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Faux Painted Stone Front Steps Makeover

Painted Faux Stone Steps

I ‘ve spent the past few days working on the exterior of my home.  In particular, the front steps, railings and front door.  I had painted the steps red a few years ago (Concrete Steps and a Bench Makeover) but the paint was looking faded.  

I decided to try and create the look of stone and thought I would use gray paint.  I first painted a base coat in gray and then eyeballed it and taped off rectangles.  Using a a few different colored gray paints and the same technique that I used on my bathroom linoleum floor (Painted Linoleum Floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), I added layers.  I finished it off with dry brushing Annie Sloan French Linen and Paris Grey.
I mentioned at the beginning of the post how the old paint was chipping off my screen door and railings.  I used DecoArt Curb Appeal paint in black and wow – it is wonderful stuff!  It is meant for outdoor use and goes on beautifully.  I even used it on my plastic planters that had seen better days!  Here are the after pic of the steps, door/railings and planters. more here!

Vintage Rocker Drab to Pop of Color Fab Makeover!

Victorian Yellow Bench

The RUSH SEAT VINTAGE ROCKER has gone from seriously drab to seriously fab!  I brought home the rocker last spring but alas, I don’t have any indoor or covered spot to place it.  The weather really did a number on it and it was looking very sad.  I felt guilty.

I used sandpaper to sand back all of the chipping paint and glue to fix the broken pieces of the seat.  I then broke out Victorian Yellow Curb Appeal paint by DecoArt.  It’s a new product that is meant for the outdoors.  I thought the yellow would give it a fun, new vibe.  Here it is now! more here!

A Behr Wanderlust Teen Bedroom Reveal

Behr Wanderlust Teen Room

My daughter, Ella’s bedroom is all done in Behr Marquee Wanderlust!  It’s a deep, beautiful color and perfect for a teen’s room.  We paired it with deep purple and white.  Her dresser is The Blush Dresser featured in the post (HERE).  I found a great headboard on Craigslist for only $40 and it’s perfect.  Both the little mirrored shelf and the wood frame with clips for photos are from HomeGoods. The mirror was given to me by a client and is vintage. The green velvet chair in the corner was featured HERE and is a thrift store redo. The curtains were also a thrift store purchase (HERE) and the little black nightstand was given to me by a neighbor.  The large artwork is from Ikea and I couldn’t help myself and kept a little piece of the gold stenciled wall as “artwork” 🙂 more here!

Country Curtains Thrift Store Score

Country Curtains Thrift Store Score

I just finished painting half of Ella’s room in Behr’s Wanderlust and I LOVE the color!  

I’m finishing up this week and can’t wait to share some pics of this gorgeous color!  In the meantime, I’ve been on the lookout for some pretty lace curtains for her room. I wanted white to contrast against the deep hue.  I was out looking the other day and I just have to share my thrift store score – ten panels of gorgeous lace panels from the store, Country Curtains!  I have always loved their catalog and have purchased curtains from them before.  This is how I know that they are quality and quite expensive curtains. Their lace panels cost between $40 to $90 per panel. When I found these at the thrift store (at $3.50 per panel) I snagged them all up!  I only needed four panels for Ella’s room but have added the extra panels to my hall and soon into my living room for a summer, easy breezy look. more here!

Behr Marquee Wanderlust

Behr Wanderlust

I have to admit, I love the name of this paint – Behr Marquee Wanderlust.

I wonder who thinks of the names for all of the different colors out there?  They must have quite an imagination!  Anyway, I am going to be busy painting my daughter’s room over the weekend in this deep, rich color.  It is her choice and I am hoping that it won’t be too dark.  She wants a moody, deep vibe for a 16 year old and this is it! more here!

New Keypad Front Door Lock and One-Way Screws?

Front Door Schlage Lock

We decided to change our front door lock and handle to a keyless entry system.  Basically, it’s an electronic keypad instead of a standard key lock.  It’s a great system when you have kids coming and going at different times of the day – no more lost keys!

My husband purchased a Schlage Keypad Deadbolt and door handle in the aged bronze finish.  He installed it without too much difficulty.  The only issue was using a drill bit to make the opening slightly larger for the new lock. more here!

HomeGoods Find and My Dog Needs a Blog

Living Room Gray Ottoman

I know that I painted my thrift store table white to add to my living room and I must say, I am happy that I did.  I prefer it white.  However, it is back in my family room because the other day I purchased a new piece for my home.  This is a rarity and I must say, what with my new Safavieh rug and now my new ottoman/coffee table, I have gone on quite a spending spree.  It is just that I saw it there – in HomeGoods – and it was such a great price ($150)…I just didn’t want to leave it. more here!

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