Design, DIY

the one with my new house

If you haven’t heard we moved . . . which if you haven’t then that means you’re a new reader and WELCOME! I’m so happy you’re here. For those of who have heard I have happy news . . . I’m going to share a real life project with you not an inspiration board!

I thought it best to start at the beginning with our front door πŸ™‚ We started with just a plain, white, dirty door with lots of gold. I wanted something a little more cheery and something definitely more sleek and not gold. gold just isn’t my taste . . .


So I started taking the old door knob and lock off – super easy just unscrew it πŸ™‚ Then I took a scraper and poked it between the door and the kick panel . . . I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was just glued on so I carefully pried it off. After a good cleaning – just with hot water and soap –Β I went through and filled all the holes with spackle. and I let that dry for a couple hours.


We used Valspar Reserve semi gloss paint in Birds Song blue and put two coats on per Sherry’s instructions. I really found everything to go just as she said. It was easier to do the squares with a brush and then go through and roll the rest – and I waited an hour between coats also. The picture below is after one coat.



I did this all before noon, and then before dinner – about 6 – we went back in and added the new knocker and door set which I purchased here. It came with a template for the holes, and the only difficult part was being sure the two parts of the lock met in the middle so it worked properly. Here she is all ready for her debut . . .


As for the rest of the outside, we have a little front porch so I added all of the items from our apartment porch and the two stone pots (left by the sellers) to make it seem more homey – that wreath i’ll tell you all about in a couple weeks, and I picked upΒ the new mat from Target.


I love coming out for a one or two breaks while we work on the rest of the house! In this one little spot it really does feel just like home – decorated, organized, and all!

What do you think? Anybody else doing projects around the front of your house?

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  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    Umm. Who Would have ever thought I would be giddy about a door! So WONDERFUL!

    September 9, 2014 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I LOVE the color! The front door is very important part of your house, so that was a great place to start. It makes a great first impression.

    September 9, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Sherri Black

    I think it is adorbs. I also like that I see the reflection of you and Mommy in the finished picture.

    September 9, 2014 at 9:48 am
  • Reply ashley

    Gorgeous color!

    September 9, 2014 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Faith

    Love the door!! I always think when I get a house I will do a red door but then I see doors like yours and think “that could work!” πŸ™‚

    September 9, 2014 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Christine

    Looks so good!

    September 9, 2014 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Anna @ The Beauty Section

    That looks so good!! I love how happy the door looks now! πŸ™‚
    Found you from The Peony Project!

    September 9, 2014 at 10:29 am
  • Reply kasey

    I love that door! It looks so much better than the original

    September 9, 2014 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Ursula

    Love the door colour! And it’s all about baby steps. Enjoy the process πŸ™‚

    September 9, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Chelsea Jacobs

    Yay! Love that door!

    September 9, 2014 at 11:16 am
  • Reply LivDamaris

    Such a cute color! Happy moving in! πŸ™‚

    September 9, 2014 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Kaylan

    Beautiful! Love love love that color. I love easy house projects πŸ™‚

    September 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Sherri

    Love the color.

    September 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Paige

    Looks great!! Love the color of blue and the mat on your front porch!

    September 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    I love that color. The house is so cute!

    September 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Ashley LaMar

    Super cute! I love the robin’s egg blue with black hardware. It looks way better.

    September 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven

    That color is amazing and so is the new hardware!

    September 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Rachel G

    Wow! Your door looks much more modern with your updates. Great job!

    September 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply

    thank you everyone!! we love our happy blue door!

    September 10, 2014 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Olivia

    Your porch and door look gorgeous! I love the blue color on the door. Also, those pillows and chairs look so cozy. Thanks for sharing!

    Olivia (

    September 11, 2014 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Hayley

    I love that color and the hardware that you chose!! It looks amazing!

    September 11, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Chantel

    What a gorgeous color, I love the change!
    Thanks for linking up with JOAT!

    September 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    Yay! A new house and a new front door! It looks so good…love the color you chose!!

    September 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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