Happy New Year! There will be no link party this weekend. Please save up your awesomeness for next weekend! See you then!
Because they may all run from the room screaming while scaring small children, and maybe even unfriend you because they can’t possibly know someone with a home like THAT?
Please cover your mouths and escort your small children to another room for a moment. And promise to remain my friend, deal?
Great! You may proceed.
Just watch yer step…
So here’s how this mess went down.
Once upon a time, I had this fabulous junk wall entryway. It was on a complete whim that I put up all my surplus junk on the wall, added hooks, and called it a front entry day.
I wasn’t even going to blog about it because it was… strange.
But when I finally had the nerve, I got scolded, “How could you not show us that? So cool!” Yada yada.
As the years progressed, I ‘needed’ that junk for various projects. So piece by piece, I started yanking it off the wall.
Soon I was left with… not much. The hooks were basically gone, and the coats ended upstairs on the sofa.
I will say this…
You will never have to envy ‘all the space I have’. Never. Not for even a split second.
Well, a couple of days before Christmas, I tripped over a
pumpkin bike for the last time, gutted the room and started painting.
It was crazy. You were wrapping presents, while I was happily painting my walls white.
I did most at night so the ‘during’ pictures are terrible. Sorry about that.
So trust me on this when I say…
I’m still figuring out something for my son’s bike. To be continued.
1. The walls were stripped down, and this wall and the bike wall were painted pure white.
(I like using Cloverdale Paint – straight out of the can, with 2 shots of white added, in interior eggshell finish)
2. I then purchased pre-primed boards in staggering widths so they were all different. They got a coat of the same wall paint. The boards were cut to desired length on a miter saw.
3. The boards were then air nailed into the wall. No caulking.
I added one nail to the middle, tilted them using a level, then attached them from top to bottom. No measuring at all. The boards are also staggered in distance from each other.
And being that I have this thing for symmetry, (if I see a repeat of something in close proximity, it’s like it’s talking too much. Does that even make sense?!) I need random. I just find it easier on the eyes.
Don’t. Even. Ask.
Another reason I didn’t use caulking is because I want the boards easily removed down the road. I still don’t know what will happen to the ceilings. Everything that goes on the walls has to be easy to replace until I figure it out.
But in all honesty, even if the ceiling was done, this turned out gorgeous! And the walls are left virtually untouched should I change my decorator’s mind.
Remember THIS ENTRY IDEA I did in my photo studio? I wanted to somewhat mimic that look, but being that this room was much larger, and more hooks were needed, the boards were mounted horizontally instead.
The You Cut Tree Farm and Hot Cocoa Bar are both made from Old Sign Stencils you can find HERE.
5. I also wanted to mimic THIS OLD LADDER LOOK for seasonal storage.
The top basket holds toques, the 2nd crate mittens, and the 3rd, caps.
We use to have this stuff in a barrel under the entry table we never used. Behind the bike. That just collected junk.
No more entry table either!
And because I’m seemingly STILL decorating for Christmas even though it’s Dec 29th, here you go.
I prefer to think of it a year ahead…
Seriously, it’s really cute in real life! The tree sort of camouflages the bike in a super quirky, festive, yet natural way.
And may I say, it looks pretty outstanding against that gorgeous, white boarded wall.
The branch was tucked into an old crate I had painted with the Christmas Lights stencil. (find it HERE)
The coffee sign serves as a place to hang bike gear, such as my helmut and lock.
You can find the National Brewers Coffee stencil HERE.
… and all season!
Sooo in love… now… what’s next?! 🙂
I’m including this in my Crap to Clean before Christmas, because by golly, my tree is still up! 🙂
And good news… Crap to Clean will continue into the new year!
So don’t give up on those untidy spaces… you’ll see more from me and perhaps even a few others very soon!