Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Shut the Front Door!

So part of the exterior transformation, we had to decide on a new front door.  The original front door was in good shape but sometimes ugly "trumps" everything....right?  I thought about just repainting it for now but the window in it, I feel, screamed 1979.   Plus it had this weird deadbolt on it that was placed half way up from the top of the door.  I think the previous owners were giants!

We added some really cool modern house numbers that
I found here.

The paint color I chose was Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore in a satin finish. Our front door is south facing and gets a beating from the some every summer.  This shade of grade has kept it's gorgeous color all year.   I know Sherwin Williams has a "Chelsea Gray", but it is not the same.  It's more of a blue gray.

BEFORE...you can't see in this picture but that is a lovely maroon color gracing the door. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Painting the exterior of our 70's beauty!

We have now lived in our 1979 fixer for a year.  One of the first things we did was take out the rocky, uneven front lawn, replace the front door and paint the exterior brick and wood siding...it had to be done! Every time I pulled into the driveway I only saw "country blue".  It physically made my stomach hurt..and I may have
wanted to cry.  Just kidding...but it was very depressing.  The previous owner actually told us that she had a "nightmare" that we changed her house.  WHAT?!   After we painted we had several neighbors thank us for it...haha!

Before :(

 But before we painted anything we replaced the siding on the exterior top section of the house.  Did you know that  Lowes can do this? They have contractors that will come out to your house give you a bid and can pretty much install any kind of siding.   I decided on a board and batten look.   I also only had the street side replaced...just because it was really expensive to do the whole house.  I was really pleased with the way it turned out.

 Now as you may know there are a billion shades of white.  This seriously was a huge decision because I didn't want it to have any blue or purple under tones.  Wouldn't that be crazy if I went from "country blue" to a purple?  Not to mention the few thousand we spent on the paint and labor.

 So instead of searching Pinterest for hours I decided to ask a builder friend of mine what color he would suggest.  He had recently built a beautiful "modern farmhouse" and had painted it Snowbound White.  Not only was it nice for someone to tell me what to choose but I could actually see how it looked on a house!

I am currently on the hunt for some chunky posts to replace the 70's curvy posts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hi...my name is Camie.

I feel like I need to reintroduce myself.  This blog use to be a place where I stored all of my favorite projects and stories...but life got busy.  So I want to start fresh and what better way to do this than by sharing our journey into renovating our 1979 fixer upper.  We have had 4 homes in the last 15 years and I think this may be our forever home so I want everything done just right. 

When we decided to sell our last home we initially wanted to build again.  Finding a home in the right area, with the right lot and the right house led us to this beauty (thanks Zillow).

But before we start the journey on this house...I want to revisit our last home.  I truly loved that house. It had plenty of space, lots of cabinets, good neighborhood but when mama says it's time to move...well you know the rest!

Friday, September 6, 2013

just because i love him


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cobblestone Concrete Pad

So first off I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback on our cobblestone project.  I really didn't think it would be so popular.  I hope you are just as excited as we are about our cobblestone concrete pad.  We used the same process but instead of filling in the gaps with dirt, we filled them in with concrete.
This is what it looked like after sitting all winter.
After all of our hard work...I DID NOT LIKE THE COLOR, or really anything about it. It was also evident where we had stopped and started. I remembered a product I came across at Lowe's and thought it would be perfect!

 (side note: I actually work in the Home Decor dept. at Lowe's)

This is such and easy product to use.  You need to remember to apply it to a clean surface, we used a TSP cleaner also found at Lowe's.  You just follow the directions on the bottle and have a push broom handy for scrubbing the concrete with.                                                                                                                         (no my legs are NOT in the picture)  

 First spray the surface off, removing any loose dirt/insects.

Second apply the cleaner and scrub with a broom. Don't worry about rinsing the cleaner off, that's how easy it is.
(yes, that is the real color of my husband's legs, hehehe)
Next, lightly spray the surface with water. This will keep the product from drying too fast. Now you're ready to apply the product. We chose  "Fieldstone" as the color and to be honest I thought it was going to be a deeper and darker color.
Because there are deep grooves, I went back and brushed the stain with a small brush. This helped to distribute the paint more evenly and help the character of the stones to show through.

We then rolled over the top again to give it texture.
It took about 4 hours and the results are great.  We are thinking of putting another stain on just around a few of the stones. Maybe this will give it that "Old World" look.

This project is just one part of a three-part project, so stay on the look-out for more project.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chevron Side Table

Once upon a time, I bought a table off of Craigslist.
I added some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and added a
chevron pattern found here. 

I pencilled the pattern on, painted and sanded it.

Added some bling and Voila!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

DIY Landscaping Curb

As you know we have been trying to get our yard in for a while and do it under budget.  We decided to put in our own concrete curbing, and the result was great! So here is the step-by-step of one section of curbing we did.

First, you prep the area and set the forms.  We used bender board and 1x4's for the forms, wood stakes (very cheap) come in a bundle.  Place the stakes two feet apart unless when placing them where the bender board is, these areas need more support due to the flexibility.

Next mix your concrete and place in-side the forms.

Next, using a trowel, shape the concrete to expose only the cream. This will make the surface smooth.
You can remove the forms when the concrete is somewhat firm.

Next you may want to put in expansion joints. This is where the concrete will most likely crack when it does expand. Space these points out 4-5 feet using a small trowel, cutting only half way through.

Use an edging trowel to shape the expansion joints and edges of the curbing.

This project cost came to $18.00 (just over a dollar a foot).