The Nester and Remodeling Guy have a great series going on thier blogs about home staging, and the tips are useful if you are actually trying to sell your house or you just want to make your home more of a Soft Place to Land. This week they discussed curb appeal and the importance of making a great first impression. The timing for this post was perfect as my mom had just purchased a fixer upper wicker chair, bench and table for me for only $25 during one of her thrift store runs and I found a wicker bench for only $5 at a yard sale. I am totally set with having front porch furniture and I even have something for the back yard. Both sets have been cleaned and I broke out the HGG (Hot Glue Gun) to repair the legs. I am set to finish painting, but mother nature is not cooperating as it is 40 degrees and raining. Wanna sneak peak.......
The white set has a matching bench and table and as you can see I am painting black. It's home will be on our front porch. The brown set is getting a fresh coat of dark brown paint and will live on our back porch. Can't wait to finish and show you the results.
In addition to having somewhere to relax, Nester suggested that we should have something inviting on our door. We'll wouldnt you know Pier 1 had just the right wreath, but not the right price so I decided to make it myself. Here is my inspiration:
First I went searching for the perfect speckled eggs at my favorite decor store "The Dollar Tree", but all they had were plastic eggs. I then scurried next door to "Michaels", but they were too pricey. My last stop on my egg hunt was "Home Goods", I love this place by the way, they didnt have indvidual eggs, but the did have beautiful speckled egg garland. I purchased two strands for fourteen dollars.
I rumaged through my stash of "decor" and found a old grapevine wreath to use as a base and got out my trusty friend the HGG (hot glue gun).
My first thought was to glue the garland to the wreath and call it a night, but I thought this might look a little tacky so I cut the eggs off the garland and strategically placed each egg in the right spot for a nice mix of colors. I had no idea how I was going to hang this thing and BAM it hit me that I could use the sample of brown burlap that I had from JoAnn Fabrics. (remember I am thinking about using burlap curtains). Take a look at the final product. What do you think? I saved fifteen dollars by doing it myself and the satisfaction for completing my own project is PRICELESS!!!!
It was my plan to finish my Spring decorating over the weekend, but I didnt go out of the house because of the nasty weather, and my decor stash is relatively low in the seasonal decorating department. Hopefully I will get it done before its time to decorate for summer. In the meantime if you need some more Spring Decor inspiration visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her Spring Fluffing Party.