The barn door spoke to me. Has that ever happened to you?
Have you ever been walking around at a store or maybe a flea market and you just KNOW that one piece is speaking to you?!
Like it is saying “You know you need me in your house.”
And then you think, “But what will I do with you?”
Then it says “Figure that out later, lady. If you walk away someone else will snatch me up.”
“YOU. NEED. ME.”
I speak back. “Ok, you’re right. Let’s get you home and then I will explain this to my sweet husband later. Surely he’ll support my vision.”
Yup. That’s pretty much how it went down the day I brought this amazing chippy, rusty, rugged barn door home. I was driving home and had all three girls with me, but I just had to make a quick stop at the consignment store.
You know, just for fun.
I walked into the consignment store to look for chairs. The rest is history. We left with a barn door.
I really tried to walk away 3 different times but I just couldn’t leave without it.
Let’s take a minute to look up close at the character that this door has.
The rustier the better if you ask me!
I LOVE a piece that has a story behind it.
Sure, we may not always know the story.
But I can only imagine all of the neat places this door could have come from. So neat to think about.
Well, now what?
I had a big open wall in our dining room that I had been trying to figure out. This would be perfect! And it turns out Mr. Man liked it a lot, too!
After we hung it on the wall, it stayed just like that for about a month. I loved the door but just didn’t know what to put on it or around it.
But then it happened.
We got a Target gift card and my sweet husband said I could use it for whatever I wanted.
I had been eyeing a boxwood wreath for several months but just didn’t want to spend the money.
So I took the gift card and drove myself straight to Target to get my new boxwood wreath.
I also had a rusty GATHER sign that needed to find its place in our new home.
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.
Now get Millie to preschool, and then…breathe.
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.
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.
If you’re wanting a pop of color on your door, go for it!
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:
–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)
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂