We’re being grown up and 2016 is the year of the budget. For real! We’ve tried before in the past but the enticing call of brunches, sparkly things and raising teens got in the way. This year I’ve got the travel bug and we’re determined to save dollars.
Owning a house can be a money pit, ours is 44 years old so there’s always something that needs updating or replacing. Sometimes it can feel like you’re getting nowhere and then there’s the lure of pretty and fabulous homewares.
I’m mad for homewares and have eclectic taste. One day I’m diggin ‘Scandi’, then ‘bohemian’, ‘coastal’, ‘neutral’ and everything in between! Drives my huz bonkers because, money! Apart from planning to purchase a new lounge suite later in the year we’ve set ground rules of no home shopping!
Well, not zero but it’s the year of being more considered.
Can we do without? Could it be updated? Can it wait? Is it a ‘need’ or ‘want’?
I can still satisfy my inner ‘Betty homemaker’ but in a considered way. So just a few weeks into 2016 Betty showed up and I got the itch to do an update. Recently I’ve updated our hallway and entrance with a lick of paint. If you want to have big impact for little outlay then paint is your best friend!
Like most people I indulged in the ‘suede effects’ paint rage around fifteen years ago. First I painted the hall in blue suede paint, then a few years later went over it in a sandy hued suede effects paint, I must have REALLY liked it.
Then I came to loathe it. This is before…
A couple of years ago we painted the whole house white, for a girl who loves colour it was something I never thought I’d do but I freakin love it! And why wouldn’t I! I’m a massive fan of white homes, Scandi and coastal are my two favourite decorator looks.
So over the weekend we headed to Bunnings and grabbed a tin of white paint, a new roller pad, an armful of sandpaper and I headed to work transforming our entrance. Suede effects paint needs to be sanded. ALOT! I have blisters.
The smoother you sand, the better the final result, so sand I did. One wall took me five freakin hours! Thankfully it was only one wall and only one section of our long hallway that needed sanding, I couldn’t have coped if I needed to do all of it. Once I’d prepped and painted I couldn’t believe the difference, our narrow hallway looked so much wider and fresher.
Better already. Now to update the frames and mirror that hang on the walls. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of coastal green and blue, it features in my logo and all over my home so a quick visit to Bunnings to choose a sample sized pot of paint and I was in business. I slapped the paint on heavy when it came to the mirror (for bigger impact) and went lighter on the frames. A quick rub back and all pieces were transformed, I love how they pop against the white backdrop.
After clearing some clutter and swapping out the baskets for a slimline style I was done! Neat, bright, light and happy….a fabulous way to welcome guests to my home. My house might be small but a few changes can create BIG impact. How bloody cute is my dog…watching intently 🙂
What do you think? How did I go?
I bet you’re wondering about details like paint colours and budget?
White wall colour is Dulux Lexicon (half strength), Aqua paint is Dulux ‘Gondola’. I came in a few cents under $100 with paint, sandpaper, roller head and two baskets that I picked up from Target ($15 each). Not bad for such big impact. Betty is content (for now). Got any home projects you’re planning for 2016?