The last you saw of my front door it looked something like this…
Unfortunately, what was waiting behind door #1 was a real-life housewife disaster of Ottawa. It was trashy, full of plastic and awaiting disaster. But as you can see in this updated picture below, the ratings have vastly improved and now children, parents and adults alike are all able to enter into this scene without averting their eyes or putting on their “earmuffs”.
If you remember from Tuesday’s post, this was the plan:
I needed to finish a very neglected window, make some floor space by hanging LOTS of hooks, and organize things so that we could get out of the door instead of stuck in an urban trap.
So here’s how we went from ewww! to ahhhhh….. in just a few days.
Window Casing & Trim
First, I had to fix that window. As you can see below the ledge was cracked, there was no trim, the colour was peach and it was gaping publicly in places where it shouldn’t be exposed.
One trip to the home improvement store and a few pieces of primed MDF later, my window was looking a LOT better. I was going for a craftsman style of window. It was simple, easy to do and turned out exactly like what I wanted. If you haven’t done the casing (the inside framing, basically) around a window before, it’s not as hard as you’d think. I didn’t need to miter edges on this window so that made it a lot less intimidating. I measured a LOT, cut once and then glued and nailed the boards into place. My framing used a slightly thinner board and was again, simple joints without mitring. I left the top and bottom edges out 2 inches from the frame to make it a little more unique.
I headed straight to my favourite new white, Dancing Dolphin by PARA Paints. The bead board sheets that we hung a few years ago were looking a little rough, but two coats of PARA Ultra paint and a high-pile roller (to get all the paint into the tiny little lines) and I was so pleased at the light, bright space. I used PARA’s Double Click Right as my accent colour. I painted the glass door frame, the shelf and a few other accessories in that grey, beige colour. It’s an amazing beachy colour when paired with the greyish white of Dancing Dolphin; it suits the space like sunsets at the beach.
Hooks and Shelves
Why we lived with only three adult-sized hooks, I shall never understand. There were also a few small cheapy hooks that had withstood the test of time and toddler pull-ups on one wall so we used those for the dog’s leash and towel, and the remaining three were for the three of us. I guess now I understand why my husband’s coat always, always landed on the dining room chair right near the door. #hindsightis20/20
So the biggest thing I needed to buy was hooks and shelves. I bought five tri-hooks for the back wall for my, Nick’s and our guests coats and bags. I bought four more to be hung at my son’s level for his coats, hats and bags. And then I bought three more to hang the paraphernalia that seems to accumulate with dogs. We’ve increased our hanging space more than three times. Not bad for a room seemingly without studs (how the porchy addition stays up, I don’t want to know).
The long shelf above our hooks was easy. I hung up some pre-primed MDF boards, screwed in the corbels I bought in the trim & finishing section at Home Depot, and then screwed in the shelf above it. I painted the pine board in PARA’s Double Click Right and done done & done.
Building a Bench
Beside the window casing, the item in the room I am MOST proud of is the bench. Yup, I built it. And yes, it’s simple, but I’m still proud. I needed a very specific size for our narrow room, so the easiest and cheapest way to get the dimensions I needed was to build it myself. Maybe it was the donuts I’d consumed on the way to the Depot that convinced me I could do it, but I went into the store with a few ideas and came out with all the wood I needed. I spent a few hours that same morning building the bench and it was pretty much done. First solo build ever. A HUGE success in my books. I just need to add another row of shelves to two of the ‘cubbies’ so we can get all our shoes, and sigh, winter boots in there. (Yes, there’s room, it looks a bit small, but I assure you I’ve measured our footwear to make it all fit!)
Faux (No Sew) Roman Blind
As luck would have it, I had the perfect fabric to pretty up the window. It was a perfect match to the Double Click Right paint I chose and I had just enough to pull together the curtain. I used Alicia’s tutorial as inspiration for faux roman blinds and am really happy about how they worked out. They can even move up and down if we want privacy or light filtering. I used three simple cafe rods, hem tape, a measuring tape and six rod hooks. I merely hemmed the hooks into the fabric with the hem tape and hung them on three levels so they appear to be hanging like roman blinds. Easy!
All in all, this is a huge improvement for us. I think there’s nothing better to welcome someone into your home than something that’s fresh, organized and looks nice. Now, let’s hope we can keep it that way!
How’d I do? Much more welcoming, right? Have a great weekend!