Thrifted Home Tour: The Entry, The Hall, The Laundry Room

11 Nov

For this part of the tour I am going to group three small areas together: the entry, the hallway, and the laundry room. They are works in progress and they could all do with a fresh coat of paint and new flooring. Let’s face it, when finances are tough the last thing you’re going to be worrying about is the paint color of your laundry room. I’m not promising this to be the most exciting installment of the Thrifted Home Tour, but everyone has these rooms in their house that you think of as The Before areas. You know, later you’ll invest in them and make them all cute, but right now they serve a purpose and you’ve made them as cute as you can, but let’s face it: these are, at best, my “Before” shots. I hope to Sweet Baby Jesus Picard that sooner or later I’ll be posting adorable thrifted “After” shots.

While these might not be the cutest rooms in the house, I do have a curiosity to see the way other people’s storage and utility areas function, so in a way I’m inviting you to rifle through my cabinets and peek into my closets.


The first thing you’ll notice about the entry is the tile floor courtesy of the 1980s. It’s pretty hideous. When we have enough money to replace the carpet I’d like to see if we can get rid of the tile, too.

We freshened up the look of the entry when we moved in by repainting the door white. That really did brighten up the space. (It was a very dingy off white color similar to the walls.) Ideally we’ll repaint the entry whatever color we decide on for the hallway since they are connected.


The beveled mirror is from the 1930s and was previously owned by my late Nana. I love it. Isobel loves it, too, and she shows her affection by coating it with a layer of fingerprints.

Below the mirror we have a small console table purchased at Ikea about five years ago. All the cats we’ve ever owned adore it both as perch and as bunk bed. It’s the perfect spot to hold keys and sunglasses (they live in the thrifted brass bowl) and is a useful spot to store things that need to leave the house with us lest we forget them.


The gold plastic dogwood wall hanging was thrifted and so was the wreath hanging on the door. I love the vintage mushroom and fruit basket that was picked up at an estate sale, and Isobel loves to play with it, too.

The photo on the table was my first Mother’s Day present from my MIL Olivia. When Isobel was a wee four weeks old she took her for her first photo session and I got to shower by myself. Heaven! I often glace at the photos of her as a newborn while on the way to work or to the store and I marvel at how much she’s grown. And I miss that little peanut that she was, but wow. Do I ever enjoy regular showers.

I really like that we have a window near the door because it lets in a lot of light. I’m a huge fan of natural light. But an exposed window like that is asking for trouble. When we first moved in I can’t tell you how often people would come to the door to sell us something and I would find them with their faces pressed to the glass looking in. Um, no thank you. It was awful. I scoured the internet for a solution and came upon some great window film via Not Martha. I ordered it, husband put it up, and we haven’t had a problem since. I have a lot of the film left over and was originally going to put it on the window above my sink, but that no longer appeals to me. I’m thinking I’ll offer it for a giveaway if anyone’s interested.

Many more window film shots


This is our hallway. It’s boring and in need of paint, new carpet, and framed photos.

(The cat may stay.)

Since Anthony has a new job the first project I’m attempting is to cover the hallway with framed photographs. I’ve already started putting together a collection of photos I want to add and now I’m researching frames.




Our dryer is also from the 1980s and although we’ve had a couple of scares it hasn’t crapped out on us yet. I keep a thrifted basket on top of the dryer to hold dirty rags. I don’t like throwing rags with cleaning chemicals onto my dirty clothes, so I keep them here and toss them in the wash at the last second.


The amber-colored vintage jar is for coins and other things my husband forgot to remove from his pockets before the wash. This might not be an issue for every household, but my husband is a champion at leaving things in his pockets.

This is The Bounty. I love it and want to hang it over the dryer. We got it at a yard sale for a dollar. It’s kind of beat up but that just means it’s authentic.

Here we have our storage shelves. Try not to swoon from all the glamor:

There you have it! The three most exciting rooms of the house.

This post is part V in my multi-part series called the Thrifted Home Tour. I am showing off different rooms of my house to display how thrifted items can be worked into the décor to be useful and inspiring items. Partially it’s because I’d love to promote my vintage Etsy shop, and partially because that’s just how I roll. You can find part I here, part II here and part III here and part IV here.


20 Responses to “Thrifted Home Tour: The Entry, The Hall, The Laundry Room”

  1. Elizabeth November 11, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Who makes that window film? It’s lovely! I’ve been looking for something for my kitchen windows that look directly into the next building’s apartments. Now that I realized my bf’s coworker lives next door I’m more awkward about random people staring into my kitchen when I stumble in at 5am looking for toast.

    • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

      I’ll see if I have it saved in my bookmarks somewhere. I remember the instructions were in Swedish.

  2. sarcasmically November 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    You have such a cute, cozy home. If cats didn’t hate me, I might invite myself to live with you. Also, are you cured of your comments-won’t-show-up illness yet?

    • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

      Nope. I have no idea what the problem is but it’s KILLING ME. I HAVE UNIMPORTANT THINGS I WANT TO SAY TO PEOPLE!

      • sarcasmically November 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

        IT IS KILLING ME TOO. You were my only commenter. Now I’m so rone-ry.

      • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

        I’m seriously having withdrawals from not being able to comment. I’m having to restrain myself from sending multiple rambling tweets to each person I want to comment to.

      • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

        Also I think this means I’m your most awesome commenter by default.


      • sarcasmically November 12, 2010 at 7:25 am #


  3. dingey November 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    As always, the incredible tidiness of your home freaks me out a little bit and makes me wonder at my phenomenal incapababilities…Sometimes I think that everything we own is covered with: 1. fur 2. dust 3. dirty laundry 4. Old mail that husband refuses to sort…..

    • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

      Oh trust me, the dirt and dust and cat fur are EVERYWHERE. I’m just one of those people who can’t abide clutter. I spend a significant amount of time getting rid of clutter and our budget’s been tight forever so the only time I get anything ‘new’ it’s thrifted. Believe me, most of the time our home is cluttered with a plastic toys.

  4. dingey November 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Hm… Or should that be “old male that the postman refuses to pick up”?

    • LittleBig November 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

      He needs the correct postage, Dingey, Duh.

  5. Windsor Grace November 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Because I just scrolled through to look at the pictures, I have no idea what this article is about. I gather it’s part of a tour of your home? But, the most important thing, fellow ZAFT member, is that these pictures make me hate you a little bit. Because I totally want that gold leafy flowery thing. It’s awesome. And you are an awesome thrifter and I suck at it.

  6. Bridget November 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    That window film makes me feel like anything is possible, if only I lived in Sweden.

  7. Mollie Katie February 3, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    I love the window film! We have a bathroom that needs to be gutted (water damage to the sheetrock around the shower anyway) and I saw some wallpaper that looks similar but it cost a fortune. If you have the details, I’d love to see about getting some of that window film for myself instead. The hideous lace curtains over the windows are also on my hit list.

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      I’m kicking past self for not bookmarking the site. It wasn’t in English, anyway.

      HOWEVER, do not lose hope. Go to Apartment Therapy. Search for “window film.” Be amazed.

  8. amyre May 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Lovely entryway, and way to organize! Do you think that the brass bowl might have originally be a chamber pot? I don’t know enough about them, but it has me curious and thought that you might know…

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you! No, the pot itself isn’t old enough to be an actual chamber pot, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was modeled after a real one.

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