Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{Make An Entrance}

Ya'll I'm so excited to share with you one of the quickest, easiest, cheapest makeovers ever!

It took us four days and we spent under $20 for this read that right!

Isn't it so very pretty and inviting? 

Now before we get to the juicy details, let's check out what we started with. 

It's a small area, and super tight space, so pictures were hard to snap! 

Plain and boring! We wanted to make this area "pop" in some way...and I knew exactly what I wanted to do! 

Super subtle stripes and a gallery wall! 

Why? Well I had a TON of random frames that I could use, and had the paint on we were ready to go! 

The walls were pretty scuffed up because we use this entrance multiple times a day, so I wanted to be sure to take care of that!

Nothing a little magic eraser can't fix...also...please ignore my chipped nails! 

Then it was time to measure my stripes! 

I used this small level to measure the width {I just used it up/down instead of across}

Then I used a ruler and the level to make sure the stripes were perfectly straight! 

It took some time and patience, but I made it work! 

I made a few mistakes...but again...magic eraser to the rescue!

{Side note: this is not a sponsored post...they have no clue who I am...I just love them dearly}

Then I simply followed the lines with some Frog tape {I prefer this to the normal blue tape} and I was ready for paint! 

Now this was such an inexpensive project, because I used paint I had on hand.  

The revere pewter {best neutral ever} is what most of our house is painted. 

Shale is the color of our bedroom {sorry for the terrible picture} 

They're so close that in the bucket we were sure they were both revere pewter. 

But sure enough...shale is just a little darker. 

I'm a bad blogger and got too excited to peel off the tape, so I didn't get to snap a photo before, but here's what we had after we pulled off all the tape! 

You can see that I did the same thing to the wall leading down into the basement as well! 

Now it was time to work on the frames! 

I spray painted them all a white gloss, and then started laying them out! 

Our poor neighbors probably thought I was crazy...and our driveway may have spray paint all over it...oops! But what can I say...if anything sits long!

I tried to roughly lay them out how I wanted them to look on the wall, but it wasn't until I cut pieces of paper the same size of all the frames, and taped them up that I knew how it was going to look! 

Ya'll...tracing and cutting took SO long, but I was accompanied by Friday Nights Light...and she's great company! 

Then I just taped them up, and we started hanging! 

It took a few nights to hang them because Wendel had class, but we got it done! 

Here we are with most of them up! 

And this is what we have after! 

I love a good pop of color...and it's typically yellow...cause that's how I do :) 

Here are some of my favorite little's kind of a freaky shrine to Alex and Lelia...we need some little bits to fill these walls! 

Ya'll...the INCREDIBLE Tabitha with Burning Chair Studios completely blows me away! I adored them on the computer, but then I had these printed out and fell in love all over again! 

This was a caricature done at our prom in 2006...crazy! 

Some of my favorite wedding photos via Sunny Studios

We put some pictures with the little ones down low so they could see them when they walked up the stairs! 

These two {ignore the one of Wendel and I in Ireland} are by another awesome local photographer Andrea Seibert Jefferes! 

This octopus, and that cheesy face makes this one of my favorite spots on the entire wall! 

We had a caricature artist at our wedding...he wasn't the most realistic artist...but it's still pretty...I guess


I made this for Wendel for our first Christmas. It's pictures of our first dance with the words to the song written around it. FYI...our first dance song was Everything by Michael Buble. 

That picture of us in the woods with my grandmas quilt is EVERYTHING! I typically don't like kissing pictures...but I don't even care! 

The other side of the room got a makeover too...again...BAD blogger...didn't get many pictures! 

But all three of those pieces used to be sit too long and you get sprayed!

Here's a little 2010-2014 comparison! 

Now the only things I had to purchase for this makeover was the rug {TJ Maxx: $14 and some pictures I printed off at Target: $5} 

If you didn't have a bunch of frames laying around, Ikea sells them for super inexpensive and you'd only need a quart of paint, so realistically, this makeover would still be well  under $100!   

And there you have it! I actually filmed a house tour video yesterday so look for that on Friday!

Happy Hump Day!

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