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Multi-functional spaces – Creating an entry way

By now you know that we live in a relatively small home, where we have had to create some multi-functional spaces in order to accommodate our 4 person family. The entry way is no exception. We don’t have one! We also don’t have a traditional front door, we have a sliding door. Is this something that I would love to change? Of course! Is it something that I’m going to change? Definitely not any time in the near future!

So, I have a back door as a front door, an open plan living and dining room (which includes our office space), no playroom and no entry way 🤷🏼‍♀️. Not a challenge at all! Hahaha 😂

I trawled through Pinterest to find ideas on how best to rectify this situation. At first I wanted to do something with some old antique doors. I mean, I love a good pair of chippy antique doors. That was until I saw how much those doors were going to cost us. I did not have the budget for that! So it was back to the drawing board for me. Luckily, while I was pondering my predicament, Hubs remembered that he still had some pallet wood left over from our bedroom feature wall that we could do something with – he is such a hero!

He started by building out a frame, added the pallet wood, and then mounted this to the wall (I can do a detailed write up with photos if you would like – just let me know!) I then painted it out in Rustoleum’s linen white chalked paint.

Entry way - white pallet wall - Sawdust and High Heels
There was just enough space to create this entry way between the door and the couch – its pretty and functional and I love it!

He also added these gorgeous hooks I scored on sale from Takealot?! I even used some credit that I had from returning items earlier in the year 🙂 This means that it technically didn’t cost me anything! Right?! 😁

Hook for entry way - white pallet wall - Sawdust and High Heels
I love these hooks from Takealot – and I got them on sale!

As I mentioned earlier, we don’t have a playroom either and, while the kids have toys in their rooms, they prefer to play in the living room where we hang out as a family. This means that we invariably have piles of toys lying all over the place. To try and curb this a bit, Hubs picked up a wooden chest from… Mambos plastics! It’s just big enough to provide a place to sit and put your shoes on (or take them off) and to store a decent amount of toys.

Chest for toys and seating - entry way with white pallet wall - Sawdust and High Heels
Hubs found such a handy piece of furniture – I’m all for beauty and functionality and budget friendly all rolled into one!

To finish the space off, I added the rocking chair that used to be in my daughter’s nursery; from when she was young enough to have a nursery! Seems like yesterday…

Rocking chair - entry way with white pallet wall - Sawdust and High Heels
I painted the rocking chair out in white chalk paint a few years ago – it made such a difference to the yellow pine it was before!

Finally, I added a few decorative touches, to pretty the space up.

Entry way with white pallet wall - Sawdust and High Heels
Isnt she pretty? I certainly think so 😉

And that’s it, we created an entry way; extra seating; and storage space in our living room. All this by just by using a bit of left over wood, some hooks, a bit of paint and a wooden chest. It works well for us!

Admittedly, the space usually looks a bit more like this… but it still works!

Entry way toy box - Sawdust and High Heels
Toys, toys and more toys!

I also love this spot for styling through the year! It gives a clean, crisp background and is one of the few places in the downstairs of our home that catches some good natural lighting.

Various stages of entry way - Sawdust and High Heels
This space has become a favourite of mine – for decorating, photo shoots or for parties.

I hope that this was helpful and gave you some ideas of how to create an entry way in your own space. If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know! I would love to chat 🙂

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