10 Budget-Friendly Entryway Makeovers For A Great First Impression

The first thing any guest who comes to your home sees is the entry. It’s the area which gives this person a first impression about your home so it’s important to make it look welcoming and beautiful. Little things like a cute doormat or a painting on the wall can make all the difference. So pay attention to details but, most importantly, think about this: if you were a guest in your house, would you like what you see?

Doormat makeover.

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A very simple project that could make your entryway look more inviting is giving your doormat a makeover. You just basically take an old doormat, some spray paint in two contrasting colors and thin masking tape. Decide what you want to write on the mat.

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It can be something simple like “welcome” or something more exotic or personalized. Spray paint the center of the mat and then apply the letters using masking tape. Then spray paint the rest of the doormat a different color.{found on shrimpsaladcircus}.

Leather belt mirror frame.

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A mirror is very useful on the hallway or at the entryway. It’s a functional piece but it can also be a decorative detail. Here’s how you can customize a simple mirror. You need a round mirror and an embroidery hoop the same size or 1” bigger plus a leather belt. Stain the outer hoop and wrap it around the mirror. Remove the belt’s hardware and glue the belt to the sides of frame so you can hang it.{found on site}.

Tripod coat hanger.

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A coat hanger is a must-have in any home and any entryway so take this opportunity to make your special. For example, try making the hanger yourself. A simple project is this tripod floor coat hanger which you can make using 3 wooden poled, 10 screws, leather thread and a couple of hooks. Cut the ends of the poles in angles and then screw them together. Wind the leather thread over the screw marks to cover them. Screw in the hooks where desired.{found on emmas}.

A wall hanger.

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If you’d rather save floor space for something else, you could opt for a wall hanger. You can make a custom one with a rustic touch driftwood or a piece of reclaimed wood, hooks, spray paint, tape and screws. Tape off a portion of the driftwood and spray paint the part that you want colored. Then screw in the hooks and mount the hanger on the wall.{found on theeffortlesschic}.

Pipe shoe storage.

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Any entryway needs a shoe rack or some sort of storage for your shoes and those of your guests. An interesting idea can be to make a shoe rack from pipes. Basically any round piping or tubes will work. If they have the desired dimensions then the rest is easy. Arrange them in a pattern and shape you like and tie them together using rope or tape.{found on aptt}.

A boot tray.

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If you live in a rainy area or if you have a garden and have to wear boots often, then you probably need a boot tray. It’s a very useful accessory to have and it’s also easy to make. All you basically need is a tray and some pebbles or river stones. Fill the tray with the stones and place it near the entrance door.{found on site}.

An umbrella stand

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Don’t leave your umbrella at random around the house when you can store it near the entrance, where it’s easy to grab whenever needed. But for that you’d need an umbrella stand and we have just the right design for you. Make one using a sturdy piece of wood, wire mesh, veneer, wire and wood strips.{found on homeon129acres}.

Chalkboard organizer and key holder.

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Often there are things you need to remember doing before you leave the house and things you usually forget to take with you so, to make sure that doesn’t happen as frequently as it does now, perhaps you should have an organizer in your entryway. Take a board and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Frame it and hang it on the wall. Also, you might want to add a few hooks at the bottom for the keys.{found on etsy}.

A comfortable bench.

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It’s useful to have a bench in the entryway. You can sit down while putting your shoes on or rest while you take them off. You can make a bench using lumber and metal pipes. The pipes are for the legs so all you have to do is combine in such a way to get the desired height for the bench. Then cut the wood to size to make the seat. Stain it, attach the legs and the felt pads to protect your floors.{found on instructables}.

A painted rug.

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Although it’s more practical to have tiles in the entryway, a rug can really change the mood and make this space feel more inviting. It’s difficult to find a rug with the exact dimensions that you need and with a design that you like so it would be simpler to just focus on the dimensions and then customize the rug to your liking.

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For example, you could have a striped rug. Use tape to create a pattern and then simply paint the rug, another interesting idea is to opt for a fun pattern like hopscotch and let your guests have fun with it.{found on creaturecomfortsblog and sunshineontheinside}.