After being stuck in the house for several days, I officially have cabin fever…and I’ve been staring at the blank walls of this house for way too long. I blame Winter Storm Pax for all the projects brewing in my head. I always am brainstorming ideas for decor in the house, but really the best way to make a home more upscale looking is the finishing architectural touches. I’m hoping even though these ideas are dramatic, they won’t break the bank and create that cozy rustic cottage feel that I always crave.
Kitchen Chalkboard Wall:
Our kitchen has a small wall flanking our cabinets and it’s full of possibilities. I’ve visited eclectic cafes before that had an energetic and warm vibe with old wood and chalkboards, and I’d love to create that same feel in a room that we use so often. Plus, we can change it up with all sorts of messages for birthdays and Christmas. Olivia could draw and create as I’m cooking (the perfect vision in my head has it depicted this way at least). And it could be functional for when I want to keep a running shopping list for when we run out of things. I can just snap a picture of it on my phone before heading to the store.
The school teacher in me is doing a happy dance for sure.
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Living Room Stairs Pallet Wall:
Whenever I browse on Craigslist, I constantly see listings for free pallets in our area. Can’t argue with free! And even though decorating with pallets has become the latest craze, I think this trend will last with its timeless rustic look. It adds so much texture for next to no cost. If you try it though, be sure to treat the wood first. The thought of bringing creepy crawlies in my house gives me the heebie jeebies. There have been two blank walls in our living room that have been screaming for something to this effect.
Powder Room Pallet Wall:
Even showing this picture makes me cringe. I always forget to take a picture of our powder room for a reference point on here, but ya know what? There is nothing to see. It’s a pretty sad looking water closet.
Faux Mantle / Hidden Media Cabinet:
I’ve mentioned on here before that we recently picked up an antique mantle that was a cheap Craigslist find. This thing is from the WWII era! I’m stoked about it, but I know this is going to be a massive project. The results, I hope at least, are going to be astounding as well as functional. Robert and I have so badly wanted a mantle for our living room, but it was going to cost $5000 for the builder to do it. Uh…in South Carolina where we have all of a month of freezing weather? No thanks. But if we can build a fake one, I’m all for it! The trick is I don’t it to look fake, and I still want it to be functional. When I saw these inspirations, it made me realize how we can turn it into a media cabinet by putting a door in it made from log end pieces. A DVD shelf in disguise! Maybe it will fool our one-year old who has taken to tossing all of our DVDs off of the shelf as a game. I’m so ready to have these things out of sight.
Actual wall: (Can you tell I’ve gotten hooked on Revenge during this snow-in?)
The Lovely Cupboard
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Kitchen Entry Door Casing:
This is one of those projects that are typically not noticeable until you see a before and after. Door casings and molding can add so much to a house and you don’t even realize it. Right now, I’m torn between two looks- clean, white and traditional or distressed and rustic.
A Charming Nest
So that’s my day after blank-wall-staring. Thank goodness we don’t get snow days that often down here, or I’d go inspiration crazy! As I hear the glorious sound of ice melting outside, I can only think of how much closer I am to being able to tackle some spring projects. Come on, sun! Do your thing!