We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.


Beefing Up The Foyer

My lonely table in the foyer is sad and looks tiny in the now open foyer:

There is a definite need for some artwork or photos, and pronto. I have been keeping my eye open for something that caught it. No artwork ever jumped in my hands, but a giant red S screamed "take me home" when I saw it. And the clearance price of $5 made it all the sweeter. I was so excited to hang the S above the table when I got home.

The S, although large and in charge, isn't cutting it. I like it and want to keep it, but, all by itself it looks lonely. I think I should surround the S with some little art friends to create an asymmetrical wall arrangement. However, I have champagne tastes on a beer budget, and don't want to pay out the wazoo for the art. Frames straight from the store might be all neat and pretty, which I want neat and pretty, but they can also be expensive when purchased in number. The best solution, once again, is to purchase frames from a thrift store.

I used the same process on these frames as I did in the Man Cave - separate the mats, frames, and artwork. Spray paint the frames gloss white so they look like expensive store-bought frames instead of cheap thrift store frames.

Instead of using paper on the mats, I used fabric - burlap and brown/white polka dots. To make the fabric tight on the mats, fold the fabric over onto the back of the mat, hot glue into place and then snip away the excess.

The artwork for this arrangement was almost free, I only purchased one item from an Etsy shop. The other art is a picture of me and the hubby, a picture of a waterfall from a cabin we visited on our 5th anniversary, a note from our wedding, silhouettes of the girls, a feather from our bird, and keys from our apartment and house.

And here is what the foyer table is looking like nowadays, actually this is the picture from the fall decoration post, but close enough to nowadays:

The table and wall in the foyer look much better now. And the living area of the house is starting to come together. Do you see those baseboards in the picture above? Yep, got those suckers installed which was the last step in the refinishing project.

Psst - I used a fall picture of the wall because the table sits empty now waiting on spring decorations. And I hung the arrangement in the fall - slap my on the wrist for just now posting it.


Erika . . . with a K said...

Looks great - I love the dog silhouettes!

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

just found you on the blog hop. love this blog... would love a follow back.. laura@imnotatrophywife.com

A Vintage Vine said...

Looks great! You added alot and it all flows so well together! Visiting from Power of Paint.

kenziekylanmom said...

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Ali Richardson said...

REALLY pretty! I am a sucker for initials, and for thrift store frames. Just popping in from the POPP :)

Freebies Mom said...

Spring is right around the corner. Yay!
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Jamie said...

This turned out so beautiful. Following you from These Creative Juices Blog link party. Please stop by my blog when you can. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE this!!! Link up at
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Jeanne said...

GOOD! Very good. Found you at Domestically Speaking.... nice pic!

Made By Gen said...

Cute! a new follower from Welcome Wednesday. See you.

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

Your grouping looks great! I raelly like the colors. And that table is awesome!

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Anna said...

What a difference that made!

Sara said...

It looks great! I can't wait until we get our house so I can decorate it how I want. (refusing to decorate because I hate our rental house)

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Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

I think that that looks amazing!

I just found your blog through one of the Wednesday blog hops! Have a great week.

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Monica said...

Hi. Visiting from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I am your newest follower. I look forward to reading your blog. Please stop by and visit mine.

Anonymous said...

So cute! The dog silhouettes are awesome!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Cuter, great display! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

Mariah said...

Fantastic display. I love the giant S and your creative artwork. Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge.


the cape on the corner said...

that looks amazing! such character and fun...i am looking to do something like this behind my tv, but i'm not 100% sure how to execute it. ugh! i will definitely be taking inspiration from yours.

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