Blogger Medina Grillo, author of the upcoming book Home Sweet Rented Home, is no stranger to getting her hands dirty. In fact, she’s been showing her readers various ways to make affordable, DIY changes to their rentals since 2015. More recently, though, Medina’s taken all she’s learned and applied it to the entryway in her own apartment.
Since the space is the first thing visitors see when they enter the rental, Medina wanted to put a unique twist on it. To get started, she tackled the accompanying staircase that rises mere feet from her front door. An accent that once held a forgettable runner, all 13 steps are now bold and black and host a DIY stenciling technique that has them each numbered. “Every time I climb the stairs I find myself counting to myself,” Medina says.
The staircase shares the spotlight with a large wall that previously stood undecorated. It was large, white, and noticeably barren. Post renovation, however, it stands out thanks to the addition of a trendy topographic wallpaper (removable, of course) and a floating IKEA cabinet. The latter proved finicky to install and make level, but after a few attempts it finally settled into place. From there, Medina went about accessorizing and decorating the nook in order to make the space flow into the aforementioned staircase, her living room and beyond. It’s quite the transformation, so scroll down to see more. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Medina Grillo
Image above: The entryway’s initial design called for the entire wall to be wallpapered, but when Medina priced out the design it was too costly. She’s instead created a chair rail out of wallpaper, saving herself hundreds of dollars.