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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Foyer Re-Do

I haven't really liked the red paint color I selected for the foyer - well, basically since we bought the house in 2004.  It was just too dark.  But there always seemed to be another project that needed more attention (our house was a fixer-upper).  However, last month my husband said it was time for a new couch and I figured now was a good time re-do the foyer too.  I didn't want to spend a lot, and since I enjoy the challenge of re-using and re-purposing, I couldn't wait to get started!Here's what it looked like BEFORE (the blue is painter's tape):

(not sure why this looks so organge-y.  the true color is in the first pic)

And here's the AFTER:

Much lighter and brighter,  isn't it!  I really love it!  

Wanna see a closer look at some of the details?  Keep reading...

We had this green and wicker hanging shelf/key thing hanging beside the front door and my husband really didn't want to lose the place he puts his wallet, keys, phone, etc.  I looked high and low for a replacement, but couldn't find anything I liked for the right price, so I bought a $5 can of textured spray paint at Walmart and viola!:

(I'm still looking for some little baskets to put on the shelves but haven't found any to fit just yet)

I saw a cute "Shut The Front Door" saying on pinterest some time back so I decided to make my own version of it.  The wooden letters were $2 each and naked when I bought them from Joann.  I painted them with paint I already had and finished the word in vinyl - again from my stash.  The font I downloaded for free on and cut with my Silhouette Cameo:

I was wondering around Old Time Pottery when I came across some drastically marked down clearance items.  I loved the middle of this frame, but the paper around the edge was badly damaged.  I figured I could probably re-do it somehow and for only $1.49 , I couldn't pass it up:

The first thing I did was attempt to remove the heavy, laminated paper that was around the edge.  Goo Gone didn't budge it so I did a quick google search and found that vinegar and water works to remove wallpaper so I sprayed some of that on it and started scraping.  It did scratch the painted wood underneath but since I was going to cover it again, I didn't mind:

I took it upstairs to my scrap room and started going through my stash of paper to see what would coordinate with the throw rugs that I picked up for less than $30 at Ross.  I was so excited to finish this, that I didn't take any pics while I was working on it, but I basically just put the paper over the frame, marked where I needed to cut, and used my paper trimmer for clean, straight edges.  I adhered it with Mod Podge and then put a couple coats on top of that.  Here's how it turned out:

(seriously - how cute is this?!  and for $1.49!)

This little wall is outside the french doors to our master bedroom.  This antique-y table I had in another room fit perfectly on this wall so it found a new home here.  I decided to just prop up the motorcycle print that I found (again on clearance) at Joann's for $8, and surrounded it with some accessories that I already had.  The bowl is a great place for sunglasses and other misc stuff that you always have in your hand when you are coming in the house:

Well that finished up the tour of my new foyer.  It makes me happy every time I walk through it - and isn't that how every room in your house should make you feel??!!

Now....Go Scrap Something!