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Dramatic blog post title?! Well, that’s what it is. A dramatic tale of a tragic entry turned sensational!
The Blog: Tragic Sensation
The Project: Painting front door chartreuse!
It IS dramatic. In an awesome way.
I am in love with these doors. The chartreuse was a bold choice but it definitely makes a stunning statement….
because the doors before
were really quiet and said hi. Now they welcome you with a smile and a “Hello!”
More pictures and steps at Tragic Sensation. I love the wreaths too. And the fleur de lis. Talk about a grand entrance!
Stop back! I’ll be doing a CSN giveaway in honor of the DIY Show Off readers. I appreciate you so much! Your support when I started this blog about our DIY journey was so helpful. Especially when we tend to look at what’s not done, you remind us to celebrate what we have done instead. I love seeing your creativity and DIY projects. You’re so talented! You’re always so quick to offer comfort. You worried right beside me about Niski when she was paralyzed and your prayers = miracle. She’s walking. Your thoughts and prayers for peace for my dad and family through this sad time mean the world to us. Since I can’t offer you an individual thank you gift, this giveaway is the best way I know to celebrate YOU. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
|Wallpaper – gone!|
These once carpet covered stairs got a new look! Don’t you love the detail? So unique and pretty!
Do you think it’d look good here in my living room? Here is a picture of mine:
Great job on EVERYthing Ashley and thanks so much for sharing! First, how cute are those dogs?! I love the way the painted doors brighten up the entryway. The stairs look amazing! The bathroom is GORGEOUS. The color and accessories are so fun. The buffet is stunning!
I’ve been taking a ton of pictures while we do this whole house renovation thing and since things are really starting to feel ‘finished’ in a few places I thought I’d share a few photos.First up, the front door and entryway/mudroom.We started with a nice white door and royal blue window panes.Not terrible, but certainly not what I had in mind.Ahhhh, much better.
~Keep in mind, many of these pictures were taken a while ago, which is my excuse for pumpkins being on the front porch!~
When we open the door you’ll find many, many changes.
First I’ll show you a bit of the floor as it used to be.
This is the only photo I have of the floor ‘before’ because it was one of the very first things I tore out.
We decided to go with a dark but neutral tile that we found at Home Depot.
The wall of the mudroom were covered in a plastic-ish something that did NOT want to come off.
So I pulled off the hooks and shelves….
And my favorite part of the ‘before’?
The yellow/brown/orange window leading from the mudroom to the main part of the house.
So the steps went as followed:
– Replace carpet with tile flooring
– Remove hooks and shelves and patch walls
– Add beadboard (on top of blue-ish stuff cause it won’t come off)
– Remove brownish/yellow/orange window
– Enlisted Kaelen (awesome brother) to make a built in ‘locker’ system
Here are some of the ‘afters’!!!
With a few tips from The Nester and some of this…
Remember this post when I talked about how I thought the long wall behind my bed needed something more?
Thanks for sharing Karli! Everything is JUST AWESOME!
Fawn from Frugal Home Design has an awesome blog with one of my favorite labels – “DIY”! If you haven’t stumbled across it yet, now is your chance. Here are two projects I absolutely love.
I love her book display! I want to make one for my home. I don’t have kids but we do have magazines all over the place. This would be such a great idea for organizing most recent magazine issues too.
Off to Home Depot I went. I wanted 4-36 inch shelves. Here is my shopping list…for a total of $20.
4-6 foot 1×3
2-6 foot 1×2
I asked the nice guy at Home Depot to cut them to length for me then we were out the door. I already had the other materials I needed: wood glue, nail gun with nails, and caulk.
First step, attach 2 1×3’s together with wood glue and nails.
Step two, attach the 1×2 to the front, again using wood glue and my awesome nail gun.
Last steps:caulk, fill nail holes, and paint. Easy Peasy.
I attached the shelves to the wall with 3″ screws into studs. I love them and it has renewed the kids interest in their books, but best of all, the kids can pick out and pick up their books with ease.
So I live in a house built in the 90’s with no character to speak of. Slowly but surely I am trying to make it feel more comfortable and give a more character. This was my first attempt at board and batten. I absolutely love it and I definitely want to do more treatments like it in my house.
This is the entry we started with. It doesn’t really have room for much. Both the front door and closet door open to the wall, limiting space immensely. I have tried several things, but nothing really worked.
Inspired by these beautiful pictures and wonderful tutorial from Karla and Will at It’s The Little Things That Make a House a Home I finally figured out what I needed to do to my entry (and now I had my nail gun I got for my birthday) so it was time to get started.
So I came up with a plan that looked like this–very professional.
Then off to Home Depot I went to purchase my primed MDF, came home and got to work.
It is amazing I can get anything done with these two rugrats running around “helping” me. I love this picture because it truly depicts what happens when I (and probably most of you) get involved in a project. The house gets trashed. And yes, my son is wearing a skirt, but in his mind it is his superhero belt.
I did this project back in November so I don’t remember exactly how much it cost, but I think about $4o. I absolutely love it.
Stef says she’s fairly new to blogging, but I say she’s a pro at before/after and DIY! From the moment I laid eyes on her before/afters, I couldn’t wait to share with you. Check out her blog post:
Hope you enjoyed my home tour. You can look at the befores and afters of our first home flip (1916 craftsman bugalow) here.
AMAZING! So much DIY tutorials and before/afters in one post! Heaven!
What do you guys think? Love her, don’t you? What are you waiting for? Click her header picture at the beginning of this post and see more!
I Love My 5 Kids
I bow down to these DIY queens! Each of your home improvement projects are awesome!
So many beautiful spaces. I wish I was a traveling blogger…
I’d pop by to see your projects in person.
Thank you SO much for sharing your makeover stories!
(See all of the amazing Show & Tell submissions! Check them out here if you missed them!)
What are you up to this weekend?
Submitted by Roeshel from Evangeline’s Vine (that’s me! lol)
Again – before:
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?)
used to look like this:
Aren’t these roses beautiful! Coach brought them home to me. He thought the entry needed some fresh flowers to bring it to life. I think he was right The white ceramic tray was from my pantry! It was a wedding gift and is from BB&B.
Her 2nd submission – so unique & so pretty, isn’t it?
Mantel Clock Tranformation:
Jennifer – both of your DIY projects get a 10! I love dresser makeovers and I NEVER would have seen the potential in the mantel clock but it’s beautiful! Great job and thank you so much for “showing it off”! And what a pleasant surprise to see a link to my other blog! Thanks so much! 😉
You know I’m a fan of vinyl art AND vinyl house numbers (previous posts)…so when Holly from HomebodyHolly submitted this tutorial, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to show it off for her! Here is her blog post/tutorial:
Ever since I saw this on Rate My Space back in November, I have wanted to do it on my front door.
I was a little too afraid to paint it, just in case I made a mistake or ever decided to remove it. Then houses around the neighborhood started popping up with “Welcome” on the doors in vinyl lettering, so I looked into buying the numbers online. It wasn’t too expensive, but I never got around to ordering.
Then last night I stumbled on this. Brilliant! Contact paper! Today I printed out my numbers, using Times New Roman. I resized the ‘No.’ to 200 and the numbers to 375.
I then taped the printed paper to the front of white contact paper, which I already had. Using a Xacto knife, I carefully cut around the printouts. Technically, I used a box cutter because I couldn’t find my Xacto, so it was a little more difficult than it needed to be.
Then I positioned them on the door. It might have been helpful to measure and mark the spacing, but I didn’t. Fortunately, they were easily repositionable.
Now I need to check the HOA rules to see if I can remove the original numbers from the post, which the builder put on crooked anyway.
Holly – you’re a genius! I’m happy with my orders from my favorite etsy sellers…but your easy DIY instructions are an awesome alternative! I love the character it gives to your front door! Thanks for “showing off”!
Here is her blog post:
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.
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?
And now…the giveaway!
The Prize: House Numbers from Vinyl Vineyard!
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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!)