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)
Yes. Perfect: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) 

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  1. OH-MY-GOSH!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
    Probably the MOST creative thing I’ve seen with ordered vinyl in …. A VERY long time!
    I’m TOTALLY featuring this on my blog!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!
    Shelley

  2. you are awesome!!! I came to your blog from House of Smith’s. I love this idea!!! I’m following you to see all your great creations!

    p.s. you have a super-gorgeous family!!!

  3. I am dropping by via the Girl Creative. This is a great post and project. The look is so professional, well done!

  4. Hi, I’m stopping over from House of Smith’s and I am so glad I did. I love this idea it is so cool, you are so cool for thinking of this! AHhhhhh, I love it so much!
    Guess what, you have a new follower!

    Megan

  5. Hi..I’m Barb…I’m popping over from tip junkie. That is one of the best ideas I’ve ever seen!! You are so talented!!!I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  6. Wow! I love this! You are sooo crafty! Came across your post from The Nesters “Nest Files”. You have a new follower! I need to make one for my laundry room. Maybe-just maybe the dirty laundry will find it’s way there?? πŸ™‚ Take Care…

    T.Bird

  7. Coming over from Creative Crate~ this is to darling…. Oh’ I so wish I had a hallway like yours so I could do this. I love how you painted them, and I love the scrolly sign hookd too. WAY TO GO! Jenn

  8. Oh my word!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this!! It looks so gorgeous, I am definitely adding this to my inspiration file!! This is my 1st visit at your blog and I will definitely be back!

  9. This is the cutest idea ever! I just found your blog through u create, and I have to say, I love it. I loved looking at all your decorating, you have a beautiful style!

  10. Destiny… I truly love this! What a great idea… they look fabulous! Great tutorial! Coming over from Michelle’s Someday Crafts…

    Kendra

  11. Just visiting your blog for the first time – and had to stop here to say that I adore this idea. We’re waiting to hear about a contract on a home with such a lengthy straight hallway with really high ceilings and I thought this idea would be perfect!

  12. I have a question for you. When you did this, did you do both sides of the sign? Or, just the front side we see here? I love this idea! i can see it for kids rooms too, what a clever idea!

  13. What a brilliant idea! Especially for the downstairs where guests will be! I think our bathroom needs one of these!!

    I am going to feature it on my blog tomorrow!

  14. I SOOOOOOOOOOOO SO SO SO SO love this! I am going to do it down my hall too! We have a large house and I now I won’t have to say second door on e left anymore, I can just say follow the signs!! Love it and thank you so much for sharing!!

  15. Hi Destiny! I found your blog from Ucreate and couldn’t find an email addres to send you a note. I LOVE your blog, and I have the EXACT same house (wonder if we live close?), and will definitely be watching to see what you do with yours. I’m obsessed with decorating mine and love your ideas! Thanks for sharing! Jamie

  16. I completely love this look. I’ve been wanted to do signs in my upstairs hall for two years now…but I was only thinking signage about the doors like a flat sign…love your idea for the brackets!!!! I am a happy new follower. If you get a chance…I have a giveaway that ends tonight, drop in for a visit!! cheers,

    Stacey

  17. I just LOVE this idea…funny thing I have 4 doors just like this and my sister gave me 2 plaques and I was going to put them on the doors, now I will copy you and get the other 2 made. Such a fresh idea, thanks…love your blog and glad I found you!

  18. LOVE IT! This is genius, gorgeous, fantastic, etc. I only wish I had high ceilings so that I could copy you exactly. Nice work!

  19. Found your blog from another blogger and I love your sign idea. Love it! Im doing my daughter’s room in an Paris..European theme and Im so using this idea. I have tons of brackets around the house…and I use those wooden pcs to displays my childrens footprints…lol Thanks so much for the great inspiration.

  20. Using a signs plaques is closely similar in using bookmarks in book. You can separate your things by putting some marks or sign on it. It can be well-organized if you use this kind of stuff.

  21. Such a cute idea. You should continue with some flower boxes in the window space and a stone treatment on the floor. Cute, cute cute πŸ™‚

  22. Stopped by from Pinterest. Awesome DIY! So creative and cute. Also wanted to say: YOU MUST GO TO PARIS. You will love it. It is amazing and beautiful. And if you never get a chance to go (But I’m telling you, you NEED to!) rent the movie “Midnight in Paris.”

  23. Ack!!!! I love love this idea and I loooooove your blog!!!! I can tell we would be fast friends if we lived closer – your blog gives off such a sweet vibe. Love it!!!!

    And you’re pretty darn cute too – that certainly doesn’t hurt πŸ™‚

    xo,
    Samantha @ simply organized

  24. Love this idea. We are buying a new house that has a super long hallway with 5 bedrooms, a bathroom & and two closets off of it. This is going to be great. Thank you for sharing!!! I’ll try to remember to post some pics for you.

  25. I am finally in a place where I can do this, but I have been seriously unsuccessful in finding any brackets like this that would be suitable! From where did you acquire these? Love this!

  26. Love your site! I was looking for a way to dress-up my hallway and ran across this blog. Hobby Lobby doesn’t sell these products anymore. Could you tell me the measurements of the plaques and the hangers? Shelley is not doing vinyl anymore as well. I found a site DIYLettering.com but would like to know the size of your letters as well. The plaques, hangers and wording I have all seem too small. Thanks!

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