Summer Back Entry

I think I can consider the back entryway finished for this year.
This is how it looked when we returned from South Carolina mid-April.
(The white on the door is wainscoting, where I replaced the previous owner’s dogie door two years ago.)
Here is my mini-makeover.
You may have seen my insulator coat rack tutorial.
When I posted the tutorial, and showed the picture below, I had many questions about the color of the door.
The truth is, the color is actually from the previous owners (probably a late 80’s teal thing.)  I had to paint the wainscoting and didn’t have the exact color, so I mixed craft paint from Walmart until I had a color that was VERY close. It was just the slightest bit different, so to blend it all together, I varnished the door with Prevential stain from Minwax and quickly wiped most of it off.
I like how it turned out.
Next, I posted about my Summer Cheater’s Pillows.  They work in this space. They are not over-the-top awesome, but I had all the supplies on hand, so they were basically free, and free is awesome.
The chairs were from a sale at Ace Hardware. The table was $1 at a yard sale. I just added a little paint.
This year I added some height to my planters, by simply using the other $1 yard sale table. Both the large metal planter and the black canning pot were given to me by a friend going through her mother’s garage, and the red lantern was a yard sale find that I sprayed red.
The star was from a craft store with a 40% off coupon. I spray painted it and the lantern to match the geraniums.  I can’t even remember where the red planters are from.
…and since someone did ask about the rug, it is from Lowes, $3 clearance!  The iron wall decor was from a family friend who didn’t want it anymore. I think they used to be hangers of some sort. I sprayed them black and turned them sideways.
Done for this year (or so I think). Next year I’d like to add something to the star. Maybe boards behind it? And that light needs to go!


  1. Katie that looks so inviting! I love it all and i really love those plant tables! Great job!

  2. Really cute – well done!

  3. It looks so cozy & inviting. I love the “pops” of red!

  4. I love this! The pops of red are great!

  5. Fantastic!! Now you’ve inspired me to redo my back entry!

  6. Such a fun update, Katie! All the better that it’s budget friendly! 🙂

  7. How you pull things together is just awesome. I love it all and it amazes me how you get such a great look on a budget. So many blogs are just money spent willy-nilly but the real creativity is creating something beautiful with what you’ve got or can get on the cheap! Now that takes talent! Another great look and projects! You go girl!

  8. Everything looks fabulous! I love the colors you chose and the insulator coat rack is so cool. Love that you have no fear of color and you definitely know how to put a room together!

  9. OK- Katie- How do you just pull it all together?? I am Loving this- and It’s really getting me to think that I need to Do a little something something with my Entry way!!!!! haha! I love the colors you choose, the plants- it’s all just really Perfect together- flows awesome! Great Job Lady!

  10. Katie- Your porch and entry way looks SOOO nice. I love it. The plants are wonderful and I love the insulator board for hanging things. You did a wonderful job. I love it-no-did I tell you I LOVE IT? xo Diana

  11. Beautiful work!

  12. That’s beautiful! I love your color choices and totally would want to enjoy summer evenings out there!

  13. Lovely! Thank you for sharing the fun. Visiting from the COUNTRY MAMMA COOKS LINK UP 🙂

  14. That is a such an inviting space – I love pops of red you used to match the geraniums… great job!

  15. I love, love, love it!! You did such a great job, it looks very inviting and very, very pretty!

  16. Your updated entry look amazing. ;o)

  17. What a beautiful back entry redo! I love how the door turned out, all the little pops of red, and that insulator hanger! I recently gave my back deck a redo… come on over and check it out if you’re interested!


  18. I LOVE it. You put a lot of work into that! Enjoy.

  19. VERY VERY cute! I would love to come sit there and relax for awhile! Great job!

  20. Everything looks so cohesive and the pops of red go so well with your fabulous door and insulators! Thanks to you I was on the lookout for a canning pot at garage sales today 🙂

  21. This looks great! I absolutely LOVE that insulator coat rack! Wherever did you get the idea for that?

  22. Very cute and I love that rug!

  23. Katie! What a wonderful makeover! It looks beautiful and you must smile everytime you go out that door! Love the pops of red! Happy Sunday! Angie xo

  24. I love the touches of red.. and the great tiny budget! Fab!

  25. What an adorable and inviting space to come home to! I love the wall rack and the door is so pretty! Visiting from Creative Me!

  26. I love your space. It’s so sweet. I love the red lantern as well.

  27. What a welcoming spot! Thanks for sharing….

  28. This is a porch I could relax for a long time. I love the colors.

    It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

  29. I love all the red, and the turquoise door, and the canning pot, and the star….ok I pretty much love it all! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Love your door and the pops of red that you have there, really a welcoming place! Found you on met monday and I followed you on Linky Followers, GFC is not showing up so I’ll do that when i come back:)


  31. What a cute entry!

  32. Oh my gosh! This looks great- but I am dying over that insulator coat rack!! SO stinkin awesome!!
    xo Becca

  33. Charming summer area you have here…cute rug. Thanks for sharing at my NTT party.


  34. Very Cute Back Porch! Just love the insulators! We use insulators at Christmas time with lights underneath along the walk way. Love them hanging on the side of the house like this! Cute Cute!
    Thanks for your ideas,

  35. This all looks great! Found you through Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays. thanks for sharing your back entry and thanks for showing us all the great bargains you used. I love that! Blessings!

  36. You’ve really done a good work! Bravo! I want to have a tea there.

    I’m a new follower from the creative me linky 😉

  37. Awesome pillows, these look great! I”m a new follower, feel free to follow back to check out my blog at

  38. From the before picture, I’d call this a maxi makeover instead of mini. Great job! I enJOY red accents as well.

  39. What a lovely spot you have created for family and friends.

  40. This is very pretty and eye appealing! I love the blue shade of the door and the red touches. Wish my front looked as great as your back!

  41. wow!! loved how this turned out. you did a fantastic job

    now your newest follower!!

  42. Very great work! Love all of the unique handcrafted accents! My back entry is on the ever-so-long list…

  43. Your space looks great. I love how the red really greats you with a smile. We enter our house through the side door and I have never given it any attention. I will now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Great Job! I love the red star and the insulator coat rack!

  45. Featuring you again…because, seriously, girl, you are toooooo talanted!

  46. Looks great! I really love the insulator coat rack and the color of your door. Sooooo inviting!

  47. It is beautiful. I love the big planter and how you gained height. I have been looking for a tub like that for awhile.

  48. I love this, it all looks so fresh and inviting

  49. The outside of your home looks as gorgeous as the inside.

  50. It is beautiful and welcoming. You did a great transformation…Connie

  51. Bloggy Olympics medal goes to you!! Stop by Hating Martha. It’s easier then telling you :).

  52. I LOVE the colors! It looks so cool and inviting for the summer. Beautiful!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

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  54. This looks very lovely!! I love all the red you brought into it!! I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. I’m pinning this!!

  55. Katie –
    Your entry looks so welcoming and charming – love it! The pops of color look just great!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  56. How lovely! I could see sitting out there with a cold drink on a warm night! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  57. gahhhh! I love everything about your back entry way! I love the colors you chose and the various textures and elements. Thank you for linking up last week to Sew Woodsy. I will be featuring your entry way tomorrow during our weekly link party!

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  59. I know I have commented on this before, but I can’t find it! I love the red and turquoise together and the matching table bases. Those backdoor concrete areas can get really cluttered with junk – have you been able to keep it this nice so far this summer? If so, please tell me your secret!

  60. Excellent before and after, thank you for linking it to the party. You know how I feel about those insulators turned coat rack. Actually all of blog land loves it, not just me!


  61. It’s really summer time in your country. You have a nice background for summer. I absolutely loving the place. 🙂

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  62. Teri Mire says:

    Another question what is house color by Blue door?

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