Flowers Painted on Garden Shed

July 22, 2014 | Posted by Leave a Comment

My mom and step dad came to me asking if I would want to paint flowers on their shed for them. Obviously my answer was hells yes, that could be soooo fun. Not to mention relaxing. I love sitting down and painting for hours, it’s one of the best ways to relax myself. Their shed is a medium grey with white trim, and they weren’t too picky about what flowers they wanted so I was looking forward to getting it started asap for them. My mom and I went over to Home Depot and picked out the colors we wanted – bright! I mixed a lot of the colors for shading and getting specific colors that I wanted. It worked out awesome.

Here’s what I started with:

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After hosing down the shed and getting all the dirt off, I started out with a calla lily. My mom LOVES calla lilies – it was her and my step dad’s wedding flower, also the flower I used on their wedding invitations. So I wanted to make the calla lilies look awesome.

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I guess I can’t take all the credit for painting the shed, I did have some help…Miss Jazzy Lynn (below) did most of the work.

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Next up, daisies. Love blue, love daisies.

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Poppies next. Who doesn’t love little poppies?

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Then came the tulips. I can’t lie – I love how these turned out.

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A blue and white lily and another poppy…

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And of course sunflowers. Because really what is a flower mural without some sunflowers?

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Now time to add in some final details like grass, a couple snowdrop flowers, little grape hyacinths…

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And of course one last calla lily for the back side of the shed, and it’s complete.

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So what do you think? I love the outcome – it took me over a month to complete, and I think all the time and effort was well worth it. My mom and step dad love it, so that’s all that matters!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Front Porch Reno: The Floor

July 18, 2014 | Posted by Leave a Comment

My goal for the beginning of summer was to entirely re-do our front porch. When we moved in it had dirty cream walls with cracks everywhere, including all over the pillars, which are one of my favorite parts of the porch. It also had a black with white specks carpet that I’m assuming was extremely dirty but was hidden well since it was black. Does anyone else get freaked out by the idea of cleaning or touching someone else’s dirtiness? It makes me cringe just thinking about it. But I guess that’s expected when you buy a house, huh?!

I knew from day one that I wanted to do an extreme makeover on the porch, but last summer was filled with staining furniture on the porch. Literally, we had our huge bedroom suite on the porch so I could sand/stain it all. Which reminds me I still need to write that huge post. Why is there not enough hours in the day?

Well this summer I finally got to tackle the front porch project! This is by far the biggest project I’ve done by myself for the house. And when I say by myself, I mean by my self. Charlie would have helped if I asked, but I really wanted to go at it alone.

Take a look at what my view was a couple weeks ago:

Yep. No words needed here.

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Here’s a better view of the carpet. If only you saw it in person.

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And then came the carpet removal. Went great until we realized our utility knife wasn’t sharp enough to cut the carpet so we had to make a Lowe’s run to get a knife specific to carpet cutting. Which actually turned out great because we got an awesome Kobalt one that I totally recommend.

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And the carpet is gone! By ugly carpet I will never think about again after I write this post! Pretty sure I danced a little after that thing was gone.

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And then there was paint. Funny story. I did some research on deck paints and decided I wanted either Olympic Rescue It deck paint or Rustoleum’s Deck Over paint. Since this is indoors it should last longer than normal. I got my hands on a $5 GALLON of Olympic’s Rescue It deck paint at Lowe’s. Yes you read that correctly. Normal price is $35. Cha-ching! Well, the only problem was I wasn’t a huge fan of the color. But I really want this paint to fill in some cracks and coat the porch since the paint itself is really thick. I of course got the paint, taped off the porch and started with the trim.

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And then I finished. And I really didn’t like the color. I was going to just leave it at first, but I’ve put so much effort, time and money into trying to make this porch something I love so I decided it was back to Lowe’s I go to get more paint.

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And then I found this color. LOVE. Can’t remember the name of it right now but it’s a light slate blue exterior paint.

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I decided since the porch floor was already sealed with the deck paint, I would just paint over it with a color I like.

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It turned out GREAT. I love it! Obviously this picture isn’t doing it any justice but there will be more porch updates next week don’t worry.

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Have you ever used a deck paint? What kind, and did you like it?!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Front Steps Makeover

July 7, 2014 | Posted by Leave a Comment

Our front steps were pretty fugly. Not just fugly though, rusty and disgusting too. To the point where if you used the railings you might leave our house with some paint chips stuck in your hands. But not anymore! Nope. I sanded and painted those bad boys to the point where they look brand new (not really but I like to think so).

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As you can see from the before pics, it was pretty out of control. In the pic below, check out the wood right below the front door. Yes, that rotted and chipped thing. That wood was about to snap in half. We had to tell guests that entered our house to step over the wood so it doesn’t break. Totally normal request right?

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I used a spackle knife to scrape off the excess paint and rust, then I used our Black and Decker hand sander to sand down as much as I could (If you’re attempting a project similar to this make sure you’re definitely wearing eye protection).   Front Steps Makeover4

Then came the fun part: painting! I started out painting the railings. I did them all white at first and thought it looked a bit off, so I did the top parts navy. We used a Valspar exterior paint for the navy and a flat white exterior by Olympic for the white paint on the railings.

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And the finished result! I love it compared to what it was. Night and day difference if you ask me.

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And there’s that nasty piece of wood again. Say bye-bye to the rotted wood because Charlie’s dad helped us out with that one. He took out that part of the step and totally fixed the shiz out of it.

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Ta-da! A beautiful new step. A little bit of paint and this side of the house will look brand spankin’ new. Stay tuned ;)

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If you have any specific questions about this project ask away! Happy Monday!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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