Things are starting to take shape in my backyard and I couldn’t be more excited! Come and see this week’s progress in week 3 of the 6 week yard transformation, hosted by Nat of Simple Life Crazy Family.
We’ve come to the part of the renovation I’ve been avoiding. It doesn’t cost a lot of money (thankfully!) but it’s really thankless.
It’s time to deal with the ceilings.
Have you ever tried to pick a new paint colour for your room, only to feel indecisive and discouraged? What if you get it wrong!?!? It will be a huge waste of time, plus you probably hate painting, so you really don’t want to do it twice. . . or more.
I’ve painted too many rooms to count in my life and I’ve only gotten it wrong twice. Both times it was because I didn’t properly test my colours.
Today I’m going to share my system so that you can get your paint colour right, every time.
After posting about the kitchen makeover, a couple of my readers had asked if I was happy with chalk paint on my cupboards, so I thought I would make this post. If you’ve been on Pinterest any length of time, you’ve probably run across posts about the magic of chalk paint. This is (and is not) one of those posts. Here’s what you should know before you take the plunge.
Like most things in this house, our front door and curb appeal leave much to be desired. The trees are overgrown, the paint is tired, and the colours are boring.
There’s not much I can do about the trees for the time being, but I can try and liven up the rest. I took a quick trip to Home Depot and found my inspiration:
This is Behr’s Calypso Blue, and it was just the thing to liven up the front door. The deck was in good shape, but also looking a bit tired. I subbed out the faded dark brown for a dark grey. My sweet little helper even got in on the action.
He did very well considering his age and learned some important lessons about how much paint is appropriate for the paint brush :-).
I didn’t want to replace the numbers or the mailbox, so I gave them a quick coat of flat black spray paint. $7 sure beats getting new ones for $50 or more. I also ripped off the rug that was stapled to the deck. It may or may not have been contributing to the smell when you first walk in the house.
This project took about 6 hours of work and cost under $100. There was lots of paint left over, so I’ll be using that for the front fences once my neighbours are on board. If you’re planning a refresh similar to mine, I recommend setting aside a weekend for it because you need to allow for drying time.
Want to see the inside? Make sure you check out our home tour!
What do you think? Would you try a bold colour on your front door? If you already have one, what’s your colour?
**UPDATE** The neighbours approve of our new blue door! We got lots of compliments when we went door to door for Halloween