Happy Monday, Everyone! I have a truly awful “before” picture to show you. And then I could use some suggestions on how to display some great paper signs I bought at the Country Living Fair in June. I’m away at the beach this week – and yet I’m still blogging away. As I prepared to come on this little trip, I was also prepping my house for the next big step in our current spate of fixing up. Hopefully you saw the big reveal of our downstairs bathroom gut-renovation, that’s what really got the ball rolling. Actually, I wasn’t really doing both things at once. First, I was getting the house ready – pretty much right up until a few hours before I left – and then I threw a bunch of our stuff in some bags and we hit the road to Jersey. Yeah, that’s how it works around here.
So the prep work that we did was clearing everything out of the main hallway of the house (it’s a center hall colonial), both upstairs and downstairs. I also cleared out my daughter’s room (upstairs) and my desk area (which is set in an alcove off the main hallway – downstairs). These sections of the house still have their original plaster walls and they all needed some repair work. Mr. Social Media has done some plaster repair over the last few months – and we’ve been living with those patches for. . . a while. Unpainted. We decided to hire out the rest of the plaster repair and the repainting. If everything goes according to plan? It should all be finished by the time I get back later this week. And then I can get started putting everything back where it belongs. Though I must admit, I liked the empty look and feel of the space so much, once I moved everything out, that I’m planning to have a big Barn Sale shortly after we return . . .
So, you want to see the dreadful before picture? You might think that this is what the hallway looked like after I took everything off the walls to get ready for the painter. It’s not. This is really what the hall looks like. Now, I’m not fishing for compliments. I know that I have a beautiful house. But the truth of the matter is that I have held back from making it as nice as it could be. I don’t know why. Maybe there is no reason. I mean, look at that light fixture. It’s really yucky. It came with the house. . . FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. I haven’t even noticed it in at last ten years! I really didn’t even notice it till I started taking these pictures the other day! It’s gotta go. Everything else up there is lovely – except that it needs to be painted and it might be nice if we hung something on the walls. . .
And that is where the advice comes in. I have collected a few things recently that I’d really like to use to decorate this hallway. These paper signs come (obvioulsy?) from an old movie theater. I love them. I know that I want to use them on this big wall – but I’m not sure how I want to put them up there. I really don’t want to do custom frames – waaay too expensive. I’d really like your suggestions. . .
They’re just cardboard. But I’m sort of in love with things with words and letters and numbers on them. . . I love the black and whiteness and that they’re old. . . I don’t know. They just speak to me. They kind of look like all of that Subway style art you see everywhere, right?
And speaking of that. . .
A tiny peek at something else that will go on that wall (I hope). This is the real deal. And it’s big. Really big. And it has place names that are personally important to both my husband and me. I bought it for Mr. Social Media for Father’s Day this year. I can’t even tell you how much I love this thing! I also need to figure out how we’re going to display that one.
Okay, how should I get those cardboard/heavy paper signs up on the wall? I bought these other old paper signs at an auction a few years ago. . . I’m thinking something like this. . . they are the same sort of heavy paper – but one of these is push-pinned to the wooden board – and the other one is stapled. . . I’m not really thinking something like that.
Help me out! What should I do with my old movie theater signs?? How should I display them?