One thing I love about owning a 112 year old home is the grand entrances!! Back in the day it was so important to have a BIG entrance to the home and ours is no exception. I recently painted the entrance so I figured it was about time to do a post on it with all the details and while I was at it I would throw in the back entrance too. Be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button.  Add any of these images to your Pinterest by hovering your cursor over the corner and clicking the icon or heading over to BVintage Pinterest . Enjoy! 


Front Entrance

One of my favourite things about our home is the 10′ ceilings on the main level. As soon as you walk in it feels so open and airy! The front entrance is actually one of the rooms in the house that gets the least amount of light because of the covered deck off the front however I recently changed the paint colour in the front entrance to BeautiTone Glass Slipper and I love it. It’s the perfect cool white with a grey/blue undertone. The trim colour is the same as the rest of the house which is Benjamin Moore Oxford White.  All the furniture in the room is done in Country Chic Chalk Paint Simplicity.

We actually replaced the front door on this house when we bought it, the previous one was in terrible condition and it would no longer lock. This new one actually came off a home that was built in 1913 from Saskatchewan! We were so lucky to find an oversized door that fit like a glove and it looks amazing with the house!

I have always though it was important to have a place to sit down in an entrance. My dear ol’grandpa used to come to visit in our last home and because it was such a ‘non-existence’ entrance, I would always have to pull a chair from the dining table for him to sit at to put on his shoes. I am also a big believer in a large mirror, just for that last look before you head out the door.

The huge mirror that is above the coat rack is actually a headboard. I LOVE how much light it brings into this room and the statement it makes in the entrance. The coat rack is from a school hall in England from the 1600’s. It is one of my favourites and really is so perfect when I have large groups of people over. It is from Uniquities in Calgary and learn how you can make your own DIY willow wreath here.

Staircase is in Benjamin Moore Oxford white.

The dough bowl is from the Antique Farmhouse, the wreath is Target, and the lantern is Homesense. All the rest are mostly thrift shop of secondhand store finds.

The runner is a DIY done with West Elm rugs, find out how to make your own jute staircase runner here!

My photo wall is a mixture of old and new frames that I painted my favourite Country Chic Simplicity. There is so much detail on this wall but it is softened with the white colour.

 My hallway mirror originally came from Chintz and Company. I changed it to white to match the rest of the decor. 

Back Entrance

This space was BY FAR the most neglected area of the home if you can believe it. There was a small landing that was about 3′ x 3′ and then it dropped into the cellar staircase to our basement. I have never been much of a basement girl, we didn’t have one in the house I grew up in, so we decided to not finish it but instead make a usable floor overtop. We replaced the back door as well with a big beautiful antique door salvaged off of a home in Calgary.

My amazing hubby designed a series of trap doors  for the floor that open to get large items in, such as a furnace or hot water heater but work as a floor the rest of the time. All we used to finish the floor is 2′ x 12′ lumber that I stained Varathane Dark Walnut.

The chandelier is from Canadian Tire.

 The mirror, pedestal table and washstand with basin are all antiques that I found along the way. The doors and windows were salvaged items I had saved from projects along the way. The closet turned out so authentic looking and beautiful.

The hand painted floor was easier to do than you would think and it adds so much character to the space. The whole room cost under under $1000 to finish and has now made it a much more functional space.