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Patio Door Makeover

The old sea foam green back door has been a thorn in my side. My original plan was to install a new dutch door and frame but instead of spending $3000, I spent $50 on paint and liquid masking. It made a huge difference! This back door has been driving me insane since we first moved into the house. It is the original back door, so I understand it is old. It is also the door right off the driveway so I am sure even before us, it was used frequently (we rarely use the front door). The usage and age was definitely showing and it was time to replace it or repaint it. BEFORE As I sanded and scraped the door, I found traces of three different colors. It’s an old door but like most things, paint makes things look new. I purchased a new door handle and deadbolt but this old door has issues and the new handle did not work well so I just cleaned the old one and re-installed it. There …

Half Bathroom Remodel

So I wanted to paint the half bathroom. I finally decided on SW Pale Oak for the walls and BM White Dove for all the trim.   This is how the painting project turned into a total remodel. BEFORE   When I attempted to remove the framed mirror hanging on the wall above the vanity, I quickly realized the layers of paint around the frame had complicated a clean removal. Enlisting the help of my husband, he cut through the paint around the frame. It turned out that the mirror was glued to paper, which was glued to the sheetrock.   Then, we realized that the counter top (which we assume was once a light cream or white) had yellowed. Initially, I thought I could just paint the cabinet and then we could just buy a new countertop. But the cabinet and countertop were not a standard size. This meant we would have to cut the countertop. I did not like the fact that we could ruin the countertop with one wrong move while cutting …

Makeover In Progress: Den

The walls of the house are various shades of cream and tan. I am thankful everything is pretty neutral but in general, everything is much warmer than I would prefer. All the walls, trim, ceilings, and cabinets need painting. But, after painting the laundry room, I remembered, I hate painting. This house, like most in the surrounding area, has an upstairs living area, sometimes referred to as a game room. This is slowly becoming our den (the formal living room, downstairs, is completely empty and will be quite the project). Just like every other room in the home, we are happily using the hand-me-down furniture and decor we have had for years. This room is also housing the rustic, Restoration Hardware inspired, coffee table my husband and brother made. But I worry that this room looks random (Asian, rustic, and traditional mixed together) though I have been pretty deliberate choosing what I put in this room and where I put it.  I am calling this room a colorful and eclectic mix of pieces. I have …