Monday, July 27, 2009

Painted Front Door with a Surprise

My front door was hideous.

I mean it was a special brand of awful. It was probably a kind of slate-ish, blue/grey color at one point, but that had long since evolved into dingy filth. And it has clearly been forced open once in the past, which is most likely what prompted the addition of the dead bolt. Seriously. Ugly and creepy.


Now, I'm not technically, exactly allowed to paint in my apartment. But this called for a little bending of the rules...and really they only ever told me not to paint the walls.

Instant improvement.

So it started, and in a few hours, this:

Became this:

As for the surprise? A splash of color on the inside!

This is far from the most involved thing I've done. But I have to admit it has probably made the most impact on how I feel about my home. And I did it with stuff I had around from other projects.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Decorating with maps

I've been thinking a lot lately about ways to take up a significant chunk of blank wall space. Since I moved the new couch in I had to rearrange every bit of furniture, which of course means the art has to be shuffled as well.

Decorating on a strict budget has been a challenge, but the availability of alley-found furniture and discount stores for fabrics and rugs has made it manageable. The one place I'm having trouble is with art. I've seen a lot of creative things done with paper and even coffee filters, but that just isn't my aesthetic. I also can't paint the walls, so I need to throw some color up there. Hence my current train of thought: hang some maps.

The idea of a big classroom map with original hanging hardware makes me swoon, but I'm having trouble finding one. I would use it has a back drop behind the couch and always have it pulled down. But there are other maps that might look cool in a grouping or one their own. And Etsy is a great place to find vintage maps. Here are a few of my favs:

French map of the US from Extra Virgin Home

Map of TX with Blue Bonnets Hankie from Blue Bonnets Etc.

Archeology/Natural history 3D map from Austin Modern

Illustrated NY state map from Holcroft

I'm going to continue hunting for my pull-down classroom map, but these are other examples I might keep in mind. Anyone know any schools that are upgrading their maps?!?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Teaser: coffee table

Just a quick teaser to say that I found a giant, solid wood coffee table in my alley last night. I tried to find something similar online but can't find anything remotely close. It's currently covered in stickers and glitter on top (I have no clue), but I should be able to fix that and make it cute again. I'm smelling a project for the long weekend!