Refreshing Neutrals

After living in this old farmhouse for the last few years, I’m finding myself really starting to embrace this whole ‘modern farmhouse’ trend that is happening right now. (Thank you Joanna Gaines, am I right?!) I fought it for a long time, but I just keep gravitating toward it and I figure what better time to embrace this look then when I’m actually LIVING in a FARMHOUSE. You have probably noticed from my last few projects that things are becoming a lot more neutral.

Our entry way has been in need of some TLC for a while now. It is really the only entrance that we use so it gets a lot of traffic. There are scuff marks on the walls and the trim and it was just starting to feel kind of meh in there. I painted it a mint green when we first moved in and had a little accent paint on the walls, but I was ready for something new. Something fresh. It is such a small space, I decided to just go ahead and paint it a nice neutral color to clean it up and brighten the space up a bit.

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These pics were taken right after the I painted in here when we first moved in. Over the years, not much has changed except the door has been painted a dark navy. And that door across from the front door that leads into the office has been removed.

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I painted the entry with a creamy off-white color. Valspar’s Asiago which I also used in the kid’s bedroom. It looks so much better with that navy door than the mint green did. I also mentioned in my last post that I want to add molding to these doors off the entry and paint them black, so I think this creamy neutral will look great with that.

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I switched out the old mirror to this trio of mirrors to add a little more interest. I couldn’t find the right spot for them in the house, but so far, I like them here. I ended up painting the coat rack hooks black to add a little more contrast. Black spray paint is my BFF lately. I’ve been using it on everything. I also have been trying to add a little greenery to each room in the house. These are faux, but I don’t care, I love them and they are zero maintenance. I ‘planted’ them in these old metal grain elevator buckets that we have scattered around the farm. file_0042

I got that bench a couple of years ago at a flea market for $10. I would still love to find something else for the space, but this serves its purpose for now. I cut off the back and side a bit, because it was just too 80’s country for me. Those hearts on the side still bug me, but not as much now. I also sanded it and roughed up the finish a little to give it more of a rustic look. I would like to find/make a cushion for it, but like I said I really want to find something else for the space, so I haven’t been in a hurry for the cushion.

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I squared off the chalkboard and made it a bit smaller. I plan on trimming it out with some reclaimed wood. I also plan on adding a wreath to the door, switching out the rug, and changing out the fluorescent light. And of course I still have to freshen up the paint on the trim and get on those black doors!

 

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The Best 99¢ I Ever Spent…

First impressions are everything right? Our house is giving off a pretty sad first impression. Like a, ‘do I really want to go in there?’, ‘is this the house from Texas Chainsaw Massacre?’ kind of impression. I’m okay with some people not wanting to enter, but for the most part, I would like our home to be welcoming and pleasing to the eye.

IMG_1438The paint is peeling off of the metal siding in chunks. We need to add some landscaping. And the front door could use a fresh coat of paint. I decided to the easiest/fastest fix would be the front door. Our house is white, so I thought choosing a paint color for the front door would be a piece of cake…it wasn’t. My first thought was something dark to hide all the dirt and stains that will inevitably end up on the door, but navy and black ended up being too much of a contrast. Then I thought a fun, bright color would be nice, but they all seemed too bright next to the bright white.

I ended up with a nice teal with gray undertones. It’s happy…but not too happy. Like a blue that looks like it likes to have a good time, know what I mean??

photo (8)I wanted the color to be the same on both the front and back of the door. Luckily I haven’t picked a color for the entry way, so I was pretty much free to do whatever color I wanted. Of course now, I will have to choose my entry way wall paint accordingly.

166The first coat went on fast, I painted the whole door in about twenty minutes and left it to dry for twenty-four hours. That twenty-four hours turned into about a week while I got distracted with other projects…mostly painting trim in the kitchen. It’s taking forever. So this is what one coat looks like.

172 170174After I FINALLY got around to that much-needed second coat, I pulled out my favorite tool. My 99¢ razor blade scraper. It’s seriously one of my favorite tools. I hate prep work, especially taping things off before I paint. I know it’s necessary, and will save me a lot of time later in most cases, but I still hate it. And in this case (painting glass areas) taping would have been a complete waste of time. I used a latex paint which made for extra easy scraping.

088 091 090I mean, look at that beautiful mess on the floor. It’s one of my favorite sites.

086And look how pretty after all the scraping! The scraping took about 10 minutes on each side of the door. MUCH faster than having to tape off all of those triangles.

092 photo 1-013 photo 3-011As you can see we also went ahead and switched out the handle for a new one and added a deadbolt (which helps me sleep better at night).  I would really like to just take off that screen door, but the flies out here are out. of. control. so it’s really quite necessary. I do plan on replacing it one of these days though. Still a lot of work to do to make the front of the house more inviting, but at least we are one step closer!