The Makings of an Entryway

Following is some information regarding costing and details of how I achieved the look in my entry.

Sorry, I can’t recall its name or brand (poor, I know) though it was purchased new from a home decorator centre. It was my favourite and the most appropriate out of all the thousands I looked at so fortunately, when it came to checking the price, I was pleased to find it sitting in the lowest bracket.
Mum and Dad (who informed me they were wallpaper hanging experts after going through the early 1980’s revival) helped me hang it one week while hubby was out of town. He got a pleasant surprise on his return – or so I like to think.
$120 (for two rolls)

I looked everywhere for ages to find the right table for this space.
The proportions needed to be ‘just so’. I was more than prepared to refurbish and modify a pre-loved one if need be, though eventually this brand new rustic weathered cedar console showed up on eBay. It was just right.

Wreath – Found at a post-Christmas sale at a furniture store – $8
Cases – They look like vintage chests though are actually new reproductions purchased from a discount clearance store – $18 (for both)
Large Wire Basket – I purchased this from a special boutique store using a gift certificate we received for our wedding – $0
Terracotta Pots and Plants – Just your stock standard cheap pots and plants from a local nursery – $30
Lanterns – Again, new from a discount clearance store – $15 (for both)
Wire Basket and Twine – I painted the basket (originally gold) after finding it at a local charity store and added some cheap hardware store twine – $7
Picture – The frame I already had (it’s actually from my bedroom when I was still living with Mum and Dad!). I just painted and distressed it then added some scrapbook paper – $1
Urn and Jug – Both found at local charity stores. The jug was purple and gold crackle so I spray painted it white – $6 (for both)

TOTAL $285

It could have been more thrifty without the wallpaper and with a cheaper table though they were perfect for the space and sometimes you’ve just gotta splurge a little (by ‘splurge’ of course, I mean be less cheap).

I can’t wait to show you some more spaces. The entryway is one of my only complete rooms so it will be fun to share all of the evolving ideas and projects I have planned and in-progress for the rest of my house. I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts and suggestions too!

  1. You spent so little yet it all looks so expensive..LOVE IT!

    A definate inspiration :D

    Gemma X

  2. Sarah B says:

    You’ve done a fabulous job! I’d like some of those lanterns (along with many other things here!). The wallpaper is great and inspires me for a future project :)

  3. Janette says:

    Wow, I love how you’ve styled it and the wallpaper is beautiful!!!

  4. Lee says:

    Kristine, you are definitely the master (or should that be mistress??) of reinvention. What a gorgeous space for such little outlay. Lee :)

  5. Looks fabulous Kristine, I actually had very similar wallpaper in my bedroom when I was a teenager. Yes its true I would rather stay home and hang wallpaper even when I was a teenager sad I know lol! Anyways I do love it as it does have that vintage appeal.

  6. Wow Kristine, you certainly have a talent. Your entryway looks fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas. Looking forward to seeing your next ideas and projects.
    Donna xx

  7. chair up says:

    Thanks for the breakdown Kristine. It’s always interesting to see how thrifty one can be and turn out a beautiful result like this. Everything looks perfect.

  8. KarenSue says:

    I just spent time going thru your blog. You are such an inspiration to me. Maybe I will get going on some things around here. Thanks for the details you give. I always stand at the paint store not knowing what to buy.
    Enjoy your day

  9. I love the wallpaper, I’ve been wanting to use wallpaper myself but being in the boonies I’ve found nowhere sells it! I’m also worried about the skill required to put it up, lol :)

    The little rustic hall stand is gorgeous. I wish I had even a metre square of entry hall, my home has a weird little faux pillar but essentially once you’re in the front door, you’re in the lounge room! Pshaw to that I say…

  10. Jennifer says:

    I love the clean yet pulled together look – happy you stopped by too! Jennifer

  11. it looks great and what a bargain it all was! i especially love that table- what a score! i always look forward to your postings- thanks for sharing!

  12. I love your wallpaper choice! Brings back memories. My dad and I wallpapered my bedroom when I was 14. It’s not something we see as much of today, but it is so refreshing in your entry. As a thrifter, I like your cost breakdowns. Keep them coming!

  13. Shaunna says:

    It looks beautiful and so unified!! Thanks for stopping by…can’t wait to see your chair!
    -shaunna :)

  14. I love it! I think the console table was a great price and it really helps set the tone. It’s such a pretty entryway! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for your house!

  15. Anne Hammett says:

    HI Kirsitne, I love the way you pulled it all together. Every detail was carefully considered, yet it has that non-decorated look I so dearly love. Thanks for the break-down of all the elements. Well-done!

  16. I think your entry with this wallpaper and display gives a very welcoming and soothing “welcome home”. I could just see letting out a sigh of pleasure at being home if I came into this! Can’t wait to see your other areas, Kristine ~ I’m sure they are just as lovely.

  17. thanks for your name idea!
    please stop by for an updated giveaway for naming the new girl!! xoxo

  18. Deb says:

    Love your entryway, looks like a picture from a magazine…beautiful!

  19. sharon says:

    Just discovered your blog and it’s no surprise you have so many followers – your ideas are great and you make it all look so easy. I’ll be back – often

  20. Wow you did such a great job! And for so little! Great job

  21. ♥ It looks great! I REALLY like it!

  22. Denise Marie says:


  23. Courtney H. says:

    I posted on FB, but I LOVE your entryway (But ours is a split foyer). It’s so cute and inviting. I have the same size entrance, and is was hard to find a table.. got lucky at Goodwill, but it was still $20! I like the wire basket with the plants.. I might have to replicate that. It needs a little somethin extra. :)

  24. Anne says:

    I just found your blog while searching through Funky Junk’s archives – I LOVE what you’ve done here. And that console table is to die for. It’s inspired me to try and build my own version of it for my bathroom vanity.

    Thanks for sharing!

    I’m your newest follower :)

  25. Ann says:

    What? No boots? All the entryways I have been viewing have boots. Rubber ones for rushing out into the rain. Scuffed cowboy ones for kicking around the pretend farmhouse. Brightly-colored slick ones for in-the-garden romps. I was so looking forward to seeing your Down-Under Boots. :-)
    I am totally pulling your leg, Kristine.
    It looks wonderful. Glad you held out for just the right table.
    Most of the men in California are called Bob. Are most of the men down under called Luke? (I loved the loathsome way Father Ralph’s Meggie would say, Leuuwk, to her husband in “The Thorn Birds”.)

    • He, he. Gold comment. Though don’t speak too soon Ann.
      This is my entryway from way back in 2010. I have since updated it and guess what I included in those reveal pics? Yep, boots!

  26. Cindy says:

    Hi Kristine,

    I’m new to your blog and I love the look of your entryway! Haven’t yet seen your update though. Thanks for the tip on the reproductions of the cases! The wallpaper is very similar to a guest room I wallpapered for a friend some years ago — Taupe floral design with a cream background. I had to laugh at your comment: “Mum and Dad (who informed me they were wallpaper hanging experts after going through the early 1980’s revival)”. My era as well. I was really into wallpaper too, starting in the late 1970s, and got pretty good at it. I even wallpaper 3 rooms with a cast on my leg.

    • He, he. You must have been proficient then Cindy! So glad I chose this wallpaper. Some people hate it though to me it’s timeless. I have not once contemplated changing it. Thanks for commenting :)

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