One room I've essentially finished is the entryway from the attached garage. This is the entry we use most often, and it is basically a part of the kitchen.
The first step in this makeover was to paint the walls a bright, vibrant teal; previously the walls were a flat, muted green color, which you can see below in this "before" photo from when we moved in:
Next, I added a painted-on chalkboard next to my wall calendar, which has been useful since my oldest started kindergarten. I kept one of the white shelves that was already attached to the wall, and it's the perfect place to keep keys, sunglasses, a coin bank, mail, etc.
Under the shelf is a wall-mounted coat rack, which hangs over a small bench for the kids to use while putting on shoes. They never use it - it's now become a place to put hats, gloves, and back backs.
The bench does have a shelf under it, which is perfect for storing shoes, and a shoe mat on the floor.
In front of the door are rubber mats. The mats are free of shoes because I just finished spring cleaning this room today, but I guarantee it will be a shoe disaster within a few days. I also switched to rubber mats from a large, carpeted rug because they're so much easier to clean. I realized it was impossible to totally clean those fiber rugs, but a rubber mat can be hosed off if need be.
Finally, I moved my painted teal and gold dresser into the entryway, under the window. Since I used the same interior paint on both the dresser and the walls, it almost looks like a built-in. Plants sit nicely on the dresser to get sun through the window; I keep my purse on it, and it's a great spot to keep snacks or crock pots when we have parties since it's adjacent to the dining room. The drawers now house things like sunscreen, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles for the spring and summer; coloring books and crayons; mail; school papers; etc.
The only other tweak I would love to see in this room is a better shade on the window - maybe a grass or bamboo shade. The sun shines right through that window in the evening and blinds people in the living room. The curtain that hangs there has been there longer than we have.
Oh! I almost forgot. I'm thinking about hanging this painting I received as a gift from my husband - it's Moonset by Starstuff, and I have it poster-sized and framed. I'd like to see it on the narrow wall by the light switch.