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Monday, January 21, 2013

~~Use The Back Door Please!~~

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So…I have been working on the renovations in my house … slow but sure…I have done a lot so far…There are little hints of Tootsie EVERYWHERE in here…EXCEPT…the porch at the back door. 
I have avoided this area…like it was the plague.  I did hang a few things on the wall in the stairwell a few months back…but lost the urge after that.   I just had NO inspiration when it came to this utilitarian area.
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Didn’t I say it was UGLY???
When we renovated the kitchen, we moved the wall out into this area just a foot or so and now I need to put up bead board on that wall. There used to be a huge closet type thing there with shelves.   It was more important to have that space in the kitchen…so we took it out.
This area is just so ugly that I could hardly stand to do the bead board!  ha ha
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When we renovated the kitchen, we moved the wall out into this area just a foot or so and now I need to put up bead board on that wall. This area is just so ugly that I could hardly stand to do it! ha ha    But, alas, I did..and it helped a lot.
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Next up…the floor.  Ya..it’s bad…very very BAD.
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These tiles remind me of the old school I went to when I was in grade school…it also makes me think of the old wing of the prison I worked at when I was in College.
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There is no way I am removing the old tile…the warning on them that I read online said there could be asbestos and other bad things in them that could harm us if they were removed…we didn’t know that when we removed the ones off the stairs…oops.
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So…I just opted for something simple.  Grey peel and stick tiles seemed simple enough.  I got busy and put them down.
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Then I did the rest of the tiles with the peel and stick. 
Sadly…I did not take a photo of this part.   ugh…where I my brain?
I got all that work done, and painted the back door deep red.   And that is how it stayed for a long while…until just recently, I had run out of steam.
Christmas came and went…and I ended up with a slight case of pneumonia.  I was stuck in bed for almost a week…(and that nearly drove me nuts)  
What does a Tootsie do when she is stuck on bed rest???   SHE PLANS ALL SORTS OF THINGS FOR WHEN SHE IS HEALTHY!
Take a look at it now!
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I had this old door with a broken window kicking around in the shed…and an ugly spot to fill beside the back door…so…what’s a girl to do???   SHE USES HER JUNK!
I added an iron table…and a few little accessories…then turned my attention to the bead board wall.  It was just too plain when left empty…and I don’t DO plain!
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The wall just needed a little bit of the good stuff…ya…it needed some JUNK.
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This little corner looks warm and inviting now.  There is a shoe tray on the floor below the window…and when I am finished with the other side of the porch, I will share that I hung a coat rack and some other goodies… but that is a whole other post…and I am not done with it yet.
What?!!!   I have pneumonia people!…be patient with me!
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For right now, I am just tickled pink with the way this little two hour project turned out.  I still need to paint the whole room…but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have extra holes to fill…lol   Putting things in place in advance is always my best plan…just in case of a misguided nail hole or something of the sort.
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I hung a floating shelf thing and added an old insulator, an empty frame and a pretty wooden tray.
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The old window sports some ivy and a doily or two.  The rusty door plate with key in it adds a little dimension and color.   No room is complete with out a little rust …right?
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The only issue I have with the whole situation right now is the plug in.  It’s ugly…but I need it…I use it a lot, so it has to stay available…which means DEAL WITH IT TOOTSIE!
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The other floating shelf sports a fake plant.  There is not enough light in here for one of my real babies…so I opt here and there for the faux variety.
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I popped a big iron key in the middle of the missing window, and this part of the room is done!
I still need to paint the whole room…but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have extra holes to fill…lol Putting things in place in advance is always my best plan…just in case of a misguided nail hole or something of the sort.   I also have a bit of work to do on the other half of it, so you will be seeing this space again…in it’s entirety when I finally am able to finish up and paint!
Until then, I leave you with one last shot…
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**  don't forget to keep reading...there are several more posts below of what I have been doing...including some great how-to's!**

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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16 comments:

Country Gal said...

I love it ! looks amazing ! Awesome job ! Have a good day !

Lona said...

And now it is a beautiful corner. Girl I love what you have done here! You always have such great decorating ideas.

mariondee-designs said...

It looks so pretty and inviting now.. you did a wonderful job and look forward to seeing the rest! take care, Maryann

Joani said...

Awesome. I love it. Can't wait to see the rest of it. Hope you are feeling better.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Tootsie ~ You are such an inspiration. I love what you have done.

Hope you are feeling much better soon.

FlowerLady

Donna said...

What a difference. Great job. Glad you feel better now.
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Nell at njschout said...

Love your transformation!

9405018--Pat said...

Looks wonderful....hope you feel better soon. Pat H

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Your new look is very inviting!

Bev Carter said...

I just love your back door. How lovely you have made it.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty, you've done a wonderful job!!!

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

This is so beautiful...good job!! This week's Homemaking Linkup is up and I would love to have you join, if you haven’t already.

Blessings,
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Jann Olson said...

Hi Tootsie, I am slow at getting around, but I sure am glad that I popped in. Love, love what you did! It doesn't even look like the same space. I have a fetish for old doors and windows. I have an old door out on my porch and hubby just couldn't quite get why I wanted another door when I had one that went into my home. lol! I love pairing old with new and you did a great job. The area now feels homey. I don't do plain either. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I have never had pheunomia, but I can imagine how hard it would be to stay in bed. I'd be doing alot of mind planning too.
hugs,
Jann

Donna Wilkes said...

Love the old door and you did a great job on decorating that space.

Ruth Kelly said...

Those shoes are a nice touch with a very lovely looking door. Very picturesque!

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

You did a beautiful job with that corner! I just love the door with the giant key highlighted through the broken window. And the pretty little boots, too. Glad you made it through your illness, poor thing. Thank you so much for sharing this at my We Call It Olde Link-Up. Another party starts on Tuesday, hope to see you there again. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com