Whether you call them doorbells or doorbell chimes, outdated is never a cute look on anything. I recently started working on a hallway photo wall which happens to have a big-o- yellow, straight-out-of-the-Brady-Bunch-house looking rectangle plastered right at the top. Eventually, we may add that to the to-do list, but for now it stays as it is in perfectly working condition. I kept breaking my head on how to arrange pictures around it or possibly disguise it, somehow make it blend in. I was really tempted to rip it off the wall and loose my doorbell for a while, I could live with that…but then I thought of all those amazing Amazon packages I may have to sign for, what if I missed one due to the doorbell being out of order.
I was walking down every single isle at one of my favorite stores, Michael’s, when I came across these cute little wooden crates. My mind took off from there and this is the end result.
Okay so I decided on this look for many reasons;
1. I knew I needed something similar in shape and hollowed out. I wanted this to be simple and quick so I didn’t want to get into too much detail DIYing this piece.
2. I needed said piece to be light in weight to avoid damaging the actual doorbell chime.
3. I needed said piece to be “open” as to allow the doorbell chime to be heard
4. I knew it would match the decor on this accent wall as I was going for a retro/vintage/farmhouse-y style of mismatched look. I had purchased a big haul of thrifted vintage frames a few days prior that I was also making over and this piece would fit right in after a few brush strokes.
When I saw this cute little crate I knew it was THE ONE.
My wall started out like this:
This thing was full of spiderwebs and even had painters tape still surrounding it from the botched paint job the previous owners did
Remember, I’m all about quick and inexpensive home updates. Last week I shared with you another quick and easy DIY Farmhouse-style chalkboard makeover. I will be using the same glaze on this project to give it the same weathered farmhouse effect.
I used Krylon ColorMaster in Mambo Pink spray paint- I love Krylon brand because it’s fast drying and regardless of what I’m painting or what surface it is, I’ve yet needed to prime anything, saving me time and money.
I also used Valspar Limewash Glaze over the pink paint once it dried. I wanted it to look weathered and old so I didn’t concern myself too much with brush stroke patterns. I purchased mine at my local Lowe’s store.
The crate I purchased at Michael’s Craft Store, I couldn’t find a link with the measurements of my crate but if you do a quick search on craft crates many will pop up. Pay attention to measurements if they’re revelant to your DIY.
I sprayed on 2 coats of the spray paint waiting about 30 minutes in between coats.
I then brushed on some of the limewash glaze. I did 3 coats of this one because the pink is pretty deep so I wanted to tone it down and give it a more worn and weathered look, which required about 3 coats of limewash. I waited about 10 minutes in between the limewash coats. Then I let it dry for a couple hours outside and came back and hot glued left over flowers from a previous project.
See how beautiful and DEEP that pink is? perfect for accent party decor but not so much for a farmhouse decor piece
As you can see, I didn’t really care about the inside of the crate too much since that side would be resting on the outdated doorbell and wouldn’t be visible when displayed
Hot glue is my best friend
You can’t even tell a little bit that an ugly outdated doorbell is being hidden behind this cutie