Hi friends! I can't wait to show you my entryway makeover. The before picture (below) is what the entry looked like when we bought our house over 4 years ago. It was a sea of beige. This has always been my least favorite area in my home because it felt like useless space and was hard to know what to do with. Also, the tile trim had to go!
We did our entryway makeover in phases. First, we started with some simple updates; a fresh coat of paint and new wallpaper. #RobVilla also added new floor trim for me. None of these updates were expensive but they completely changed the look of that space. Cutting costs DIY'ing it allowed us to save up and get the flooring that we really wanted. Eventually, we added hardwood floors throughout our home.
Phase One: Paint & Wallpaper
The first thing I did for my entryway makeover project was paint the walls. I used Sherwin Williams Snowbound. It instantly brightened the space. You can find all of the clors that I use in my home, here.
Shaila and I love wallpaper. I know that many are afraid to try it. Although it looks intimidating, it is actually quite easy. You can find Shalia's step-by-step-tutorial in our Instagram Stories DIY Highlights, here. She hung it with one hand while filming! Now that's talent! I used @d.marieinteriors Wallquest Aztec Mudcloth Navajo Boho Wallpaper for the walls. Although the ceiling looks like wood, it's really wallpaper.
Phase Two: Painting Tile
Would I have liked to rip out the original tile and replace it with something of my choice? Yes, of course, but at the time it wasn't in my budget. A couple of years ago, my friend, Mysha @remingtonavenue, painted and stenciled her tile and I was amazed (clink here to go to her latest how to blog post and to see her before and after pictures)! Because of her, I decided to do mine also. Since my wallpaper is busy, I painted one solid color instead of a pattern on my existing tile.
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being really easy and 10 being extremely difficult), I would say this is a 1 (remember I did not use a stencil, so painting it one solid color is definitely easier than stenciling would be), but it's an 8 for how sore and tired my body was afterwards! My legs, hamstrings, butt, back and even knees were so sore. I thought I was dying and felt like I was 80 years old, but I would do it all again! If you have a smaller space to paint or are in better shape than me, this might not be an issue for you.
Here are the items you will need:
- Mineral Spirits to clean your tile
- Foam Roller
- 4" Jumbo Mini Roller
- Rustoleum Chalk Paint
- Polycrylic in satin
- Purdy Angular Trim Paint Brush
Be sure to clean your tile extremely well and let it dry. I cleaned mine at night and then got up early the next morning and started. Pour your paint in your paint tray and get started... it's that easy. Make sure you do THIN coats and allow enough drying time in between each coat ( I allowed an hour drying time). I painted four coats of linen white chalk paint and then waited 24 hours before I sealed it with the polycrylic finish. Since I knew the polycrylic finish is what would protect the paint and help prevent it from chipping (I did 5 coats).
The main advice I would give anyone wanting to paint their tile is this...do your research! I'm sure there are a lot of different ways to paint tile, some easier than others. I don't know how mine will hold up because it's only been about a month since I painted it, but so far so good. I do have to clean mine every other day (I use soap and water only) since I decided to paint it white, but it's worth it. I hope this helps and if you decide to paint tile somewhere in your home, I would love to see pictures!
Phase Three: New Floor Trim
Rob (A.K.A #RobVilla) removed the tile floorboards before I painted the floor. That allowed me to paint the tile all the way to the wall. Once I finished painting, he went to work adding the new floor trim for me.
Phase Four: New Flooring
The last and final phase was adding the hardwood floors. Although it was painful to rip the tile floors out after all the work we did, I knew that the painted tile was a temporary solution. I absolutely love the look of our new floors!
I can't believe what a huge difference this made! We used Texas Flooring Gallery for our floors. They were so amazing to work with. Our floors are White Oak Engineered Hardwood floors by Shaw, in Timber.