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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Faux Carriage Garage Door

I have wanted a new garage door, but really don't need one.  I just want the door to look like the Carriage Doors that you see on the newer homes.  Our garage doesn't show from the front of the house, so it is really just for me to look at.  With that said, I have been researching on the Faux kits they have out there.  I have toyed with the idea to paint the windows on the existing door.  I have decided to not paint the faux windows in the door, as I think I am going to be pretty happy with the brackets by themselves.  If I want the windows, all I have to do it get the paint brush out and do it!

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a couple of sets of the Faux Carriage Door hardware.  I am going to do our double wide garage door, and also the single door that is at the shop in the back of our property. 

After!!!  :)
Drill in hand, I began the transformation.  It was a very easy job, and I handled it without a hitch.  I taped the hinges in the spot that I thought they needed to be and then stepped back and looked at them.  I think these are going to work!!!  There are 3 screws in each bracket, and the 2 door handles have 2 in each of them.  If you figure that all up you will know that I have added 16 holes in our garage door.....just glad my husband was out of town while I installed them  :) 

I am very pleased with the finished product.  Think it really added a little pizazz to an otherwise dull white garage door.  I know I am going to be the only person that sees these on a daily basis, but I think I am going to be leaving the garage door down a lot more, so I can admire my handy work...LOL

The weather has been so wishy washy this year, and there is another cold front coming.  I am not talking a mild cold front, we are breaking all records here.  It is dropping to 31 tonight, and I have run out of daylight, so the other door will have to wait for a couple of days.   

What little ideas do you want to add to your dwelling to "spruce it up a little"?  Maybe I have inspired you to try something new!  Let me know what is on your list. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First attempt with Silver Metallic Paint!

I have fallen in love with the silver metallic look that I am seeing on a lot of  in blog land.  It is something that I was wanting to try.

After  :)

It wasn't that hard to find a piece of furniture to experiment on.  I have the perfect small piece that needs to be updated. 

The little dresser type piece has a very fond place in my heart.  You see, my dad built it.  He has been gone for over 25 years, but I make sure his woodworking stays with me.  I had this piece painted a few years ago, and had some trump loi painted on it.  I think its time to update!!! 

With a little help from my friend Kathy at Petticoat Junktion I got all the information and list of paint that I would need to get this little project underway.  I love how Kathy did her own mix and added the Vintage Gold color into the Mirror paint. 

I have to say, I did make one little change from her original paint supply.  I for some reason had Kilz on my mind, and had had some tinted a grey color.  She had suggested using Glidden Gripper Primer, but I went with Kilz instead.  I worried that I didn't follow her directions to the T, but it turned out fine.  I guess a primer is a primer??!! 

The Martha Stewart  Living paints were great.  I enjoyed working with them, and have to say the clean up was quite easy since they are all water based. 

I had a bit of a time finding the Caromal Colours Toner, but was able to find it at Showplace Market in Moore, OK.  Just love the and find....that's my motto! 

I must say I am very happy with the outcome.  I think I have brought my little piece of furniture into the 21 century.  I know my dad is smiling at the finished product.  Hope you like it, and maybe I have inspired you to try to paint something Silver in your home!!! 

Thanks again to Kathy at Petticoat Junktion for inspiring me to try this painting technique.  Love your blog and hope others will follow you as well! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My newest obsession, Air Plants :)

I love to read other people's blogs.  I have quite a few that I follow.  Not sure if any of you have people that you follow, and if you don't, I am telling you should.  One should be me...LOL....not that I have a lot to say, or show, but I think we learn so much from our friends in the blog world. I have to say I have met a lot of wonderful people via the blogs, and I have also found a lot of new things that I had no idea about.

My latest obsession is the "air plant".  If you have been around this ole world for a few years like me, you will remember these little plants.  They are from the bromeliad family.  I guess I always think of the large plants that I have seen in the past.  I really had forgotten about the small species. 

I was reading a blog Cherish Dream Live and she was posting about these wonderful little Air Plants she had bought.  I could hardly wait to finish reading her post to see if I could find myself some of these cute and quirky plants.  I went to the local Home Depot, and then to our local plant store.  No one had any.  I then checked on Etsy and found quite a few of these wonderful little plants are available on the world wide web.  :)  Yes, I was happy....and I ordered me some. 

The weather has been a bit cooler than usual, and the person I ordered from offered a heat pack to go in the box in case you were afraid of the plants freezing on their trip to your home.  I of course wanted them to be nice and warm in their little box during their trip to Oklahoma. 

My plants made it to the house in record time.  I was so excited to get them out of their paper bags and see just what I had gotten.  The buyer that I bought from had written their botanical name on each of the paper bags, and to make it easy for me to record them, I just took my handy I-Phone out and took pictures of each one of them. 

Now for the fun part.  Finding containers for my new found loves.  I have several toothpick holders, that my mother given me.  She used to collect them.  They are perfect for my newest additions. 

I put them in the containers, and then I remembered I had a couple of little tiny vases that were my grandmothers.  I dug out a very cute little yellow vase along with an orange one as well.  

My air plants are doing well.  They have a new home in my kitchen window.  They get the morning sun, and seem to be satisfied with their location.  I am still learning on how to take care of them, but I just take them out of their containers every 2 or 3 days and hold them under the water faucet for a few minutes.  Dry them off, and back they go in their little homes.  I just love that they don't have to have soil.  They are completely happy without it.

I understand that there is a fertilizer that you can use on them, but I haven't gotten any as of yet.  I am still thinking I may want a few more.  If you think they would be a fun addition to your home, please check them out online.  I am very pleased with the ones I bought.  Good luck and good growing.  :)