Friday, September 25, 2009

Front Door Makeover!

Little boys and dirty fingers and white front doors don't mix...

I've been thinking about repainting my front door for a while. It was on my project list for the summer, but I didn't get to it till September. (Hey technically it WAS done before summer was over!)



I picked the same color as the hallway wall, just got the exterior paint.
Here is 2 coats. I ended up doing 3.

I love the details on the door now....not so much when they were white.

BEFORE (notice the bench...details coming later)


BEFORE (further away)


BEFORE - The bench, in such a sorry state! I recently found some pictures of it new! It must be about 8 years old. Sitting outside in the elements has really done some damage. Nothing a little spray paint can't fix!


I just sprayed the sides with black Rustoleum spray paint and brush painted on the same exterior paint as I used on the front door. I was done in under 30 minutes!

The old milk can....
This came from the town I was in born in, Hilversum, in Holland.

Talk about rusty!

You can barely make out the word "Hilversum"

I sprayed it with Rustoleum hammered finish


A fresh coat of paint does wonders!

I'm linking to DIY at A Soft Place to Land

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Hallway

I'm finally blogging again!
It's been a short and busy summer and I haven't been motivated enough to blog.
But I'm back!

I've been wanting to update our hallway in so long. The 80's wallpaper wasn't doing it for me, decor-wise.

Taking the wallpaper off in this house is quite a process. It's very thick and has two layers. At long last it's removed to uncover some "not so lovely" sponge paint. (rather reminiscent of the bathroom sponge paint job)

I chose this color because I love it and it's the same color as the dupioni silk curtains in the living and dining room. A great, warm accent color...

I have, since then, also painted the stairs going up to the school room this color as well as the front door.

Pictures to come...I have one more coat to paint on the front door.

Hopefully, I'll get to that tomorrow!

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