Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Entry Way Facelift

my favorite picture of the bunch, so pretty
Summer is going out kicking and screaming. Last weekend we took our kids to the pumpkin patch in  80degree heat...and of course I didn't bring sunscreen, we brought jackets. After an hour our family wilted and we left in search of ice cold sodas. The persistent warm days make it hard to get into the "fall mood," this includes trading in summery decor for falls muted tones. 

But, a request for a DIY post on frugal redecorating and/or renovating for a #FallFacelift project motivated me to think of oranges, reds, and yellows. 

For the #FallFacelift, I chose to give our entry way a makeover. 

1. Add More Storage

I believe our town home entry layout was designed for a childless man with a sum total of three pairs of shoes because there is a pittance of space dedicated to "mudroom" storage needs. Especially for a family of five. 

If adding more footage or shifting walls to create additional storage was an option, I'd use the Cash Flow & Net Worth Calculator to create a budget. Renovating is out of reach at this address. Fortunately, our budget for storage looks like this: 

Free cubby + free fence boards = free storage. 

One of the pros of closing my booth is the plethora of items I get to stage around my home, like this cubby. 

This was a basic boring white cubby found discarded on the side of the road. Reclaimed fence boards were sanded and nailed onto the back and all four sides of the cubby. This allows for a uniform look whether it sits vertically or horizontally.  

used as
vertical shelves in booth
  Tipped over, its now the perfect shoe and small bag storage. The top is   fair game for decor or as a dumping ground for books, bags, and toys. 

photo taken from front door way

2. Let Friendly Smiles and Kind Words Greet You at the Door

Most of these items are thrifty shopping finds: garage sales, thrift stores, bargain box retailers. 

"Welcome home, I missed you!"
The hedgehog was a full price impulse buy. He was too cute to pass up!  

3. Add a Personalized Touch

This varies from person to person, a family photo, an heirloom or favorite object, or something handmade. For me, its handmade, especially as my kids grow older and assist on projects. Making happy memories. :)

To the left, Dollar Store leaves were sown onto an orange ribbon. One of my boys "helped" use the sewing machine with anxious guidance on my part, and both boys took turns selecting the order of the leaves.

Above, homemade tin can pumpkins add variations of orange.

4. Bring the Outside In 

Four years ago, I toasted a bunch of acorns for a small scale vignette, a seriously small scale vignette. I was a little green in terms of decorating and crafting. It was fun to go back and read my old post on a Dried Acorn Arrangement and see how far I've come in prettifying a space.

This jar of acorns hasn't seen much action the past couple of fall seasons so it was time to give it a face lift of its own. 

I clearly value painting acorns over painting my nails.
Is there a hashtag for expired manicures? 
One of the steps in creating the dried acorns the first time was to seal them to preserve the color. For four years these acorns were sealed up tight, and once that lid was screwed off, the odor of spray sealant permeated my work space. I don't think these acorns are going to fade anytime soon! Pe-yew! 

The empty acorn "hats" were painted in a metallic brown. The "heads" (they look like a head with a hat, right?) were painted in my current favorite acrylic color: Tuscan Teal, but their "hats" were left natural for color variation.  

They look so pretty displayed on these layered leaf plates. Which brings me to my last step:

5. Vary the Colors

Personally, I'm not a fan of monochromatic spaces. They look clean and sharp, but to me they appear uninspiring, boring even. I've mentioned already where I added color variation (the tin can pumpkins, the painted acorns). Some people follow the 60-30-10 color rule for interior decorating but I try to avoid math whenever possible. My use of color ratios is whim based. 

I do, however, like to employ complementary colors and used the below color wheel as a loose guideline. 

Now to train the kids to toss their shoes into their designated cubby instead of heaping them onto the closet floor! 


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Small Bench Makeovers

Good news, bad news. Good news, I am going to keep creating in some capacity. Bad news, I am closing my booth down after 11 months. It was time to cut my losses financially, I usually made rent and a tidbit leftover, but not enough to warrant the amount of time that was poured into making projects. And I found myself moving towards a more flea market/upscale yard sale look just to attract customers. If I didn't have three littles at home and had more time (and sleep), I would keep plugging away until I found the "formula" for success in my area. 

First craft fair booth. My spot was UH-MAZING and worth
the extra money for the premium location.
I can always go back when life shifts gears. Until then I plan on participating in craft fairs as a vendor and explore selling online. My first craft fair was two weeks ago and was successful. Made back the money I put into it and then some. I've already signed up for another craft fair closer to Christmas. For now, this outlet allows me to continue my hobby-turned-income.

Far too often I make things I end up wanting to keep. Which one
of these would you keep? Read on to find out which one I kept.
My favorite little corner of the booth was occupied by these cute little benches. The chair bottom was an illegal dump find that I forgot to get a picture of before the makeover. Both benches are painted with the same homemade chalk-paint but only the backless chair was heavily distressed. 

   I totally love this chair-turned-plantstand. So much so that I priced it a little high to discourage buyers (not the best sales technique I'll admit, but perfect for redecorating ones home). Its sitting outside my front steps now with the same plant perched on top. The frost has crept in the past few nights and the plant is looking rather frazzled so I'll have to find some other cute things to occupy it this winter. 

 These "free leaves" signs have been a popular item for me this fall and a terrific use of scrap wood.

The picture boards are repurposed fence board and I've only sold one in teal (see the top left corner of this picture). I think they are priced too high. Even in my other booth I was only able to sell these for $10-$12 depending on the size. Currently they are $15.

This bench went thru quite the transformation. It was a hand-me down of a hand-me down, a garage sale reject just waiting for some TLC. Sturdy and solid it was very dated. My youngest was a bit sad when I painted over the bunnies, he thought they were cute. I like the light gray with the dark gray grain sack stripes. The bench looks better lighter.

A during photo, pre sealant, in my messy basement/craft room.

So far this piece hasn't sold either. Its sitting in my old booth, where everything is marked down, until Tuesday, my last day. Hopefully it'll find a buyer at the next craft sale. It'll probably need a new price tag. ~fingers crossed~

Happy Fall Ya-all!