Two Step Back Porch Revamp

copper lantern repaint

For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door.  The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use.  I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy.  Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!

With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with.  I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared.  I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.

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Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint.  A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!

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Flea Market Find: Brass & Bamboo

brass tray flea market

It’s kind of a weekend tradition for Me and Matt to sit in bed drinking coffee and watching HGTV until we’re both inspired enough to get off our buns and do something productive.  This past sunday, we were recovering from a rather exhausting Saturday night of eating take-out Chinese and binge-watching Scandal, so we stayed in bed a little later than usual watching Flea Market Flip.  I’m not gonna lie, I had never seen the show before, but I was hooked.  I loved the competition aspect of the show and was immediately inspired to head to our yearly flea market in town which just happened to be that day (coincidence?).

Anyway, at the very first tent, there were tables of random old-lady things and I spotted this brass bamboo detailed tray right away.  Armed with the new bartering tactics I’d learned from a morning of flea market watching, I asked how much it was and she said, “one dollar”.  I was so shocked I just yelled, “sold!”

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It was a bit tarnished and dirty, so I brought it home, scrubbed it with my secret weapon. [Read more…]

Guest Bedroom Three Year Refresh

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This post is going to be such a blast from the past for some of you! It was three whole years ago that I laid out some design plans for my guest bedroom and it was three years ago that I touched one detail in that bedroom (aside from stuffing it with random craft supplies and castaway furniture). The room was also home to all of our linens, towels, and extra bathroom supplies. It was a hodgepodge mess and here is the proof… The Before Pictures (eek!)

I had a grand plan for cleaning out the room, but there were so many moving parts. To get the room cleaned out, I needed to clear out all of my work and craft supplies, but I needed to move them into the office. As many of you will recall, the office closet held my clothes. So, just this year after Matt and I created a master bedroom closet space, I was finally able to move my clothes out of the office and therefore move the supplies out of the guest room (were you able to keep all of that straight?)

Now, the room is cleared out and cleaned up which is a starting point for a bigger redesign which will come soon enough, but right now, I’m really enjoying what a huge difference the small changes made to the room all without spending one penny.  Before it was dark and was an odd combination of colors.  It had all of my old college furniture (and still does) but the reconfiguration makes it a much brighter and refreshing place for a guest to spend a weekend.

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“Iron” and Marble Side Table DIY

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®.

Let’s get this Monday kicked off with a little Before & After action!  This project has been a long time coming.  I bought a round marble tabletop at a flea market almost four years ago knowing there would be a perfect opportunity to use it, an opportunity which didn’t come until this weekend.

I was at Matt’s mother’s house looking through her collection of entertaining gear for cutlery to use at our luau (more on that Wednesday) and this beige and gold stone faux finish table base caught my eye.  Sure, the finish was a little dated (hence why it was in her basement) but I loved the shape.  If you squint your eye and look at just the shape, you can tell it would make a great candidate for a paint project.

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I had initially wanted to do a fun pop color in a high lacquer finish, but after closely investigating the texture on the table, I thought the stone texture in a bright color would look odd, so I went the total opposite way.  Plus, you guys know how I am with color…

While at the hardware store, I found this soft, slightly metallic iron finish by Rust-Oleum® Universal® .  I’ve used Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss & Flat Enamel Sprays on pretty much every spray paint project that I’ve ever done since the inception of this blog.  The metal paints have a wonderful realistic look and they have primer in them.

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Funny story – I started buying the Rust-Oleum® Universal® paints way back when firstly because of the trigger nozzle, then the preference for the paint stuck.

After it dried and I got my marble top on it, I knew the color and finish were the right decision.  It looks like something you’d get at Restoration Hardware! I was so happy with the result and all for just the price of a bit of spray paint. The whole thing took under 15 minutes.  How’s that for instant gratification?

How do you like the outcome?  I have the table in my stairway landing, the perfect sunny spot for my orchid plant and now it has the perfect table to sit on.

 

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Pop of Yellow Bar Tray

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Spring has sprung.  After all of the waiting, we’re finally in the depths of some warmer weather and I’m celebrating by getting out the bright, cheery drinks and snacks to enjoy outside on the patio.

I hinted last week to a project I was working on with Sherwin Williams in conjunction with National Painting Week and today, I’m finally revealing the finished product! The best part of the whole project is not only the color change, but also the bar tray itself.

I used the base of an old directors chair that I’d had and simply removed the arms and set a wooden tray on the top.  There you go!  Base, tray, a new coat of paint, and I’ve got myself a tray table worthy of any bar area and was able to use an old piece of furniture that had been sitting in the guest room.

Sherwin Williams Before and After

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If you’re not a huge DIYer, I swear you can still do this project.  I didn’t use a primer, but I did sand off any clear finish that had previously been on the stool base and used two coats of Lemon Twist paint with a sponge brush to reduce brush strokes (and make for easy clean-up!).  I finished off the table by painting the hardware gold and adding some painted gold ‘L’ brackets to the corners for a more polished look.

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yellow tray table - house of earnest

I LOVE the way it turned out and the extra pop it lends to my (mostly neutral) dining room.  What do you think?  Are you inspired to do your own home paint project yet? Head on over to Sherwin Williams’ National Painting Week site to see color inspirations, painting ideas, and expert tips all week!  If you think you’d like to see more projects like this one, there are thirteen other bloggers using paint to transform their spaces.

Today, Cassidy and Justin over at Remodelaholic are sharing another yellow project, but tomorrow painting with blue is Amanda from Recycled Consign and Design as well as Emily from Decor Chick.

I cannot wait to check out the full week of projects and I hope you follow along as well!

*this post is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, but thoughts, photos, and ideas are all my own.