I love the new set up, but have long felt that I needed to add something to the area below the ledge. I contemplated wallpaper or tone-on-tone paint treatments, but still haven't decided what to do to jazz up this space. I figure it's best to just let it be and allow myself to be inspired sometime. But, I did move forward with a project I saw a while back (on a blog I'm sure, don't remember which). I grabbed some wooden letters (mentioned that on Monday) and got out the same latex paint I used on the walls (Behr's Valley Mist) and started painting.
Each letter got two coats, which I allowed to dry fully before flipping them over and applying some modge podge to the back. Then I pressed them into the wall for about 30 seconds each before moving on to the next letter.
It's silly I know, but this little phrase makes me smile every time I see it. And, even though she can't read, Charlotte knows what it says and has done a better job of putting her shoes where they belong when she gets in the door. That'll be short-lived for sure, but I figure it's still a good reminder.
P.S. I'll probably go back and caulk around the edges of the letters, where they meet the wall. At the very least I'll slap another coat of paint on to try to cover the small gaps. But for now I'm content to leave it as is.