I’ve been getting the house ready for our home photo shoot for Your Home magazine, and the only room in the house which had been totally overlooked (and desperate for some TLC) was the entryway – which is ironically the first thing people see and notice when coming in to the house! It had become a dumping ground for coats, shoes, muddy boots, dog toys, post and other bits and pieces, and always looks cluttered and dirty. The wood floor boards were there when we moved in and were very stained, the built-in cabinet was scratched, stained and the paint was peeling off, and there was no light, fun or colour. In other words, a valid reason to procrastinate and put off my work a bit longer in order to do a bit of cleaning, painting and upcycling!
After a lot of cleaning, and a brand new mirror, the space already looked miles better.
But it still felt a little bland to me, and the bench only gets in the way (it’s not like anyone ever sits on it staring at the door, I really don’t know why we even put it there), so I decided to give it a pop of colour.
As it’s not a living space (like a bedroom, living room or kitchen), I think you can be much braver with colour choices. The same applies to rooms like utility rooms or pantries, or even the front door! I would happily paint the front door a bright colour, but wouldn’t necessarily be brave enough to use that same colour in a room where we spend a lot of time, or entertain.
So there you have it. Farrow & Ball’s Yellowcake it is! A bright and zesty neon yellow, with almost a hint of lime in it. You can’t get much brighter or bolder than that!
No going back now…
It’s so bright, it only needed one layer! I’ve still got 75% of the paint left, I wonder what else I can get away with painting bright yellow? 😉
The floor looked really scabby in comparison, and the back of the front door was unpainted, so I sanded them both down (this took nearly half a day, I can still feel my arms!), and then I used some thick Farrow & Ball gloss white floor paint to paint the inside of the door, and white-washed the floor boards with an old flannel.
Meanwhile I had a rather puzzled audience, who kept trying to come down and walk all over the wet paint!
I’m still not sure how happy I am with the floor (I might sand it down at some point), but I am THRILLED with the bright yellow cabinet! I also upcycled an old lamp into a birdcage creation (read the blog post here) for the finishing touch. The yellow pineapple I bought off a wood-carving family in the middle of the jungle in Bali last week!
Ta-daa! What do you think?