before and after

Before & After: Sage’s Entryway Makeover

by Lauren Chorpening

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

Before & After: Sage's Entryway Makeover, Design*Sponge
Sage's entryway, before & after.
Before & After: Sage's Entryway Makeover, Design*Sponge
Sage's entryway, before. The amount of warm wood in the small space made the entry seem small and dark. Sage wanted it to be a bright, welcoming space.
Sage's entryway, after. Painting the banister white, bookshelf blue and decopauging fabric to the stairs lightened up the space and added a cohesive color palette.
Before & After: Sage's Entryway Makeover, Design*Sponge
Sage's entryway, after. Sage bookended the space with blue on either side of the hallway.
Before & After: Sage's Entryway Makeover, Design*Sponge
Sage's entryway, after. Sage kept the tops of the stairs untouched, the molding painted white and the walls painted a soft grey-blue, allowing the wood tone to be balanced.
Before & After: Sage's Entryway Makeover, Design*Sponge
Sage's entryway, after. Sage and Naomi built frames for art they found at a thrift store.

Suggested For You


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.