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Our DIY Project To Build An Entryway

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Our DIY project to build an entryway is done.  Welcome to my messy house. I am excited to show you a few photos of the not quite done yet entryway we custom-built.

If you’re new here or follow me, this DIY project started as a repaint the dining room idea. Like a lot of ideas this project grew bigger to the point that we have not painted the dining room yet. We removed our textured ceiling and that put a hold on the painting. Then we decided to build a foyer or entryway and started brainstorming on the how-to and design.

I’m really excited to see how the paint color, Benjamin Moore Palladium Blue looks that I first posted about back in May.  Jeez this project has taken a long time. It’s not just me that does this is it?  Good, not just me.

I left off with you when we had the column built and had attached the transom window and we still had not built the lower half wall.

Our DIY Project To Build An Entryway

Our DIY Project To Build An EntrywayBare bones beginnings heading towards becoming recessed cabinet and column.

DIY Transom Window - HousekaboodleAdded trim to the top. Yay! It’s starting to look like something. Nothing better than trim to make you happy at this point of a DIY project.

DIY recessed cabinets - Housekaboodle

DIY Recessed Cabinets - HousekaboodleWe drew on the wood exactly where we wanted the trim placed.

Wood Cut Outs - HousekaboodleWe added another layer of wood and cut it out to cradle the trim to make the recessed cabinet and column.

DIY entryway - Housekaboodle

DIY Project Entryway - Housekaboodle Added floor trim and the center shelf.

DIY Entryway opposite view

DIY Projext Entryway - HousekaboodleFun rehab, DIY project problems that had us scratching our heads was the floor is not level horizontally and the transom window converted from a mini-french door was not square.  We just adjusted for the little imperfections like any rehab DIY would do. IRL (in real life) this had us going back and forth with measurements and cuts at first, but towards the end everything fell into place beautifully.

Still on the to-do list is painting the entryway white. Painting the room (I have thoughts this will never happen) your thinking it too aren’t you! Paint the ceiling. New chandelier. New front door, new rugs, and new everything.  The new everything is doubtful.

D.P. Interior WoodworksRemember this photo from Pinterest by D.P. Interior Woodworks that was our inspiration and all we had for how-to? I tweaked it a bit with having a transom window on top for added light, but I think we hacked it pretty good. Stay tuned for updates.

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See where we started and how far we’ve come:

Dining Room Step One

Painting The Dining Room and Build an Entryway

DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea

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  1. It truly is amazing. I can’t wait for the finished reveal! Excellent panel molding. I’m itching to see it painted!

  2. Hi and thank you so much Candy. I go back and forth on the paint color and we are very excited to get everything painted. Crossing my fingers for a new front door too.

  3. Hi Sue! I know I visited this post last week, I must not have left a comment. Your hall is coming along beautifully! The transom window looks wonderful, the design of the trim is perfect! Great job!!! I can’t wait to see the Palladian blue in the dining room.

  4. I love how this is turning out! So much like your inspiration piece, that I\’m just as excited as you are! I can\’t wait to see it painted and finished. You and hubby have done an amazing job!

    Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

  5. Hi Carol, I did not think of it as how we are doing a lot of detail, but you are so right. Now that we have done this we have to keep going and add the details elsewhere too.

  6. I am finally somewhat peppy and trying to catch up.

    Wow! Your entryway is going to be fabulous. I love that you are putting in so much detail on the woodwork. Detail is not included on new houses today so to see yours is wonderful.

  7. It looks amazing! You have a talented Husband. I am with everyone else who has commented. I am looking forward to some photos at Christmas time.

  8. I am in love with this! Your hubby is a master carpenter for sure! What an amazing transformation you guys created. You must be so proud of him! Can’t wait to see all the painting done. Wow Sue…wow! Congrats! xoxoxo

  9. yahoo! you have an entry way!! (almost) This looks fantastic. You guys did a fantastic job. Cant wait to see it all finished and decorated for the holidays 🙂

  10. Thank you Anj, we like how it turned out so far. I have plans in my head with all sorts of decorating ideas for the shelf. Christmas lights on the window and column will look pretty.

  11. wow wow wow its really looking fabulous you guys rocked this diy really rocked it the end is in site

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