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

We Have Light! (Video)

When you buy a house without ever having actually seen it in person, it’s reasonable to expect a few little surprises to come your way…and yup: on our first night in our new place, I discovered something pretty unexpected.

There was no light.

Like, none.

So within a day of our arrival, I embarked on a fairly major renovation project that ended up making a MAJOR difference in how the house looks and feels.

P.S. For those of you in the Bay Area, the Thumbtack pro I hired for this project was Richard Acero of RPA Electric, and he was phenomenal: careful, efficient, and just a straight-up nice guy.

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

…And Here We Are (Move-In Day)

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

…And Here We Are (Video)

We’re heeeeeere! We’re here we’re here we’re here.

I went a little MIA for the past three days because…well, because “busy” is a little bit of an understatement, but also because I didn’t have Internet. But now I do, whee. So I’m back! Hi.

I love it here.

So remember how we did a pretty crazy thing, buying a house we’d never actually set foot in? (As a reminder, I flew out to look at houses in March but lost the bidding war on the house we put an offer on, so our broker did FaceTime videos with me so that I didn’t have to keep flying out to continue our house-hunt.) Well, we didn’t stop there: I ended up hiring a flooring professional and painter I found on Thumbtack and working with him remotely to do a whole bunch of work on the place before we even arrived. (Obviously I videotaped the whole thing, with lots of before and after shots.)

I’m so excited for you to see it! I have about ten zillion ideas for things I want to do with the house, so please, if you have any right-off-the-bat suggestions, let me know.

P.S. FYI, the floors are a similar shade to these (I can’t do the precise link because my flooring guy found them from an independent source, but this is the sample I gave him to match so it should be pretty close), and the walls are Valspar Reserve Du Jour (white) and Silver Dust (pale grey), both available at Lowe’s.

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

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

Packed And Ready To Go (Video)

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