Have you ever dreamed of having a big, open entry like one of these?
Okay, that’s a little too fancy for us, but the the idea of a large, open entry is pretty awesome. When we bought our house, our entry looked like this:
When you walk in the front door, you stared straight at the stairs and there were huge closets on both sides of the entry, leaving a more narrow walkway. And inside each closet were permanently locked doors leading to other rooms – one to the office and the other to the guest bathroom.
Here is a diagram to make a little more sense of the space (yes, I sketch old school style):
When we bought the house, we thought this entry was HUGE considering the entry in our old house was more like a tiny closet you shimmied through on the way to the living room. Originally, the idea of two huge closets was thrilling – just think, we could hide multiple strollers in those things (check), construction tools (check), watering can (check), reusable shopping bags (check), coats for all seasons (check), spare beverages (check), pack-n-play (check), junk (check, check, CHECK)!
So we tried to live with the space by tearing out the carpet, painting all the trim and doors white, painting the walls taupe, and updating the existing sconces.
As we lived in the house we realized while we had some stuff in the closets, they were will mostly empty and the stuff in them could easily go elsewhere. So we decided to go for the big, open vision for the space a la this awesome diagram (or see photo at top, for true inspiration):
No more closets! But first we had to tear down shelves, old lath and plaster, and drywall.
The biggest surprise in removing the closet walls was finding an old, unused, galvanized plumbing pipe in the middle of a wall, which looks suspiciously like a stripper pole. No, I did not try it out.
So, riding high on a sketched out vision is how we ended up with an open entry, a couple of weird locked doors, dangling electrical wires, and random wall damage.
Next up: figuring out the doors, repairing the walls, painting, adding lighting, building in new storage, and getting a new front door. Oh, and definitely a round entry table, too.
Anyone else willing to get rid of a ton of storage for the dream of an open entry? Or perhaps finding something crazy (such as a pipe/stripper pole) in your walls?