Welcoming Underway

I received a visit from my creative & crafty aunt. One of her first questions to me was, “When are you going to put something on your door, so people can feel welcomed.” I know this sounds like a question coming from my aunt, however, it was more of a statement. I must admit, at first, I was a little hesitant to hang anything on my door except a wreath at Christmas-time since my door leads to an inside hallway. That thought obviously didn’t last long. So we visited our local craft store and picked up a few things to create a door hanger.

Although, my entryway is still in progress, I couldn’t wait to share the lovely door hanger we did. And notice the butterfly? Much like the butterfly in my logo. Did you know that a butterfly symbolizes transformation, changes of the soul. I do think we as humans can relate to life stages of a butterfly, as we are constantly evolving. But that’s a story for another time. So back to the door hanger we made.

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The lighting in my building’s hallway is a tad bit dim.

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Here’s a closeup with the true colors of the door hanger.

Materials used:
– wood initial lettering
– weldbond glue
– twine
– plastic floral petals
– glittered butterfly clip on
– ribbon
– black door hanger
– velcro to secure the letter to the door

Now, I’m glad we put out heads together and made a door hanger. I ended up needing to hang the door hanger to the side of the peephole so I could successfully see out. (I do use my peephole when I hear a knock at the door, wink.)

What have you done to your door to give you and your guest a welcoming impression when they arrive at your door?

Dresser Do-Over

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When I first moved, I just knew I was going to have to invest in a dresser. The hard part of that I have envisioned was going to be finding a not-so-modern dresser that I would be able to put my style to. Well thank you to my parents, for handing down my brother’s childhood dresser to me. I now had a project ahead of me!

My original intention was to just change the color of the dresser. I was going to keep the handles and just spray paint them. I felt they were the “perfect enough, old-school” that I wanted. However, as I started removing the handles to prepare for the makeover…some of them broke (so sad). The handles were old enough indeed, I guess. After creating my DIY Union Jack Trunk, it was important to stick to my room’s color scheme with the dresser (so no black paint). Thank goodness I had some of the Bedford Blue left over, and it turned out to be more than enough to complete the job.

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It took about two weeks of hunting online and visiting numerous hardware stores before I was able to find the knobs of my dreams (Ha!). I even carried the drawer with me from store to store. Thanks to the friendly staff at Restoration Hardware, I was able to a little “try before I buy”. I opted for the Hanson Knob in a satin nickel finish. Two for each drawer.

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I searched high and low, literally, in numerous stores before taking my search to the web. Thanks to SEO Chic Shelf Paper for making my search a little easier. I was able to order the drawer liner pre-cut. I just provided the measurements in my order, so when they arrived I could line my drawers to give me this “spotedt surprise” on the inside.

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Now I can dress up my dresser with some great finds. How did I do? Are you inspired to transform an older furniture piece you own?

*No Playlist for this one. I got to watch (listen mostly) to previous seasons of Scandal (smile).