It happens every year. I’m SO DONE with winter! It’s a good thing next week is the first day of spring, or I might do something really weird. Like . . . I don’t know what . . . . but this cold, windy, gray, cloudy, wet, miserable weather is really on my last nerve. Even today, although it was sunny for part of the day and I could look out my window and see blue sky, when I opened the front door, the cold wind whipped inside the kitchen and I slammed the door shut fast! Then I decided to wrap up in a fuzzy blanket and sit in front of the fireplace for a while. Until that got old and I really wanted to do something, anything, to remind me of spring and warm, sunny days. I’m counting down the hours until the beginning of spring season and that’s when I remembered I wanted to find a few fun spring DIY home decor ideas to share with you this week at the Home Matters Linky Party #175. #SpringSeason #HomeMattersParty
Last summer we started several home update / repair / painting projects but before we could get everything finished, we had The Flood. That put a quick halt to all of the new stuff we were doing as we had to tear up old carpeting, flooring, base boards, and dry wall . . . which in the end was a good thing, but we just weren’t planning on doing it right at that minute. One thing we did accomplish before that big mess happened was getting our living room and sun room painted and recarpeted. Since our daughter is really up-to-date on fashion and trendy home decor, she convinced us to paint the walls light gray, with ivory trim around the ceiling and around the windows, with a gray textured carpeting. It looks great!
But as I began to look at the pictures she was showing me of all the latest trends in home decor, I had to admit that all of that white, white, white did look beautiful . . . but I was thinking in the back of my mind that I’ve been around long enough to see trends in fashion and home decor come and go over time. Eventually all of those stark white rooms might begin to feel kind of cold and sterile, so maybe a little color would be a good thing? I don’t know, I’m not an interior designer and all of my life I’ve had to make a home from a house and some odds and ends that I picked up at the thrift shop. So what did I know anyway?
Wall Hanging Display via Pinterest
As we began to make plans and get busy with some of our update projects, I kept hearing, “Mom! This is really ugly! You should just throw this away and buy a new one!” As she piled some of the wall decorations I had accumulated over the years in a corner, she reminded me that “This is really old and ugly!” OK she was right, but throw it away and just buy a new one? That isn’t in my comfort zone, so I told her we would take a look at everything when the painting was finished, and maybe we could update some of the things with a fresh coat of paint. She knows it is not a good idea to do the “Eye Roll” in our family so she didn’t. But I knew. But the bigger issue for me was that SHE needed to learn how to be frugal and practical, and that money is a hard-earned commodity so you don’t just throw away perfectly good stuff and buy brand new stuff.
We might buy a few new things, but it’s been fun figuring out how to paint and embellish some of the older things like cute wall shelves, wooden boxes, mirrors and picture frames, and even a couple of old lanterns that I painted. We had some old end tables that were perfectly fine but they did look rather dreary and drab, so a fresh coat of paint and we had some cute new tables for our living room!
One of the projects that didn’t get finished because of The Flood was painting the front doors. We have two front doors, one off of our kitchen and one off of the deck. This is an older house and it has been renovated over the years and had new sections added on to the old part. That’s why there is one door off the kitchen in the older part of the house, and then where the living room was added on several years ago, there is also an entry way between the living room and my work room (which then leads to the garage). The newer entry way door opens on to a very large deck, which we hope to work on this summer. We had decided to paint the front doors turquoise to add a pop of color to the light grayish-blue exterior of our house that has white trim and dark red shutters – which also need to be repainted soon.
Wall Hanging Display via Pinterest from Our Vintage Nest
We even bought the paint. And then everything was turned upside down in October before we could finish up all of our outside projects when The Flood happened. So I am looking forward to painting those doors, and hopefully the shutters, too. Just as soon as the weather warms up enough to get out there on a sunny afternoon. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at a few ideas for bringing some color into our beautiful living room that is currently quite comfy with the gray, white, and black decor. Maybe a little turquoise in here, too? Or red? Or maybe I can switch things out seasonally with different pillows and other accents. So for this week I found a few DIY spring wreaths that will look great on my front door (as soon as I get it painted), and some ideas for creating a wall display with some of the old, ugly junk that I can’t bear to throw away. She might even decide that she likes some of that old junk if I paint it up and display it so that it is trendy. Or whatever!
Wall Hanging Display and Color Accents via Pinterest
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