Entryway Makeover

Navy Blue Entryway

When we bought our house last year, we had all these grand plans to redo every room and install all kinds of fancy things… including a new bannister. Because we live in a split-level, the first thing that you see when you walk into our home is a staircase. Not chic. The bannister was dated and ugly, and I wanted to replace it with a super expensive new, more modern one. Unfortunately, after all the other changes we’ve made, it was out of budget so I had to find a way to update the space in an affordable way.

After attending a DIY course with Amy Howard and ACE Hardware, a brilliant idea popped into my head. I had seen a navy lacquer bannister at the Serena & Lily store in Westport, and wanted to emulate that look for less. The total cost of this transformation was under $400 (broken down below).

As you can see in the “before” photos, the landing was empty, and there was a whole lot of brown… aka my worst nightmare. Now it’s inviting, bright, and so much better thanks to a few easy DIY projects! The best part? All of the tools for this project can be found at your local Ace.

We started by painting all of the brown portions of the bannister with Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in American Dream. It couldn’t have been easier, and that’s coming from someone who is fairly new to DIY. It took one round of light sanding with a 400 grit sandpaper and two coats of paint. When it dried, we sprayed it with Amy Howard at Home Bright Idea Furniture Lacquer to get the beautiful shiny finish I was looking for.

Once it was done, I had the idea to add a side table to hold things like keys, gloves, and the dog’s leash. I picked up the one you see here at Home Goods for $100 and used the same steps to paint it. It was originally a cream color, which we left on the piping of the drawers and doors.

We spray painted the hardware gold (originally silver) with Amy Howard Gold Egg Furniture Lacquer. I love how it turned out.

The last step was to add a durable rug that I could easily wash, as it’s bound to get dirty in its highly-trafficked location. The rug adds a lot of warmth to the previously bare and cold looking space.

Now when people come over, I’m excited for their first impression of our home. This change has made such a difference!

Here is the breakdown of cost for this project:

One Step Paint, 1x bottle (and we still had some leftover!): $15.99
Bright Idea Furniture Lacquer, 1x can: $14.99
Paint brush: $5.99
Table with drawers: $100
Gold Egg Furniture Lacquer: $59.96
Rug: $192

Total: $389. So impressive, right?

DIY Split Level Entryway

Ginger Jars

Navy Lacquer Bannister

DIY Entryway Table

Ginger Jar Table

Entryway Chandelier

Collection of Ginger Jars

Split Level Staircase

Thank you to ACE Hardware for sponsoring this post.

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  1. sarah said:

    Stunning! You did an amazing job. Love the colors. Where is your white table from?

    11.29.16 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      The white table is from Society Social. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home.

      11.29.16 · Reply
  2. Tracy Schwartz said:

    Love the pop of color Blue! And that chandelier is gorgeous! Great job, Julia!

    11.29.16 · Reply
  3. Ashley said:

    Wow, this looks fantastic! I’m very impressed by your DIY skills! Can you share how you painted the top balustrade that is resting very near the wall (visible in the third picture)? How did you get the paint on the back side without ruining your white walls?

    11.29.16 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Great question! I held up a piece of cardboard behind it when I sprayed the lacquer. For the actual paint, I was just super careful. I hope that helps!

      11.29.16 · Reply
  4. CelebratingthisLife said:

    What a transformation! I’ve never thought about a navy railing…you’ve got the wheels turning in my head! xx Rox-Anne, Celebratingthislife.ca

    11.29.16 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Do it! It looks so fun in person 🙂

      11.29.16 · Reply
  5. Elizabeth Rogers said:

    Wow! Love this look, absolutely gorgeous! Only wish my entry way looked this good!

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  6. Kiki said:

    This particular color is one I have associated with your blog for quite some time. Everything about this space feels so “you.” (:

    11.29.16 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Aww thanks so much, Kiki! So happy with how it turned out.

      11.29.16 · Reply
  7. Lauren Schully said:

    Love the blue! And I am so impressed that you did this on that budget!!
    xo Lauren

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  8. Wendy said:

    Gorgeous! Now you need to replace those hinges. Super cheap anywhere.

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  9. Ginna said:

    Love love LOVE this!!! So happy and welcoming and very LS!

    11.29.16 · Reply
  10. Rosa Fairfield said:

    I adore that bright shade of blue, this looks so beautiful.


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  11. splash of preppy said:

    Looks beautiful! Y’all did a great job!
    xo elle // https://splashofpreppy.com

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  12. Virginia Merati said:

    Absolutely adorable! And how great is finding that cute little side table for $100 at Home Goods? You did a great job with your makeovers!

    11.29.16 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Thank you so much, Virginia!

      11.29.16 · Reply
  13. Melissa said:

    That’s an amazing makeover. Loving the blue.

    11.29.16 · Reply
  14. Kelly Golightly said:

    GORGEOUS makeover! Makes me wish I had a banister to paint.

    11.29.16 · Reply
  15. Paola Blanc said:

    Great job Julia

    11.30.16 · Reply
  16. Sarah L said:

    love this! where are the cute little plants from?

    12.1.16 · Reply
  17. Katie said:

    Your entryway is SO cute, Julia! I seriously love the color the banister, so fun and unique!


    12.3.16 · Reply
  18. Laura said:

    Love this!!! Would you share your source for the print?

    7.7.18 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks Laura! It’s a Gray Malin print.

      7.8.18 · Reply