Saturday, February 22, 2014


It's definitely starting to feel like spring is here in California, and with St. Patrick's Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to brighten up the front porch with a little green and orange.

Things had been looking pretty dreary out here since the holidays, so painting the welcome mat and adding a colorful DIY wreath was a long overdue way to add some color.

The welcome mat has been on our front porch since before we bought the house, always very functional but never much in the looks department. I have been looking for a colorful one for ages and finally gave up and decided to put the fun in functional myself by freshening it with a little paint.

The project only took an hour or so to do, and it was free because I used craft paint that I had on hand and a regular 3" paint brush. I don't know how it will wear, but it sure looks pretty for now.

Here's a quick how to.

The  wreath was an impromptu project that came about when I found these artificial hops at Beverly's last week. We are beer drinkers here at 231 and when I saw them I knew it would be fun to create something fun for spring using them.

I pulled out my trusty hot glue gun and attached the hops to a grapevine wreath. I added the phrase "hoppy spring" because it was playful, and I love the double meaning... It's used almost to the point of being a cliché, but usually refers to bunny rabbits, not actual hops. Get it?

Since the project was last minute, I cut up a reusable bag that I had on hand and painted the phrase on the triangles using craft paint. There was a seam allowance on the inside of the bag, so it made it easy to hot glue the inside of each triangle of bunting to some jute twine.

I love how well the colors go together and the way they brighten up the front porch, even though this space still has a long way to go before I would consider it "welcoming". The concrete is stained and cracked, and I'd love to paint and stencil it, maybe something like this or this. I've also had my eye on these chairs from Ikea, a fun alternative to the Adirondacks that everyone has on their porches in my 'hood. And yes, the front door is in serious need of updating. We have been going back and forth between painting it and replacing it (with something that would let in a little more light) since we bought the house... maybe we'll get to it this summer.

In the meantime I'd like to add a couple planters with some colorful orange and yellow flowers to sit next to my wooden lanterns and draw the eye away from the rest of the ugly.


  1. This wreath is the sh***! I love it! I had some ideas for decorating a wreath myself, but they seem kind of inadequate now...

    1. Thanks Yana - you've got lots of great projects of your own going on too! That's what I love so much about this community, it's so full of incredible and new ideas!

  2. I love how you made your mat and your wreath such a fabulous combination....

    xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique