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Our Entryway Remodel: From Dark and Dismal to DAMN GORGEOUS!

Posted on June 26, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

The Entryway in Our NEW Home: Before and After 

I know you’ve been waiting SO patiently for this blog post – well, some of you NOT so patiently and I LOVE you for that because it gets my butt on a burner to get it done!

BUT FIRST, I want to share a story with you.

In the home previous to our last, we were super happy, but Kylie got twitchy and needed some new blog posts to write about we grew out of it. So, we shopped for a house and stumbled across one with an AMAZING 180-degree ocean view…so we bought it.

ocean view outside of our windows

Now, if you were to ask me WHY we bought it? I would say that I DON’T FRIGGIN’ KNOW! Or maybe I do. I think we were excited that we’d arrived at the stage of our lives where we could AFFORD a house with an ocean view and it WAS gorgeous – it just wasn’t us. At ANY point in the bargaining process, I could’ve dropped it like a hot potato, I wasn’t at all emotional about it. WOOP WOOP WOOP, RING THE ALARMS!  I get emotional about everything – especially anything wine or house related, so the fact that I was nonchalant should have been my first sign. I ignored my gut instincts big time.

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Sure, it was pretty – but it wasn’t us

FLASH FORWARD to 2 months after we moved in and you’ll find me crying in my office over a bottle of wine with a straw, wondering WHO’S HOUSE I WAS LIVING IN BECAUSE IT SURE AS HECK WASN’T MINE!  I know, first world problem, right? But seriously, in the months we were there, the energy of this house changed the dynamic of our whole family – and it wasn’t for the good. So, I put my anxiety to good use by painting and decorating the bejesus out of it and we put it up for sale. And yes, Tim deserves a medal for his patience and bravery.

FLASH FORWARD 2 more months, we have an offer on our hell house (also fondly referred to as our ‘summer home’) and have purchased our DREAM home! Seriously, we used to walk by this house all the time (as it’s in our old neighbourhood) and like the creepy house stalker I am who drives by houses at nite so I can see in the windows, I’d say ‘OH yes, you will be mine, one day you will be mine’. Seemed like a pipe dream, or a wet dream, but either way – by November it WAS mine…or ours I suppose (wink wink).

exterior before

The exterior is being painted AS I TYPE!

And while it was our dream home, it wasn’t looking much like a dream. It was ‘fine’, which is a great word to describe hair, but not a place you want to call home. It was time for a lil’ KLC and there was NO BETTER place to start than the entryway!

BEFORE: Whale I’ll be damned, those were ugly. And seriously, this shows how gloomy the house was.

Entryway before remodel

AFTER: And the heavens shone down! Or maybe it was Jen Wynia Photography’s flash – either way, I’m lovin’ it.

Entryway with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened wood cabinet, Ken Kirkby art. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color

ABOVE PHOTO: The uber-talented Jen Wynia Photography

There is just nothing that I don’t love in this space. The cabinet is even more beautiful in real-life with its staggered hexagon wood doors and the new oak floors from Goodfellow hide EVERY sin. I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to flooring and kitchen cabinets and prefer oak to any other wood.

BEFORE: I LOVE dark walls – but not here. They were sucking the life out of the space and extended right into the living room. The dark wood flooring was scratched and worn out from 2 large dogs and the overall vibe was early 2000’s.

Entryway before remodel (1)

AFTER: It’s like my soul breathed a sigh of relief – or I had gas. Hard to say.

Entryway with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened, Revere Pewter painted doors, white trim, dark painting stair railing. White oak floors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

This photo NOT by the uber-talented Jen Wynia, but by the quasi photography-challenged, Kylie.

What do you think of those gray doors? I went back and forth on that for a while and finally settled on BM Revere Pewter as a nice tie-in to the kitchen. I just couldn’t wrap my head around white doors in this home and wanted something a bit lower maintenance and unexpected – without being weird.

The walls are BM Edgecomb Gray, lightened by 50%. I couldn’t find an off-white greige that I loved, so I made one! It has subtle undertones and whispers of colours without committing to anything but being soft, subtle and neutral. I’m in LOVE with this paint colour!

BEFORE: Just in case you wanted to see those lovely whales a lil’ closer…

entryway wall before

AFTER: And nothing finishes off a wall like a Ken Kirkby –  my fave artist. It was a TOTAL splurge, but both Tim and I LOVE this piece as it just makes the space with it’s west coast vibe.

Entryway cabinet, wood hexagon pattern. Ken Kirkby westcoast painting, SW Urbane Bronze painted stair railing, Edgecomb Gray walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant, blog

And yes, the lampshade is crooked, I just want to see if you’re paying attention (clearly I wasn’t). As for the stairs railings, it would have cost a small fortune to redo them, so I kept the black spindles and painted the dark wood newel posts and handrails in SW Urbane Bronze, a wicked dark greige with a green undertone.

Oh – there’s more…but you have to WAIT! We’ve done almost the ENTIRE house – everything but the 3 main bathrooms and the laundry room, so over the next few months, I’m going to share each space with you and the HUGE transformations they’ve undergone.

Doug the goldendoodle

And for a gal who hits a 4-year expiry date on every home, we’re finally in a home that I can see us staying in for many happy years, watching the girls (and Doug) grow up and making memories to last a lifetime.

Chat soon,

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  1. OMgoodness !!!!!
    Wow- Zowie – AMAZING transformation! Love it!!
    You’ve got me looking at our entrance way now….my husband thanks you :))))

    Sue

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      2. Love this transformation! I may try the 50% edge comb 🙂 Do you think it would work in a darker hallway? Also, what flooring did you use? Thanks!

  2. You are a brave young person. Moving again and remodeling another house. I admire your energy and excellent taste. Love the new home and it does look like a forever home. The paint colors are beautiful and calming in the space.

    1. So beautiful – sophisticated but still friendly and inviting. Every detail is so fresh and bright, re-imagined with your amazing talent.
      My kids left the nest a year ago and now my husband wants to sell our beloved house where our kids grew up. Such a hard decision , but seeing your accomplishments gets me excited for the next phase in our life. And maybe a new home to decorate?!

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        Well thank you Tracy! And yes, that would be hard, my in-laws are JUST going through that. The idea of it was daunting, but once we started home shopping and they FOUND one they loved, it’s amazing how excited they got and I’m just so happy for them – I hope the same is for you :).

  3. Good for you! We lived in a house that drove us crazy in a bad way for 20 years. We tried remodeling, additions, repainting, etc. until we finally threw in the towel after we realized there were just some things you can’t fix. At least not with our budget. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your changes!

  4. Hi – I was wondering why you wanted to redo the stair ballasters. I have the standard wood painted white and wanted to change to iron, In a style like you have. Now you have me wondering if I should spend the $700-$1000 .

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      Hi Tom! The original dark wood stain didn’t jibe with the warmer, lighter oak wood floors and it had this weird wax/sheen on it too. Restaining would have been INSANE the cost to start from total scratch was around 5K. I’m REALLY glad I went with the darker painted – I love it! Normally stair railings would be wood or white (same as the trim) but I wanted something different and the layout allowed for it, but i ALSO think having the metal spindles gave me more flexibility as the handrail become more like an accent colour of sorts :).

  5. What a transformation Kylie! Looks amazing, love your posts! Definitely looking forward to the rest of the “reveal”.
    You mentioned you prefer oak to any of the other woods…I have a lot of oak in my house, cabinets, railings, etc. I’m trying to pick flooring that would go and was staying away from oak as I thought it would be too much oak…but yours look wonderful..is it wood or a laminate? Wondering if I should be thinking of doing the same? What are your thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Elaine ????

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      Hi Elaine, thank you! And I DOOOO love my Oak – wait until you see the family room bar area! That flooring is wood and it’s just awesome. Now there IS something to be said for ‘too much of a good thing’ as at some point it starts cancelling it out. I find that wood needs OTHER things to bounce off of, so you can see the beauty warmth of it. My initial thought would be to consider oak flooring, but maybe paint the railings??? :).

      1. Hi Kylie! I am currently renovating our dream house and have been using you as a must-have research tool. I will have many more questions to come, but my most pressing is what is the exact make and color of your new oak floors? They are just the color I am going for and 50% Edgecomb Gray was one of my top possible paint colors.

        Thanks,
        Jennifer

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          Thanks for asking Jennifer! They are from Goodfellow and are an engineered product, meaning the top layers are SOLID wood and the bottom layers are flexible products. They are in the Riverside Collection and are the colour ‘Stone’. I hope that helps! And while I LOVE the lightened Edgecomb, I’m getting a bit bored of its lack of commitment, so next up, I might go soft white or full Edgecomb! (I love change 😉

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          1. Hello Kylie,

            Are you still happy with the quality of this floor ? I am looking at this brand right now to change my floors ( not the riverside though but still engineered) but I have read very mixed reviews, some people saying it chips and marks very easily.

  6. I guess that explains why we saw very little of the previous house here. I was wondering what was up. Those doors are Revere Pewter??? Are my walls that dark too??? Maybe it’s time for another consultation.

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      Hiya! Yes, that house…oh that house. I do have some decent before/afters of some of the spaces, but there’s just no FEELING in them. And yes, the doors are Revere Pewter! Colours can look SO different relevant to the space they’re in and what’s around them. With the walls/trim so light, the Revere Pewter does look like it has that bit more body to it.

      1. Hi! What is the color of the white TRIM with the 50% Edgecomb Walls & Revere Pewter Doors, please? I think this soft look is perfect. Thanks! S

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  7. I think you are hilarious and awesome and talented and if you ever come to Nashville, let’s hang out! Xoxo

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  8. Hi Kylie! I love your blog; thanks for sharing so much of your talent and know how with us Love the entryway!

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  9. BEAUTIFUL! Love the way you totally changed the feel of the house. The colors are so warm and soothing. Perfect home to come home to and feel like you want to stay a while. Also love the color of the stairs and how you did the carpet. Looks like a “runner”. Could you possibly explain more about that.

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      Hi Kelly, thank you! It’s actually all carpet from side to side! There is the base plate that the spindles run into, but otherwise, it’s all carpet – I’m glad it looks a bit cooler though ;).

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      1. May I ask the reason you chose satin trim over semi-gloss? “The paint people” insisted semi for trim 😉

        Lastly, would that sheen decision change if you had monster little kids that enjoy ramming their cars against the walls, dripping popsicles, perhaps some random child graffiti here and there ?

        1. Clarification – the paint people insisted semi to ME, however, I find you more knowledgable than the local 20 year old paint store kid

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  10. I’m trying to decide what to do with the staircase in our house. I saw you painted the stairs and bannister. How does paint hold up on traffic areas? I looked into having our stairs refinished but there’s so much involved with the balusters and rail and stairs. I was honestly thinking of replacing the balusters with metal ones to eliminate the painting/refinishing of those (85) but those aren’t cheap. They look dated and I’d love to update them, just not sure paint would hold up.

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      I’ve found that paint surfaces that are prepped properly and painted with high-quality paint fare pretty darned well. Of course, no painted surface is bullet-proof, but if you a) degrease/clean, wipe down, prime with a quality primer and use a quality BM or SW hardy paint, that it should hold up quite well!

  11. It’s a stunner! I would never leave home with that view. I have one question–what direction is the light coming in? North or south? And what would be the LV of the lightened Edgecomb Gray? Whoops–2 questions. It is a beautiful color.
    P.S. Lovely new profile picture.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! So calm, relaxing and inviting all at the same time. I love your posts, so very helpful.
    I have serious oak envy after seeing your floors. I will be refinishing/redoing my floors next year. Do you mind sharing if you have red or white oak and what stain you used or had mixed?
    Cheers!

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  13. Love the change, can you share with us how the railing was redone, was it simply painted or was it sprayed ? I am wanting to redo my stairs and not sure if I should tackle it on my own with a paint brush.

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      Hi Mimi, it was ALLLL brushed with a quality brush and BM Advance paint. I love how it turned out. It’s about using a quality brush and products (and great prep of course!)

    2. Kylie,
      You are the Best. Color/Paint Blogger. Hands down. I have learned so much from you. Please keep sharing your amazing talents and beautiful before and after photos. Question: How does your Edgecomb Gray lightened 50% compare to Classic Gray – which I looove for it’s versatile, fresh look that carries subtle warmth?

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        Well, thank you Rachelle!

        So, Classic Gray will carry a bit more of a vague purple (rarely purple/pink) undertone, whereas my Edgecomb lightened doesn’t flash purple on me. Once in a blue moon I get a very tiny wink o’ pink, but more commonly a vague green – but it’s all SOOOOO vague that it’s virtually unnoticeable. Most of my exposure is north facing with a bit of south/west and I do have quite a bit of greenery outside our windows!

  14. This is beautiful! I’ve just finished freshening up our white doors and light neutral walls, and am now wishing I had this whole colour scheme going! I love every colour selection you have going on here.

  15. Hello, Kylie! you are so saucy. I love it. I turn to your videos over and over for color guidance. My boyfriend and I flip house s and this fall will build our first new spec home to sell. Thank you for the beautiful job you do! Happy Decorating!!!

  16. So pretty! We have slated to paint our entry Edgecomb and the interior of our front door Urbane Bronze (we already have it on our shutters outside and love it). You now make me want to drop everything and paint the entry first! Can’t wait to see more of your new DREAM home.

  17. I am so happy that I found you on the net. You are so saucy and funny. Your colors are spot on. My boyfriend and I flip house. I always check your website before choosing a color. You have such great information and videos. I lauv you!!! Keep up the great inspiration!!!

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          Nope, i haven’t! It would be like any painted surface though – it’s just as much in the prep as it is in the paint product! Clean/sand/high adhesion primer and quality paint (like a porch and floor product) :).

  18. Looks fabulous! Calming and warm. I especially love the cabinet with the hexagon shapes on the doors, mind sharing where it’s from?

    Thanks!
    Traci in VA

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      Well thank you Traci! And yes, that cabinet is super cool! It’s from a store called Muse and Merchant, it’s pretty awesome…

  19. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Two questions: One: did you paint ALL the doors in your home RP? Second: what stain color is used on your floors ? (Would like to SWF you – LOL)

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      Hi Nancy! So, we did many of the doors, the ones that are on the main floor and the first part of the upper floor. In a separate family room area AND the closet doors in bedrooms I did white. This way if I get tired of the gray, I don’t need to paint ALLLLL of the doors. I also have a few key doors painted navy/black, just for some interest (front door/glass office door). As for the floor stain, it came that colour – prefinished and i just love it!

  20. This is amazing!!! I don’t know how you got your walls this color but they look amazing!!

    After reading this I went straight to the paint store and bought a sample of Edgecomb 50% lighter and, not joking, it looks almost TANGERINE Beige in my living room. ???????????????????? the life of paint is so hard!

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      WHAAAAT! Hmmm, at no point does it look tangerine beige in my home and I do have a variety of light sources/products. Have you tried sampling it on a canvas with 2 coats of paint on it. Try it. You can buy cheap canvases at the dollar store (the bigger the better) and leave about a 2″ white border around the edge so you can get some separation from your old wall colour. The old colour can TOTALLY skew your perception of the new one! That is SUPER weird…

  21. Hello Kylie!

    What are you thoughts on painted doors (OTHER than white)? I LOVE your RP doors and am thinking about the same. I have just re-painted the WHOLE house and the white doors are KILLIN’ ME – LOL. The main areas with the white doors are the hallway , stairway and office. The hallway/stairway is SW Oyster White. The office is BM Classic Grey. As you can see both very light colors. We changed from Revere Pewter walls to Oyster White – MUCH better – I have an on again off again love affair with RP and just CANNOT seem to let it go completely – which is WHY I LOVE your RP doors! Thinking RP might look nice with OW walls – possibly same in office with CG walls. What are your thoughts? I have had accent front or back doors, but never interior closet/access doors. LOVE to hear your take 🙂

    Thanks,
    Nancy

  22. Hello Kylie!

    What are you thoughts on painted doors (OTHER than white)? I LOVE your RP doors and am thinking about the same. I have just re-painted the WHOLE house and the white doors are KILLIN’ ME – LOL. The main areas with the white doors are the hallway , stairway and office. The hallway/stairway is SW Oyster White. The office is BM Classic Grey. As you can see both very light colors. We changed from Revere Pewter walls to Oyster White – MUCH better – I have an on again off again love affair with RP and just CANNOT seem to let it go completely – which is WHY I LOVE your RP doors! Thinking RP might look nice with OW walls – possibly same in office with CG walls. What are your thoughts? I have had accent front or back doors, but never interior closet/access doors. LOVE to hear your take ????

    Thanks,
    Nancy

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      Hi Nancy, oh I dooooo LOVE my Revere Pewter doors! I like white doors in some homes for sure, but this home wasn’t calling for them, particularly because I didn’t do a white kitchen. And the Revere Pewter doors are actually RP 50% darker, just to add that wink more contrast. Really, my lightened Edgecomb Gray isn’t THAT different from Oyster White and it could be quite pretty with Classic Gray, but could slightly enhance the purple in it (maybe). I think it could be lovely from the sounds of it!

      1. Thank you Kylie! I really like the contrast of your door against the EG :). I value your input and LOVE your design blog! CANNOT wait to see the rest of your new home! Patiently waiting your pics 😉

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      Yes, we did – and it’s just AMAZING how most ceilings naturally shade themselves – White Dove is so LOVELY and subdued – not as much in our living room, but definitely in our kitchen/entryway! (I have blog posts on those other spaces too if you want to see more…)

  23. This home is beautiful! I love the darkened RP doors! I am looking for stock doors ( less expensive than custom) , just like yours. Are these a custom profile door? Thanks

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  24. Hi Kylie,
    I looove your sense of design, colour, etc… This home is uber beautiful! I love the darkened RP doors! I am looking for doors just like yours but I can’t seem to find doors with 2 recessed panels like in your Shaker style doors. I can find only one panel or three. Did you have these made or can I find these in a store? Thank you for your blog and videos. You are so kind to share your vast knowledge.

  25. Hi Kylie,
    I looove your sense of design, colour, etc… This home is uber beautiful! I am looking for doors just like yours but I can’t seem to find doors with 2 recessed panels like in your Shaker style doors. I can find only one panel or three. Did you have these made or can I find these in a store? Thank you for your blog and videos. You are so kind to share your vast knowledge.

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  26. Hi, can you please share the color of your trim in your house? I am considering painting my walls 50% Revere Pewter and having trouble finding a trim color. Thanks and your remodel is gorgeous!!

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  27. Hi Kylie! I have design question – I noticed the plant/tree near your table. Is that real or faux? I have a dining room corner that is empty and am contemplating a faux tree – is that a designer no-no or is that a trend that is back “in” ? Any and all suggestions appreciated 🙂

  28. Are the inside of your doors RP as well? Looking to do this color for my trim and doors, but for the bedrooms I would like to add some color. Do you think it effects it if the side of the doors are different? Love the house!

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      Hi Camille! Yup, the doors are the same colour all around. I TRY to do that as much as I can and only break where I HAVE to. If it were ME, I would do the bedroom doors a different colour, if your layout allows. I have some key doors in my home painted different from RP and love it! (My office door/powder room/family room door/front door).

  29. Hi Kylie! I have design question – I noticed the plant/tree near your table. Is that real or faux? I have a dining room corner that is empty and am contemplating a faux tree – is that a designer no-no or is that a trend that is back “in” ? Any and all suggestions appreciated ????

  30. I wanted to do an accent wall in my living room painted with edgecomb grey. Do you think revere pewter would be a good option or are they too similar? If they’re too close, would perhaps darkening revere pewter by 25% or 40% be a good option for the accent wall? Struggling with this decision and would really appreciate any suggestions !

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      Hi Reanne! I would DEFINITELY darken Revere Pewter – go for 50% – it sounds more drastic than it looks ;). I have RP darkened by that in my own home and LOVE it and that will give you a bit better contrast :). You could also look at SW Amazing Gray which is similar but has a bit more depth.

  31. Thanks for confirming, our builder just proposed using flat version of trim color on ceiling and I’d never considered that before. High fives for the inspiration 🙂

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      Welllll, to be honest, I go more for the FEEL of the room rather than keeping the colours true. I usually land around 3000K. It also depends a LOT on the types of colours you’re using as warm/cool are affecting differently by the different bulbs. Which reminds me, I need to put a blog post out on this exact topic!

  32. Looove your new family home! I wish I had found you before building our new home. I think you are very generous with sharing your home, paint colours, suppliers AND EXPERTISE!
    I look forward to each new blog and do revisit the current ones MANY times!

  33. Love your stairs. Looking to do something similar. With Urbane Bronze what type of paint did you use (oil/water based, falt, satin, etc)?

    Thank you!!!

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