Do you have an awkward or narrow entry like we do? Come see how I gave our small entry a makeover with DIY trim, organization ideas, an Ikea Stall shoe cabinet hack, and tons of hidden hallway storage.
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We built our home 7 years ago, and while we love almost everything about it I wish we would have made our entryway larger. There’s hardly any room between the front door and the stairway, and the entrance flows into a narrow hallway in a somewhat awkward L-shape.
Here’s how it looked BEFORE this makeover:
Oh, I like to keep my before photos NICE and messy. I had a little mirror with a shelf on the West wall, and a photo feature on the East wall.
Shoes and boots always piled up in the hallway, and it drove me NUTS! I knew we needed some better shoe storage, but nothing too wide for this narrow hallway.
Our little guest closet on the West wall was a disaster too. No upper or lower shelves made it hard to organize our coats and shoes. (Yes, MORE shoes.)
This last month, I finally gave our awkward entry hall a much needed makeover! Two Ikea Stall shoe cabinets were my jumping off point since I knew they were only 6″ deep and would offer much-needed storage, and then I painted and trimmed them out to make them look more built in to the wall.
Watch our whole small entry makeover from start to finish here:
Here’s how our entry hallway looks NOW:
Oh, I just LOVE it! Even though it was one of those projects that seemed to take forever to complete (hello, caulking and painting for days!), it was all worth it. The shoe cabinets give us so much more storage while not taking up too much space, and all the trim detail matches the traditional bones of our home.
I sanded, primed and painted the Stall cabinets in BEHR Whisper White to match the rest of the trim in our home. I also added DIY board and batten to the shoe cabinet & closet walls for the traditional look I love. You can find my board & batten tutorial right here.
For a sleek look and to help with cleaning under the cabinets, I decided to float them above our baseboards rather than install the legs that came with them. The top ledge of the Stall cabinets offers just enough space to hold a basket for keys and phones, and some books and plants.
We were able to fit many pairs of shoes in the cabinets, and we even reserved a couple of the pull-out drawers for hats and mittens for Winter.
The gigantic 36″ wide mirror above the cabinets is my favourite piece here! It’s such a lovely scale for this wall, and it’s also practical for checking makeup and hair as we rush out the door.
You can find this large mirror here from Wayfair. It has a simple shape that would work well in both modern and traditional spaces!
The distressed looking turqouise runner is from Wayfair too (find it right here), and I think the long length is perfect for our long & narrow hall.
As for the closet, I grabbed a 16″ deep shelf from The Home Depot, cut it to size and installed it over the clothing rod. Some large baskets from Walmart sit on the shelf and are the perfect place to store seasonal shoes and other items.
Between the better organized closet and new shoe cabinets, we were able to organize and store all of our family’s footwear in our hallway area. Such a win!
To the left of the closet, I hung a couple of little butterfly prints from The Crown Prints. I love how framing them in simple white Ikea frames adds a little more texture to this wall, but keeps the look simple. I’m trying hard to remember that not ever wall needs to be busy!
Overall, I’m absolutely ecstatic with how this space turned out. It’s so much more functional for our family, and it’s beautiful too!
It’s a great reminder that with better organization and a little DIY, even an awkward space can become so much better!
Now tell me: What do you think of our small entryway makeover?