Embarrassing Confessions from a Self-Proclaimed DIYer

diy entryway

The entrance was dark, drab and dismal, like wading deep into the murky waters of a clay pond, unable to find a way out.  Lost into the abyss.  Clawing and climbing, hoping to once again find the light of day and the warmth of the sun on your face.
Not quite the warm, inviting experience you would expect stepping into someone's home, is it?  I have embarrassing confessions to make. 
  1. Our entry way did not always look charming and cheerful. I thought it would be a great idea to paint the part of our house that gets the least amount of sun a dark color. Not such a great idea after all.  We lived with "spiced cinnamon" colored walls for about 5 years; a color that looked more like some smelly muck you would scrape off the bottom of your shoe than the fragrant, delicious spice itself.  
  2. I was also constantly changing the wall decor and not filling in nail holes as I went along making our walls look like a typical Pennsylvania roadway. If you're from PA, you know what I'm talking about, if you're not - keep reading. Our entry way and hall way were anything but inviting and needed reviving 4 years, 11 months and 3 weeks ago.
 See what I mean?

Most people go out on Friday nights to blow off steam and let loose after a long work week.  Instead, I teamed up with the youngest decorator in the house and together we knocked this job out with time still left to watch a few episodes of "Dance Moms" -her fave- before calling it a day.   After filling in the potholes (there's the PA reference), er nail holes, and sanding them, my painter got to work.  We used Benjamin Moore “Silver Chain”.  With just a bit of paint you can already see the transformation going from dull to sunshiny. Smiles were once again appearing on our faces. There were moments of breaking out into happy dances to celebrate the new life we were giving to our once dreary space.  There was hope. 

The theme we were going for was a rustic, beach look.  So while we were waiting for the paint to dry, I made a small shelf and a wood vase. In the next blog post I'll show you how to make the wood vase pictured in the photo so - stay tuned!  I found a $10 basket at Michael's to contain all flip flops that are kicked off immediately upon entry to the house and placed it under the shelf. A mirror by the front door is a necessity for one last check of the hair and to make sure nothing is stuck in your teeth before leaving
the house so I added my wood, sunburst mirror over the shelf. You can find the mirror here. A few finishing touches on the shelf and we've got ourselves a cheery, beachy entryway!

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