Lately I’ve been working on a project for my hallway downstairs. It’s a pretty unique hallway because it has ‘windows’ that open up to the family room. Windows I would LOVE to have if they weren’t there, but windows that are there and I have know idea what to do with..except fill them up with stuff! lol
Anyway as I start to transform this hallway one of the first things I thought about was bringing some outside elements IN!
You see, I love Paris. not HILTON. The city. I’ve never been. Don’t know if I ever will. But I know by looking at pictures and posters and books, I LOVE IT. It completely makes my heart do back flips! The cobblestone streets, the iron scrolled gates..the contrast of wet glistening sidewalks against the old white buildings. The flowers in the windows planted in a cute window boxes.
I have this one picture that use to hang in our apartment when we were first married…whenever I come across it I just sit and stare and draw inspiration from it. One of the things that caught my eye were the wrought iron signs that hang above each boutique or quiet coffee shops. Something that most people wouldn’t notice because it hangs high and out of sight, but definitely adds to the unique landscape of the streets.
So with that being said I decided to add my own signs to my hallway. I have three doors leading to the half bath at the end of the hallway…the coat closet…the laundry room and the office. So come along and see how I did this!
So this is my hallway before we moved in with the nasty carpet. You can also see the three windows I’m talking about and the doors…office, laundry room and coat closet which you can’t see because I’m standing next to it!
First I went to good ole Hobby Lobby and picked up the following:
3 wooden signs in a oval shape -use a coupon!!!
1 tiny bag of hook screws $1.27
3 wrought iron brackets 12.99 each on sale for 6.50! :0)
First I lightly sanded the oval shapes….
Then I screwed in a little brass hook and headed to my spray paint haven and found ALMOND and some left over LEATHER BROWN…yeah that should work!!! Then I started to just spray until I got the LOOK I was going for.
First I started with almond….
Then I added the leather brown, to create a vignette.
Then I added another spray of almond on top. After it was dry I sanded it a little more to get a vintage look. I even beat it up a little with a hammer:0)
After letting them dry for a few hours I added these vinyl signs that I had custom made by Shelley over at Wonderfully Wordy that cost me about 8.00 each! (I “talked” to her via email and she’s such a doll!) Check out her blog diggity on my blog roll….House of Smiths!
After that I hung up my brackets over each door…….
and then hung them UP!
I LOVE IT! PERFECT PERFECT! Makes me so happy every time I walk down the hall!
Now…… about that hallway paint color…lol! I think its screaming for some cool wallpaper!
So there you have it. Bringing the outside in! WE ALL do it already…with flowers, jars of seashells, large pots full of misc. sticks and stones…and don’t for get water and even your fireplaces. So it’s not a new IDEA but its always fun to think of different ways to mix it up. But let me tell you….don’t do it unless YOU love it. It’s GREAT to be inspired by someones style, a picture, or lifestyle but make sure your surround by things that make you truly happy, represent your family and who YOU are:0) That’s when you’ll find yourself in a place you LOVE!!!! Otherwise you’ll look around and your in someone else house! lol
Let me know if you plan on trying this out in your casa! I would LOVE to see it! Now I’m off to maybe enjoy some backyard weather with the kiddos and bless my home….aka CLEAN:0)