For months now I’ve been dreaming about doing a farmhouse style makeover on our front entryway. Well, it’s hardly an entryway. It’s more like 36 inches of empty space next to our front door. I’ll be honest–I’ve never liked it. I posted a vintage inspired entryway look a while back, which was a decent attempt at sprucing this spot up, but I always felt like something was off. It was actually driving me nuts, so I finally decided to do something about it. And today I’m excited to show you this very DIY friendly makeover, it only took a few hours to complete, and the transformation is pretty awesome.
Ta-da! Beadboard. The solution was beadboard. I love this so much. I’ve said it time and time again, but if you want to add farmhouse charm to your home–no matter what kind of home you have–start with the walls. Adding beadboard, like I did here, or a planked wall is so much easier than most people think. And it’s actually very affordable.
- Beadboard panel
- Stud Finder
- Moulding or trim
- White Paint (I used Cloud White by Benjamin Moore)
- Wall hooks
Here’s how it looked before. Like I said, it’s basically 36.75 inches of wasted space.
We got the beadboard from Home Depot. It comes in 8 foot panels, so we bought one and had them cut the panel down to the exact measurement we needed for this spot. They’ll do it for free, so definitely take advantage of that service if you do something like this yourself. This saved us a TON of time and made the project go super fast.
We went with 5 feet for the height, which I think worked really well. Once we got it home all we had to do was measure where the electrical outlets were and use a jigsaw to cut out a spot for them on the beadboard. After that it was ready to be nailed into place. Quick tip: use a stud finder and draw a line on the wall where you find the studs—that’s where you’ll want to nail so it stays in place and secure. Pop a few nails in and you’re done. EASY!
Just to clarify, that is not my arm. I don’t want you thinking I have manly, hairy arms. I do not. That manly, hairy arm belongs to my husband.
Here’s a close up of how the electrical outlets look once we put them back in place. They fit over the cutouts we made perfectly and we simply screwed the covers into the beadboard.
Once that was done we added a large piece of moulding to the top. We did a little caulking around the edges to seal in any small spaces in between the beadboard and the moulding, but that’s totally optional. Then we added the hooks, which are from Hobby Lobby, filled in the nail holes, and topped it off with a coat of white paint. I used Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.
How adorable is this old suitcase? Yard sale find for the win. It even has the Delta Airlines tag still on it. Someone splattered blue paint on it like a fool, but I still love it.
If you’re curious about that cute farmer’s market pillow is from So Vintage Chic.
So there ya have it! This was so quick and easy to do, I wish we had done it a looooong time ago. And now we actually have an entryway and not just an empty wall. Getting the beadboard cut at Home Depot really saved a ton of time, which made this a complete breeze. I seriously love doing projects like this–quick, easy, and cheap. I think all of the supplies cost about $45, which isn’t a lot when you consider how much better this spot looks. I tell ya, if you haven’t used beadboard panels in your home yet, I’d definitely give it a try. We used them in our master bathroom renovation and it totally changed the entire feel of the room. Plus it’s a no-brainer if you’re going for the farmhouse look.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you. And thanks for stopping by, it means the world to me! xoxo