Before & After: Sage’s Entryway Makeover

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Changes to a small space can be tedious, but also well worth it. When Sage Ruth moved into her new home in the greater Boston area last fall, she knew she wanted to brighten up the front hallway and that it would take a lot of steps. The walls were stark white and the banister, stairs, flooring, paneling and built-ins were all variations of light, yellow wood. Sage started by painting the walls, trim and doors. She  removed the doors off of the pantry at the end of the hall to create open shelving. I love the great use of pattern on the stairs, where Sage applied fabric to the stair risers with decoupage to save money (and work) on wallpaper. The last projects involved replacing the light fixtures and styling the space. After all is said and done, Sage has completely changed the feeling of this area. I love how color, white and wood are used in this entryway — it’s so cheery and welcoming. —Lauren

Photography by Sage Ruth

  1. Thank you so much for the feature! How exciting!

  2. Melissa says:

    Love the design on the riser! So bright and cheerful now! Great job Sage!

  3. Tamanna says:

    What is the grey-blue color on the walls by the stairs? Our floors are about the same color and I’ve been trying to figure out a nice soft grey that might work on our stairs….

    1. Hi Tamanna — The wall color is “Moonshine” by Benjamin Moore. It definitely reads bluer in some lights and grayer in others, so be sure to test it out in your lighting first!

  4. Kelsey Moore says:

    Any information on how to apply fabric to the stair risers? I love this look. I’ve seen some beautiful risers with tile, but that’s a huge commitment and expense, and this is a great alternative.

    1. Thanks Kelsey! You can see the whole process I used to do the stair risers at my blog, here: My method was more permanent (mod podge), but if you wanted something temporary I think starch could work well!

  5. nena says:

    Perfect idea for my front hallway, just like I wanted to miraculously enlarge the small space I have, and with brightening up the colors of the walls, door and the wood area I think I can get the same result… great job

  6. Jack Batts says:

    Great work you did there, it looks awesome. I am thinking of doing something similar.
    Thanks for the idea!

  7. Absolutely fantastic! What a marvelous job. Love the bright and light color, the fab pattern and I am now dying to try decoupage. I have no stairs but am sure I can figure something out. I’m thinking some old tables could be fun to try….good luck and thanks!


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