Give your entry way some new life

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If you have an old home like we do, you know it takes time to get your home the way you want. My husband and I keep picking off projects a little at a time. Our front entry was a bit lack luster when you came in. We have a split entry home so the ceiling is quite tall right there and the stair case was old and really dated our home. We had the old rod iron banisters with  ornate decorative pieces (sorry forgot to take a before picture). I decided I want to paint the staircase but I hated the ornate pieces on the staircase. Thankfully my husband was able to break them off and not damage the existing poles. He sanded the rod iron poles down then I painted them. It was very inexpensive, I bought a gloss white paint by Rustoleum. I used their oil-based paint for the iron part of the staircase, it covered better and gave a smoother look than regular paint. Then I used Rustoleum’s painters touch in black for the banister. I am a fan of the two toned look and was extremely happy with the out come. The new look cost me under $20. Such a simple thing to do but it really changed the look of our entryway.

Before:

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After:

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I also decided to add a photo wall since we have a giant blank wall in the entryway. The great part with photo walls now is that there are no limits to what you can do with them. The photos do not need to be aligned perfectly or all be the same size. You can add texture to them by adding art pieces and other fun décor. I was able to make this photo wall for under $100. The most expensive part was the large canvas that was my centerpiece for the whole design. Although I still got it for a great price, $60 through Costco for this 20×30. You can always get high quality canvas’s at Costco for a great prices. The other pieces I got from Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

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When designing your photo wall I would lay it out first prior to hanging to you can visually see how you want it to look and ensure you have filled all the space you want. This will also save your walls from unnecessary holes.

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Our Linear Fireplace Remodel Complete

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Hooray!!!!! It’s finally done. After 3 months we have completed our remodel of our fireplace in our main family room. We have done several remodel projects over the years and in both homes we’ve owned and you would think we would learn that it always takes longer than planned. It’s either we are running behind on our part or we are at the mercy of waiting on contractors to finish their part. It was all worth the wait, and I am so excited that my vision all worked out.

One thing we recently learned is if you are planning to do granite and its a small space, ensure you are using someone that has remnant pieces that will save you money. A lot of big home improvement stores want a minimum of $1000 and we were way under that. Thankfully we found someone who does it all and will definitely be using again in other remodels.

For my husbands first time installing this type of stone, it looks fantastic. We were able to find the stone I wanted at a local store in Salt Lake.

The thing to remember when doing a fireplace remodel most companies do not do it all, you will have to contract out pieces of each part.

We are one of the first people in Utah to have this Linear fireplace installed in our home, its a new model. The company we had install the fireplace is excited we finished they will be showcasing our fireplace on their website since no one else has this fireplace yet.

I can’t even tell you what a difference this has made in the look of our home, you walk in and its such a beautiful statement piece.  It’s really helped bring this old home into the modern world.

I just wanted to share that we have a finished product and if you like what you see here are some of the companies and materials we used in this remodel.

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Credits:

Linear Fireplace: Mezzo 60″ by Heat & Glo http://www.heatnglo.com/Products/MEZZO-Series-Gas-Fireplace.aspx?page=Overview

Installation of Fireplace: Hearth and Home ( we worked with the Sugarhouse location they were fantastic!) http://hhdu.com/

Mantel & Cabinets: Intermountain Mantels http://www.intermountainmantels.com/

Granite Countertops: Complete Source Countertops http://completesourceutah.com/

Stone: Split Face Ledger in Glacier white

Purchased stone from: Bedrosians http://www.bedrosians.com/