Entryway Cabinetry Reveal

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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:

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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.

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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 and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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:

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Here is how it looked without the new custom cabinetry:

Entryway After Renovation - Entryway Ideas #entryway #foyer #decor #decorating #style #renovation

And here’s how it looks now:

Entryway Cabinetry and Bench Reveal - Farrow and Ball Pigeon #entryway #cabinets #cabinetry #entrywaybench #custom

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!

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  1. I loved the blue and was hoping you’d keep it, but the beautiful new Cabinetry does look better with your new wall color choice. It also transitions beautifully into the kitchen and living room. Well done. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  2. Michael,
    The new cabinets are gorgeous and the thoughtfulness of that outlet was so smart! I love you choice of colors. I also adored the navy at the time but this is so calming. The first thing you see when entering your space will be welcoming and I know as the holidays approach, these colors will lend towards your decorating flair. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
    Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  3. I am in love with those new cabinets and the hardware! I think the color and finish are stunning. I think it is a wise choice to paint the navy-although it is a beautiful color, the cabinets benefit from something more neutral to make them shine. I love the wallpaper idea, too. In any case, paint is easy to change, so if you get tired of the wall color, it is an easy swap. Love all of the changes you are making! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It’s perfect Michael! I love the color, the style and the brass hardware! And I like the navy blue but I understand what you are talking about when you talk about changing it. To me – I think the issue is that the cabinet should be the focal point in the room but the navy is bold and also a focal point. So maybe the wall color should take a back seat and let the cabinetry shine. I know you will ‘pick’ at the room until it suits you – that’s what’s so much fun about watching you transform your home!
    I think it was brilliant to change out a standard closet and add that fabulous cabinet and bench.

  5. I LOVE the new color you chose! And the cabinetry is beautiful . . I would never think to make an improvement like that which makes me think you are a genius! And the outlet in the closet!! REALLY genius! The shot from the foyer into your spectacular kitchen . . . makes me drool 🙂

  6. I have followed you for quite awhile and have admired everything you have done until this post. I personally don’t care for the unpolished brass hardware you selected on your entry cabinets. I would prefer something more subtle in a pewter finish. To me, the hardware detracts from the beautiful cabinetry. I know you have a good reason for selecting what you have used. Just saying…

    1. I’m a huge fan of unlacquered brass and think that it makes a lovely addition to my cabinetry. That’s the great thing about design, we can all choose to do what we love for our homes. We can only hope that people are kind enough to appreciate that and not feel the need to tell us “we did it wrong.”

      It’s also worth mentioning that over time unlacquered brass get’s a beautiful dull patina. So while the hardware is bright and shiny now, eventually it dull and be full of beautiful character.

      xo Michael

  7. LOVE…the updated entry! I would not have thought to add a shelf and pegs in this space…it’s absolutely perfect! Look forward to seeing your fall touches for this space.