Easy Curb Appeal Upgrade

Yikes, it's been a full 3 days. I'm sore, exhausted, tan and totally proud of my hard work:)

Project #1- New front door and trim color

Let's look at the before first:

Time to get rid of the gross green color!

Started by painting the trim around the windows the same as the rest of the exterior trim-

Then onto the actual door. I used the same Onyx Black color matched to Behr's Premium Primer and Paint in One that I used on the interior side but in exterior semi-gloss.

Do you spy my little helper in the lower left hand window:)

This led to:

Project #2- Painted Exterior Lights

As much as I long for over-sized, gorgeous exterior lights like this-
 they're not in the budget. So, I painted our existing ones.

Before: Dull color that blended into the siding.

After: Glossy black!

The best thing is that it cost $0 since I used leftover paint from our front door!

Project #3- Power washed and stained both sides of fence

This is the best 'before' pic I could find-

After: Cedar stain

I also mulched, mowed, weedeated and treated our grass.

I think the exterior is coming along nicely. Here's my house right before I moved in on July 3, 2008.

And Present Day-

I also did a MAJOR makeover inside our house. Pics of that later this week.
Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. It went by way too fast! I'm off to walk the dogs and enjoy a cool beverage on the patio. So not ready for this weekend to end:(

love, S


weekend plans

Guess what I'm doing this weekend...

No lake house. No barbeques. No days of rest.
Just 3 days of uninterrupted house projects.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Have a lovely weekend!
love, S


Master Key

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Every time I've browsed through an antique store, thrift store or random decor store in the past few months, I was on the look out for vintage skeleton keys. Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck. I only found a few and they were pretty costly. As much as I wanted authentic, old keys I decided to go with easy-to-find, inexpensive reproductions.

The set of 7 was $19 with free shipping, plus the 10% discount that was emailed out last week. This was much better than the $8-10 price tag per vintage skeleton key I found at a local antique store. I ordered them late Sunday online and they were at my door on Wednesday afternoon.

I then purchased 7 mismatched photo frames from Dollar Tree and got to work.

I used some scraps of Burlap to cover the glass and superglued the keys on...

and created this display-

My original plan was to spray paint the frames all the same color but I changed my mind once I saw them on the wall. I'm digging the mismatched look.

This took less than 15 minutes to put together and was less than $25 for all 7 framed keys. I love how it breaks up the lines in our half bath. I will say that the keys are much larger than I expected, but I'm extremely happy with the final look.

What do you think?
Happy Almost Friday!
love, S

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Jewelry...for your front door

Since I'm lucky enough to have 3 blissful days off this weekend, I've been making quite a list of projects for J and my dad me to complete. Number 1 on our list is to finish our front door redo.

After studying these images the past few weeks-

I've decided to do something I'd swear I'd NEVER EVER EVER do in my own home...

purchase GOLD hardware!?!

But don't worry, it's not the shiny, brassy of the 1990s gold. Oh no.

in Antique Brass. I think it's going to look oh-so-beautiful against the high-gloss black front door.

Upon all my research for door knockers, I read somewhere that hardware for your front door is like jewelery...like the perfect accessory that makes an outfit complete. I couldn't agree more.

*On a side note-Although I have had a love affair with Restoration Hardware for many years, my wallet as had more of a one-sided hate relationship. However, I'm happy and surprised to say that Restoration Hardware offered the best price I could find for a ring-style door knocker and believe me, I looked everywhere. I found many that were well over $100, so the $50 price tag and the 10% off coupon I found online couldn't be beat.

I'll post pics soon.

On a side note, I'm blogging with the boys from the backyard...

Yay for Summer weather and wireless Internet!
love, S


This sounds about right...

Back tomorrow with some fun posts but now off to a fabulous party with friends.

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.
love, S
*photo credit SimplySeleta


Moravian Star Pendant

Good News/Bad News

I've posted before about how much I pink puffy heart (that means love in girl language) Moravian star pendants,

like this one-

I want to replace the boring builder light fixture above our kitchen sink. Moravian stars are said to bring the family good luck when hung (read more HERE), and I need all the luck I can get these days. I've been waiting for MONTHS for Pottery Barn's Olivia Star pendant to go on sale. The original price of $129 was the best price I could find for any star pendant, but I had given myself a strict $100 budget.

So, when I got an email this week from Pottery Barn offering a 10% discount towards any purchase, I thought I'd check to see if by any chance the pendant was on sale.

The Good News...

it's on sale for $103...

And I can use the 10% discount on top of the sale price, so...

the grand total was just $93!!!

The Bad News...

it isn't available to ship out until July 15!?!?!?

It's going to be a long 8 weeks...

Anyone else take advantage of the numerous Pottery Barn sale items this week?

love, S

*photo credit Burnham Design and Pottery Barn


Master Bedroom Details

I shared some pics of our recently decorated master bedroom yesterday and I'm back with all the dirty details. This room, like all my home projects, was done on a tight budget.

Phase 1: New Paint! I chose a greige color to brighten the room up. The new color is on the left. The new color is Sherwin Williams 6078 Realist Beige (although I assure you it is much more grey than beige).
Details HERE

Phase 2: New Bed and New DIY headboard.
Details HERE

Phase 3: Collecting Thrifty Treasure
Details HERE

I recovered this $6 chair from Salvation Army with some scraps of burlap I had laying around.

I spray painted this picture frame -

a shiny new red color-

(The large floral print above was purchased several years ago at HomeGoods. The small floral print is one of those notecards that I won awhile back inside a DollarTree frame.)

I also spray painted this ugly $3.99 frame-
 and the mat too-
Oh, and hot glued some Scrabble letters:)

I continued the framed art collection to our new nightstand/vanity/desk. The desk was purchased on sale at Target for $69, regularly $99. It can be found HERE.

The mirror was $20 at HomeGoods and was an ugly gold color.

Not anymore:)

I framed a card sent from my best friend to my mom, when my mom was given the news that she only had a few weeks to live. My mom was deeply touched by the sweet note from her and we both loved what the card said. It brings me peace whenever I look at it.
It reads, 'She went off on a limb, had it break it off behind her and discovered she could fly.'

Phase 4: New Lamps
Details HERE

I bought these 2 brass lamps at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $5. LOVE that place!

With new lampshades, paint and ribbon trim...

Phase 5: Window Treatments
I bought canvas drop cloths.at Home Depot. They were $10 each. The best thing about these are that they are hemmed all the way around and are 9 feet tall.

Because these are 6 feet wide, I only bought 2. I knew that by cutting one in half, it would give me 4 panels.

I used 2 curtain rods from Bed Bath & Beyond clearance and hung them just under the crown molding and several inches wider then the actual window. I liked it but thought the curtains blended in too much with the wall color.
So, I used iron-on adhesive and added wide ric rac ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

Phase 6: Accessorize
Orange throw pillows (made for the outdoors) from TJ Maxx for $6.99. Long, bolster pillow $24.99 from Target.

Artwork above bed from Michaels. The frames and prints were purchased at 50% off.

Leaning 6.5 foot tall mirror just $70 from HomeGoods. The copper basket storing extra blankets was on clearance for $20 at Burlington Coat Factory.

One last time, the before:

And the after:

If you made it through the whole post, thanks:) I love sharing how I decorate on a budget.
I'd love to see your rooms that have been decorated on the cheap!

love, S