If you've been following, you know I've been working on a makeover of the 2 room entry we have when you enter our house. Well, we've made some progress and entry part A (the larger main entry) is almost finished. Let's remember the before:
It was painted yellow, had a wooden bench, black mirror and a hodgepodge of stuff. Although this was supposed to be a soft yellow, at certain times of the day, it became a blinding sunshine in your face yellow. So, first thing we did was paint the room a soft neutral. Now I have to add here, have you seen the latest issue of Country Living Magazine? It's full of blinding sunshine in your face yellow walls and somehow their's looks good. Mine didn't. Okay, so here goes the thrifty "after."
First, we added this PB entry bench set. Jennie had it and didn't want it anymore so she let me have it. It was black. You've seen it before I'm sure.
photo from Pottery Barn
I just gave it a coat of Kilz primer (in a spray can) and then a coat of white paint.
Next, I layered a red/white check quilt that I already had. I love this quilt. It looks and feels old but it's relatively new from JCPenney's! I've had it about a year or so.
Then, I added accessories. This is an old-fashioned ice cream maker that was my grandmother's. I remember many of my family members (including aunts, uncles, cousins) getting together at a park for a good ol' southern "fish fry" and then making ice cream after dinner, usually peach ice cream. We did this all the time growing up. It still has all the parts but we just lifted those out, put them away in a safe place and will use the bucket as a place to put umbrellas. Those new smaller tote-style umbrellas people carry now will fit perfectly in here without being seen.
I made a sign to go above the bench set. I wanted a big red vintage sign but couldn't find what I wanted so I made my own using the technique I mentioned in a previous post.
This is the little, inexpensive mercury light we added a couple of years ago to replace the builder's standard brass fixture that was there.
This old metal toy horse was kept. It's been in the entry since we moved in because I didn't know where else to put it. Now, I like it here. The red and blue colors on it go well in this area now.
...and the details. This cute simple mirror hung in my Dad's jeweler's shop forever. It was the only mirror in the shop and the jeweler's used to check their hair in it before going out to visit their clients in Dallas. (Someday, I'll have to post more about that. It was an interesting time.)
vintage bingo set and a flag we received for my uncle's military service
and old metal portable light with wooden handle, tiny stack of red books and a vintage blue glass thingamajig with a wick (I don't know what these are called but I have two; this one and a clear one from my Dad's shop).
We hung the sign, added a vintage-looking wire basket on top and a small woven red basket in the middle.
I painted a small vintage ladder white (but left the galvanized part as is).
So, here it is. It's finished...for now.
What's left to do? It needs something. There is a lot of blank wall on either side of this area as well as between the bench and the section above it. We most likely won't be hanging a bunch of jackets and coats here so the wall space will stay. I guess this gives me something to hunt for when we go out junking!
Total cost for the last two weeks of work: less than $10 for 3 cans of Kilz spray primer. Everything else, I already had. If we add what I've purchased over the last year: light fixture $50. from Mothology (cool place!) and the JC Penney quilt I bought on sale for around $60.00.
I may be linking this up to my favorite link parties listed in my blog list above or down on the right hand side!