DIY Color Block Painted Door Makeover

Remember when I finished the combined nursery / guest room  makeover a few months ago…

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I had a few finishing touches left to share. One of them was taking this plain door that leads to the guest bathroom…

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and giving it a fun look. Paint is such an easy way to make a fun and bold statement, add a pop of color and definitely a touch of “wow” to the room…

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What I used:

  • plain white door
  • sample of Valspar paint (color: rushing stream, finish: satin)
  • paintbrush
  • FrogTape
  • yard stick and pencil

What I did:

1. I gave the door a good scrub. Amazing how unnoticeable the dust is on those recessed panels. Who knew?

2. Using my yard stick, I found the center point of the door horizontally. Then made marks for where I’d like each “chevron” point to be. I didn’t really space them out exact. From the top, the first section is 14 inches down. 

3. Using FrogTape, I created a “v” shape. I eye-balled the angle. 

4. I repeated the “v” shape. A lot of my spacing and angle had to do with the panels, not exact measurements. 

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5. I used my thumbnail (a credit/gift card would also work) to burnish the edges of the tape. 

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6. I painted one coat and let it dry. Then brushed on a second coat. 

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7. While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape. Try pulling away from the paint, as shown:

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Before:

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After: I am in love with the large scale bold design. It’s so unexpected and fun. 

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and just that small project makes a big statement, doesn’t it? 

 

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I love how it kicks the guest room/nursery room decor up a notch. 

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See the entire nursery/guest room reveal here. See this project and more in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine. 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Decorating French Doors for Christmas – Part 2

There’s no place like home for the holidays! I meant to share this sooner but wow, the days are flying by! Part 1 of decorating our exterior French doors included beautiful pine garland and wreaths…

Lynch Creek Wreath Lynch Creek Farm Holly Wreath fresh pine garland and gold key fresh pine garland and gold feather garland and ornaments

but paired with Part 2 really completes the look and guests from the real life holiday home tour just loved it! Do you know Shelley from House of Smiths? You do now! That girl is so creative! And while it’s closed for the holidays, you’ll want to check out the House of Smiths Designs for some cute cute cute decorative vinyl accents to start the new year. You’ll notice the addition of metallic polka dots with SO many cute ideas.

Christmas French Door

My mixed metallic polka dots are a part of my holiday door decor but they’ll definitely be lasting until well into the new year too…imagine patio accents in gold, silver, bronze to go with our aged bronze patio furniture or metallic balloons for a summer party on the patio. I can’t wait…they won’t be coming down anytime soon.  

Mixed Metallic Christmas Decor polka dot door Polka Dot Vinyl Decals Mine came on large sheets in different sizes. Application is just like applying stickers, only easily removable!

Christmas French Door Decor Pretty and festive! 

Lenzie’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest Lenzie's Christmas Tree

A Chartreuse Door

Mini-makeover…

When we first installed the sliding door, I embraced it’s original old paint.

interior sliding door

But over the past year, it did feel more “dirty” even after a good scrubbing than “charming”. It just reminded me of the cold weather and dirty snow…blah. You can’t tell from the pictures. But it did have that dirty old worn finish.

Remember how my brain sometimes works with DIY? It’s usually a spur of the moment decision that wasn’t in my plan for the day or ever. That happened with painting the sliding door in our dining room.

And remember when I painted the door in the apartment renovation

apartment door

I fell in looooove with that color. A beautiful happy shade of green.

The beginning of the new year consisted of cleaning and organizing the basement somewhat. I stumbled across packed boxes of supplies and tools from the apartment renovation…still not unpacked since November. While putting things away, looky what I found:

Valspar Gilded Pesto

chartreuse green

And just like that, in that five minute time span, I decided to paint the sliding door in the dining room, to add some “spring” color to the dingy, dirty, neutral white. No wonder it takes me FOREVER to clean. Distractions get me every time.

FrogTape

I started by taping off the glass around the mullions with my favorite stash of FrogTape, making sure the edge of the tape was flush against the corner where wood met glass. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue when removed…and I’m all for making a last minute DIY easier.

{you can see the dirty original paint job better in this picture}

FrogTape on glass

{curtain is for privacy in the guest room or maybe hiding junk in what’s become a storage room…ummm, I’m not telling}

I used my thumb to burnish the edges of the Frogtape to prevent paint from seeping underneath.

burnishing the tape

Then applied two coats of my sample container of paint.

painting door

 

{oops…One coat looked great while wet so I removed tape. I did a second coat on the flat parts after coat 1 was dry}

I removed the tape immediately after the second coat, pulling away from the wood.

removing tape

Ta-da…the after:

painted door after

 

again…here’s the before:

shabby chic dining room

What do you think? Do the seasons aid in changing your decor? How finding inspiration and materials that you forgot you had when cleaning and organizing? Either way…I’m loving the new pop of color!

chartreuse paint

  • paint the built ins and add hardware to the bottom doors
  • swap out the light fixture (wait ’til you see the new one!!!)

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary. 

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How to Make a Headboard Door Pediment

We repurposed an old headboard with just a little work to use it as a decorative door pediment. I shared this a couple of weeks ago at the DIY Club but wanted to share here as well, plus I’m so exhausted. My back and knees are reminding me that I’m not in my 20s anymore and renovating alone is hard work! While working on the apartment renovation for our daughter, our own projects at home have been put on hold but I did manage to squeeze in an easy DIY decorative accent project!

Materials:

  • Old headboard
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Bessy ESZ Clamps (Rockler)
  • TransTint Dye (Rockler0
  • Vinyl stencil (created using Silhouette Cameo)
  • Craft paint and small brush or paint pen

Headboard Pediment Tutorial

I started with removing the legs from a broken headboard. The headboard was beautiful but in very poor condition.

I removed the warped veneer and pulled out staples that were trying to hold it in place to reveal the unfinished wood.

To repair the few cracks int he wood, I filled them with Gorilla Wood Glue. I love it’s water-based formula (easy clean up) and “tough” holding power. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of clamp time to move forward with the project and 24 hours to cure.

I love these awesome HUGE Bessy ESZ clamps!  They were super easy to use one-handed with their pistol style handles. No problems with increasing the grip and super easy to release when done.

After the glue was dry, I applied my vinyl stencil which wouldn’t stick so I traced the letters using a pencil.

Next I hand painted my words tracing the pencil marks with a paint pen and filling in with craft paint and let it dry.

Then, I lightly sanded the entire headboard (even the painted lettering) and gave it a coat of TransTint dye (dark mission brown) to age it.

Once everything was dry, we drilled pilot holes into the studs above the French doors in our family room and into the headboard. We secured it to the wall using drywall screws.

Pardon this mess! Room renovation on hold but in progress {actually it looks a lot messier than the photos at this moment – yikes!}…

Tada! After…

DIY repurposed headboard

I love how it fills the empty space above the French doors? What do you think?

You can see more plans for the family room here:

Operation Family Room

family room design

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DIY Project Parade and Wallpaper for Windows Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner has been contacted via email. Congratulations, Elizabeth G.!!!
It’s that time of the week! Time to share your latest do-it-yourself projects. I’m always so inspired by your creativity and hard work.

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I’m still slowly making progress in the family room. Our living room and family room are joined by a set of interior French doors. Both rooms serve similar purposes. The living room is where Mr. DIY and I hang out and watch tv. The family room is where the kids hang out. So a little privacy between the two rooms is preferred.

French doors in living room

Wallpaperforwindows.com has a huge selection of decorative etched, stained glass and privacy window films. I chose a light frost privacy film for the windows (just measure size and quantity in the order and they cut to size). It’s a translucent film that obscures visibility through the glass. Perfect for allowing the light to shine through but gives a little privacy between the rooms. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install too!

First, I cleaned my windows. I spritz the glass with Windex, wipe with a dryer sheet and clean with a paper towel. I think I saw this trick on Pinterest and it works so well.

window cleaner

Once the window was dry, I gathered my supplies and washed my hands:

wallpaper for windows supplies

Optional: helper

  • Spray bottle with water and a few drops of dish soap (do not shake)
  • Window film
  • Squeegee (credit card type tool provided with my window film order)
  • Paper towels

Mist the glass with the soap/water solution.

spray glass

Peel away the window film from backing. (I recommend pulling away from the long side first, not the shorter end to prevent crease/fold line.)

peel away wallpapersforwindows frosted film

Place onto misted glass. I love that it’s vinyl and not “sticky” (It’s adhesive-free! No residue when removing in the future). Film can be easily moved around for perfect placement.

frosted window film tutorial

Once in place, mist the film with soap/water solution. Working from the middle, squeegee the film (this pushes the water and air bubbles out).

squeegee

Simply dry with a paper towel.

wipe window

It’s that easy.

See the difference?

window film comparison

frosted window film comparison

Privacy!

Before BEFORE (before we moved in)

Before

After

(I can’t wait to show you looking into the living room from the family room…working on it!)

eclectic traditional living room

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DIY Project Parade and Half Bathroom before and after

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As I was updating my home tour page, I noticed that I didn’t have a link to our half bathroom makeover. Why? Because I shared it on my very first blog and not here. So, time to show you the before and after transformation. One of my first projects. It evolves a little here and there.

blue glass vases

First, let’s take a look at the before picture. Keep in mind that previous owners foreclosed on this old farmhouse. It sat neglected and we lived with this room stripped completely for over a year (that nasty carpet and fixtures were gone)! Thank goodness for my ability to see potential, otherwise this alone would have had us running the other direction!

BEFORE

powder room before and after

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DIY Door Clock and DIY Project Parade

I featured a clock on a stand alone vintage door being used as decor a while ago (see below). That inspiration stayed with me and it seemed like the perfect idea for an old door on our pots and pans pantry in the kitchen.  
 
 
Look what we have now!
 
 
 
I love it and it was a really easy DIY project. Here is how we did it:
 
Materials:
large serpentine design
Large Serpentine Clock Hands
Mini Quartz Movements
  • Extra washers if needed (depends on the thickness of door)
  • Vinyl numbers (I made mine using my Silhouette but you can purchase them on etsy or paint or stamp numbers also.)
 
Tools:   Yard stick, pencil drill, dinner plate to trace (glass microwave plate works well).
 
1.  Mark the center of the door panel using a pencil. I lightly marked from one top corner diagonally to the bottom to create a big “x”.  The center of the “x” is the center of the door panel.
 
2.  I then used our microwave plate (since it’s glass and transparent and about the right size). I traced it, with the center of the “x” in the center of the plate. I just eyeballed it. 
 
3.  Drill a hole in the center of the circle, “X” marks the spot.
 
4.  I added my vinyl numbers using the inside of the penciled area (circle from tracing the plate) as a guide, starting with 12, 3, 6 and 9 in a larger font size.  Use a pencil to divide the circle in to pie-pieces. It will make placement more precise!
 
5.  Pencil marks erase easily with a damp Magic Eraser.
 
6.  Insert the mini quartz movement.  We added a few extra washers to make the fit perfect since the thickness of our door panel was on the thin side.
Back
 
Front
 
7.  Add the hands as shown on the packaging.
 
8.  Screw on the lfinishing nut and add the second hand.
 
9.  Pop in a battery.
 
10.  Set the time using the dial on the back.
 
Here’s what the back side looks like, unobtrusive, not in the way, right behind our lids which we store on the door.
 

It works so well and I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right.

 
 
Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:
  

Updated picture:

farmhouse-kitchen

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DIY Weekly Wanderings – Vintage. Repurposed. Home.

What’s better than DIY?  Coming from the DIY Show Off, it’s our opinion that there’s not much better than DIY projects. EXCEPT for awesome genius DIY projects beautifully photographed. Let’s face it, great projects portrayed in pretty pics is what inspires us.

Meet:  Sheryl from

Hi Sheryl!  Sheryl is a photography and DIY’er and {insert sexy whistle} take a look at her beautiful DIY.  Click the links to visit Sheryl’s blog for the details and tutorials. My favorite projects are vintage and salvaged items repurposed into gorgeous home accessories. These are awesome!
Looking for a creative idea for those pallets sitting around?
Sheryl shows us how to make a Pallet Swing.
Pallet Swing Tutorial

I love the rich color, recycled beauty and rope in the place of chains!

Remember those old windows lying around in the garage just waiting for a creative idea? 

Sheryl spied these beauties…

and created these for her daughter!
Vintage Window Jewelry Organizer Tutorial

 No tangles!

I just love the rustic charm of these. Pretty. Organized. Neat and within easy reach for accessorizing! Yes, please!
Everyone I know loves a beautiful old door.  So charming!
Sheryl snagged this one from her aunt’s old house…

and with a lot of work, turned it into chalkboard entryway “thing-a-ma-gig”.

What a wonderful idea and love the natural wood paired with black magnetic paint!

Chalkboard Entry Display Tutorial

 Bottle cap magnets – perfect!

 Ceramic knobs keep purses and bags organized in the entry way.

I want this in my entryway! No more purse on the floor or chair.  Great idea for a family memo center too!
Awesome job, Sheryl!  Each project has is genius and I love that you’ve enhanced each thing’s natural beauty and charm.  Inspiration for sure! Thank you!
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Not an Empty Room

Meet:  Misty ~ “We live in a 214-year-old house that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. We try our best to retain all of the unique characteristics of our home while updating and making it ours. It’s a lot of work (restoration, rewiring) and a lot of fun!”
Blog:  Not an Empty Room
Not an Empty Room

Visit Misty to see the details of all of their HARD work!  They’re DIY super stars over there!
Awesome DIY Projects:
Outdated bathroom gets a pretty modern farmhouse style makeover! I love the new distressed black vanity and mirrors, pretty window (with a beautiful view) and the awesome barn door!
Complete demo, gut and rebuild…(brave!)
(Makes me wish we’d finally get our dining room track up so I can share. LOVE sliding doors.)  This bathroom barn door adds a farmhouse charm to her old house.
Great idea for kids’ art work too!
There’s more to see!  Pop over to say “Hi” to Misty and check out their great DIY projects! If you’re like me, Misty had you at 214-years-old.  I love the history, the many corner fireplaces, the beautiful floors, dutch door…I could go on and on. :)
Thanks Misty (and Charles) for sharing!  Your dedication and hard work is paying off – you’re putting new life into that old home and I love the transformation!  Great job!

DIY Project Parade – Frosted Vinyl Windows

It’s that time of the week. Time to recap and show off your DIY projects! I love seeing your DIY talent!  
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We’ve been working in the kitchen – getting an electrical outlet underneath the sink for a new instant hot water tank and the old blue laminate countertops are GONE!  
Before: Good bye blue laminate!

Looking better already.  In Progress:  Old counter, sink and faucets gone!  Running electric to install an outlet under the sink for instant hot water tank.

In the meantime, I started “frosting” the glass panels on the French doors between our living room and family room.  The family room is on our DIY to-do list and isn’t finished.  It’s where teenagers hang out and a ‘catch all’ for just about everything so being able to see in there isn’t ideal.  

And since the family room isn’t completed, the family room side of the French door still has plastic on the window panels – until I either stain or paint the door (rather than taping when the time comes).  That’s why the windows look foggy.  Until the family room is done – it also helps to disguise the plastic on the window panels!  Love this! That foggy/dirty look always bothers me!

Before
Using my Silhouette, I cut vinyl panels.
  • First I measured the glass panels in our French doors.
  • Next, I enlarged my paper from 8.5 x 11 to 8.5 x 14.
  • Draw a “rectangle” and size it to the glass door panel (subtract just a tad so it fits on the glass panel). My rectangle was 6 x 12.
  • Insert the image.  I used “mesh flower lace” from the Silhouette Online Store.
  • Drag and re-size the image to fit within the rectangle. The rectangle gives a border so that the actual mesh flower lace design is what is removed/negative. 
Remove the vinyl that won’t be applied.

Use the transfer paper so that the frosted vinyl can be applied to the glass panel. 

Pull apart (vinyl should be on sticky side of transfer paper and waxy grid side is garbage).

Place to glass panel and rub with a credit card.

Peel away the transfer paper.

I’ve been using my frosted vinyl for a number of projects lately so I was only able to finish three panels before running out and I’m waiting on my frosted vinyl order.

I love the way it lets the light into our living room but adds a little privacy between the living room and family room.

Here is the way it looks from the other side (the unfinished family room side).

This week I discovered that Jen at Tatertots and Jello had the same idea.  Pop over to check out her cute design. 
I’ve been having fun with the Silhouette but granite countertops come Tues. – so I’m hoping to have some more kitchen progress to share including more information on the awesome faucets and pretty back splash!
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Pocket Door Installation

So cool! The DIY’ers from The Life and Times of the Marshalls have installed a pocket door. They make it look so easy and the result is beautiful.  

A Door to Adore!

What do you guys think of this beautiful dark stained wood door? Isn’t it gorgeous?


Guess what? It’s a paint treatment!
Here is the tutorial from Jan at
Bobbypins Boardwalk
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Transform your Painted Entry Door Into a Beautiful Stained-Look Door (without stripping & staining)

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I have had my door painted the same for several years, as shown in the picture above. Several of the neighbors liked the way it looked and then painted their doors the same way, just varying the colors slightly — Yes, it was time for a change.

I started by removing the door and using a tinted primer (at least I thought it was a tinted primer — turns out it was Kilz paint, not primer). I want you to use a primer, and it can be white or tinted a very light brown or beige tone. I also found it to be unnecessary to remove the door. If you have the sidelights, make sure you do the same treatment to them as you do with the door. After realizing it was not necessary to remove the door, we put it back up. This made it much easier to continue to work on the door. I did an additional step each day, lightly sanding to create a grain and allowing the next paint step to completely dry.

Also — I’m about keeping it as easy as possible, so I do not waste time taping off windows, etc. When the job is done, I take a little razor blade and simply scrape off the paint.

After the door and sidelights had been “primed” and allowed to dry overnight, I very lightly hand-sanded with medium-grade standard sand paper. I then wipe the door very well, removing all debris and dust. I rounded up all my brown paints, those used for interior walls, crafts, everything water-based, and started mixing until I came up with what I considered to be a nice brown tone. Do not overthink this step. It is simply a matter of coming up with a brown paint. If you have to purchase brown paint, just go for a medium-brown tone acrylic paint with a flat finish. (The flat finish allows the additional layers of paint to adhere better.)

With that brown paint, you are now going to start using a dry-brush technique to apply it over the primed and slightly-sanded door. Make sure you apply the paint in the direction that you want to create as a grain. Take a look at my finished door, and you will be able to see that it is VERY important in creating the illusion that you have this grain. I also suggest you use a brush about 2″ wide with a coarseness to it.

Here is my brown paint mixture and the brush which I used.

The next day sand slightly to further enhance a “grain”. Now it is time to throw together your stain. I think it is helpful to grab a piece of stained wood that you really like and compare the color to what you are mixing up. Pictured are the products which I used to mix my stain. During the process of staining the door, I continually added more glaze, finding that the glaze allowed me more time to even out my strokes.

The black acrylic paint was not added at this time. I used the antique brown stains, the brown paints, a bit of the brown used in my work from the previous day, and glaze. I did not m
ix them thoroughly, just enough so that when I swiped my brush through the paint, I was able to grab the various colors and glaze.

This is where all your prep work starts to become visible. Your grains also start to show up quite nicely. The glaze gives your door a beautiful sheen. Are you ready? If your phone rings, do not answer it. You have to work this paint, constantly focusing on grains. Walking away from your work would mean “overlapping” at some point, and that would look like paint, not stain!

The harder you push on your brush, the more grain you will create. Make sure that as you are working with your stain, you have plenty of glaze. Keep the edge wet as you pick up more paint on your brush.

Do your side panels first, then your door.
After doing the door and side panels, I decided that I wanted some darker areas to further define the door, so I added black acrylic paint to my glazed stain mixture and painted around the windows. I then painted the black into the edges of the molding, and dry-brushed the black in a few areas, as well. I think it turned out great! What do you think?

After checking and rechecking to make sure I pleased with the overall effect, I applied a coat of glaze in order to unify all the tones and levels. This will also serve as an additional protective layer for your door, and just look at that beautiful soft sheen!
Now I need to go grab that razor blade and remove any paint that got smeared on the glass!


Jan – this is amazing. I love it! I can’t wait to try this somewhere in my home! Thank you so much for allowing me to ‘show it off’!

Stop by and visit Bobbypins Boardwalk.
I‘m checking every day. She’s mentioned some tutorials involving tree branches and you know that after my nevermore and ghost trees AND my tree branch swags that I’m eager to see what she’s up to!

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Update on bathroom: Unreasonable goal. I need another week. Do you know what this is?

It’s not a frog sculpture. It’s a big sticky ball of Frog Tape. I wasted an entire roll today. I hate set backs but I’m over it after a short screaming tantrum and kicking it around a little. :)

When One Door Closes – Decorate It!

Ready to meet another creative genius? I’d like to introduce you to Jen from Sanctuary Art

…inspired furniture, handmade projects and creative living. Doesn’t it sound like DIY blog heaven? Here is one of her submissions:

Making a faux paneled door…It’s not faux bad.

On Saturday, my wonderful hubby took all the kids out for the day so I could have a free day to myself… do you think with all of that time I sat on the couch with bon-bons and a trashy romance novel? Oh no.. I finally decided to tackled a project that I had been dying to do for ages… a faux panel door.

For 8 years, I looked at this ugly door, not sure what to do with it. I finally decided a paneled door would be nice. Plus I had nightmares of this mirror falling off and reducing our income tax deductions by one…
After removing the mirror and filling the holes, I marked out where my panels would go.I then cut my molding. I would recommend if you only have a regular miter box like I do, go with pine molding. Oak is impossible to cut and I would be lying if I didn’t tell you after cutting these 8 pieces, my arms were tired and I was sweating… I am so out of shape. After you measure and cut you pieces lay them out. I found the trick to cutting the right length is to make sure that I am measuring from longest part of my 45 degree angle.

Lay them out on the floor to make sure you have the right sized pieces. I only mis-cut one piece. Using a molding that had a certain direction to it made it a little harder to. I actually had to back cut one side all of the time to make sure I had the right direction and angle.

I then glued them to the door with a mixture of wood glue and..um… yes, hot glue. I am sure it’s not a carpenter’s dream; but it’s a hollow door so I didn’t think nails would really help. And I’ll tell you, that hot glue sticks fast and I couldn’t pull it off, so I don’t think it’s going any where.

I used a level to make sure they were on right as I put them on. After putting them on, I also put a wood embellishment at the top.And then I wood puttied any spot I had a huge gap like here (Let it dry and sand it smooth.).Once it was up, I let it dry for a day so the wood glue could cure.

And then I painted!~ For fun, I added an antique brass door tag I got in Kentucky. It says “law offices”. I thought that would be kind of funny for a bathroom. I wish I had found one that said “library.”

The project including trim and paint cost under $30.00 if you have none of the supplies(Not including a miter box, but they aren’t that much). I already had the paint and wood filler so all I needed was the trim.

To figure out how much trim you need, pre-measure your panels. My panels were 37 x 17 1/2 and 23 x 17 1/2 and it took about 3 hours to measure, cut the trim and glue.

I think I am going to age to door a little to make the molding pop a little. But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I would just recommend buying a little extra molding for mistakes and not doing it in the middle of your kitchen floor like I did. It makes a little bit of a saw dust mess . 😉

Isn’t it beautiful? My doors are all either very old or newer but with inset panels – still this is so inspirational. I’ve always wanted to frame my panels and add embellishments.

And I ha
ve to tell you, Jen – I AM getting a “law offices” sign (my husband is a lawyer – how funny!). I think your solution to risking a reduction in your tax deductions is a huge success (hilarious!). Thanks so much for showing off!

Back of the House gets a BIG Transformation!

Submitted by Roeshel from Evangeline’s Vine (that’s me! lol)

Finally! I can share the transformation of the back of our home! Here is our progress in pictures… Our home when we bought it. Hard to see from the distance, there were two single doors with awnings. Ugly. But I could see potential which is a good thing most of the time, except that “potential” doesn’t happen over night! Right away, we installed two sets of French doors. I love them! It changes the entire look of the back of our house. However, the old sidewalks didn’t line up and we lived with it for 2 years. And take a look at the old light fixtures. Yuck! So…this spring, we decided to put in a concrete patio. However – the concrete part wasn’t DIY. It was way too big of an area and required professionals.
See that progress here.
We got some new furniture (the table/chairs go under the grape arbor when it’s completed). Mr. DIY changed out the lights for me to give it an updated fresh look.



Edited to add: Here’s the link to my DIY candle jars! :)
http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/07/copper-penny-jar-candles.html
We also hung window boxes to help disguise the upstairs windows which need replaced (another project for another time) and pull the main level and upper level together.

Again – before:
Now:

You can’t see the window boxes well in the pictures…but here is what they looked like before they were hung:

Okay – I’m getting a little camera-happy…but I just can’t believe the change in the back of our home. This is where everyone enters our house, so no more being embarrassed or giving “please watch your step” reminders!


All that’s left to do is fix the siding below were the old concrete ramp/sidewalk met the old single doors and plant grass!

What do you think? We are SO happy it’s just about done. It’s going to be a great area for entertaining! Being The DIY Show Off Feature is so much fun – it feels so good to show the world our hard work, doesn’t it?

(Still working on the covered/barn patio and grape arbor – almost done! Then we can ENJOY summer, right?)

How to Paint a Door to Boost Your Curb Appeal AND a giveaway!

When one door opens, you meet a friend! I met Katie when placing an order for vinyl house numbers. I originally wanted them for my door but it didn’t work out (my doors have windows and it just wasn’t going to look right) but I had to use my cute numbers somewhere!
So I used them on my flower pots and get so many kind comments. :)

She has the cutest etsy shop, Vinyl Vineyard.

Then I discovered her Vinyl Vineyard blog and came across her beautiful door! She has agreed to “show off”!

Here is her blog post:

How to Paint Your Front Door


In our subdivision, lots of houses round here look pretty similar.

So, Memorial Day I treated myself to a pretty curb appeal project by painting my front door. I’ll tell you right now, I’m not a professional, but I got the job done. And I think it looks lots better than the original.
If you want to do the same, here’s what I did:


Start with an ordinary boring door that looks like everyone else’s. Check.


Clean said door thoroughly with soapy water. Take an exacto blade and clean any bug guts, mud, or any other gross stuff off. If you’ve put any vinyl on your door previously, use your blade to remove it, and get some goo gone to clean any left over residue.


Once that’s done, let it dry and start taping off everything you don’t want painted. I taped my door handle (brass, blah. I do want to paint it but that’s a project for another day), the peep hole (for lack of the real name??), and the tiny runner that is actually supposed to be hidden by a kick plate.


Lots of people would prime the door next, but not me. Primer, (as far as I’ve seen and especially spray primer) is just flat paint. So, I saved me some money by buying the $.97 can of flat black and sprayed away. I didn’t want to get the spray paint on the door jam or my walls, so I shoved an old sheet in the cracks before I did it.


Spray the whole thing, make sure you get everywhere pretty even. It doesn’t have to be complete, though, since this is just to make sure that my paint will stick to it.

And then, I got carried away painting that I didn’t take any pictures of me actually painting, so use your imagination and picture the following:

Me, sweating profusely in the Arizona heat, and a front door thirsty for plain old black outdoor paint (that happened to be on clearance).

I used a roller, large and small, to apply the paint. The job took like, a total of 30 minutes. It was so easy, really. So easy in fact, I painted my pantry door too. I’ll show you sometime.

Then, for added interest, if you want, you can add your address in vinyl lettering.


You can purchase your own address decal here.

With paint, rollers, and painters tape, the project cost be under $20 bucks. I love it and can’t wait to paint the other side of this door barn red to match my entertainment center.

So what do you think?


Stop by Katie’s shop and check out all of her gorgeous vi
nyl art items!

Thanks for sharing, Katie – before was pretty but a little plain, but you’ve transformed it into a beautiful entryway into your home!

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And now…the giveaway!
The Prize: House Numbers from Vinyl Vineyard!

How to Enter: Link The DIY Show Off giveaway button in a post on your blog and become a follower (if you aren’t already). Comment on this post that you’ve done so.

You can gain extra entries for each new follower who comments saying that ‘your blog’ referred them

Contest ends at 9 p.m. EST, Wednesday, June 24th. Good luck!

(psssst…there is also another great giveaway coming up – stay tuned!)