Eeek! Yellow and brown was never my thing and when I got a vanilla hall with a generic brown door I knew at least the yellow had to go QUICKLY. Never mind that other parts of the house still have the original dingy 1954 wall paper but this mid 80’s decor made me sick to my stomach. And no, I don't care that this particular shade of yellow supposedy is all the rage again. Bleah.
Also there was an issue of storage or at least clutter collecting. Wille complained (and he’s not one to complain normally) that there wasn’t anywhere to put keys etc when entering the house. I needed to think of something quickly and didn’t have a whole lot of materials to choose from but I did have the brackets off the old window sill in the kitchen and a left over piece of board from the new kitchen. It’s not solid wood but a piece of melamine covered chip board (I can hear Martin cringing right now) but it would have to do for now. I can always switch it out later. Besides, my plan is to build a radiator cover there later on and then it will all be re-thunk anyway.
So after painting the walls white I cut the board to fit I the space above the radiator and attached it with the brackets. I also added our old bathroom mirror above to reflect the light from the small hall windows. This is probably the darkest corner of the house and the brown ugly doesn’t help much. I’m repainting the door in a lighter color as soon as I can leave it open (Bonus is currently at the beginning of week 4 of 5 weeks of being grounded).
Painting the walls white made a HUGE difference and the shelf serves it’s purpose perfectly. A place to drop coins and keys and to scribble a last minute note.