So I finally finished my entryway. Here's what it looked like before:
It was the only 'room' in the whole house that hadn't been painted before I bought it. Combine that with the rickety shelves, the sagging wooden closet rod, the large cracks in the plaster caused by jacking it up this past summer:
and the holes made by the electrician who wired in an outside light for me:
and it definitely needed some TLC. What followed was a couple weeks of patching, mudding, taping, mudding, sanding, mudding, sanding, repeat. Here's a 'work in progress' shot:
And finally, the end result:
A fresh coat of paint on walls & ceiling, new shelves and closet rod, the new light, and some DIY key hooks.
Oh, and those stylin' rubber boots aren't there just to look pretty - they're a necessity when it comes time to clean garbage out of the ravine next to my house! :)
Now THIS I want to come home to.
**Update: for those of you who join me in a love of thrift, here's the cost breakdown:
repairing the walls $47.04
decor $34.48 (includes light fixture, closet rod, shelves, key hooks, etc)