This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Devine Color for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever heard the saying “you CAN judge a home by its entryway?” Probably not, but I’d like to make it a thing. I’m all about setting the right first impression and doing so in your home (or teeny-tiny apartment, in our case) is pretty crucial. As soon as someone steps in the door you want them to feel a certain way, and your entryway helps set that tone.
For us, we want people to immediately feel welcome, comfortable and very “mi casa es su casa,” as my family would say. We love to entertain and have people over and are constantly on the lookout for ways to make our home more inviting and conducive to housing guests.
I think a common way people tend to make their home inviting is by setting the tone with wall colors and wallpaper. In our case, it’s a little difficult to do that when our lease strictly forbids both paint and permanent wallpaper. Learning about Devine Color + Target‘s line of removable, simple wallpaper was a game changer for me. It meant I could take control over our bland, stark white wall and tone them down to be more warm without… well, getting evicted!
Beloww I share more about how I completely transformed the small wall by our front door to make the entire entryway kitchen and dining room scream “come on in, and stay awhile” to our guests.
Last thing: this major change was less than $100. I couldn’t believe how affordable it was to make such a difference in our home! I bought all the additional wall decor at Target. They have several different options from calendars to shelves to decorative antlers that can all be incorporated into your entryway. It’s also where they sell the Devine products so it’s really a one stop shop.
Before & After:
Step one: purchase the right supplies at Target
All that was on that wall before I made it over was the bottle opener and calendar, but everything else… I needed to buy.
I purchased online, but Devine Color goodies (paints, wallpaper, spray paint and more) can be found in the Home Improvement section at your local Target. It’s near the light bulbs if you get lost!
Okay, so here’s what you need (reminder: all for under $100!!):
- Devine Color Textured Subway Tile Peel & Stick Wallpaper – White
- Devine Color by Valspar 1 Quart Chalkboard Paint- Coal
- Wooden Shelf with S Hooks
- Ubrands Cork Hex Tiles- 4ct. (but only used 2 )
Step two: measure your wallpaper
Basically, the wall paper comes in one, long strip. The instructions tell you to measure the height of your wall and then measure the height of the wall paper and cut it. I cut maybe three inches more than the wall height just in case. I also just did one section at a time for this instead of all at once. I cut the strip, applied (learn how in step three) and then cut the next strip.
Step three: hang the wallpaper by strip
My favorite thing about the Devine Color wallpaper is that it’s removable. That’s good, because a) it means we’re allowed to have it in our place and b) whenever I messed up as I was hanging it, I could easily readjust.
Because my wall was not just a giant rectangle or square (I have that cut out window above our bedroom door), I applied the two long strips first and then the two shorter strips starting at the base of the window.
The key for me was to make sure the lines were level. I didn’t want to eyeball it and then find out my tiles were slanting later on. I started by placing the strip I had cut against the wall and using a level tool to make sure it was right. Then, I slowly peeled back the backing and stuck it piece by piece to the wall. The best way to avoid air bubbles, is just to go super slow and use your hands to smooth out the creases.
Once I reached the crown molding and still had extra wallpaper, I would use scissors to gently cut right at the crease. The crown molding made it easy to create a straight line. If you don’t have crown molding, I’d imagine the crease where the wall meets the floor will work the same way.
It’s honestly a lot easier than I thought it would be. It took me about 20 minutes, and I did it without an extra pair of hands (I called in those hands at a later step).
Step four: DIY your decor with Devine Color chalkboard paint
Something I really wanted on the front of my shelf was an opportunity to write notes to hubs or our guests as they walk in and out. I decided just to paint a rectangular section for chalkboard paint on the front of the shelf.
All I did was carefully measure out and outline a rectangle in the center of the shelf and paint over it with the Devine Color chalkboard paint. I left the edges a little messy, because I’m into the rustic feel of it, but outlining your pencil marks in painter’s tape is your best bet for making it more refined, if you prefer that.
I took one hour to dry, I painted a second coat and then, it was 30 minutes to dry before I moved on to step five.
I did the same thing with one of the three Target Hexagon bulletin boards I bought. I covered the whole thing with chalkboard paint (two coats), so I could have a little more drawing room.
Step five: start hanging (or provide moral support for your hubs)
Yeah, so I called in hubs for this one. It’s not because it’s difficult, it’s because my patience level for hanging things straight on the wall and carefully getting it in the right position is pretty low. Hubs is better at it, and he was gracious enough to help.
We started with the shelf, as it was our biggest item, moved on to hang the bottle opener, calendar and then the bulletin boards. There is no real trick to this besides just knowing what you’ll need to reach and how often.
Step six: add the finishing touches
From there, I got to decorate the shelves and bulletin boards which I loved doing! I added the word “welcome” to the front of our shelf using chalk and keep cookbooks and mail in those shelves since our entryway is also our kitchen (you heard me say “teeny-tiny apartment” before!). I used the bulletin board to display photos of loved ones and invitations to parties and weddings that we’re looking forward to.
In the end, I think our home immediately welcomes guests and makes them feel like there’s a place for them (and their sweaters) in our home.
If you need more inspiration for using paint and wallpaper to transform your home, check out Devine Color on Instagram, and please comment below with what you think of our entryway makeover!