It started out well. I had decided during the Simplify 101 workshop Organizing Fundamentals that I needed to have my hallway cabinet back. But I didn't want to move in the old cabinet.
Picture from the Spring Cure, 2011
Moving it out gained a lot of space in my hallway, but I also lost a place
- to decorate for the season
- to put library books we've finished and dvds to return
- for market bags
- to store our recharging station
The market bags could be stored in the closet (as they are not all that attractive, even in a basket) and the recharging station has been relocated to a shelf in the living room.
I figured a shelf with a basket underneath for the library books would work.
I couldn't find a basket that had the right dimensions--but I did find a tub at Micheal's. I loved how the silver would coordinate with the mirror.
I put it in the hallway to get people used to the idea. (It is currently holding needlepoint pictures to go to my Mom.)
I went rooting around in my husband's newly organized workshop and found an 8" shelf and brackets that would do.
I was feeling pretty good about it. I started painting them yellow --the old cabinet had been yellow--and I want to include yellow in every room in my house. But, I feared they would look just too "country." So, I started perusing my pinterest boards.
I love entry way tables and vignettes. I really do. When done well, they seem like the perfect marriage of function and style. I have an entire pinterest board devoted to them.
Somehow, this picture became my inspiration:
I loved the blue and green! I thought the table top was navy. I realise now it is most likely black. But no matter. I had navy spray paint on hand. I sprayed the shelf and the brackets last week. I thought I would duplicate the edging --only in silver-- on the edges of my brackets.
My husband and I installed the shelf this weekend. (I started it and ran into trouble--he fixed it for me!)
Please excuse that hole in the wall. It used to be an outlet for a central vacuum that was removed before my husband bought the house. We haven't found a cover that will fit for it yet. Yes, I know I've been here 16 years. These things take time, apparently.
I toured the web this weekend and I realised that the "in" thing is navy and brass. (see inspiration pic, above, too.)
This, from Jenny at LGN, makes me wonder if I should have kept the boards I painted in their original orangy pine, but spray painted the mirror brass instead. Of course, I'd have to paint the hall this darker edgy grey, but I have been dying to paint that hallway a different colour for months, now.
Navy and silver is old, fusty, out of date. And it got me down.
I know that it shouldn't have. I know that comparing myself to others just leads to discontent and depression. I also saw a fabulous house tour this weekend. The house is tasteful, up to date (without being up to the minute) and there is a cohesive colour scheme and feel to all of the spaces throughout.
It was gorgeous, beautifully articulated vision of what "home" meant to this person.
And I sighed and wished I had the same.
So, I put up a shelf in my hallway.
I do like it, though.