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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Antiquing Fun: Finding Deals in Deale, Maryland

My friend and I first found out about all the antiquing goodness in Deale, Maryland earlier this year (you can read about it here), so when we found ourselves out and about in that area again, we decided to hit up some of our favorites. Of course, this time was a little different… with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer.

We didn’t visit the entire Vintage Loop this time and just stuck to a few stores that we previously loved. I also tried to be a bit pickier this time… but still ended up bringing a few treasures home.

Floral Coasters, $4.50

First up is this pretty set of two coasters. There are no markings on them and they have cork on the bottoms, so I have no idea where they came from. They were only $4.50 for both of them though and they VERY MUCH fit my floral life aesthetic, so I had to buy them. They were immediately put to good use, with one being sent to my living room and one going to live in my den.

Little Round Vase – Handmade in Poland, $12

This cute little round vase has “hand made in Poland” marked on the bottom, and it seems to be a very typical/classic version of Polish art. It is incredibly cute and the design is so pretty – both around the vase and even on the top of the lip. This could be used for anything from flowers, to pencils, to make-up brushes. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to end up in my house, but I do like it a lot.

Pyrex casserole dish, $9

I’ve admired vintage Pyrex for a while and have recently decided to start building a little collection. Rather than taking “the easy way out” and hitting the order button when a style I like pops up on eBay, I’m trying to find pieces through thrifting and vintage stores. However, if I don’t come across a pink gooseberry casserole dish soon, I may cave and have to order one!

I did some googling and I’m pretty sure this is a vintage square flowers verde Cinderella 2 ½ quart dish that was sold between 1968 – 1972. I also recently thrifted another Pyrex, a Spring Blossom Green (known as “Crazy Daisy”), which was made between 1972 – 1978 and is one of the most recognizable Pyrex patterns in the signature avocado green. While I could certainly display them in my china cabinet, these two went into immediate use. After 50 years they still look great and are perfect for me to use when shredding chicken, serving watermelon, or mixing up some pancake batter!

Folk Art pig, $14

I mean, who doesn’t need a handmade folk art pig in their life?! This little guy with his rough wood exterior and painted spots really called to me. It was signed on the bottom by “Lesh” and currently lives on my office desk. I haven’t named him yet, but I’m leaning towards either Vincent. Or maybe HAMilton.

Hammered Copper Necklace, $8

I was poking through the jewelry section and really liked the hammered metal charm on this necklace… but the chain was absolute cheap crap. I’m pretty sure they found them separately and just put them together to sell. When I got home the chain immediately went into the trash and I attached the charm to a rose gold chain from a different necklace. With that being said, I always forget that I rarely wear necklaces… but it is really pretty.

All in all, I spent less than $50 and brought some pretty little treasures back home with me! Do you have a favorite?

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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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