For a couple of months, my front door was naked. It had no cheerful, welcoming decor to clothe it. Several different summery wreaths had been tried on, but none of them fit. It needed something unique and non-traditional in order to cohere with the rest of the home.
I searched Pinterest for non-traditional front door decor. I found inspiration and decided to build my own piece. Here’s what I did.
I found a large canvas frame and a smaller picture frame (with the glass removed). I cut the middle bar of the canvas frame and attached the picture frame to the inside with wood glue and small nails.
Then I painted the whole thing cool-green to accent the mint-colored front door. First I put some flowers on it. It looked okay, but it didn’t have enough visual weight. I wanted it to be more impactful. So I cut a bundle of greenery from my yard and attached it to the outer frame. Result:
Now that’s what I’m taking about. My once-naked door no longer needs to be ashamed.
The seasons of life sometimes seem to pass so slowly when you’re in them. But when you turn around and see how far you’ve already come, you realize just how fast time flies. I can’t believe my little boy is 15 months old. He’s been with us for over a year, yet I remember bringing him home from the hospital like it was yesterday. I’ve heard parents say that my whole life and now that I’m in the season of parenting, I understand.
Along with being in the parenting season of life, I’ve been blessed the past couple of months to find myself in a season of painting. However short this season may be, I am grateful for it because painting is one of my greatest passions. I truly believe that it is good for my soul. I have found time to do personal painting work as well as freelance painting work. I love the process of painting. From the anticipation of prep work to the fulfillment of cleaning up, each step is special.
Here are some examples of the painting I’ve been able to do. I did a personal piece that is a combination of acrylics and watercolors, a flowery watercolor piece that is being used for a ministry event, and a fun logo for which I combined paint and ink to get the look I wanted.
I wanted to share the progress we’ve made in updating our house since we moved in 2 years ago. The most drastic changes have been made in the living room and the baby room.
Thanks to my latest house project, I have a sense of giddiness whenever I walk through my front door. I now have a designated place to put shoes, jackets and bags when I get home from a busy day. Organization makes me happy, especially when it looks this good.
To start out this project, I screwed strips of wood straight onto the drywall with a 2 x 0.5” piece at the top that acts as a shallow shelf (to place artwork or picture frames). I then painted the wood and the drywall a very light grey—almost white. I put an IKEA Expedit shelf on it’s side to provide seating and a place for shoes. On the coat closet doors I used the same light grey paint on the lower halves and a mint color on the top (same as the front door). The strip in between the colors is the original, unpainted wood. I found a unique, vintage chandelier on Etsy from this shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/smilemercantile. It has mid-century modern character, which matches the rest of my house. Plus it’s made of brass which I think is a popular material and it’s pretty. To finish off the entryway I added frames with photos of the coolest places I’ve been to remind me that traveling is awesome, but nothing beats coming home.
If you are looking for a project to spruce up your home, the entryway is a great place to start. It’s the first thing you see when you enter your home and the last thing you see when you leave, so putting your touch on it is important in providing inspiration for the rest of the house.
Owning a home seems to get more fun every day. Here are a few projects that have happened around my house lately.
#1 Painting built-ins in the bedroom. It’s amazing how a little paint and some accessories can change the mood of a room.
#2 Paneling in the living room. Now, it isn’t really actual paneling (don’t tell), but it looks just as good. 🙂
My husband and I recently bought our first house and I’ve been filling my spare time with house projects. My favorite project so far is my chalk board wall. I painted a wall in the center of the house with chalk board paint from Lowes. I did two coats of paint and it worked well. To completely erase chalk I have to use a wet rag, but the paint has been holding up really well.