21 Gorgeous (& Achievable!) Before After DIY Entryway Ideas

21 beautiful DIY entryway ideas & easy makeovers! Best interior design tips on foyer decor, furniture & rugs, small space storage & more!

As we embark on our home improvement projects, the very first things we are exploring are, naturally, DIY entryway ideas! When we open the front door, a beautiful clutter-free entry foyer can immediately make us feel happy and uplifted.

21 amazing DIY entryway ideas & beautiful makeovers! Many tips & tricks such as best entryway furniture, small entryway storage, easy bench seats, & more!

Through these inspiring DIY entryway before after transformations, we will explore many interior design ideas on built-in and free standing entryway furniture, easy and attractive storage solutions for small entryways, multi-functional bench seats, decor tips with wallpaper and rugs, and more!

Let’s start envisioning all the possibilities to make our home entrance a happy and welcoming place to be!

1 .  Board and batten wainscoting DIY entryway ideas

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farmhouse entryway before

The first group of our DIY entryway ideas are easy-to-install wood paneling, aka “Board and Batten”. It’s a type of wainscoting with elegant, clean lines from early Shaker style home designs, now often seen in many style homes from traditional, modern to farmhouse. They add rich details and a perfect place to attach wall hooks for hanging jackets and other items.

farmhouse DIY Board and batten wainscoting DIY entryway ideas

This simple DIY board and batten wainscoting project can really transform a wall space. Wainscoting is also easy to care for and clean, which makes it a great solution to almost any rooms that needs an accent wall with attractive storage. (Via Homedepot  )

2 . Easy Board and Batten Mudroom Hallway Makeover

amazing DIY entryway ideas : Board and Batten Mudroom Hallway

When the entry is a long narrow hallway, a board and batten wall adds beauty and provides the opportunity to display wall art along the limited space. (Paper Daisy Design)

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3 . Transform a blank wall with beautiful entryway table and decor.

entryway color wall

If you have a blank wall at the entrance, you can use simple entryway furniture such as a console table, a wall mirror or artwork, and a table lamp to create a beautiful accent wall vignette.

new entryway grey wall and console table

It is now an attractive and welcoming entryway! Tutorial at Creatively Living Blog.

4. Entryway storage closet ideas

entryway closet demolition

Some of the best DIY small entryway ideas are storage closet makeovers. It turns out that there are much better ways to use a closet than just to hide the messy clutter.

beautiful entryway bench seating and storage baskets

Here’s how a small closet can become part of a designer entryway! ( House of Smiths)

5. Entryway closet makeover

Below are two more entryway storage closet before and afters. You can see variations of entryway bench seat and great ideas for small entryway storage.

enryway closet emptied
entryway closet makeover with storage bench and wall art

5. Experiment with variations in shelving designs, seat fabrics etc., and tell your unique story. ( Fresh Crush )

white closet
farmhouse style entry closet before after

6. The shiplap wall, white and neutral colors, and woven baskets give thie DIY entryway a farmhouse feel. (Woven Home )

7. Beautiful entryway furniture ideas

Simple entryway furniture from places like IKEA can be beautifully styled with colors, textures, and unique objects from your life. This is a great way to easily create a fresh new look without any remodeling.

entryway-before-after with blue wall

This bohemian modern entry seating bench with happy bright colored cushions and pillows also provides lots of storage space for shoes and other essentials. ( Apartment Therapy )

beautiful entryway-before-after with console table

8 . This DIY entryway is a great example of how to beautifully style a console table with timeless elements such as the farmhouse style mirror, apple blossoms in a mercury glass vase, and of course candles and baskets! (By Blissful Bee )

entryway after with shiplap wall

9 . Can you see why everyone loves shiplap wall? This stunning DIY entryway is so perfect with the horizontal wood plank wall, the console table and the unique mirror! You will also find Katie at Little House of Four decorating this entryway beautifully through the seasons.

10 . DIY entryway ideas using seating benches.

An entryway seating bench can be built in or free standing. Even a really simple little bench can add such an welcoming feel to an entryway. It is also great for small entryways.

white entryway bench with storage and green cushion

This low wall with an entryway seating bench creates such a cozy space quickly and easily. (BHG )

11. Entry bench ideas.

DIY entryway bench with stripe cushion and coat rack

A DIY entryway bench with hooks above to hang coats and bags can make the perfect small entryway. (Ana White )

12. Storage bench with hooks and baskets

stained wood entryway bench

This one piece DIY bench-hook entryway storage combo is also a great idea. (Shanty2Chic )

13. Entryway bench with oversized mirror

old dresser
light blue bench made from old dresser

Re-purpose an old dresser into entryway furniture, and a conversation piece that puts a smile on your face. (Weekend Country Girl )

14. Modern farmhouse entryway ideas

white farmhouse wood entryway bench

If you love farmhouse style DIY entryway ideas, here’s a beautiful inspiration: a bench and wall with lots of built-in spaces for art, flowers, decorations, mail sorting, shoes, and jackets! ( via Craftberry Bush)

15. Easy entryway shoe storage ideas

crates as entryway storage

Crates painted with happy colors become lovely floating shelves for shoe storage. (The Verden)

16. Entryway shoe storage tray

entryway shoe tray

All of us are guilty at some point for kicking our shoes everywhere when we enter our homes. This chic boot tray is a simple and great solution for an entryway. (Southern Revivals)

17. Easy DIY cardboard shoe rack

SUPER space saving and surprisingly sturdy DIY shoe rack using cardboard

17 . This cardboard shoe organizer is super space-saving and sturdy! (A Piece of Rainbow)

18 . Make an unique entryway coat rack.

diy faucet handle coat rack

A coat rack can double as a unique piece of wall decor. (A Piece of Rainbow)

19 . A quick door makeover with big impacts

plain white door

Many homes have generic looking doors that does not add any beauty to a space. A door makeover is actually a relatively easy DIY project.

paneled black door

This narrow entryway becomes much more attractive with a DIY door and wood paneling on the wall. (By  Jenna Sue )

20 . Make a small space feel larger.

small entryway before and after

Even a small space can have so much charm and potential. A simple bench with shoe rack, some wall hooks and artworks create a beautiful and functional small entryway that connects right into the living room.(Chatfield Court)

21 . A multi-function DIY entryway wall

blank wall before and after
new entryway wall with backpack storage and large family photo

Coming full circle, here is a super creative variation of the board and batten wainscoting (Number 1). I would so look forward to coming home and drawing the highlights of my day on those chalkboards! ( I’m Bat Mom)
Are you excited about all the possibilities? Imagine all the inspirations as we move through the entire home? More to come soon!
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Happy creating! See you next week!


  1. Wow! These are fabulous befores and afters! I love entryways but do not actually have a designated one. I think they will be so fun to decorate and create some kind of functionality!

  2. What a fun post! I love before and afters!!! It’s so amazing to see how it transforms!

    xo Ashley

  3. I love home makeovers! Apart from our first family home, when I was growing up our family moved around a lot so my parents would always be renting older houses and we would try to update each place we went to (as long as the landlords okayed it) by either painting the cabinets or walls or re-decorating. It was one of my favorite things to do and now that I have my own place, I get to choose how everything looks and it is heaven! All of these makeovers look great! 🙂

  4. DREAMING of having an entry way… My house is super tiny, so the front door just opens into the living room, but these all look SO amazing! Want!

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