Do you have a space…that space…one that just screams “Do something with me!” in your home? Well, we do. And I have been eying that little nook for about 2 years wishing I could think of what to do with it to make it useful, attractive, and maybe even functional in the process.
It’s just a little corner. You step out of the kitchen, there it is. Step out of our bedroom, there it is. But it’s too small to put anything there. We’ve tried putting a bookcase there, but it just looks awkward and is just a repository for a bunch of old books we never read anymore, and pictures, and knick knacks that collect dust. We tried putting various chairs there, but it’s just not really big enough for that and we would always round the corner coming out of our bedroom and stub our toe. Then we just started putting the vacuum there because we have two large dogs who shed a lot and we vacuum incessantly and we’re just too lazy to put it away. But, alas, that doesn’t really add to the “look” we are trying to achieve.
Recently, while completing our kitchen remodel, we found some rounded corner shelves that worked perfectly near our sink and they just happened to have larger, 18 inch shelves just like them in an Espresso color. I had been hemming and hawing for weeks over what color we would paint the living room this Spring just to liven things up after a long winter and about 6 years of the same color in that room. I chose a risky green that I loved, but wasn’t sure if I would love three large walls of it, and I set out to paint that corner to try it out. Well, lo and behold, it looked fantastic. Even Darren loved it and it was THE color out of all of the swatches I brought home that he DID NOT want. (He finally broke down and said I could just choose a color, thank goodness!)
So, in one afternoon we painted the corner (as well as the rest of the walls we needed to paint), and put up the shelves to remake this corner into something spectacular. I have to say that the paint we used was fantastic. We have never found a paint that we like as well as this. We used Valspar Paint with Primer in it. This can be purchased at Lowe’s for about $30.00 per gallon. I must tell you that it is definitely a ONE COAT paint. And I slathered that paint on with no rhyme or reason while the ceiling fan was on, blowing air all around the paint, and when it dried it dried completely smooth without streaking.
I also use a great brush we have found at Lowe’s, but they may have them at Home Depot as well. It’s a soft bristle brush for paint that has a rubber handle. It’s a short brush intended for corners. The bristles are cut at an angle and I DID NOT HAVE TO TAPE A SINGLE WALL and the edging looks fantastic. This type of brush gives you a lot of control, even with a bit of a shaky hand. You can almost hold it like a pencil.
The shelves were purchased at Home Depot for $26.00 a piece. We purchased 4 of them, plus the gallon of paint and two brushes. To repaint the living room and to transform this corner, it cost us less than $150 and one afternoon. Now our room has gone from dé-bore to décor in one afternoon!
After finishing the corner, we painted a bit more to see how we liked the color in the rest of the room. It’s very green. What do you think? I love how lush it looks with the cappuccino colored shelves and bookcase. Just the look I was going for.
In what ways have you transformed your spaces? Take a moment to share in our comments, link to pictures you have posted on the Web, or take a moment to join our site and post your project to our forum. We LOVE to see what others are doing!
It’s Spring y’all. And Mother Nature is being slow about freshening up the place. Take it upon yourselves to make your space fresh in easy and inexpensive ways.