It was love at first sight for Susie and Mitch Kuc when they first laid eyes on their 1920s fixer-upper bungalow in Western Massachusetts. Even though it needed a lot of work, with her background in home design, Susie was attracted to the original hardwood floors and craftsman moldings and looked at it as the perfect blank canvas.
At 6′ and 6’5″, and living in an 835 square foot home with their young daughter, they started their aptly named blog, Tiny House Giant Life in 2016, where they document their home design and DIY projects. One of their recent projects included a makeover to their entryway that features a modern 3D accent wall that they designed and built themselves! It definitely adds a major WOW factor to this space. Get ready to be inspired by their clever design and DIY mindset…
In their initial remodel, they enclosed the entryway which was originally a small porch in terrible condition. This resulted in the space above, which they recently decided to spruce up and add their own personal touch to.
“The closet doors were the first project we started”, explains Susie. “We found old solid wood paneled doors that matched our existing, original interior doors at a architectural salvage, and cut them in half to create pantry doors for the small closets. Vintage glass knobs were installed and work nicely with the rest of the house’s glass knobs.”
“The front door was painted black when the remodel got finished almost two years ago; it was about the only thing I did to style the space in any way. Since the home is an open concept, it creates a little more drama and separation for the space.”
“The vintage kilim rug was an Ebay find, and although its not big enough to cover the entire space (like I originally wanted), I couldn’t find anything big enough that I really adored, and for some reason the colors in this one called to me; bright and fun!”
After sketching out a few different wall treatment options, they decided on one that looks as if the arrows are pointing people in the direction to come inside – perfect for the entryway!
They cut 1.5′ x 8′ boards to create the geometric effect and then painted it using zero voc paint by Colorhouse in a rich color called Metal.
Loving this look and want to learn more about how to do it yourself? Check out Susie’s detailed blog post about the process.
The adorable dog print is of their Shepherd Trigger that they framed in a simple brass frame, which matches their sconce and makes for a beautiful contrast agains the dark statement wall.
A perfect welcome for our dog loving home…he sums up the whole house, our love, and welcomes us home with open arms. Susie
They designed and built the entryway bench and added a lovely mid-century modern plant stand and gingham pillow for extra dimension and texture.
In order to keep the cost down on new light fixtures, which as we all know can get very expensive, Susie and Mitch made both the sconce and ceiling lights from using parts that they got from Grand Brass.
In Joanna Gaines’ words, ‘If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in the beauty, either.’ We decided we would keep up with the things that make our house a happy & beautiful place to come home to, and eventually the ugliness will fade.’ Susie