My blogging friend Melissa Michaels just published a wonderful new book to help you “Love the Home You Have.” She focuses on simple things you can do to embrace the home you live in. With easy suggestions and achievable goals, she breaks down all the barriers you have when it comes to truly loving your home.
To help Melissa promote the book, I agreed to take on a quick little Love Your Home Challenge. Her book has 31 Small Challenges to help you love your home again. Each one is simple, quick and easy.
I decided to focus my efforts on our foyer. I still loved the little rustic IKEA hack chest, but the mirror was a little to drab. I’d been staring at the pussy willows all winter and needed an infusion of color.
Originally, I chose to work with the Day 30 suggestion to Paint Something. I removed the mirror and within 30 minutes I painted the wood slats with white chalk paint. Then I used some patina Rub ‘n Buff to give the edges an aged metal look.
To continue adding some cheer to the foyer, I incorporated the Day 11 Challenge by Adding Fresh Flowers.
I didn’t spend a dime on my flowers or vase. The red bud branches were clipped from our tree. And I slipped a mason jar into the boot for a fun and quirky vase. I think it’s a nod to the saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”
A small collected birds nest and feathers add an additional nod to springtime.
I also painted an old frame with blue chalk paint and popped a piece of scrapbook paper into the frame for instant art.
My total cost was $0! I can honestly say that seeing this springtime foyer vignette has made me happy.
Within an hour, I was able to love this corner again. What can you do for $0 in your home? [Read more…]