So I think I’ve read just about every great tutorial out there on how to paint wall stripes. But, I’m gonna be honest here: my first attempt at figuring out how to paint wall stripes a couple of years ago was a FAIL. I thought I followed everything to the tee – the right painter’s tape, the right measurements, and… Read More
Well, hello there friends! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been around! I’ve been busy with a big makeover project in the boys’ bedroom. But before getting started, I had to remove vinyl wall decals, so I thought I’d share a couple of tips on what I learned. It seems like just months ago that I shared their toddler room… Read More
Seriously, is there anything better than a spray paint makeover? It’s one of the fastest, cheapest, easiest, and most fail-proof projects around.
Take for example, this neglected iron patio table which has been kicking around for a few years. It’s been made-over with spray paint so many times that I can’t even remember what color it was when I bought it! It was red for awhile to match our red front door (before I painted it blue), and it appears that I later started to paint it pewter. You know, I can’t even remember doing that, lol. I’m not sure if I ran out of spray paint or disliked it, but in any case, it was left half-finished in the elements for a year or so and started to rust.
The snow is gone, the sun is out, the temperatures are rising…dare I say it’s the season for front door painting? (Can I get a booyah?)
I’m a sucker for fab front door colors.
There’s nothing that provides easier curb appeal than a pop of fun color on a door. Trying a bright or fun color on your front door can be scary, but I love how this web site about exterior color explains the fact that colors have visual ‘weight’, and that a powerful color in a small dose can visually balance an expanse of neutral house siding.
I also thought this analogy from the same site was great: “Remember that your house most likely will be viewed from the street which may mean 60 feet or more from the curb. It’s like the actress with her stage makeup, positively frightening, but she has to be seen by the person in the very back row of the theater.”
Last year at about this time, I took the plunge and painted the front door on our house (which has cypress green siding) from a safe and traditional red, to a more unexpected light turquoise.
My Front Door Color:
Martha Stewart Artesian Well
Mixed as Behr paint + primer
If you’re in the market for new front door colors like I was, you’ve probably searched for inspiration on Google, Pinterest and more. (It feels so much safer, doesn’t it?!?) I found many pretty front doors, but found it frustrating that the exact paint color chip number couldn’t be traced for many of them.
So, for any of you lovely readers who might be considering changing your front door color this spring, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite ones…but I’ve only included doors for which I could trace the paint color with a fair amount of certainty. You’ll notice that most of them are Benjamin Moore paint colors – I tried to stick with a brand that’s most widely available.
Last year it was Tangerine Tango. The year before, it was Honeysuckle. Before that, it was my personal favorite, Turquoise. So, by now, maybe you’ve heard that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald Green? “PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald” is described as “a lively, radiant, and lush green”…”a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”
The Pantone press release reads:
“As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald Green brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.” See more here.
But I have to admit that I’m a little apprehensive about how Emerald Green might translate into home decor. Personally, I could never READ MORE HERE
One of the fun things about having a decorating blog is that it holds you to task on projects that might otherwise get half-finished (or not done at all). Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality holds a link-up every year at this time to look back at bloggers’ favorite DIY and home decor projects of the year. I thought I’d join in and take a look back at some of the projects I managed to accomplish amid the daily circus that is 3 kids and a dog!
This DIY painted wall canvas with the inspirational quote, “Love Conquers All”, was one of my most visited posts in 2012, which came as a surprise because it was an unplanned, spur-of-the-moment project. The interest in this project was one of the reasons I later decided to do a whole series on DIY Wall Art Ideas in October 2012.
Much to our kids’ delight, I also finished decorating our renovated basement. I was thrilled when it was later featured at Apartment Therapy (Family), as well as on RemodelAholic and Home Stories A 2 Z .
For more, see:
- Colorful Basement Family Room: House Peeping #2 (Room Tour)
- Featured at Apartment Therapy: Our Colorful, Play-Inspired Basement Family Room!
- Our ‘Alphabet-Inspired’ Basement Stairway Gallery Wall
With my dad’s help (thanks dad!), we also re-painted our entire main floor in a new color scheme of blue, gray/grey, and cream – using Benjamin Moore Woodlwan Blue, Navajo White, Silver Fox and Revere Pewter. It provided great entertainment for our 2-year old boys!
I was really happy with how it all turned out, and showed the results in a couple of posts about the living room and the kitchen.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that this weekend I was hunting for ideas on painted dressers / desks for kids’ rooms. If you’re like me, your kids’ rooms probably have a hand-me-down (aka ‘vintage’, lol) dresser or desk from your own childhood. I think most of us hang on to those pieces out of nostalgia and because… Read More
Have I ever told you that I’m totally crazy about window boxes? Well, if not, now you know. I love, love, love them. I think that if you could look up the definition of “pretty” in the home decorating dictionary, there’d be a photo of a window box! I’ve always had a thing for them, but I really fell… Read More
It’s Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Our weather was the pits. A couple of weeks ago it was nice enough to stain the deck, and now it’s cold and dreary enough for a winter hat. That’s how quickly things can change around here. Welcome to ‘June-uary’ in the Atlantic Ocean. So, while waiting for the boys to… Read More