Right before things got so crazy with the holidays, I did a couple things in the family room that really made a huge difference. I mean, it’s not really a whole new room — you can see primer on the walls if you look closely (please don’t look closely). But the few things I did to make it feel like a whole new room, so I just had to share.
I didn’t do much. We moved the daybed into what will be Mr. Magpie’s office (oh, long story on that, coming up…). But otherwise, all I did was paint the little twin hutches (one is finished, one is half done), throw some of my thrift-store paintings on top and clip some fabric up on the windows that will someday be actual curtains (right now they’re just “mistreatments” a la The Nester). So really nothing. But what a difference. Doesn’t it seem a million times brighter? And cheerier? And fun? It’s just so ME. I love it.
Check it out. This is what it looked like last summer, after we put up the test/temporary dividing wall to carve out where the mudroom will go:
If you go see that post you can really see how the hutches looked before they got painted.
And here’s how it looks now:
It’s not a huge change, but all the details just make me so happy.
I want to paint the walls and make the fabric into real curtains, and then I have a bevy of other little projects to do. One of the first things I want to do is to make some kind of cute curtain for the hutches — both tops and bottoms — so that I can hide the toys and clutter (and, blush, actually take a picture of them to show you that’s not embarrassing). I had tried some different fabrics I have on hand, but now I’m thinking maybe vintage towels, pillowcases, or even some kind of patchwork. Still pondering that one.
Plus I need to finish painting. More stories to come on that as well, since I stopped halfway, I don’t know whether I can make the second one look like the first one or not! Yikes!
Anyway — it’s a work in progress, but it makes me so happy, I had to show you where it was at so far.
Meanwhile, though, I’m trying to finish up the Christmas presents I didn’t finish while I was sick. I hope to get those done in the next day or two and I can show them to you. Then I need to give you the DL on what happened with the offices. So much to tell!!
What about you? Any rooms you have changed lately that make you really happy?