From combing through Etsy and Pinterest, I had two quick and easy ways to perk up our front entrance.
The first was to make our house numbers and mailbox a bit happier. How does one make an inanimate object happy? Easy: by adding neon!
I took not-so-clean bronzed house numbers and mailbox, cleaned them up with a paste made from baking soda and water, dried them and then had some fun with spray paint. I liked the way the bronze looked in the first place, so I spray painted the numbers and the outside of the mailbox bronze, essentially bringing them back to what I assume they looked like when they were new. And then, borrowing from an idea I saw on Pinterest, I spray painted the inside of the mailbox a neon green. Now that is a happy color!
And then for the foyer, where there is no coat closet, I wanted a coat rack that said more than, “Put coats here.” How does a coat rack talk, one may ask. Truth be told, most don’t, but this one does! Red squiggles hanging on a wall just scream at you to smile. For an extra touch of decor, I added a 1920s-era straw hat, which was one of the decorations from our wedding.
Neon green mailbox + red squiggle coat rack = a happy entrance! 🙂