Front Door Makeover and the five stages of a DIY Project

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project -- A Pinch of Joy

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project -- A Pinch of Joy

We’ve been planning to paint the front door and the perfect weather this weekend was just the motivator I needed.  This is the finished door —  visible from the street, lighter color to brighten up the small entry area, a happy pop of color!  As I painted, I thought about the 5 stages of almost every DIY project we’ve done, big or small.  And at this point, after three houses — that’s a lot!!!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project : Stage 1 Planning -- A Pinch of Joy Stage 1– Planning

Figure out what you want to accomplish with the project — in other words set the parameters.   For this project our goals were to:  make the door visible from the street, using a lighter color to brighten up the small entry area, creating a happy pop of color!   This is the time to solicit opinions, to research options, if necessary and even figure out how the job can be accomplished.   This was the color option we settled on out of five samples.  Even the neighbor approved as he strolled past on his way to the mailbox!    It’s June Day by Sherwin Williams .   This is a fun stage!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project: Stage 2 Preparation -- A Pinch of Joy Stage 2  Preparation

This is very important and sometimes is more time consuming than doing the actual project!  Wheels cleaned the area thoroughly to remove cobwebs and other natural debris.  Then, since construction in the neighborhood  coats everything with a thick and not so fine layer of dust,  he scrubbed the door the day before so it could dry overnight.   I was so excited to get the paint on the door, I jumped right in with the masking tape before I remembered to take a picture.

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project: Stage 3 Doubt -- A Pinch of Joy Stage 3 — OMG!  Is this going to work?

Every project hits a point of doubt sometime.  And if it’s a big project, there may be several periods of doubt!  Doubt doesn’t always come early on — sometimes it waits until you are almost done.  Panic!   If you’ve planned well and prepared well — you’ll have the confidence it takes to  just carry on.    It does not happen often, however, sometimes you just know that whatever you are doing is just plain WRONG!  Give it a couple of days to simmer and it will either grow on you or a better inspiration will hit.  Or  you will know positively that the work you’ve done, the materials you’ve used no longer matter.  If it doesn’t sing,  the only thing you can do is abort and go a different direction!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project: Stage 4 - Hope-- A Pinch of Joy Stage 4 — Hope

Hope comes along sooner or later.  Like “I hope this works!” or  “I hope another coat of paint will make this mess look better”.  Or even “If this looks terrible, at least we won’t have to put so many coats on for the next color!”   You might decide to try a different technique. For example,  I switched here to using a small roller instead of my favorite brush.  And then for the THIRD coat, I used both the roller and the brush.  Finally — coverage!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project: Stage 5 Pride -- A Pinch of Joy Stage 5 — Clean up

This is another time consuming step.  Peeling masking tape off is an art (and another blog post!) So is scraping/scrubbing/whatever it takes to get rid of mistakes, blemishes and imperfections.   This is where the project begins to shine.  And you actually bond with it 🙂   Or something like that — pride begins to grow.  I did this!  I created this/changed my environment to make it better for me and for my family.   Love it!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project -- A Pinch of Joy Another project well done!  The welcome mat is  from the Ohio house, just a hint of yellow to go with the new door color.  Almost as if we planned it — which we didn’t.  If you keep choosing things that “sing” for you, they will generally go together to make a consistent whole!  Without even trying!

Front Door Makeover and the Five Stages of a DIY Project: Checking it out to see if you still like it! -- A Pinch of Joy At night

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New Home — Week 40 Update

9Little Patio -- A Pinch of Joy

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a peek of the projects going on as we make this house our home.  Here’s just a few of the things we’ve been doing. . .  *  means a tutorial will follow.  Eventually 🙂 Dining Room Curtains and Rug - A Pinch of Joy

While there was still snow on the ground, we added some rugs to the tile floor.   This one is in dining room and looks like  the one in the back entry.  It’s a fun contemporary pattern.  The big front entry rug uses the same colors but in a more traditional pattern.  I’ve had a difficult time finding curtains.  These lined tab top curtains* are made from tablecloths!

Basement Builtins -- A Pinch of Joy

We also began a big project in the fully finished basement, adding a wall of built-ins* to the  game room and a bigger one in the media room.  This one in the game room is almost finished and the storage is in use.  The media room storage is partly done.  Once the weather made it possible to work outside we put it on hold.  The outdoor work needs to be done, but putting storage construction on hold means the furnace room storage space is about to burst — seems we have hobbies  and other interests that demand space!  We do have our belongings at one address, however!

3Office Curtains - A Pinch of Joy

We kept the theme of black and white curtains in basement.  This is Bytes’ office, his bedroom has a black and white chevron and the game room window (above) has a black and white Greek key design.  The game room will be Wheel’s territory, with a file cabinet (already full to overflowing!), bookcases (stuffed) and a big worktable.  I’m hoping he will continue to share the worktable with me.

Storm Doors - A Pinch of Joy

Our first outdoor project was to add two storm doors* to the deck. With 55 mile an hour winds on a somewhat regular basis during any given season, they were definitely needed!   Bytes and Wheels installed them — an easy project.

5Pergola for Pentagon Shed -- A Pinch of Joy

The Green Pentagon Shed got a black pergola to frame its door.  I am looking for white climbing roses but haven’t found any.  Or any ideas of a vine that looks great all year round would be welcome!  We reworked the entry to make it a ramp so the lawnmower is easy to move in and out.

7 Planter -- A Pinch of Joy

We built planters* and  planter screens*.

Raised Bed Planters -- A Pinch of Joy

And more planters!  The raised beds on legs were built from kits — we’re sort of experimenting with them.  This spot gets six hours of sunshine and has so far worked out really well for “salad” plantings.  The bigger bed* is sixteen inches high and so far has escaped the notice of the resident bunny.  It has 2 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers and a pepper plant.  It was a rainy spring so we were rather late getting them planted.

9Little Patio -- A Pinch of Joy

This little patio is right outside the back garage door and is also the entry for the west gate.  We built it* to 1) help solve the serious drainage problem on this side of the house and 2) provide a spot to work out side for potting plants, painting or other such projects.   It makes a nice little hangout space too.

Pathway and Dry Creek -- A Pinch of Joy

The pathway* and dry creek* were also built to help solve the drainage issue.  It’s still a work in progress, however.  We had very heavy rains two evenings in a row this past week, which clearly indicated a need for expansion and reinforcement. Done and done.  Hope the problem is solved!

10Before -- A Pinch of Joy

This is what the space looked like in early spring.  We moved that innocent looking and very large pile of dirt on the right one shovelful at a time!  Many, many shovelfuls!!   It contributed to the drainage problem 🙁   We also built the big garden bed around what was left when we ran out places to put shovelfuls of dirt 🙂

11Drainage wall and stepping stones -- A Pinch of Joy

On the east side, we also corrected some drainage issues with the little retaining wall.  Then we added stepping stone and plants to work with the existing Japanese maple.  I used pine bark mulch because I like the look with the stone on the house. However, it was quickly obvious that anything lightweight was not going to be ideal mulch material.  Did I mention it gets really windy here?   The stepping stones go from the patio to the east gate.

12Prepping Garage for Next Project -- A Pinch of Joy

There are still lots of projects, indoors and outdoors.  We try to prioritize among the many on the list.  Getting the garage in order is the next step.    The guys are prepping the space so we can make it function better* and fit Wheels’ vision.  The cabinet matches the ones in the kitchen — it was sized incorrectly so has lived in the garage since the house was built, but I have plans for this baby!

New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

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Garage Entry Reveal

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

We’ve spent quite a bit of time on the garage entry. Why??    Well . . . . .the garage entry is visible from the living room and several other places in the house. It is the place we most often use to enter our home, the passage way to storage and trash disposal and most importantly, Wheels kingdom in the garage. Our coats and outdoor gear are stored in the closet on one side and the other side has a drop zone cupboard and bench. It’s multifunctional and gets used a lot! For such an itty bitty space, it has a big impact.  As we made first one change and then another, I realized they fit into three inter-related categories.   We wanted this space to be 1) Functional  2) Good looking  3)  A supporting player that does not draw attention to itself. Since we are making this house “ours”, this is the perfect time to think about all these things.  So excited to have one space completely done!!!    Even if it is a small space!


Drop Zone Cupboard -- A Pinch of Joy

The drop zone cupboard has some built in features, including this charging station. Cubbies hold cellphones, sunglasses, on the go chargers. On one shelf is an inbox for Wheel’s paperwork, like car wash coupons or receipts. The door has the trash schedule taped to it. Our master calendar is here and other utility pieces that are out of sight. Oh yeah, and Wheel’s collection of five thousand sixty three flash lights – just in case.

Keys -- A Pinch of Joy

Keys go on the hook in the corner cupboard when you walk in the house. I stick them in my pocket, because I ALWAYS come in the house with my hands full. But at least, I know where to look when they are missing 🙂  And you know, I moved the pack of gum and a handful of receipts and appointment cards for this pic!

Good looking

Cushions on Bench -- A Pinch of Joy

The garage entry is visually an extension of the living room.   The cushions say “ furniture”, which help tie it into the living room. You know the karate chop that designers leave in the top of the cushion to show it is soft and cushy and quality? Well, draw your own conclusion. 🙂 But the colors were perfect!  Since the living room door frames the entry,  colors were chosen to go closely with the living room.   The wall color is Sherwin Williams Topsail.   The lower part of the bench is SW Popular Gray which is the same color as the living room wall.  The bench top is just a bit darker, SW Versatile Gray.

A Supporting Player

  Garage Entry Before -- A Pinch of Joy

This is what we started with: The tile is a given in much of the house and makes a strong statement by itself so it is always number one consideration. Besides the tile, there were five different wood patterns in this small space. First thing we did was to take down dark crown molding on top of the birch cupboard.   I painted the shiny metal door with its fake woodgrain and  mdf frame the same color (SW Nice White). And finally painted the bench to cover the very distinct and large grain pattern.   The oak closet door on the other side is pattern #5.    The goal is to be able to walk by the room without it drawing attention or competing with any other part of the house. It just needs to be there doing its job and lookin’ good!

And the results . . . .

Garage Entry 4 -- A Pinch of Joy


Garage Entry 3 - A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry 2 -- A Pinch of Joy

The winner in the hard working, good looking, supporting player category . . . .

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