Painted Front Door

Hi there. I’m guessing you’re here to read about our freshly painted front door.

I WILL tell you all about it.

But first, let me walk you through our morning. Then you’ll see why I chose to do a post about the bright and happy colored front door. Ha.

As I sit here and write this, it is cold and rainy outside.

Anything below 50 degrees and my kids think there is going to be a blizzard before the sun goes down.

I was up from 4:00-6:15 with a “jack in the box” toddler who WOULD NOT stay in her bed.

That girl has will. Can anyone else relate?

But based on all of the self-help websites I was reading at 4:43 am, we are just supposed to out endure the will. I’m not so great at that at 4:43 in the morning, but we did our best. Then we got 15 minutes of sleep before it was time to wake the other two up for school.

We get them off to school. No major problems with the morning.

Phew.

Now get Millie to preschool, and then…breathe.

Nope.

As soon as I was about to walk said toddler out the door for preschool, the school nurse called. A Smith kiddo was down.

I knew I had to lean on the Lord for strength because I didn’t have any on my own this morning.

But I am thankful for family and sweet teachers who have brightened our day. Turned out to be a virus that called for hunkering down and watching movies and resting.

So on this cold and rainy, sleepless Tuesday, I’m thankful for this brightly painted door.

Let me tell you how I did it.

Painted Front Door-Before
My enthusiastic assistant

PREP THE DOOR

If you see any minor nicks, dents, or scratches from the dog (that was our door) then fill them in with a sandable wood filler.

Let any wood filler that you used dry completely. Then lightly sand the sheen down. I didn’t spend too much time on this. Just sand enough to take some of the shine from the previous topcoat down.

After you clean up the mess (there may not be too much of a mess) from sanding, it is time to prime.

I used a shellac primer that I already had on hand and applied with a brush in the crevices and a roller on the rest.

Primer never looks pretty does it? But at this point, it already felt better and brighter in our entryway.

TIME TO PAINT

Now my favorite part. Time to paint.

Use a very fine grit sand paper to sand down any areas where the primer may have dried unevenly. You will want to do this between coats of paint as well.

I used a paint that is newer, Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel, and I love how much potential it has. I painted the door about 2 weeks ago and it is still curing, but it already seems very durable. It should be fully cured at 30 days, but we haven’t noticed any problems so far.

This is a newer paint that Sherwin Williams offers. It is a paint that has an enamel mixed in it. This is awesome because it eliminates the step of having to apply a clear topcoat, like a polyurethane. Plus it will be crazy durable.

Fewer steps and more durable…sounds good to me!

The color that I used is Silvermist. I tend to lean towards neutral colors, but I stepped out of the box a little and am so glad that I did. 🙂

I painted with the same application technique that was used for the primer. A brush on the panels and a roller on the flat areas. This paint did dry without any noticeable brush strokes or roller marks.

Interior door painted with Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Enamel in Silvermist

If you’re wanting a pop of color on your door, go for it!

Making Our House A Home

What do you think makes a house a home?

For us, it is the people and the memories that we make together.

You see, when I started this blog, I knew that the last thing I ever wanted to do was create the impression that my house is always decorated, clean, with all laundry organized and put away.

Because let me tell you…NOPE! This is my laundry room on a good day.

I do love doing projects and it is a passion that God’s given me, but the “stuff” will never be more important than the people that are within the walls of our home. So I hope you feel encouraged when I tell you that it is OK to not always have it all together!

This was our first meal together in the new house. Let the memory making begin!

Don’t get me wrong, I may be more relaxed when the laundry is all put away (but really, when is it ever?) and there are fresh vacuum lines in the carpet, but let’s remember to take time to slow down and BREATHE. Soak in those moments with your precious family and spend those quiet moments with the Lord. He created the Sabbath and it is a GOOD THING to slow down.

To not fill in every empty spot on your calendar.

To create those boundaries and margins in your life so that you can just be present.

This is my study book. Do you like the coffee stains and preschool pickup tag that is stuck on the front?

I just recently finished this study. It is Priscilla Shirer’s study, Breathe. I went through this with a group of ladies at church and it was very convicting. If you feel overwhelmed, I would encourage you to grab a copy and go through it. Leave some space for Him and for those things He has called you to. It’s ok to say no sometimes. The world we live in may make us think that we have to “do it all”.

But mamas, no. Give yourself grace. You’re doing a great job. 🙂

Back to making our house a home. I tell my girls several times a week that “people are more important than things”. When they are having a sister argument over a toy, that’s when I like to remind them of this.

“People are more important than things.” I probably said those words at least once while they were playing Barbies here.

So, yes, I will be sharing lots of fun decor finds and DIY tutorials with you. But please hear me when I say that filling your home with love and memories is so much more important that the cutest pumpkin that you will ever find!

Even if it is on sale.

So let’s make our houses feel like homes together! 🙂

Easy Farmhouse Kitchen Curtains

Easy Farmhouse Curtains

Easy.

No sew.

Farmhouse.

Curtains.

Do I have your attention now? I love all of those words separately but when you put them all together…even better!

So you can’t sew? Or maybe you can, but haven’t found the time to make it happen.  I have a very inexpensive and easy solution for you…kitchen dish towels!

Here is a look at some at our previous house! I was using more red at the time and I got these dish towels at IKEA.

Easy Farmhouse Curtains

Here is our current house. These gray and beige dish towels are also from IKEA.

Depending on your window, you may need to hang with a tension rod or a mounted curtain rod.

Then you will just need to buy curtain rings, clip those bad boys onto the towel, and BOOM! Curtains. In a jiffy. It kind of makes me want to do this dishes.

Maybe not. But it does make it a little more enjoyable.

 

Save the Pumpkins and Your Money

Let me set the scene for you. It may sound familiar.

It’s October. If you live in Texas, that doesn’t mean much. But we pretend it feels cooler out.

You burn that pumpkin candle. This is the one I’ve been burning lately.

The crockpot is on and you’re making that family favorite soup.

Today is the day.

The day you decorate for fall.

You get those tubs out of the attic and you can’t wait to open them. But when you do, you realize a lot of it is dated and “not your style anymore”.

So you make an action plan.

Go tell hubby that you need to go to Hobby Lobby because fall stuff is 40% off. To which he will remind you that “they always have a sale.”

Darn it. He figured it out.

Sound familiar?! If so, let me share with you what I do in situations like this.

I do go and get maybe one or two new things a season. Nothing big. I’ll sometimes try to wait until the season is over and the price is really marked down. But when all else fails, I paint!

PAINT YOUR OLD PUMPKINS

You will soon learn that about me. My family jokes that if you walk by me, I may paint you.

I’ve tried to do more neutral fall stuff inside the house but I had so many bright orange pumpkins. If you want to update your old pumpkins the way that I did, here is what you’ll need:

-old pumpkins

spray primer for plastic. There are many different brands and I didn’t spend much on it. Just grab whatever you can find at your local hardware store. I did fid it online, but he price was higher than I paid.

-paint in color of your choice (latex or acrylic craft paint would work)

sponge brush

Side note: Another thing you could use is chalk paint. No need to prime with chalk paint and it should stick to your pumpkins just fine.

It is really pretty simple from here. You could even involve the kids and they’d love it! Maybe even give them a few to do their way. Warning…it may end up with 6 googly eyes all over it if you do. We kind of have a thing for googly eyes when we do crafts. Don’t ask me. It just kind of happened. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆👀

First, you’ll want to spray prime the pumpkins. As soon as it dries, you’re ready to paint.

I used sponge brushes to paint but I guess any brush that you have on hand would work. I did 2 coats of paint on most pumpkins and then they were good to go.

I hope this helps you update your fall decor and stay within your budget, too!

Molly’s New Desk

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s take a trip down memory lane together.

Do you remember where you sat to do homework when you were a kid?

For me, it was usually at this table.

This was the first set that my parents bought as a married couple. We now have this very table in our own dining room.

Every time I sit there, it kind of takes me back to those nights of AP calculus homework. The nights of studying for biology and listening to my mom as she made up goofy songs to help me remember all of those crazy words for my test. I thought were annoying at the time. But they helped me pass my test.

Thanks, mom.

I want to make those memories with my kiddos. To be there when they have those “oh I get it!” moments.

To watch them grow. To experience those struggles followed by the victories.

So when we moved and Molly said that she would love a desk for her room, this mama was ON. IT. 👊🏼

And for the record, I am now the one making up goofy songs. I’m quite certain she’ll thank me one day.

Now let’s walk through how we made this desk dream of hers come true.

FIND A DESK

The first step to a DIY desk project is to find a desk!

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good deal! You don’t have to break the bank on your desk. Just find something that is the size that you need and has the drawer space that you’d like.

We found this one at a thrift store for $30!

Already have a desk that you like? Just skip the painting part and read ahead for the next steps on customizing the inside of the drawers.

PREP AND PAINT

After finding a desk, you’re ready to prep and paint. Clean that bad boy up. I would recommend priming but with the paint I’m about to share with you, it isn’t required. My favorite primer for wood is Zinnser BIN primer. You can paint it on with a brush/roller or get the spray kind. If you’re just using it for this project, the spray should be enough to cover your desk.

What paint should you use?

I do love chalk paint,  but for this project, I chose a latex/waterbased paint. In my experience it is more durable for pieces that will get lots of use.

So I used Sherwin-Williams proclassic paint. I love this paint when I paint furniture or cabinets that will get lots of daily use.

The pro classic latex (waterbased) has many great properties that you’ll love, especially if you’re just getting into painting furniture. It is self leveling (like oil based paint is) but won’t yellow over time. Basically, self leveling means that it won’t show brush strokes once it is dry. I give that 2 thumbs up! 👍🏼👍🏼

As far as sheen goes, you can get satin or gloss. For this project, I used satin. The color I used is Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Now that you have your primer and paint, start painting! I sprayed my primer and then used both a brush and roller for the paint. Don’t panic if the first coat of paint doesn’t look good! It took me three coats until I felt it was covered. Remember to check your paint can for how soon you can paint each consecutive coat. Most if the time, I wait about 4 hours.

SHOP FOR YOUR SCRAPBOOK PAPER

Now here is where the fun part began for Molly. I mean who doesn’t love a good trip to Hobby Lobby?

We went shopping for scrapbook paper that we used to line the inside of the desk drawers. Since there are 7 drawers, Molly picked out 7 different pieces of paper that she liked.

Measure your drawers before you go to the store to make sure that you get the right size and enough paper. I skipped this step and had to make an extra trip to Hobby Lobby (I actually didn’t mind that ha).

The pieces that Molly picked were all very random and I completely let go of control so that her little personality could come out!

I was very proud of myself. And her. 😆

This is my favorite piece that she picked out because every single time she opens this drawer, she will be reminded of how awesome our God is. Great choice, Molly!

APPLY THE PAPER TO THE DRAWERS

While you’re at the store, grab a few sponge brushes and two different types of Mod Podge. You will want to grab the spray kind and the kind in the tub. Is that what you call it? 🤔 Just look at these pictures and get these two!

Once you get home with your goodies, go ahead and trim your paper to fit the inside of your desk drawers.

Then you will want to get the spray Mod Podge and lightly spray each piece of paper, front and back.

It will discolor the paper for a minute and you just might panic when that happens.😬

Don’t panic. It will dry quickly and it’ll be just fine.

Doing this spray step preps the paper and makes it stiff so that when you begin to glue the paper into the drawers, it won’t wrinkle up as much.

I repeat…as much.

I did get a little wrinkling still, but I’m ok with that. If you’ve ever worked with Mod Podge, you know what I’m talking about. Those air bubbles make me a little stressed out🤪. Anyone else have tips for that?

Now it is time to glue the paper to the drawers. I use the Mod Podge as glue and applied it directly to the wood on the drawer. Then just apply the paper to te drawer base and brush a coat of the Mod Podge over the paper. This seals it. It will go on white then dry clear.

You may still have a few bubbles that come up. Just do your best to smooth them out. It prob won’t be bubble/wrinkle free though.

Check out all of Molly’s choices!

CHANGE THE KNOBS OUT

You’re almost done! The last step is optional, but you can always change the hardware out to add more character.

We originally tried to polish the brass hardware.  I liked it but Molly wanted something with more color, so we added these that we found at Hobby Lobby.

I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your kiddo so that you create lifelong memories together!

And maybe you can sprinkle a little homework and silly songs in along the way. 🙂