Today I’m excited to share the new custom cabinetry and bench in my entryway. What once was a basic, stud-and-drywall closet is now a custom cabinet with lots of intentional storage, a bench seat, and a decorative peg-rail shelf.
Friends, it’s a special day at my place. This entryway cabinetry reveal has been a year in the making. You might remember that last year during the kitchen renovation we ripped out my existing entryway closet. Despite not having money to replace the closet, I wanted to put in new flooring in the entire entry. Flash forward about a year and six months: I now have a whole new entryway!
Let me show you around.
Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal:
Isn’t the cabinetry beautiful? I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. The color, style, and details are exactly what I wanted.
As I mentioned when I shared the design for this cabinetry, I worked with a local cabinet maker, Drury Cabinetry. (I highly recommend them if you’re local to Pittsburgh.) They did a fabulous job!. The unit was designed and built at their workshop and then installed in my home.
Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Details:
The color is Pigeon by Farrow & Ball. It’s one of those chameleon colors in that it changes depending on the light. Sometimes it’s green; other times it’s gray. It’s truly a beautiful color.
I chose many of the details like the peg rail, shelf brackets, and beadboard to coordinate with the details of the cabinets in my kitchen and butler’s pantry. The style of the cabinet doors is also similar, but to keep things interesting, it’s not identical.
I opted for hardware in unlacquered brass. The pulls on the drawers below the bench are the same pulls I have in my kitchen, just a different finish. You can find those here. I used another pull in a different style but the same finish for the doors. You will find those here. And I also swapped out the light switch plate for a brass one. You can find that here.
Inside the closet, there is plenty of functional storage. When the original closet was removed, I asked my electrician to add an outlet in this space, knowing that I’d eventually install cabinetry.
I wanted an outlet here because this is where I store a cordless vacuum. The outlet allows the vacuum to charge while it’s in the cabinet. There is also a bar for hanging coats and additional shelves for holding other things.
As I mentioned when I shared the design plan for this cabinetry, I was hoping that the cabinetry color (which I’m obsessed with) and the navy blue walls would play nicely together. Well, now that the cabinets are in, I think the navy needs to go. Although I don’t think the combination is downright terrible (it looks better in the photos then in real life), I’m just not crazy about it, and I think I can do better.
After lots of researching and testing paint, I finally landed on Shaded White from Farrow & Ball. This is a surprising choice for me because I’m not a big fan of beige. However, as stated on the Farrow & Ball website, this color is “a light grey beige … not too warm nor too cool.” I think that’s a beige I can get on board with.
I also think the Shaded White looks lovely with the cabinetry color. I tested in on a section of the wall, and even though I didn’t cut in all the edges (and it will need a second coat), here’s how it’s going to look.
I think it’s an improvement. I may eventually wallpaper the top section of the wall, but I’m just not ready to dive into that right now. In the meantime, this feels like good middle ground.
As much as I loved the navy color, I did find it a bit dark and somewhat limiting. During the fall and at Christmas, the navy was challenging for my seasonal decorating. While I made it work (you can see here), I think a more neutral palette will help things flow together more seamlessly. But we shall see, Goodness knows, I may be changing it in another couple of months.
Right now I’m going to get this entryway painted and then decorated for fall! I’m currently on the hunt for a cushion for the bench. I’m also going to add a few decorations to the shelf and peg rail. I may even make some other decorative changes to the rest of the space.
I’ll be sure to share all of that with you as it comes together.
Entryway Cabinetry Before & After:
And in case you’re wondering (because everyone loves a good before and after), here is how the entryway looked when I first moved in:
Here is how it looked without the new custom cabinetry:
And here’s how it looks now:
That’s it for today. What do you think of my new entryway cabinetry and bench? Do you agree with me on the wall color?
Be sure to check back soon. Next week I’m going to show you the design plan for the upcoming custom cabinetry install in my living room. It includes updating the fireplace surround and bookcases. Stay tuned!
- Current Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No. 281 (Estate Emulsion)
- Proposed Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Shaded White No. 201 (Estate Emulsion)
- Cabinets Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Pigeon No. 25 (Custom match and finish by cabinet maker)
- Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006 (ProClassic Semi-Gloss Finish)
- Drawer Pulls: Mission Bin Pull – 4 inch in Unlacquered Brass
- Cabinet Pulls: Large Mission Drawer Pull – 4 inch in Unlacquered Brass
- Wall Plate: Toggle Switch Wall Plate in Polished Brass
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