Monday, June 1, 2009

The Green & Gold GOTTA GO!

At my house there always seems to be a few lingering home improvement projects that never quite make it to the "take-action" phase. One such project has been plaguing me day after day. Our front door and shutters = UGLY. There is nothing functionally wrong with either, but aesthetically speaking ... really not our style. I take full responsibility for the fact that this has gone unaddressed for so long, but NO MORE I SAY, NO MORE!! After pricing out what it would cost to replace and suffering a hefty slap of sticker shock, I opted for a trusty stand by ... a good coat of fresh paint. As with most projects, the first stoke is the hardest. Especially when, in a moment of boldness (or insanity?) I chose black as the new color scheme. WHAT?! That's right I said it. The weather was gorgeous, so I turned on the ole' boom box, wielded my paint brush and spent the day painting.

I opted to tape-off rather than take-off the shutters. It saved a ton of time and I didn't have to worry about banging up the new paint job on the install.

Removing the disgusting kick plate and sanding was the hardest part. I made sure to sand every corner and groove since I was painting over the door, molding and all the trim. I used a paint brush for the tight spots and corners, but the to make a nice smooth coat overall I used a 4" foam roller.

I even took down the curtains from the side windows and installed some vinyl "frosting". It provides even more privacy, lets in more light and looks better from the inside and outside. *Side note: If you have never installed this stuff ... it is absolutely a two person job. Having an extra set of hands makes a huge difference in the quality of the final product. Let's just say it took a few tries to get this portion of the project right!

So there you have it. Out with the green & gold gross and in with the bold black. I am so relieved to have this project off the docket and now I don't mind being greeted by my front door when I come home!


Andrea C said...

Holy wow lady, that COMPLETELY changed the look of your house!! I'm seriously amazed, you modernized it so well and so quickly! What skills. ;)

Bridget said...

Well done! It looks great, Ashley.

Kimberly W. said...

Nice job!

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