Sunday, January 29, 2012

Front Door Face Lift

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I finally started and finished my front door face lift. It was old and beat up and it desperately needed a fresh coat of paint and some updating. My boyfriend did some painting on the fence a few weeks ago and I took the opportunity to snap some before pictures while we were out there cleaning the yard. Here is the finished result.

It may not look like much but to me it is a big difference. Here are some before pictures.

See? Ugly screen door, old doorbell, and the fence looks awful...

Here is a close up of the door before. 

The color I chose is slightly darker and more in the brown family than off white. Can you see how beat up the side of the door looks? 

Here is the inside of the door. 

I had to remove that doorbell, it was really bugging me especially because it looked all yellow from age, but then I was left with a nice big hole. 

So I painted the inside of the door also. It's a creamy white called Innocent by Behr and I am going to paint the base boards and the rest of the trim in the house with it. I bought a door knocker that covered the hole on the outside but I had to get creative with covering the hole on the inside. This is my temporary solution. 

I bought a new lock for the bottom and spray painted my silver deadbolt. 
My girls aren't fans of the thing on the inside of the door, but like I said until I can come up with something else it is staying.  I don't think it is sooo bad.

Here is the outside again. 

Eventually I will buy a new screen door so that we can leave the door open during the summer. 

This project took me all day! I used two coats of primer and two coats of paint on the outside and one coat of primer and paint on the inside. It was worth it though I am happy with the result. 


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lampshade Stencil

Hi everyone!

I am not painting my front door like I wanted to. It's really windy today! I don't feel like worrying about dust flying into my wet paint and I was hoping to paint it on the hinges. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for painting.

In the meantime I finished a quick little project. I have been looking at this lampshade for so long and realizing it was so blah. It needed  a little something. I found a stencil that I really like and went with that. Here is how it turned it out.

Here is the before:

Much better don't you think?

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pinterest Blog Hop

Hi Everybody! I was just over at Beverly's blog

I am so excited! She is hosting a Pinterest Blog Hop. I posted my board "for the home". It has all of the ideas I want to use in my house. I was looking for a way to share my ideas until I can make them happen and here it is. You should go check it out! I am the 988th link on the list if you want to see my board. I can't wait to go back and look around at all the links and see what everybody else is finding and pinning on Pinterest.

Here is the link if you want to join the party.

If you would like to follow me on pinterest there is a button on my sidebar that will get you there. I am half finished with my knitting project so hopefully I can post that this weekend. I will also be trying to finish a couple of home projects, so check back in when you can.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Living Room Before and After

Hi Everyone, Sorry for the long absence. We went out of town to visit my best friend and her family this past weekend so I was not able to post anything. I have also been busy learning how to knit and am working on a project for oldest daughter, so that project will be posted soon (hopefully). I pulled it apart and started over several times. I am a crocheter so am having a hard time switching my hands and brain to use knitting needles instead of a crochet hook, but I think I finally have it down.

Anyway I thought I would share some before and after pictures of my living room. Some of these have been shown in previous posts, but not all at once. So here we go a tour of the before and afters of my living room. It's not done at all, but it is a work in progress.

First up the wall near the door.

This is how it looked before we moved in. It had double doors that opened into the next room. This room also had another single door to enter so we closed this wall off completely.

 Now this is where the t.v. and my dresser makeover sit.

To the right of that is the front door then a wall with a window.


Now for the wall to the right of the door or left if you are walking through it.
Here is the before, (these are the listing pictures).

And now:

This is after I put up woven blinds and made my drop cloth curtains.
My dad changed the baseboards for me. I still need to paint them.

I also painted the desk. And the mirror. Oh and I recently stenciled the lampshade.You can click on the link to see how it turned out.

Now for the wall to the right of that wall which is what you see when you walk in the door.
This is what is looked like before we moved in:

And now:

This is after my coffee table makeover.

As you can see I am still trying to decide what to put above the smaller couch. I'm thinking about
doing a gallery wall. For now I have all my pictures on this bookshelf which I am not crazy about but it was free so I have put it to use. 
The door next to the bookshelf leads into a hallway and bedrooms. Painting the door is on the to do list.

I painted these candle pillars if you want to see the before you can go here.

This bookshelf has scrapbook paper modpodged along the back of it. I did this before blogging and although it improved the bookshelf I am still not a fan. I will probably paint it if I decide to keep it. 

I also need to paint this room and change my throw pillows I have some pillow ideas pinned on Pinterest, so at some point I hope to make my own.  I think I may also stencil my drop cloth curtains.

Color Palette for living room

This is the color palette I am working with in this room. I found it on colourlovers.

That is my progress so far. Thanks for stopping by!


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