Quick Change: Switching our Front Door from Clover to Paradise Landscape

Way back in 2013, I decided I couldn’t stand my 90’s evergreen front door a moment longer and I painted it clover green (Come and Knock on my Door). And it was a fabulous update to take our front door into 2013. However, after 7 years of our bright green door I was ready for another change.

Last time to decide on a door color, I gathered a bunch of swatches, taped them to the door and stared at them for a while.

I did NOT do that this time.

This time, I walked into Home Depot, stared at the swatches for about 60 seconds and picked out the color that matched the one I had imagined in my head.

And the color was Paradise Landscape from Behr.

When I bought the paint, I also grabbed a mini roller and disposable paint pan. The paint is a paint and primer all in one, so I figured it would only take a couple coats to get even coverage. As it was, I used a brush for the first two coats and then I used the roller to do a third coat over the flat areas to ensure that no brushstrokes were visible.

All in all, it took just a couple hours for such a fun change. Like last time, I painted both the inside and outside of the door… so it has really updated the look for both our foyer and the front of our house!

Check out this fun slider… you can slide from the old color to the new color!

I’m so happy with how this little project turned out. Since we’ve been stuck at home for months on end, I’m using this time to really take a look around our house and see which areas need a little updating… and this was 2 hours of time I’m glad I spent!

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AR Workshop: Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kits

I have visited the AR Workshop in Annapolis a bunch of times before and created really fun projects at their storefront. However, with the ongoing pandemic they launched a new Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kit option, so I decided to give it a try!

I’ve had my eye on one of their projects ever since they shared it on social media early this Spring, so it was an easy choice. They provided my piece of wood, the stencil, sponges, and primary colored paint.

The sample project that I chose had a white painted background, so I guess they assumed I’d want to paint mine white too. However, I like the look of stained wood better… and luckily Lindsey had some on hand for me to use. Once the stain dried, I attached my stencil and got to paint mixing! Since they only provided red, yellow, blue, black and white I had to mix some colors to cover the entire rainbow.

Mixing the colors myself was a fun way to have an absolutely original and customized project. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but I’m not sure if I would do a take-home project with them again, as there were some drawbacks. First, the colors were much more limited and there were no stain options. Also, they didn’t provide me with hanging supplies (perhaps they forgot to throw it in?), but luckily Lindsey had an extra pack for me to use.

If you don’t mind the fact that it’s a bit more DIY than their typical sessions at their storefront, it is a fun way to spend some time at home.

{Pssst, this isn’t a sponsored post, but if you want to find an AR Workshop you can find them here: https://www.arworkshop.com/}

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DIY: Patching Jean Shorts

Source: Photo by J Williams on Unsplash

I found my perfect pair of jean shorts two years ago and they are still my favorite pair. Actually, they are my only pair of jean shorts because I donated the rest of them. They are a pair of “Supplies by Union Bay” shorts I picked up at Nordstrom Rack, and when I first got them they were lightly distressed.

However, like most ‘distressed’ jeans it was only a matter of time before they got AGGRESSIVELY distressed. So here we are two years later and the white netting stuff that is behind the holes is showing. Here it is right after I cut it out:

Ick! I’ve blogged about patching up holes before (Quick & Easy DIY: Patching Some Over-Distressed Jeans), so I figured now was the perfect time to patch again.

Jack hasn’t grown out of any jeans lately, so I picked up a kid pair with a denim wash I liked for just $4 at the thrift store with the idea of ripping them apart for patches. Even after this project, I still have plenty of fabric left, so the $4 investment was a steal!

If you haven’t patched a hole before, it’s super easy. You just pin on the new fabric inside the item and then sew around the hole and trim off any extra patching. I had lavender thread in my sewing machine and I’m lazy, so if you look close you can see where I stitched:

The whole project took less than 10 minutes and I’m so happy that my favorite pair of jean shorts are here to live another day. I really like how the darker denim peeks out of the distressing too. A much better look than that white netting stuff!

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