It's that time of year again, spring break. It's time to clean, organize and refresh. I have spent a large portion of the last two weeks doing exactly that.
My biggest priority was our bedroom. The walls have been the same sage green color for over 10 years. The closet was overflowing with junk. And let's just say that the one picture hanging on the wall was less than inspiring. It is time to breathe some new life into this room.
First, the walls. This is what they have looked like since shortly after we moved into the house. Clearly, they need a little brightening. Maybe purple?
On to the closet. I am too embarrassed by the mass quantities of ill fitting clothes, worn shoes, and tattered accessories that I have accumulated over the years to include a "before" picture of this. Let's just say I took everything out of the closet, piled it on the floor, and only kept the things that fit, look good, and aren't outdated. The result was five bags of stuff to donate to the Goodwill and two bags of trash.
Finally, the pathetic single picture on the wall. Clearly, it must go. Fortunately, I was inspired by an idea I found at designsponge.com for wine bottle vases. (I have this pinned on my Upcycling Board on Pinterest.) I love upcycling ideas and I have collected a number of wine bottles suitable for projects like this.
The directions for how to mount the wine bottles on the wall and what hardware to use were fantastic! It was going to be a simple, inexpensive decorating project. There was just one hitch, getting the hardware. The only place in Tucson that I could find it was Lowe's. I hate wandering up and down the seemingly endless aisles, so I decided to order the parts online for in-store pick-up. Everything was in stock and ready to go. But alas, when I arrived to pick it up, they told me that not all of the items were in stock and that it would be a couple weeks until they had all the pieces available. Grrr.
So, it was time to revisit my New Year's resolution. No, not the part about going running every day, the part about being passionate, determined and inventive. After a lot of thought, and a few internet searches, I decided I would try drilling holes into the back of the wine bottles and hanging them on small nails. I headed back to the big box store to get a diamond drill bit that could drill through glass, charged the drill, and voila, my version of the wine bottle vases!
And now for the "After" photos. Freshly painted walls, organized closet, creative decorating touches.
For those of you counting the shoes, I wish I could say I only own six pairs of shoes and two pairs of boots. However, I admit I have a shoe addiction and there are a number of shoes cleverly concealed in the closet or in other rooms of the house.