I’m not sure if I’m more excited about spending less than $50 for our hallway redo or the fact that I’ve completed the first space in our new house, but it’s definitely a happy day here. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything until my feet were completely healed but this little hallway redo was easy and it was enough of a change that it satisfied my need to redo a room…for the moment anyway. Throw in the fact that it didn’t break the bank and you have the perfect project (and one happy hubs, because he’s always thrilled when a project doesn’t cost a lot).

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

Here is where we started…

This is looking toward the master bedroom, with the bathroom on the right and the living room and dining room to the left. Most of the house was painted with SW Navajo White and it looks yellow in almost every room, which isn’t bad but it’s really not my style.

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Looking from the master to the guest bedroom.

new house reveal 2There were a couple of huge holes in the walls from a smoke detector that was mounted in the middle of the wall (who does that?) and an old alarm system that didn’t work, so they were removed and the walls were patched. We, and when I say “we” I mean me, also wanted to change the vintage ceiling light for something bigger that would light up this dim space.

The ceiling and trim were painted by the previous owners right before they put the house on the market in May, so I didn’t need to touch them. Once the walls were prepped, it was time for the good stuff…paint. I stuck with a light gray for this space and chose Benjamin Moore Horizon, a beautiful gray/blue. It was my first time using this color and I love how it turned out.

Looking toward the master.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

I hung family photos in the hallway in our last house in Illinois and knew that I would probably do it here as well. This is really the only space in the house where I can put all of my favorites together. It’s my happy space filled with great memories of our girls.

Looking from the master to the very messy guest bedroom.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

We removed the old light and put up the brass fixture that I had in my entryway in our last house. It was a great find from ReStore and I snagged it for $20. I’m adding some brass touches to the bathroom so I thought that repeating it in the hallway would tie the two spaces together.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, some farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.com

I was slightly nervous about hanging so much in this small space but I really love it.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and some family photos. chatfieldcourt.comI switched some of the photos and frames around but everything I used I already had. The only purchase was the paint, and I have half of it left to do another space.

A small hallway redo using gray paint, a bit of farmhouse decor and lots of family photos. chatfieldcourt.comJust finishing this space, and having family photos out so that we can see them every day, has really made our new house feel like home. I’m excited to start the next project.

What’s new with you? Have you finished any projects lately?

 

Looking for hallway decorating ideas and inspiration? Check out this post.

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Small Hallway Decorating Ideas

 

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Well, it’s here…moving week. We’ve been busy getting the house ready and packing for the big move to North Carolina this coming Saturday. To say that we’re overwhelmed is an understatement, but that’s part of moving right?  We have done this at time or two (or 11) before, so we know that we’ll get through this and everything will be ok sooner or later. All I know is that by next Monday we’ll be in NC and these 3 crazy weeks will be behind us.

So what do you do if you’re in the middle of packing up your house to move 700 miles away? Well, if you’re me, you get your craft on and make chalk paint mason jar planters. I was planning on doing this craft long before we knew that we were going to move, and painting is therapeutic for me when I’m stressed, so one afternoon I pulled out my paints and a few mason jars and did this fun and easy craft. I enjoyed myself but the hubs thought I was nuts, which is nothing new. ūüėČ

An easy DIY craft making chalk paint mason jar planters using live wheatgrass. | chatfieldcourt.comThe idea behind this simple DIY was to use pastel chalk paint and live greenery to add a bit of spring to my new kitchen. I had to tweak my original idea, but I love how they turned out.

An easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using chalk paint. | chatfieldcourt.comYou can’t get any easier than slapping a couple of coats of chalk paint on mason jars. There was no prep involved but I did use a bottle to make it easier to paint each jar, and I also toned down the green and pink chalk paint with a bit of white.

An easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints. | chatfieldcourt.comOnce they were dry, I lightly rubbed a buffing pad over each jar to smooth out some of the brush marks. Then I took a piece of course sandpaper and sanded the high spots to bring out the words and designs.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints. | chatfieldcourt.comNext, it was time to play in the dirt. I was going to plant a few seeds in my jars but ran out of time, so I went for wheatgrass instead, with its bright green color. Perfect for spring.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comEach jar got a handful of potting soil and a clump of grass.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comAfter a little haircut, they were ready for their spot on the windowsill.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comI loved the spring color but something was missing, besides the fact that their haircut was a little too perfect. Oops.

One thing about wheatgrass is that it grows quickly so their uniform haircut only lasted a day before it started growing out.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints, wheat grass and tags. | chatfieldcourt.comBesides the new growth, I thought the addition of a spring tag to each jar would finish it off. I had the tags in my stash but when I found these cute bumblebees and butterflies, I could hardly wait for the glue to dry so I could tie them on with some jute twine.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comAn easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comJust what they needed, don’t you think?

A quick and easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.com A super easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comI won’t get to enjoy them in my new kitchen for as long as I’d hoped, but I can always recreate them in my new home.

I’m taking part in a DIY Challenge with 29 other bloggers next week, so I’ll be back for that. If you want to see what we’re up to with the move this week, you can follow me on Instagram.

Hope you have a great week!

Check out some other spring posts.

5 ways to refresh your home and get it ready for spring. | chatfieldcourt.com

5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

Make this easy DIY spring wreath for your front door. | chatfieldcourt.com

Easy Spring Wreath

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I know I haven’t been around much since the holidays but I’ve still been busy¬†behind the scenes doing projects. To be honest, I’ve felt a bit off lately and, as a result, I’ve not been posting regularly¬†but¬†I’m hoping that the fog will lift soon¬†so¬†I’ll be able to get back to a regular routine. All is not lost though because when I’m feeling like this I usually paint up a storm, as you can tell from my last 3 projects.

Giving a media cabinet a makeover, for the second time, using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

A few weeks ago I painted the back door, for the third time, last weekend I gave the front door a refresh, for the second time, and my latest victim was the media cabinet in the living room, also for the second time.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a vintage dresser turned media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.com

When I bought the dresser¬†2 years ago, it was a putty color and I just wasn’t feeling it with the gray walls and the couch. After a lot of¬†debate about¬†color, I painted it with¬†BM Hale Navy and added some awesome brass hardware that finished it off perfectly. I loved the color but my taste has been changing and paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to make a change to a room (plus that fog crept in), so I grabbed my paintbrush and leftover paint and got to work.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.comWow, not only has the paint color changed but so has my photography and picture styling, hopefully for the better. Anyway, this former dresser turned media cabinet¬†is a beast to move so the living room was a mess of drawers,¬†dvds and cds for a few days while I worked on it. This isn’t a difficult job but it did take a few days to do the usual steps…sand, prime and paint.

Using leftover Benjamin Moore White Dove and inexpensive cup pulls from Lowes to give a media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.comI think that’s why I gravitate toward this kind of activity when I’m not feeling like myself. It’s easy, repetitive and not a lot of thinking is involved (well, you do have to decide on paint color and hardware, which can be a bit daunting, but the rest is¬†easy).

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.com I used leftover paint from the kitchen cabinets, BM White Dove, and added a few cup drawer pulls that I picked up at Lowes.

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.comI love the color change but the pulls make it for me. They are awesome!

Giving a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.comWhat do you do when you’re feeling off? Eat chocolate (I do), read books (I wish), chill out (do people even say that anymore?), go for a walk (in this weather? No way!)?

Giving a media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

I will definitely be back on Friday for a small home tour that you don’t want to miss.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great week!

 

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