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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dingy Door & Daydreams

The front door should welcome your guests, not scare them off! :)

Our dingy, white door has been on the list of things we'd like to upgrade since we moved in.  We're not a fan of the arched window or the dents and dings.

After living here for 5 years with minimal $$ for remodeling, I realized I can still dream of a new door while improving the one we currently have for the price of a quart of paint. (I wish I would have thought of that sooner!)

In those "dreams" we would have a real wood door, but for now I had to pick a paint color that would coordinate with our current white and green exterior.  Red doors are fun, but not my thing. After contemplating many colors, I chose a grayish-aqua that wouldn't fight the green and white, and it is like a sneak peek of the color scheme inside the house.

After a good scrub, I painted the door Behr Cloud Burst.  It is a lovely shade that is just a little darker than a duck egg blue. It was an easy decision since I already fell in love with this color after painting my pantry door.


Now to hunt in the basement for the leftover white paint to finish off the trim around the door...
And for more "pinspiration" for outdoor improvements, see my board here. :)

Don't forget to embrace what you already have!

Joss and Main

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Brightening a Dark Hallway

I'm not a fan of long hallways. I love that our house barely even has a hallway!  It is the length of a linen cabinet and a doorway.  However, like most hallways, there is no natural light making it very dark.

First thing we did to update the hallway was change out this brass beauty for a more pleasing fixture.

We chose a smaller scale school house light from Home Depot. 

With the light updated, the tired oak linen cabinet was the next thing to fix. 

(Yes, that's where we store our cowboy hats. I have a solution for that coming soon!)

Not only does the white paint make the doors look better, 
it also reflects light better and brightens up the hall. 

Joss and Main

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mid-Summer Happenings

Around the yard…
A few close ups of the "pretty"

And the not so pretty...

Work in progress.

My big planter is not looking so good. Time to reevaluate and replant. Hopefully it will start to perk up before the end of summer if I can keep the grass seed and deer out of it. 

We've had the perfect blend of summer adventures and time at home.  Summertime "togetherness" has it's ups and downs though! I'm reminded of this sign I made last year as I am refereeing arguments and trying to keep the boys (and me) on track:

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
-Philippians 4:6-7

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Star Banner

The 4th of July is almost here!  I recently made this star banner to dress up the fireplace. 

I don't have a craft store nearby to pick up patriotic scrapbook paper, so I made my own.  Simply using card stock from the office supply store, I printed out elements of the Constitution and the Preamble on red, blue, white, and kraft paper.  Then I cut the paper into various sizes of stars.

After layering the stars together, I taped them to jute twine. 

Happy Independence Day!

Joss and Main

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Accidents Happen

Paint Choices, Mistakes, and Happy Accidents

Before we talk about paint, lets talk about moulding.
The previous owner installed tall baseboards in our home to replace the short, builder basic. Yay! Thank you, previous homeowner!

They also "upgraded" all of the door trim with fluted casing and rosettes.
(Before…no thanks!)

My husband and I ripped out that molding much to the dismay of most people who saw it and liked it. It reminds me of Victorian meets 1980's. Sorry, not a fan.

We wanted a more turn of the century look.  We kept the tall baseboards and plinth block in place (we liked that piece!) and made our own case moldings for the doors by ripping  MDF sheets to size.  We used 1/2" thick, 3" wide pieces for the vertical casings. For the top horizontal piece, we used a 3/4" thick, 4" wide piece to add dimension and character.

I've painted my doors and trim in the main living area a few times since we moved in….not fun…and finally settled on a color that I like. White. They started out white, but I thought I wanted something different. I made 3 failed attempts of color (brown, dark green, charcoal) then eventually I painted the baseboards and trim white…again.

I can't complain though. Because of my many paint choices, I realized how much I like dark doors with white trim.  I'd seen this online in a few homes, but didn't think it was for me until I accidentally gave these doors a similar look.

In one of my many attempts to pick a color for my baseboards, trim, and doors, I tried a dark charcoal gray (Dark Granite):

After changing the baseboards back to white, I then painted the door casing white. Next on my list was to paint the doors white. But WAIT! I loved how the charcoal gray doors looked with the white trim!

It was a "happy accident" that I am very pleased with.

It's not quite as bold and daring as the black doors and white trim, but I love the combination of white, gray and charcoal!
Current living room colors:
Walls: Behr Classic Silver
Trim: Behr Silky White
Doors: Behr Dark Granite

In the hall bathroom and laundry room, I painted the inside of doors white to better suit the small space.

Walls: Oops, don't remember but soon to be painted Cloud Burst
Trim: Behr Silky White
Door: Behr Silky White

Walls: Behr Cloud Burst (50%)
Trim: Behr Silky White
Door: Behr Silky White

Walls: Behr Classic Silver
Trim: Behr Silky White
Pantry Door: Behr Cloud Burst (100%)

And the painting continues… more doors and trim on the list of uncompleted projects!

Joss and Main

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wheelbarrow Transformation

This old broken-down wheelbarrow has been hiding in the back yard for several years now.

I love the rust but not the yellow
I decided spray paint would be a quick and easy fix.

To prep it, I simply hosed it off. I didn't even attempt to remove the crusty cement. The bolts were rusted on so I left it as is and didn't even take it apart to paint it.

I added red petunias and white alyssum (2 of my favorite flowers).
I used Rustoleum Satin Lagoon which is more of a turquoise blue, but paired with white and red flowers it looks very patriotic.

I had visions of the alyssum overflowing the edges of the wheelbarrow, but that might take a few more months. These flowers are still getting adjusted to their new environment. 

I don't usually decorate for Independence Day other than a flag, but I think this is a good start! 

Joss and Main

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