I’ve been going home-improvement crazy!

I have been so stinking busy for the last month or so!  School is beating me up (like always), but on top of that I’ve been trying to complete a bunch of projects around the house before the holiday dinner we’re hosting this weekend.  We’ve been in this house for seven years and it is starting to show some age for sure.  There is a ton of touch-up painting that needs to be done (and some that I’ve actually been able to do over the last few weeks), furniture that needed to be painted, etc.  On top of all that, I have had this issue where I’ve also started other projects.  These are things that have needed to be done, but I wasn’t sure how to handle them.  A place for those huge, heavy backpacks that the kids leave all over the place?  I had no idea what to do.  Some décor for behind the front door that would also be useful space?  Eh.  Who knew where to start with that?

Enter Pinterest!

Yep.  That was all I needed.  I had some inspiration in my Rooms board, and I changed things up a little bit to fit my skill level (nonexistent) and budget (um, there was no budget for this as far as my husband was concerned).  I did get some help from friends when I got stuck (thanks Ritchie and John!).  Check out what has been done around here!


This is the space behind my front door.  (Yes, we finally painted all the doors upstairs black.  Yay!).  I used to just have a single picture hanging here and it was so boring and didn’t really fit well.  We also have a teeny little front closet for coats and the vacuum and backpacks….etc.  It just wasn’t cutting it.  Now I have a place where guests can put their coats and purses when they come over, and I have a really nice display of family photos.  I LOVE how this came out.  I bought one flat board, two kinds of trim and one smaller flat board to use as the shelf.  I had them cut at Home Depot (but our measurements were off).  My friend Ritchie offered to cut them for me and he even attached the shelf to the back board and filled the holes for me and everything.  When I asked him for a little more help (I needed it because my husband tried to burn the house down with my drill and I couldn’t hang it myself) he came over and popped the whole thing on the wall for me.  I realllllly appreciated it.  I do want to learn how to do all of this myself, but I can’t seem to hide my power tools well enough.  My husband finds them and breaks them and then there’s no building things for me.  Oy.  How about some more photos?


Those hooks are from Home Depot as well (aren’t they cool?).  I had to buy some with a small upper part and a bigger lower part because the shelf would have been in the way of a hook that extended up.  I had some of the black frames and then got a few more to fill in.  I am so, so happy with how this came out.  I also took pictures of the rest of the entry so you can get an idea of how it looks and works together.


This is dead on (with a peek at some furniture I was painting in the entryway).  I am so happy with the black doors.  The curtains were made a while ago and the entry got some great color from those.  I hope to replace that ugly boob light on the ceiling one day, but who knows when that will happen.


This actually needs a little work.  I used to have a different piece of furniture here that was shorter, so that candle holder on the wall is too low.  I’ll work on that later 🙂

The other project I needed to get done was a place for the kids’ backpacks.  I have a wall in the back of the house near the entry in from the garage and the laundry room that I knew would be the perfect place.  This turned out so well!


It is rough to get a picture back there 🙂  I couldn’t get the whole area in the shot very well, but I think you get the idea.  The lower part of the wall is a panel that I painted in chalkboard paint (which looks good with all of the black in the doors and accents).  I only did one board on top of this with a small piece of molding.  I didn’t want to deal with a shelf back here, so I left that off.  It’s a more simple look than the front door, but it’s perfect for this area and for the kids.

My boy John did a lot of the work on this one.  My drill is done and my husband is blind and not so handy, so I needed help.  He put this up in about 10 minutes for me (and at least my brad nailer still works).  Last night he put the hooks on for me (hubby “helped with that too and they were all crooked).



Tonight we made a run to Michael’s for just a couple of things and we couldn’t even make it in the from door before we found an awesome deal on frames.  These are from two packs.  Each had ten frames and they were $10 for the set!  Hello awesome!  I grabbed some letters for the kids’ initials while we were there too.  This all went together really fast (except that I need to print pictures for all these things now :)).

Anyway, this is some of what I’ve been up to!  I hope you’re inspired to get some things done around your house, whether it’s for the holidays or just because it needs to get done!  I’m finishing up some projects on the front porch too and I’ll be sure to share all that when it’s finished.  Have a great week!

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