After a very hectic winter and spring semester, this is the tired look of the front entrance to our condo. It reflects how I felt from teaching at the University, traveling to student teacher and intern schools and shuttling my husband to doctor appointments for a surgery that didn’t go well.
Seriously, this mat says welcome but it really should say “I Finally Made It Home” accompanied by some white flags attached atop. One glance at our door and mat I realized just how neglected our home has been. UGH! This tired look was a challenge and a project I needed to tend to, pronto.
My plan for this entry way was; 1. A new doormat 2. A summer wreath I could add patriotic flags to during July 4th weekend. 3. A planter with complimenting flowers 4. Something for a under the outdoor lamp.
First thing I did was get rid of the run down “welcome” mat and replace it with this larger mat I purchased at a store we have called At Home for a mere $9.99. Already the simple lines and colors align with the outside color of the condo. According to some research I did on rugs they should fit the width of the door frame. The larger the rug the warmer the space become. Enlarging my former mat/rug embraced a warmer feeling already. I realized more than ever I had an undersized mat previously. This larger mat made me so happy.
This wreath was screaming, “pick me” at Joann’s. The price was right with 70% off bringing the price to $11.99. Check off number 2 on my plan.
I had a plan to have a planter like this with flowers in red, white and purple. I spotted this at Michael’s for a mere $49.99. No thanks, I can make one similar for much less so I passed on this one.
I trekked over to my favorite thrift store, The Arc, because Tuesday is 50% off day. I went to the garden section and spotted this gem. Despite the dirt and leaves that had filled it up, I snatched it up for only $7.00. I knew I had black paint and some gilded paint to replicate the same one of Michaels. Score number 3!
Isn’t she beautiful? I lightly sanded the planter and then used Rustoleum Black spray paint. One coat was all that was needed. I waited one day before I used the Annie Sloan gilded paint in warm gold to create the finished patina look.
Gilded paint is uber easy to use. You simply squeeze a little bit of paint on your finger and rub it around wherever you want the paint. It is forgiving if you mess up it can easily be wiped off. There is no buffing off – it simply stay where you want it. I let it dry for several hours before I put in the flowers.
The number four item on my list was to find something unique for under the outdoor lantern. While at Hobby Lobby, I found this naked wood pallet for $8.00. I remembered I had our initial D painted in black at home that could be adhered to it. I had some hemp twine that could be easily attached to hang the pallet onto the lantern.
The colors uplifted the door but more importantly, our spirits, when we arrive home daily to the welcoming fragrance of the flowers and the colors of summer! Is there anything you would have added? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by and came back again for more projects.