A New Entry for Friends (+ an Ace Giveaway!)

Last week, we shared with you this DIY bench – but it wasn’t for us. Today (and a handful of working weekday nights later), we’re excited to share with you its new, finished home!


For the last year, you know that we’ve been happily working with Ace Hardware to complete projects around our home, and this year – for the eighth year in a row! – they were ranked ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retails Stores’; yeah, go, Ace!* To highlight this recent accolade, and because Ace is all about treating you like a neighbor (and not a number), we teamed up with our awesome sponsor and a $200 budget to help one of our neighbors.

This summer, our friends A and E moved not only into our neighborhood, but also within walking distance of our home – hooray! They have two pitties that rule their roost, which we maaay know a thing or two about. In fact, you might even know their furry kiddos, Miss M and Mr B, as well?

While they’ve been doing a fantastic (and honestly, stunning!) job of bringing their home up to speed, they mentioned that their front foyer wasn’t functioning as well as they’d like, and so began Operation Entryway for our two friends – ahem, even more so for their pups. It began as am empty beige box, a less-than-ideal glass paneled door, a bitty bench and no where to properly stash shoes and dog supplies (wet naps, dry towels, etc):


Scott and I brainstormed a few ways to give the space more life, and after running some ideas past A and E, they were sold on the idea of a decorative paneled wall. They had mentioned wanting to swap out the carpet tiles for something that would hide dirt a little better (they picked up these from CB2), and we gave them the task of finding a mirror they love (this one from Ikea). A new door was installed during the Operation, and a fresh paint job helped to really define the space! The color is Blue Cashmere from Valspar, which we love, love, love.


We shopped within their own home for artwork, and we kept the hidden tab hooks they already owned – for which we chose the complementary stain on the bench. In total, there are 10 hooks to hang jackets, leashes and doggie rain gear (obviously!), and we tucked a handful of baskets beneath the bench for shoes, towels and wet wipes for muddy paws.


While choosing photos and prints from their stash of art, we could not stop laughing at Miss M and Mr B’s glamour shots; truly, they are hilarious with just the right amount of quirk. (You know we love that! Every room need a good dose of quirk.)


Our $200 budget was used to purchase the supplies needed for the paneled wall, paint and bench, as well as a handful of behind-the-scenes necessities such as painter’s tape, drop cloths and trays.

We’ll be back later this week with an incredibly simple tutorial on the paneled wall, but for now, how about a bit of Ace cash for your own home projects? Together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $200 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader!  The giveaway runs through Friday, September 12th at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!

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*Disclaimer: Ace Hardware received the highest numerical score among retail stores in the proprietary J.D. Power 2007-­‐2014 Home Improvement Retail Store StudiesSM. 2014 study based on responses from 2,948 consumers measuring six stores and opinions of consumers who purchased a home improvement product or service within the previous 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed January-­‐March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.


We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. The adorable Miss M & Mr B are an added bonus.

199 replies on “A New Entry for Friends (+ an Ace Giveaway!)”

  1. Great job! I was pleasantly surprised to see your bench was for Miss M and Mr B! I follow their blog too. We are making industrial pantry shelves and $200 sure would come in handy!!

  2. I have two pitties and they are both in desperate need of remodeled sleeping quarters!

  3. i would buy paint to repaint the small 1/2 bathroom. Thank you!

  4. What a transformation! I am blown away by how much more spacious the entryway looks. I don’t know which of the features had the most impact – the scale of the bench? The color? The wall treatment? The gallery wall placement? Probably the perfect combo – bravo!

  5. I love that paint color! It’s different but I think it’s both traditional and modern — which is the best pick for a paint color. :) Also, that bench is AWESOME. I love the stain and the sturdiness of it.

  6. I’m always borrowing tools from friends so I would use it to invest in some tools of my own for home projects!

  7. We’re thinking about having a baby soon, so $200 would help out for the nursery!

  8. it seems we’re at our neighborhood ACE store every weekend as they are just 2 blocks from our home … so convenient when little surprises pop up around the home for a quick this or that. It would be great to have the 200 gift card to use in the next couple of weeks when we’ll be purchasing seed and fertilizer there for our yard which is most likely next on our “fix up” list.

  9. I would buy supplies to paint my kitchen cabinets white and redo the backsplash with new tile! We need to do some landscaping work in the backyard too… I’d stretch that $200 as far as possible!!

    Love the paint color y’all picked and the fur-baby glamour shots, hah!

  10. I love the entryway and I really love the cameo of Miss M and Mr. B! As soon as I read their names, I recognized them from Pitties in the City! I loooooved their blog and it was so helpful when we were training our pup! I like it when my blogs are friends!

  11. Yet another fabulous update from you guys! We’re just about to get our paint on with our almost finished basement and would love to have a $200 boost!

  12. I’d add bead board to my basement!

    P.S. Love that paint color!

  13. $200 would go a long way in our house renovation! We’ve got a few rooms that still need repainting, and some bathroom cabinet doors we’d like to refinish (instead of totally replacing them).

    Love the way you hung the art above the decorative panels. It reminds me of a museum. :)

  14. My husband and I just bought our first home and so every weekend is project after project. This would help so much.

  15. we are gearing up for a major kitchen overhaul. an extra $200 towards that would be awesome!

  16. I have been wanting to pick up some awesome outdoor chairs for our fire pit in our backyard. Would love to use this gift card for the chairs and a few other items we need to finish up our backyard makeover!

  17. The entry is beautiful! I would love to know where they got the top print above the hooks.

    We shop at Ace all the time, right now the next things on our shopping list are paint and brushes and holiday decorations. I love all the cute and quirky items our Ace carries!

  18. Paint. I love how easily it can be used to radically transform a space.

  19. I would use it toward the entry/mudroom area or the front porch area.

  20. I love it! We are currently in the process of revamping our house so $200 from Ace would help us tremendously!

  21. I would get a couple tools and some supplies to help me refinish my first furniture reissue and reupholstery project, a 1920’s sofa.

  22. I would start an update to my daughter’s room. She’s 2 going on 15.

  23. we’re getting ready to move again, and could really use this for any fixing-upping the new place will need. thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Looks awesome! Our entrance is right into our living room which makes it difficult to create entryway storage solutions but this was a great post for ideas.


  25. Ooh, that wall color is soooo pretty. And I love the cohesive look of painting the trim. I wish our entry was more a nook like this…

  26. Thanks again for making our entryway look amazing! We never realized that little nook of our home could be so functional AND so beautiful. It makes us so happy since it’s the first thing we see when we come home each day.

  27. Paint, paint and more paint! Or maybe save it up for the kitchen reno we’re planning :)

  28. Amazing what was accomplished with only $200 and a whole lot of imagination! Looks great!

  29. I would use the $200 gift card to buy anything my heart desired! I’d make that shopping trip last for hours!

  30. So amazing to see the transformation! I’m always looking for ways to make areas of the house more functional – and you’ve done an AMAZING job…
    Now if only we can do the same for our house, and our pitties…

  31. Ace is the closest hardware store to us so we visit it frequently with last minute needs and after unexpectedly purchasing a new roof at full price, I really need all the help I can get.

  32. I’d love to add a splash of color and an all season matt to my super cramped entry way.

  33. I love this entryway. It’s liveable, but also polished. I’m also a fan of Ace hardware. They really are the best. I drive by big box stores and other small hardware stores on my way to Ace. Worth it!

    I’d use the $200 for paint, paint, and some more paint. Hallway, bathroom, kitchen, and master bath are all awaiting their turn.

  34. I’m dying to do some painting and build a console table!! Fingers crossed!

  35. My home desperately needs some new wood trim on the exterior, as well as some weather proofing for the coming winter. The $200 would go a long way to help with those projects! Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. A DIY console table, and a desperately needed facelift for a grungy old fireplace!!!

  37. I am currently in the midst of my own little home refresh, so this would be fantastic! The entry looks fab, and Miss M and Mr. B are always lovely to see :)

  38. What a great giveaway! We moved into our home last summer, and have slowly been making it the home we always dreamed of. I would use the $200 to Ace to kick of a accent wall project I have planned for our master bedroom!

  39. I want to finish renovating my bathroom. I painted the walls fuchsia but I want black-and-white hex tiles on the floor and white subway tile on the shower surround. And maybe a hand-held showerhead to make bathing my own pittie easier!

  40. We just bought a major fixer upper (yikes!). I need a paint sprayer big time!

  41. I love the color choice and how you utilized the space. Awesome!

  42. That paint color is georgeous and I love the idea of the wall to wall carpet in such small space.

  43. What a beautiful paint color. :) Love it. I am curious about their choice of rug squares, though? I would think tile would be a much better option for such a high traffic area. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ah, great question! Their entire floor plan has brand new hardwood flooring, so the carpet squares (which are super tough and durable) are great for protecting the hardwood – especially during the rainy/snowy months here. I do think that a long term plan could include tile – nice tip!

  44. I would love love love to update my bathroom, especially the peeling paint and bad tile.

  45. I am getting married at the end of October. I am moving into my fiance’s home and I’m noticing we need ORGANIZATION. So my $200 would most likely be used to purchase bins/hangers and that kind of stuff!! Maybe I’d be practical and throw in couple of air filters :)

  46. What a great entryway. I love how the color blocking makes it its own “room!” What made them decide to change out the door? I kind of like all that light flooding in?

    I feel inspired. We have a non-entry entryway and a kooky layout, so this is getting my brain going!

  47. Our entryway is in need of a mini makeover as well. I know exactly what I’d like to do – and $200 from Ace would be JUST the thing to get me going!! We LOVE our local Ace!!

  48. I would use the money for some shelving. Recently downsized to a smaller home and need some shelving in the garage and basement to keep what we’ve kept neat and tidy.

  49. Wow what a great give-away! Thanks for doing this. I don’t know where I’d use the money, paint for my entry? Outdoor furniture? The options are endless!

  50. We would use $200 in our hallway too! We need some additional storage and a new color for sure! This is such an amazing transformation!!! Inspiring me to make changes to our space and for our pup :-)

  51. To update our foyer or laundry room! Two years into owning our house they are the only two rooms we haven’t touched, and they’re driving me crazy!

  52. Looks great! I need to update our kitchen cabinets with paint, hardware, and more organization!

  53. Hmm, my entry area needs a little help as well. A bench and some storage would really help with the tripping hazard that is all of my various shoes, sandals and boots. For one person, I have a lot of footwear!

  54. i would finish up my washroom. It would either go to help with flooring, or shelving and window treatments.

  55. Ah so funny to see worlds collide! We are up to our necks in home improvement, but I would really love to get a couple of upgraded tools to make every job easier and safer!

  56. Whoops, posted that last comment with the wrong website!

    The entry way looks great! The Mr. and I have two pups of our own (who coincidentally run our lives as well!) and we are trying to figure out how to best use the space we have in our new house to conceal, yet keep convenient, all of our dog walking supplies. Would you just take a trip up to Maine and help us? :)

  57. I want to do a similar paneling project in my entryway, so I’m excited for a simple tutorial!

  58. Love love love this! It’s got me even more motivated to re-do our entryway/landing area.

  59. My husband and I would finally finish our kitchen back splash (we still need to grout it) and shower window needs to be finished off with tile. And my husband loves creating pieces of art from old materials, so I’m sure he’ll need supplies for that.

  60. I would use the $200 gift card to buy a paint sprayer. My wife and I have a list of things (including cabinets and doors) that need painted.

  61. It would be added to a boatload of additional funds to remodel our kitchen!

  62. Wow the entryway is so gorgeous!! Love the glamour shots of Ms M and Mr B. They always crack me up!
    Would love to win this gift card for a front porch makeover (new paint, etc).

  63. We’re saving up for a major bathroom reno, but honestly, I don’t see that in the foreseeable future. With the $200, I would love to repaint our front room and get a corner floor lamp to brighten the space. Thanks!

  64. I am dying to demo the old drop-down box light fixture in our kitchen! I want to convert the existing fluorescents inside that box to three flush-mount light fixtures. I know Ace could help with that!

  65. How high are those ceilings? I love the literal color definition!

  66. I love the color in the entry — it’s an unexpected choice, but a good one. All the different elements work really well together, but I’m especially a fan of the paneled wall. It really transforms the space! For myself, I’d love to repaint my room, and in order to do that I’m going to need to do a LOT of wall patching (the previous tenants were not kind to the walls, alas) and sanding.

  67. You guys did a great job on the entry! I especially love the bench and the doggie pictures!

  68. We are currently overhauling our bathroom – so it would probably go to new tile :)

  69. What a beautiful color! I love our local Ace & shop there often, the customer service is tops!

  70. We just bought a house less than a year ago and there are a bunch of small projects we’d like to tackle, including little updates in the bathrooms. Or we’d just get a leaf blower. There are a lot of trees. :)

  71. How cute are those 2 pitties? I am in love with my friend’s love bug pittie, he is scared of 2 tiny doxies, mine and my daughter’s yet he is so sweet to them. Ahem….back to the entry, it is just gorgeous! You have such an eye! I would love to use Ace to help build a slender console table to go behind our behemoth sectional sofa so my hubby has a place for his piles other than our sofa cushions in our pitiful rental (life changes, so we became renters saving for our next home mortgage free. It’s a struggle, but it’s our choice to have this struggle!). Great job on the redesign!

  72. $200 would make a serious dent in the price of lumber that I’m trying to get my boyfriend to build… I already supplied him with the Kreg Jig. Materials are next!

  73. Looking forward to using the $200 Gusti card on our bathroom!

  74. We’re in the purge & pack stage of getting ready to sell our house. This would help with all the little things that will need fixing so the house shows well. Like patching the garage ceiling from a foot that came through from the attic – oops! And probably lots of painting.

  75. I would buy the living room paint that our landlord is too cheap to buy, even though our living room is a filthy white that was half-repainted before we moved in – you can see the roller lines where they stopped in the middle of the ceiling!

  76. I would buy new paint for all the accent walls I am painting in my house! Love your blog and all your ideas, such an inspiration.

  77. I love my local Ace Hardware. So much better service than the big box stores. I pay a little more for some supplies but supporting a family-owned business and being able to get help with my issues makes it so worth it!

  78. My entry is pretty bare. I could totally use an Ace card. I’m thinking about faking board and batten.

  79. Moving into an fixer-upper and I need every little bit of help I can get on the many project ahead. The yard and patio need a lot of love!!

  80. Our master bedroom is in need of some love. It’s the only room we haven’t touched since moving in over 2 years ago. I’d get paint, materials to build an upholstered headboard (I already have the fabric!), and maybe finally hang the curtains.

  81. I would love to spruce up my new apartment with a fresh coat of paint!

  82. I would use the gift card to buy paint for an accent wall in my bedroom and finish my baseboards!

  83. Currently working on updating the paint in all the bathrooms, this would be a great help! Thanks

  84. You should do a little blog tour of their home too :)

    As far as how I would use $200 to update our home goes, I think I would make a start on our still-70s style bedroom closet.

  85. I would use it to get a mini kreg jig, and make a redwood bench longer for the front porch, adding pots and plants.

  86. I would really like to update my master bathroom and would use the $200 to start that.

  87. I would use it on organizational products. My fiance and I started our own business this year and our house is overrun by supplies – we could really use some better organization to allow us to shut off the business sometimes.

  88. We are remodeling our bathroom and this would be a HUGE help!

  89. My most recent home projects are organizing the garage and home office.

  90. Both of my kids rooms are over due for a new look! Would love to put a fresh coat of paint on them.

  91. I would use the gift card to purchase supplies to build (or rather get my husband too) industrial book cases in our living room.

  92. Might build another bookcase or if there is no expiration on the gift card I might save it for after we buy a house. I don’t have to tell you how useful it would be then.

  93. I just bought my first home (as a single woman), and there are so many projects on my to do list. One of them includes redoing the landscaping in the front. I need a shovel, and hoe, and a new hose, and…… Ace! Come to my rescue!

  94. I would probably use it to help winterproof my house. My door has huge leaks all the way around it that let in the cold air in the winter, and one of my windows does too.

  95. We need to re-do our mater bathroom floor, and I’d love to do in in vintage-style tiles.

  96. Wow, the change is amazing! Great job. Now when you visit Raleigh area, let me know and I’ll cook you some authentic Mexican and Cuban food (if you like that) and you can help me with a project or two :)

    If I’d won the $200, I would use it to buy what I need to refurbish a free dresser that Carlos and I picked from a around the our block.

  97. We just bought a house built in 1835 and there are SO many projects and rooms that would benefit from an Ace Hardware win!

  98. Since we moved into our new house three months ago, we’ve already become regulars at our local Ace Hardware. $200 could buy us paint for our guest room, new shelving for the nursery closet, and maybe that dremel rotary tool I’ve been eyeing (just because it seems like it will come in handy now that I’m a homeowner!).

  99. I would use it for paint.
    $200 should be enough to get paint for the kitchen and the bathroom!

  100. Love the selfie in the mirror! I’d love to use the $200 towards redoing my son’s bedroom, I”m making him a new bunk bed and painting his room with camo colors.

  101. I would get paint! We just moved to a new house, and it needs some new colors!

  102. I love the emphasis on the verticality of the entry area created with the transom, the trim, and hanging the art work high!

  103. I’d love to use the $200 on supplies to get our garage nice and organized.

  104. We could put $200 to good use converting our guest room to a nursery! (I’d also like to replicate your bench for our entry & get my hands on that paint color for our bedroom.)

  105. I would most definitely use the gift card to buy my hubby some new tools!

  106. If we were the lucky recipients of the $200 Ace Hardware Gift Card, we would spend it on sanding & refinishing our dining room table and chairs along with adding a couple of new tools to our bag, as some desperately need to be replaced.

  107. I’d love to see the rest of their house! It looks like they have great style.

    I’d use a $200 gift card to finish all those half-done project my husband has started.

  108. I’d put it towards some power tools that we really need for our new house


  109. Love the color you used! and the gallery wall with the mirror. I would use the gift card to get some hardware for my kitchen cabinets and would love to see if Ace carries metal roll out shelf drawer things so I could roll the dog food container out of my lower cabinets rather than dragging it out twice a day!

  110. Love the color! The B&B adds just the right amount of “special” to the space!

  111. We just moved to a new house and the entry way both front and back are severely lacking- I’d use this post as a guide to update my own- love that custom panel wall!

  112. Great job! The paint color and artwork really livened up the space. And I have your bench tutorial pinned for later use.

    I would put the gift card towards paint for our kitchen cabinets.

  113. Can i share the $200 with my mom and dad? they have a laundry room/mudroom/entryway space that i am dying to makeover. i’d like to add more closed storage, add some interest to the walls (love the faux panel!), and maybe, just maybe, put in a pocket door so it could be closed off from their kitchen.

  114. Our kitchen and living room really need fresh paint. We also need to replace all of our interior doorknobs before our daughter learns to stand! (Really, why would the previous owners set it up so she could lock herself in the basement?)

  115. Love the color of the entry and I LOVE the dogs pictures! We have an ACE right around the corner from my house. I’ll definitely have to check them out.

  116. My first visit to your blog was today but so enjoying what I see so far. Sure could use that Ace gift card for my own makeover projects.

  117. Our house is over 150 years old and there are so many things to be re-done! Top on my list is a back porch renovation, drywalling a bedroom and getting an energy efficient and safe heating system. (Pretty sure the one we have is 80+ years old.) My husband would probably vote for shingles for the barn roof.

  118. Love the new look! I like the paneling painted the same color as the wall VS the traditional white

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