The Other Side of the Story

Months ago, I showed you the remodel of our entryway, from a room with dated, dark paneling, to a room with a whole new, but vintage look. Dictionary page wallpaper

But, only half of the room was remodeled because the wall on the other half of the room needed to remain open to the studs so my husband could work on the plumbing going on in the bathroom behind the wall.

Well, that “ladies room” finally got finished, (seen HERE), so it was time to finish up the entryway.

Again, more dictionary pages were added to the other walls, but I wanted one “focal” wall, so I decided to create a huge chalkboard
on the wall where our coats hang.

My husband added thin wood over the wallboard, then I primed and painted it with chalkboard paint.

 I love the final result!

DIY Chalkboard Wall

I added some old wood across the chalkboard and used some of my date nails as coat hooks.
{side note – I have these available in my Etsy shop HERE}.

As trim across the top of the chalkboard, I added an old wooden yardstick.

If I find enough of these, I may “frame” up the sides of the chalkboard with them also.

My 12 year-old son is a doodler, so he’s had fun with this new wall.

The other wall is mostly taken up by a window, but beneath the window sits a gossip bench that I dressed up with some pages from my 1800’s Peterson’s Magazines.  It makes a nice spot to drop my purse  when I walk in the door.
DIY Chalkboard Wall

We still have to install new flooring over the plain concrete floors, but I just smile walking into my entryway now.

The only real expenses in this room were the small can of chalkboard paint, a jug of Elmer’s glue and $3 for the dictionary that covered all the walls.  This entire room remodel cost less than $40!



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  1. Watch part magnets, I like that.

    Nice photo of you too, I didn’t think you were that old.


  2. Oh wow! I love the look of your entry.
    you didn’t show your floor, but you can check out my floor I just did in my bathroom here.

    tutorial is coming soon!

    take care– Pat

  3. I love what you’ve done to personalize your entry. You have so many wonderful antique and vintage collections and a real knack for display!
    Mary Alice

  4. What an amazing make over and for so little money wise.
    Nicely done !!!!

  5. I love the whole area, but especially the chalkboard wall. I used to have a collection of those numbered railroad nails years ago. They are cool. I also have an old typewriter and old ledger books next to it in our study. Great minds think alike!

  6. OH MY…this room looks awesome! LOVE that chalkboard wall!! I have to get pinning! Thanks for the shout-out, my friend!

  7. It looks like the cover of a magazine 🙂

  8. WOW! I love your final result.

    Mrs. Delightful

  9. Love all your collections! I’m sure you are very glad to have it all done.

  10. Very cool Angie!

    Great design ~ great shots ~ tons of fun pieces. Your entire entry is a conversation piece of art!


  11. I awarded you a Versatile blogger award…please stop by and check it out!

  12. Totally charming, Angie! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  13. I think it looks fabulous! You have some great “stuff” hanging everywhere and I love the board you have dividing the blackboard. (I might have to borrow that idea…. )

  14. BTW I’m following, stop by Homeroad!
    🙂 Susan

  15. That wood against the chalkboard paint is awesome. Love the boxes for display and the baby shoes.

  16. I love, love, love it. Really like the old boxes for displays and just bought a couple myself. Plan on using in my craft room. You displays are really fab. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

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  18. This is awesome, I love it! What ideas!

  19. Your chalkboard wall reminds me of the ones in Elementary School. Love it.

  20. omg that is amazing, it should be in a magazine. you did a wonderful job decorating and designing your entry! beautiful

  21. It’s an incredible makeover, I love it all but especially the book pages and the massive chalk board !

  22. what a beautiful space! love that chalboard wall and the ruler at the top of it. i love rulers!

  23. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    This entry is right down my alley, Angie!!! It would be so much fun walking in and having ALL THIS be the first thing you see. I would probably get very easily distracted with all the wonderful dictionary pages though…’cause I love to read! 😉

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  24. Wow! I absolutely love the way this entryway turned out. Great idea to make a focal wall and there is just something so perfect about making it a chalkboard. This space is whimsical, yet classic. It also has a very unified feel. I’d love to walk into your home and be greeted by this fabulous entry. Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  25. You are so creative using what you have and making something family friendly, crammed with interesting things to look at, somewhere for coats and purses and an incredibly great entry to your home. Your chalk board looks ancient. (right out of an old school room look.

  26. what treasures you have!

  27. This room is so fantastic! I love all of the vintage details and that typewriter is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this at my link party. I hope to see you back this week 🙂 –

  28. hopped over from funky junk…you certainly were inspired – great job!

  29. Hi Angie … Love all your treasures and you have displayed them so nicely. So creative and such a warm welcome to your home.
    Audrey z. @ Timeless Treasures

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