Hi you guys!
So, we just moved into a new rental house. The plan was to buy, but there is literally NOTHING available in this school district, so we found this cute little place that is like a block from the kid’s school. So, perfect!
We are still working on getting moved in and settled and I am seriously hitting up Pinterest to find ideas on how to decorate this place to make it “ours”. My usual process is knocking down walls, painting, updating fixtures… but those things are frowned upon when living in a rental- so plan B.
We have a really small entryway that I thought was pretty cute when we first looked at the house. It opens up to the upstairs and makes everything feel very tall and bright. As we were preparing to move in, I had spent some time looking for decor ideas and I came across this super cute lettered HOME sign that someone had made for their foyer. There is this awkward strip off wall between the front door and the coat closet that definitely needed something, and I knew this sign would be perfect! Now that we have begun to settle, I have decided it is time to start decorating and this is my first project. I am very excited about how it turned out!
Here’s what I used:
I picked up some wooden craft letters from Walmart for about $2 each.
I LOVE this chalky finish paint from Valspar! I bought this at Lowe’s a few months ago for another project and had some left. This was the perfect color to paint my letters. The color is called “Cream in My Coffee”.
My plan was to buy a pre-made wreath for this project, but I couldn’t find one small enough for the space, so I had to make my own. While at Walmart, I grabbed a fern bundle for about $3. I cut the branches off and, used a hot glue gun to make a small wreath from them.
I only had to use one coat of paint on the letters to get the coverage I wanted. I knew I was going to “distress” them once they were dry, so I wasn’t too worried about getting full coverage. Once the paint was dry, I took a piece of sandpaper and went along the edges to sand the paint down in several places to let the wood show through. I love the distressed texture.
It was a super simple project and it only took me about an hour (including drying time) to finish so it was incredibly satisfying for my compulsive, impatient personality! It makes a huge difference to our entryway and it is just the first step towards making this rental house our home! What do you think?
Since moving in, I have created an instagram account to share all of my projects and inspiration as I work to make a cozy dwelling for our family under the restrictions of rental life. Come join me on the journey! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas too!
And continue to follow along, right here on the blog too!