As we’ve been painting and updating our home, I’ve been trying to brighten things up a bit. Our house is “kinda old” meaning it is not really, really old so that it is “vintage” but it is not brand-new either. The people who lived here before decorated beautifully, but I think they did it about 30 years ago . . . so not only is it out-dated but is is kind of drab and getting rather tattered around the edges.
Of course, we can do everything at once, but little by little we’re trying to paint, replace flooring, and repair some of the things that just need a bit of TLC. My husband is refinishing the shower in the master bedroom (that’s kind of a major project, but the shower stall is still in really good shape but it has hard water stains that we can’t seem to get off with anything we’ve tried) – so he is sanding and spraying and generally making a mess of things. But it will be really nice when it is finished!
While he is tackling some of the bigger projects like resurfacing the driveway and replacing bathroom fixtures, I’m trying to make some progress on making things “pretty.” We have a front entryway coat closet that had just become a place to stuff things that we didn’t know what else to do with – I’m pretty sure no one else does that – and I was really ready to do something different out there. So, I pulled everything out, sent a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, put out of season coats and jackets into a storage bin, and put everything else where it actually belonged, and then we made the transformation!
The doors came off (hubby wasn’t too excited about that part of the project, because he didn’t have a place to store the old closet doors, but we’ll figure that out this spring – for now they are in the garage), and then we started to paint. The inside is a lovely shade of light turquoise, and the shelf and trim is all in fresh, clean white. Hubby put up a few heavy duty hooks on either end for coats, backpacks, purses, and sweaters, and then we set a little padded black bench inside where we can sit down to put on boots and shoes.
I added a couple of fabric tote boxes where we can put extra shoes, umbrellas, and gloves, and now all it needs is a new throw rug for in front of the bench. Progress has been kind of slow over the winter with all the sickness that has been going around, but now that the sun is shining again and we are all healthy, it is time to get back to business. One of the fun things I’ve been working on is making a few of these printables that we can have printed out on large photo board and framed. I have one in our updated front entryway closet that my daughter designed that says, “Why Hello!” and now I’ve created another one to welcome spring. If you love these fun, bright and cheerful sayings as much as I do, go ahead and print this one out for yourself to brighten up your spring house.
All images I have used are available as free wallpapers and I just added the text . . . so you could make a few yourself, or just print off mine, since I have so much fun making them! Just right click on the image and “save as” to your computer. Then you can use it for anything you want!