After we spruced up the basement landing/stairwell . . .
. . . the door to the basement remained sadly un-spruced.
It had been painted white and given new brushed silver hinges and door knob like all of our other interior doors, but it had been painted quickly and there were spots where the old grey-ish paint could be seen on the inside (that’s my Mom above, Vanna White-ing it to show you where). We had also started using it as a place to store vital information, like the garbage day schedule, but we had been using painter’s tape to stick stuff up there. I didn’t have any white paint left, but I had my trusty free gallon of mint paint. I decided a little colour would be fun, especially because it’s just the inside of the door (the outside and edges stayed white).
I taped off the edges and the door knob, removed the papers and unscrewed the white bag holder. Two coats of paint later, I had a fresh new minty door. I grabbed a set of cork trivets from Ikea and affixed them to the door with construction adhesive, holding them in place while the adhesive dried with painter’s tape. And voila – much tidier! Plus the mint looks sweet with the framed brooches in the stairwell.
We re-hung the holder for random plastic bags (on the rare occasion we get them from a store, I hang on to them and re-use them). The cork trivets tidied up our important info. We purposefully installed them in a vertical row, with one at kid-height, so if future owners
have kids they can pin up their school stuff. I would have liked to have painted these a fun colour, or done a whole
grid (like this) but I was short on both time and money. The
natural cork looks cute against the brick when the door is open, anyway, and three tiles means we only have so much room to clutter up!