Odds and Ends
To Make An Entrance
Small Front Entrance
Some houses have a very small entranceway. There is hardly
enough room for four or five guests struggling with coats and
boots, let alone a classy hall table and mirror. The
kitchen doorway may be the first thing people see when entering and
directly inside that doorway, the naked white side of a
Okay, maybe classy is out here but homey is a definite
possibility. Between the kitchen doorway and the refrigerator is
enough room for a compact “table.” You can use whatever small
table you have on hand but it should be one that won’t tip
easily or add to traffic flow problems. Think tall stool with a
square flat top. In this case, a plain wooden plant stand was
topped with a lace doily. Because this is actually in a kitchen, a
decorative luncheon plate and a cup and saucer were used in this
display, but your options are endless. The end result should be
colorful and eye pleasing.
popped a small faux plant into the cup.
now we tackle the problem of how to make the big white empty space
seem less barren. Most
of us use fun magnets or those magnetic business cards left behind
by trades people to hold up memos or the kids’ artwork. But,
because we want to present a more dignified face to arriving
guests than an ad for “Joe’s Plumbing Service” can muster,
much more thought must be given to what we attach to this side of
think of it like we would any wall that needs decorating, the
first thought that comes to mind is “pictures.” Greeting cards,
plus mat frames, plus magnetic strips glued to the top and bottom
of each mat equals framed art for the refrigerator.
for ideas one day, we happened upon these copper-plated cookie
cutters and immediately thought of copper pots decoratively hung
in kitchens. To hang cookie cutters, start with ¾” round
magnets and, to help them to blend in with the white of the
fridge, purchase a package of white ¾” round sticker labels
and attach one to each magnet. Then simply arrange them in
a pleasing pattern on the fridge and hang the cookie cutters. The
laws of science will do the rest.
materials for this entranceway makeover cost very little but, when you’re acknowledging your visitors’ compliments, you
can leave that small detail out.