Retiling An Entryway: Before And After (Video)

(Watch through to the end for a serious Goldie cameo.)

I’ve never had an entryway before. I mean, I’ve had doors that you walk through, and I guess the area on the “inside” side of those doors could technically be referred to as an “entryway,” but in our Manhattan apartments those spots were really just “the living room.” And in our Tarrytown place, the front door more or less opened directly onto the stairway, which was sort of weird (and sort of inconvenient, because it meant that there was also no coat closet, and if there is one thing you definitely need in Westchester it is a place to store your enormous, down-filled winter coat).

And now?


Goodness, was I ever psyched about the coat closet situation (as in: we have one). But I was slightly less psyched about the entryway itself, because what it looked like was…not much at all. It wasn’t “bad” – not at all, it was totally fine – it was just more “functional” than anything else, and I feel like an entryway is a really cool place to go bold with your decor both because it’s small, and because it’s the first spot your guests see when they step foot in your house. So why not, right?

Check out the video above to see what I did with the help of a tiling pro I found on Thumbtack, and click over to Lonny for a fun interview and more before-and-after shots of the project.

P.S. If you missed the first few videos in my Thumbtack series, here they are:

We Have Light!

…And Here We Are (Move-In Day)

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

  • HOLY crap i love that.

  • Cheryl

    I LOVE this. I am looking at homes right now for our (eventual) move out of NYC, so this is really inspiring since we can’t afford the turn-key homes, but the older ones make me feel sad when I walk in. I read the Lonny piece, too, and you said this wasn’t super expensive. Would it be rude to ask for a price estimate? I have no clue how much something like this would cost, but it looks like it was super expensive, so that would be helpful!

    • jordanreid

      thank you so much!

      with our last house we didn’t do much in the way of updates – since it already had quite a bit of personality – so this is the first time i’ve ever gone through the process of coming up with ideas basically from scratch, and it is exciting to realize that it’s totally doable.

      and not rude at all! this project was about 1k, all-in – which to me felt like a good price because of how big the impact is (you really can see the area from all of our family living spaces). i also felt okay investing in this because i feel fairly confident that this significantly ups the first-impression appeal of the house, and thereby the resale value (because we do intend to sell in maybe 4-5 years). if you’re looking to do something similar but want to spend less, my advice would be to go for ceramic tiles – encaustic cement (which these are) are much pricier (although i do love the look of them). you can also find good prices on natural stone tiles if you shop around.

      • Cheryl

        Thank you so much for such a thorough answer! It’s really gorgeous. Your entire home looks stunning, so I’m excited to see what you do next. Congratulations, again!

  • Marissa Williams

    I freaking love the new tile for the entry way! It’s giving me very Caribbean vibes. Also, can I just say that Goldie is so adorable. My daughter has those same pajamas that she’s wearing at the end and they are my favorite because they are soooo soft. If only they made them in adult sizes. 🙂 The house is really coming along, keep up the great work!

    • jordanreid

      thanks, marissa 🙂 and FYI i just stopped into carter’s for new pjs because she’s outgrown all her old ones, and they’re having a CRAZY sale – like 70% off of clearance prices.

  • It turned out beautiful and reminds me of the beautiful homes I have visited in South America. I love your double door. Next place I live will have a double door.