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*Screeeech.* Backtrack.

April 16, 2012  —  Written by Julia 

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If there were two words to describe this weekend, they would be “Poor Greta.”  She is so, so sick.  Her terrible, barking cough has meant no sleeping for days and today a runny nose was added to the mix.  Chris found this homeopathic cold and cough medicine approved for kids age 2+ (hooray!) and she is currently taking her first nap since Thursday.  

The other word to describe the weekend would be “backtrack.”  In the midst of lots of snuggling and humidifying and baby Vicks, we managed to gather a few things to spruce up our entryway.  I had envisioned a beautiful wood shelf on brackets underneath our new, large mirror like this inspiration photo:

Our entryway would have a shoe rack underneath, since we absolutely need a place to stash our shoes when we walk in the door.  We live in reality around here, even if I wish I could have that vase of flowers and the floor free of shoe clutter–it just wouldn’t work for us.  The shoes would still pile up underneath and the vase would last 30 seconds with Greta’s little hands.  Eh well. I picked up a sturdy piece of wood at Home Depot and some stain and three brackets ready to make our shelf.  I also found a beautiful bamboo and oil-rubbed bronze shoe rack in the online classifieds that I claimed within minutes.  Once I got it home, and before I started on my shelf, I put my shoe rack in place and this in when the *Sccrreeeeeechhhh* comes in.

No.  No, no, no, no, no.  That wouldn’t work.  It’s not wide enough.  The styles don’t match.  Even though the shoe rack is pretty, it doesn’t match the mirror.  Darn.  I put it back up on the classifieds ten minutes after it was in our home.  (If you’re local, here’s the ad in case you’re interested)  In addition to bagging the shoe rack, we have also bagged the shelf.  We are concerned any shoe rack is going to make things look cluttered under there, so we are backtracking and devising a new plan for our teeny entry wall. 
And to tell you the truth, it’s already in the works.  Off to take full advantage of Greta’s naptime…

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  1. I love this shoe rack !

  2. the shoe rack is beautiful, it’s too bad it doesn’t work…but i agree, it’s not right for the mirror! i can’t wait to see your new plan!

  3. We love this trick, but this cough must be bad because nothing seems to stop it!

  4. Awww hahahha that shoe rack just looks sad and lonely

  5. Teri Burgin says:

    You may already know this, but rubbing Vicks on the soles of Greta’s feet will really stop the coughing. It really works and on adults too!

  6. Ding! Ding! Ding! Luckily, the dimensions are perfect for our space. *wink* Stay tuned for tomorrow!

  7. Elizabeth Troup Kleinmann says:

    have you seen these shoe cabinets from ikea? they look really nice and i almost purchased one for myself recently but it didn’t fit our space.
    (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80156120/#/60156121)

    i hope your daughter feels better! having a sick baby is the worst! :(

  8. meaganbriggs3 says:

    I’m going to write down that medicine for future colds!!! Poor Greta girl!!!! Brinley was sooo sick before Christmas and she didn’t nap for days. I was stuck inside all week with a sick tired kid so ry came home and we decided to drive to Walmart to get out of the house. 2 seconds after we pulled out she was passed out in her carseat. So instead, we drove home and she was able to sleep for an hour! That was a miracle!! Anyways, hope miss Greta is on the up and up for getting better.

    Excited to see what you come up with for the entry! I am with ya, functional is way better than being worried 24/7 about items that could harm and most definitely break if a kid even looked at it.

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