I bought this little shelf at a garage sale around the corner from my house for $5! It was the perfect fit for our narrow entry way because ordinary-sized furniture could never work. We now have a place for all the things we deposit when we come in the front door like car keys, wallets, sunglasses, lip balm, and spare change. The color was in keeping with my “beach cottage” decorating theme in a luscious Martha Stewart color called “Lagoon”.
This is how it began:
The doorstop story: When we were raising three rambunctious sons and a lovely daughter in this house the ordinary doorstop was terribly abused and the front door knob created a crater the size of a baseball in the sheetrock, so I majorly fortified it with a decorative piece of wood (unfortunately, now totally permanent). It is a reminder of the good ol’ days.
Now you get a better perspective of how narrow the entry way actually is. Next the baseboards installed. I am also changing the mirror over the shelf to be more in proportion…another day, another project!
I actually created this chalkboard sign using fonts found on Pinterest (using Da-font.com) and a chalkboard background from a royalty-free site (sorry can’t remember which one). I want to experiment more to create those awesome signs I see out there.
Brrr! It’s Getting Cold
This morning when we woke up it was the coldest morning ever …we always endure until we can’t stand it anymore before we turn the heater on but it may be soon. Remember what it is like to bundle up.
There was a season that I made painted boxes for my friends and family and I would put “treasures” inside as gifts. (Secretly I love to go to their homes and see my creations displayed in their houses – shhh! – especially after many, many years!)
So today I thought I’d share the process of creating your own.
First you have to find a box. I just bought one from a craft store that was unfinished – this one I took the heart insert out before sanding and using a wood sealer before painting a base coat. (The sealer I used here is “ancient” and have used it for many years, I’m sure there are better products out there now.) After the basic first steps, you can let your imagination fly with colors, decoupaged cutout pictures, embellishments, and more. Just remember to seal the whole project with Mod Podge or clear acrylic varnish to have it last a life time. Here are a couple of boxes I did this week to show you how marvelously you can create anything and give as treasures.
I wanted them to have an antique/grunge look, so I didn’t refine my painting process. Now to decide who gets a treasure box.