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New House Tour Photos

29 Jul

Happy Friday!

I’ve update our House Tour page!

Enjoy your weekend! We are off for a little “camping trip” at my friends ranch.

Backyard Status

27 May

I’m alive!

And yes, we’ve been busy!

Currently our backyard is getting a major overhaul! I seriously can not wait for the final reveal!

On Thursday the husband and I tackled this horrific scene:

Wow this is actually pretty embarrassing, and I can’t believe I’m allowing people to see our neglected backyard. I’ve always been more of an interior girl not so much exterior, as you can see.

I think one of my favorite things to do is throw crap away!

Here’s a nice little after picture, ahhh feels good. But still not done.

Yesterday our amazing landscaper started and it already looks so good without the weeds and some fresh dirt.

BTW, did you notice the posts on the pergola? We finally got them wrapped, so they are much beefier now and have the added detail as oppose to the metal lameness.

Our gorgeous new sprinkler head, our house has never had irrigation so after 5 years of living here I’m pretty damn excited.

Our landscaper was so sweet he even cleaned up the side yard! For FREE! Can’t beat that. Scroll up to see the before picture it was disgustingly bad. Ryan and I are planning to add some bark back here too.

Anyway, that’s the latest on our backyard progress. I really hope to see the sod in by today or tomorrow, so look out for another post to come soon.

Black Doors

12 May

Now that we are door painting pros! (well actually my husband really is.)

I want to tackle our french door in the kitchen, the one we use to access the backyard.

Right now it looks like shit, I’m sorry it just does.

You can’t really tell from the photos but Sarge has once again decided to destroy a door and this one was his main target.

I was thinking a glossy black would look stunning, especially from the view outside.

White could be pretty too, but it seems like all you see these days are white french doors. I really like the boldness that comes with black, very chic.

I’m pretty sure it’ll look fabulous. What do you think? Have you painted any of your doors black?

Come and knock on our door…..

4 May

Great now I have that song stuck in my head! : )

Trying to decide on a door knocker..hmm so many good options out there.

I’m thinking bronze, as all my other hardware is bronze.

But I’m not 100% on that as my current hardware is satin nickel and it actually goes really well with the new door color.

hmmmm…

So first up, are some Pottery Barn options

This one is pretty classic and it can be monogrammed! I like that.

Then there is this adorable knocker with a cute little bird perched on top. I don’t know if I can fully commit to tweety though.

I could go more vintage and get this guy off Etsy. I’d still have to spray paint it bronze though.

Here’s a rustic one I found on Amazon

Another rustic one from eBay

Hahaha I’m sorry, I had to put this one up!

I think I prefer the cleaner lines, like this knocker by Baldwin

Oooo Yes! I think I found a winner! Restoration Hardware’s Ring Door Knocker

Here it is in satin nickel too

Help me pick one! Which one is your fave?

Our Pretty Blue Door

27 Apr

Well we he did it!

Our front door is now a pretty gray blue! Isn’t it gorgeous! I’m in love.

In case you forgot this is what our door used to look like, kind of orangey and scratched to all hell, courtesy of Sarge our pug.

And here’s how it all went down…

First step! Sanding!

We had the primer tinted to our color, which is key.

Then we puttied any imperfections.

This stuff is bad ass and drys super fast!

Next up! Sanding again! Woah we did a lot of sanding.

PAINT TIME!

We chose Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray at150%

After another good sanding, Ryan finally sprayed the finish coat. Look at my man in action.

We even did the interior side blue, I think it totally brightens up the room.

Don’t you?

Next up I want to get a retractable screen door (Thanks Jessica for the recommendation!!), update the door hardware and add a cute door knocker.

Hopefully my bank account will recover soon so I can make some purchases!

Pretty Front Doors

25 Apr

I want to paint my front door! Well more like, I want my husband to paint it.

You can’t really tell from the picture but right now it’s just a stained doug fir door and I’m kind of over it.

But first I need to remove the screen, but what do I do during those hot summers. ugh Any ideas??

I’m thinking either yellow, turquoise, or light blue.

Here are some pretty door colors I found

Aren’t they gorgeous!

I want to update our door hardware as well, and add a vintage door knocker.

Maybe like this guy

Exterior Evolution

22 Apr

When we first laid eyes on our little house in 2006, we knew it had huge potential and the best part was it was affordable. I know there are people that like a new remodeled house, but we were not one of them. We love a good challenge and really loved the idea of putting our love, sweat and tears into this house and so we did!!

Sorry for the poor photo, this is the only picture I could find of our house when we moved in. It’s a picture of the CD that we got from our Realtor, unfortunately there were no pictures on the CD, just documents.

Here is the peak above our garage being built, we also upgraded our garage doors and got a new roof.

Oh the joys of having a porta potty in your driveway.

After about a year of living in our little yellow house, we finally painted it! I love the colors we chose, classic gray with a hint of green, bright white trim and a light blue porch.

In 2008 we decided to add 200 square feet to the back of the house, for a master bathroom and larger kitchen.

The addition took over a year to complete! That’s what happens when you do it all yourself at night!

Anyway, here is what our little house looks like now in 2011, we’ve come a long way baby!

TGIF!

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