I have been living with a nightmare for 10 years: the stairway of our house. The shade of blue we painted it turned out a lot more, hmm, vibrant than I wanted. The paint job itself left much to be desired. A piece of wood trim developed a large split, and the cats decided to use a corner area for a scratching post. All that kept me from doing it over (other than the usual lack of time/ money/ motivation) was remembering what a literal pain in the neck it was to paint those big, high walls while trying not to fall down the stairs. Oh, and painting around the door frames of the five doorways that open onto the upstairs landing.
This spring, I couldn't take it any more. I think it was wanting a nice home for that cute little green table that got me going. I solved the painting- around- the- door- frames issue by painting the walls and the trim white. I found a pretty lace curtain at the thrift store. (The green you can see through the lace? Actual leaves on the trees! They appeared last week!)
The shelf came from a sale the first weekend of yard sales. Because I
had no money because I just went to the gas station was feeling inventive, I mixed some leftover pink paint with some leftover white paint for the shelf.
And then I got out all of my yard-sale vases and planters and endlessly rearranged them. I was happy the blue walls were gone ...
and happy to find that I've got room for some new vases and pots!