Do-It-Yourself Friday: Spruce up the front entrance in a weekend (or less!)

Looking for a weekend do-it-yourself project but want to make sure you have enough time to catch the Super Bowl? Why not try revamping your front entrance-way.     Here are some simple tips for creating a more inviting and functional front entrance and some pictures of easy weekend projects.  Have a great weekend!


Make first impressions count. Give your door a fresh coat of glossy paint, and put down a new doormat. Hang a nice winter wreath or plant an evergreen in a sturdy urn.

Store your stuff neatly! If you don’t have enough closet space, add storage by hiding a garment rack behind a curtain, using an armoire, installing a coat tree or hall stand, or by trying one of these storage ideas:

  • A bench with built-in storage holds your stuff and offers a convenient spot to sit down and put your boots on.
  • A small bookshelf with labeled baskets is good for storing small items.
  • A chest of drawers can make your front hall look more like a furnished room, and it gives you a surface for photos, a lamp or incoming mail.

The pictures below are projects that can easily be done that add storage to the front entrance-way quite effectively.


Source: via Charles on Pinterest



Stay in season. Move non-winter items to a different part of your home. Leave some extra space and extra hangers for your guests’ coats.

Tame your shoes. Set a limit to how many pairs each person can keep by the door, and install a shoe rack to keep footwear organized. Avoid putting boots on a mat that doesn’t drain (they won’t dry properly and the leather will get damaged). A perforated tray with a mat underneath will let your footwear drip-dry.

Here’s an idea, use crates to create areas for each family members shoes:


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