Ever since I started this blog (a whole month ago) I have found myself even more inspired and determined to do things to my house than I was prior to my first post. So it only seems natural that one recent day when I was home with my kids, I became possessed with the idea of redoing our plain vanilla back door breezeway into something a little more welcoming. And here's the thing: I decided I had to do it that day (my husband can tell you I have issues with instant gratification and sometimes it manifests itself in really odd ways). So it was set. I packed the kids in the car, made two quick stops (my local paint store and Lowe's, where I had to run an errand anyway), and the minute the boys were ready for their nap, I was masking off the door lights. Two hours and $40 gave me the makeover hit I needed...here's how I did it:
1) Added color: I painted the doors (one to the house, one to the garage) Benjamin Moore's Concord Ivory, a sunny yellow that I have used in my house already, so I didn't need to mess around with testing colors.
2) Introduced artwork: I hung a fun, inexpensive piece of art that I had recently moved out my living room. It's a piece from Target that's printed on vinyl, so no worries about the weather!
3) Gave us an ID: Until the redo, we hadn't had house numbers on our back entrance. It was time to admit most people enter through our back door.
4) Put up a mailbox: We finally gave the USPS a proper place to leave all my magazines -- no more mail all over the floor. This is the one thing that I had to do after the boys woke up, since the second coat of paint hadn't dried by the time they awoke.
At some point I would love to add a new light fixture and a small bench (which is why the artwork is hung high), but until then, this redo is exactly what I needed.