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With a front door that opens directly into the rest of your home, you want to make the most of it—even if it is a small entryway. Angie Scheer (@pickandposhed) needed her entry to be functional, of course, but she also wanted it to fit in with the eclectic style of the rest of her home. “I originally thought of doing a board and batten wall here but really wanted a wow factor and something different,” Angie says. “I just wanted this space to reflect the rest of the house—a fun and colorful space.”

At the same time, Angie didn’t want to spend a ton to get there. So she reached into her bag of tricks—that is to say, her stash of on-hand paint and stencils.

First, she taped off the bottom part of the wall and painted it a softer blue; then, she used a star stencil she already had from Cutting Edge Stencils to paint over the blue with black stars. The result looks like high-end wallpaper, but Angie got the look for $0. “Stenciling is tedious but I really enjoy it and it pays off in the end,” Angie says.

Once the stencil paint was dry, Angie’s husband added pallet wood along the top of the stenciled area to create a rustic boarder; Angie screwed vintage door knobs into the left side to serve as hanging storage.

Angie decided a dark green would add a warm look to the space above the stenciling, so she painted the three walls in Behr’s Meteorological. She gave the front door some oomph, too, by painting it a soft pink (Sherwin-Williams’s Rachel Pink). Finishing touch? A colorful rug scored at Aldi for just $10. Since that was the only thing Angie bought for the project, the total cost of the redo was just 10 bucks. Score!

The stenciling has fooled plenty already. “People think it’s tile or wallpaper, when it’s really just stenciled,” Angie says. “I love the wow factor this redo brought. As soon as you open the front door you can tell now that this is a fun and lively space.”

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