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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

through the looking glass

Brighten up an entryway with a faux window installation that’s just as good as the real thing!

How it’s made:

  • – Prime and paint a floating shelf with a color similar to the walls. (This will give it the seamless built-in effect of a window sill.)
  • – Install the shelf three feet off the floor, at the standard height of a console.
  • – Add a grid of mirrors directly above, leaving an inch around each one to mimic a windowpane. 

Get even more entryway organizing ideas. 

Photography by STAFF

on the rocks

Designate a spot for storing wet boots and rain gear, directly adjacent to an entryway. 

How to do it: 
Simply fill an outdoor tray or shallow bin with an assortment of stones and pebbles. 
While most of the moisture will evaporate, it’s always a good idea to clean out the tray from time to time.

Photography by MUNDY MICHAEL

drop it in

Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into an umbrella stand in 4 easy steps!

How it’s made:

  • – Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket with painter’s tape.
  • – Prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket.
  • – Paint the bottom of the bucket with a glossy oil-based, enamel paint.
  • – Let it dry for 24 hours before removing the tape.
Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

take a seat

A bench in the entryway adds a warm and welcoming touch, that’s just as inviting as it’s convenient. 

See how this blogger transformed a coffee table into the ultimate bench!

Photography by CAHAN ERIC

on the board

A message center by the door is essential for staying on top of varying schedules, out-the-door thoughts, and last-minute additions to the grocery list.

How it’s made:

  • – Measure a piece of sanded plywood, to fit within a picture frame.
  • – Cut out an appropriately sized piece and cover the panels of the frame with painter’s tape. 
  • – Coat the plywood with primer, followed by write-on or chalkboard paint.
  • – Lean it on an entryway shelf or hang it up on a bare wall by the door.
Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

hang free

Rather than clutter a single hook with several sets of keys, a custom board provides each set with a designated spot.

How it’s made:

  • – Cut a piece of Homasote fiberboard to fit into a picture frame.
  • – Cover the board with a piece of linen, and staple it from the back.
  • – Tuck the board into the frame.
  • – Nail on labels and attach one screw hook for each set of keys.