Category Archives: Entrance

5 Reasons You Need a Portière

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Do you ever learn a word and think, “So that’s what it’s called? I’ve been doing it all this time and had no idea!”  For me recently, that word was portière.

While a portière sounds like a fancy piece of bathroom equipment (a portable bidet?), it is simply a curtain that hangs over a doorway. Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you need to use portières in your home.

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Entryway Makeover: Before and After

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My entryway desperately needed a makeover. My apartment doesn’t have an entrance that is distinct from the rest of my space, so the entrance had to be done over in a way that made it shine, yet still felt airy and light. It also needed to be functional and organized.

Continue reading to see what I used to create this clean, simple entryway makeover.

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Mid-Century Modern IKEA Rast Dresser Makeover… Finally Completed!

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When I started seeing how other creative bloggers and decorators were making over their IKEA Rast dressers, I knew had to get in on the action. I can finally report that these pieces are finished and in their respective home in my entryway.

Continue reading to see how I revamped these dressers into one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Work in Progress: IKEA Rast Dresser Makeover

Note to self: cut yourself off from painting anything with drawers. Seriously. If you hear me talking about another dresser or desk to make over with paint, contact me, stat.

I started this project of painting two IKEA Rast dressers about a month ago. Almost every piece of furniture I’ve made with over with paint has had drawers.

Drawers=more planes=more sanding=more painting=more work=less fun.

Here’s a close-up shot of them so far:

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My weapons of choice: Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Sterling (flat), Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in White (flat), Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss.

This round of furniture painting has taught me a few lessons. Continue reading after the jump to see what I’ve learned through this process.

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DIY: Eames-Inspired Coat Rack

In an effort to be more organized and infuse some flair into my home, I was on a mission to find a coat rack. After checking out lower-priced ones, I wasn’t content and did some research on DIY coat racks. (This website has a great article on different DIY coat racks here.) I decided to create a slightly different version of this DIY coat rack,  inspired by the Eames Hang-It-All:

DIY Eames-inspired Coatrack

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