8 days ago I painted the front hall and closet grey:
I also got down on my hands and knees and gave the tile floor a good scrub. Between the new wall color and the freshly scrubbed floor, it was painfully obvious that the old, stained area rug/doormat HAD TO GO:
I replaced it with this cool, swirly doormat from Amazon [Darwin is your floor model this evening]:
But… it’s too small. No matter which way it’s turned, it’s just too small. The front hall is roughly 4½x4½’, and the new doormat is 2×3′. So… back to the drawing board. Thankfully, there’s Amazon. And Amazon has everything you could dream up [except pet dragons]. I did a search for 4×4′ area rugs/doormats and found TONS! Hubby and I decided on a simple, plain, 4×4′ black one. We think it will work best with the grey walls, white trim, and green hallway. It’s supposed to arrive a week from today. Fingers crossed that it’s perfect!
The new rug we bought was too thick and the door wouldn’t close over it, so we’re back to the adorable swirly rug, and it’s working out just fine.
Next up on the list is crafting a new plywood closet shelf. Last weekend I bought plywood to replace the old, brittle shelf. I’ll prime & paint it white. And, thanks to Jessica & D’Arcy, I also have veneer stripping to iron onto the edge of the plywood to make it purty! That will be an adventure for later this week or this weekend. Here’s my new $13 iron [made in China – it’ll be strictly a DIY iron…], my new little wooden roller, and my roll of veneer edging in “birch”:
Abbie – I read that you can cover the bottom of the iron with foil if you need to cover the holes. That might work… I have plenty of junk plywood to fiddle with before attempting to edge the new shelf, so I’ll see what works best.
I also need to touch up the woodwork & trim in the front entrance hall and closet. I painted the walls “freestyle”, with no tape or drop cloths and there’s definitely some oops’s… I’m also going to try removing and spray-painting the godawful door swing-arm thing that looks like it’s from a insurance agency door [there’s one in the laundry room, too, which I’ll also paint]:
Our condo was, at some point in the not-so-distant past, a place of business for something. I have no idea what. But it explains the ugly, grippy “safety” treads on our stairs:
I guess we should be lucky we don’t have neon EXIT signs over each door…
Later this year I will be re-tiling the front hall and closet. I’m thinking slate tile, something along the lines of these floors from Houzz:
Or I could do something really crazy like this river rock floor from merrypad.com:
Or this mini-tile floor from cozycottagecute.com which has a cool cobblestone look:
I’m still in the pondering stages *nods*, but will most likely go with a slate floor with mixed sizing and light grey grout.