How We Did an Affordable Foyer Makeover With Easy DIYs

Today, I'm going to show you the transformation I gave our foyer, so stay tuned.

As you might recall from another video, I wanted to show you our foyer makeover. We bought this house two years ago. It was built in the early 1990s. So, just like everyone else, we're taking things one step at a time.

Everything is finished in the foyer except for the floors. We haven't redone them yet.

Door and windows

Let me tell you about a few of the things we did. One was replacing the door with this glass inset door.

I wanted more light, but we also had clear glass sidelights. They drove both Scott and me crazy because anyone coming to the front door could see right in.

So, instead of spending a lot of money on replacements, I used a vinyl cling.

It was super easy, pretty cheap, and from a distance, you can't tell it wasn't all installed together. It's one of my favorites.


On each side of the door, I placed metal lanterns with moving flameless candles inside.

They run on a timer, turning on at the same time and turning off after four hours, creating a really neat ambiance in the foyer. I used two for symmetry.


Now, I have two windows in the foyer. I didn't want bulky drapes or a lot of color. I wanted something to soften the space. So, I had these white linen drapes made. We actually sell them in our store as quick-ship panels.

To give them a custom look, I bought this trim (you can see it on the end) and used fabric glue to attach it to the drape.

Light fixture

We put in a foyer light. Since my husband and sons are very tall, I needed a semi-flush mount. It was black iron. After a while, I thought there was too much iron going on. I wanted to incorporate an aged brass look.

So, I looked online to buy some, but then I realized I liked the fixture I had, I just wanted it to be a different color.

I bought something called Rub n Buff and for just a couple of dollars, I made the light fixture look like I found it in an antique store.


When we knew our offer on this house was accepted, we had a few months before moving in. The very first piece of furniture I knew I wanted was this foyer piece.

It's new but has an old look, just like something I might have inherited (but I didn't!). I love it.


The next thing we did was the shiplap. My husband did it during quarantine when we were bored. Let me show you a picture of what it looked like before.

We painted it white, but after looking at it for a while, I thought it lacked the wow factor compared to the rest of the house. I felt it needed color.

So, I played around with some different colors and this is the one I chose: Retreat by Sherwin Williams. Let me tell you, after we painted it flat (and it was night and day!), we love it.


Another project my husband did during quarantine was the two columns. They were round, and he squared them out, which fits our style much better.

All of the things I showed you were actually pretty inexpensive projects. From the vinyl on the front door to the drapery linen panels, everything was super affordable. Paint and shiplap are also great options for making big changes without breaking the bank.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.

For links to some of the products mentioned, check out the video description box here.

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  • Glenda Glenda on Jul 03, 2024
    Where can you purchase the vinyl cling you put on your smaller windows? I have the same and I have small curtains I use. I want to change to something else; what a great idea. thanks, glenda