Foyer Makeover on a budget!

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As I mentioned before, I’ve been wanting to give my foyer a little makeover. We started to remodel our entire first floor when I was 7 months pregnant with our fourth baby. Our princess is now 7 months and we still have tons to do. Lol. But if you’ve tried to remodel with children and being pregnant, you know you are pretty ecstatic when you finally reach the point where it is livable and you just kind of do what you can as you go. We are blessed to have the home we have, I am so grateful to my heavenly Father for the home He gave us. And I am so grateful for the man I get to call my husband. He knew I was nesting (big time) and since we had been talking about this remodel for so long, he figured what the heck? Let’s do this! And that’s pretty much how we do life, haha! No seriously, we do that a lot. We are a little crazy but we enjoy it that much more when we are done. Okay so back to my foyer. It was sad. Really sad. I’ve had a black entrance table for about 9 years. I bought it bare and stained it with an dark ebony stain, almost black. I had it like that for a really long time but it just wasn’t working for me anymore. I decided to paint it a fun yellow color and that’s how the color scheme was born. My walls are a warm beige color. I am not really a beige girl. But I do like it for a backdrop to color! I love color!

DSCN5439_FotorThis was my sad, sad foyer before :(

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This was the black table. Here I had started to sand it.

So before I could paint the table I had to sand the shine off. I used 220 grit sand paper first. Just lightly sanded it by hand. It’s pretty rough so don’t use to much pressure. It’s really easy and fast. Then I used 320 grit sand paper to make it smooth again. That way when I painted the table the paint would adhere but it looked smooth again. You shouldn’t see any lines or marks from the sanding. I bought spray paint at Home Depot. They where $3 a can. I used 3 cans for this table. I didn’t use a primer. It wasn’t a big deal for me to give it three coats. I just made sure the coats were dry before I gave it a second and third coat. Usually a few hours is enough to dry. I let mine dry overnight between the first and second coat because it was late. Make sure you are outside or in a well ventilated room. The smell of the paint is pretty strong.

Then I just went to Hobby Lobby and found a few cute pieces to tie the colors together. My kitchen is white and gray so I knew I wanted to incorporate those colors. I chose a couple washed-wood frames and burlap accents to tie it all together. I love the way it came out! I had gone to Target a few days before and loved some of their frames. But each frame was $25! So with some ideas in mind I headed to Hobby Lobby, they were having all their wood artwork and canvas half off! Score! I will list the prices I paid below. I also spray painted my wood/black frames a shiny white to match. I repurpose anything I can! Again, the spray paint was $3. And one can covered about 6 frames. :) The two washed-wood frames where $4 each at Walmart. Loved that! So tell me, how’d I do?

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  • The large “Live What You Love” Canvas was originally $29.99, Paid $15
  • The wood art-work frame was $17.99, Paid $9
  • The burlap covered B with nail head trim was $20, Paid $10
  • The candle holder covered in burlap was $6.99, Paid $4.20 (that was 40% off)
  • The wood tray I use for keys is gray and white stripes was $9.99, Paid $5

In total I paid $12 in paint and $51.20 for the frames, artwork and accessories. That’s a total of $63.20! Not bad huh? Just goes to show you that you can have style and color on a budget. You just have to do a little homework, a little DIY and the want and will to make your space beautiful!

*Tip: Before hanging the frames and artwork, I arranged them on the floor to get an idea of where I wanted them. I then measured my wall and spaced them out on the floor according to the space on the wall as I wanted them. It helped a lot to have it literally on the floor before we hung them. It was just a transferring process since I already had a visual. Hope that makes sense! Ha!

Remember that God created you with so many amazing qualities. And one of the many qualities He gave you was the ability to make a house feel like a home. So go ahead, get creative and love your home. Your husband and kids will enjoy it and will love it too! Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Be blessed and encouraged for the amazing work you do to love your family day in and day out!

Titus 2:4-5 says, “They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”  Titus 2:7 says, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.”

Love, Linda

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