer it takes to learn to turn knobs the better!!).

The next DIY project involved creating a wallpapered feature wall to give the entryway some life! Honestly, wallpapering has always been intimidating to me. I had only attempted one other wallpapering project and it was a bit bumpy to say the least. This time I did my research, got the right tools and called in some help … my mom! Because of that, I can honestly say it turned out beautifully! We had it done in a couple of hours and I immediately knew it was exactly what the space needed. After reading through Lowe’s Wallpaper Buying Guide, I bought some great tools and supplies like the A. Richard Tools Glue Applicator Kit, a tub of Roman Universal Wallpaper and Border Adhesive, and a Richard Tools Plastic Wallpaper Smoothing Tool

Lowe’s has a ton of wallpaper options and tools that can help you get the job done with ease.

Then, after installing our new custom railing, I got busy adding in some furniture and accessories! Lowe’s also offers one of the largest selections of home decor, including mirrors, wall art and accent pieces, furniture and more, so chances are they’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. I believe every space should have a mix of old and new, so we kept our thrifted accordion wall hook and brought in my grandmother’s old sewing table to act as our catch all place. The wood balances all the black accents and cooler tones perfectly. A tray for mail, a bowl for keys and a touch of greenery is all we needed to call it done.

For the area rug, I opted for a Natural Fiber Natural and Beige Area Rug from Safavieh. I love the texture it brings into the space and jute also holds up so well to slush, snow and dirt. Between the two of us plus a busy toddler and two big dogs, this entryway sees a lot of action and needs something that can handle all that! When it gets dirty, I just give it a quick rub and leave it be… the more worn in the better!

And lastly, I added in another punch of green (make sure to visit your local Lowe’s Garden Centre to check out their great seasonal plant options!) and this LTD Hold it Umbrella Stand from Umbra. You can also find a lot of great decor and accessories by Umbra through Lowe’s. With snow upon us in Edmonton, I’ve also found it makes a great place to hang little mittens and scarves to dry!

This new entryway could never have happened without Lowe’s, which has consistently been our go to whenever we tackle a project, big or small. It was great to find thousands of products covering every area of home improvement both online and in stores. What do you think of the makeover?! Love it as much as we do?!

About the Author

Kristina Lynne


Kristina is an interior designer, blogger, and house flipper in Edmonton, Alberta. She launched her own design and lifestyle blog, Kristinalynne.ca, mainly to document her multiple house flips and the unique challenges of designing and renovating her own home into her Scandinavian meets mid-century modern dream. She shares that home with her partner Ryan, son Jack and two rescue pups, Shya and Ava.

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