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Painted brick Ranch House

Not too long ago I told you about a project that I am working on with our builder/friend. I wanted to show how amazing her home looks now that it is painted. It will never cease to amaze me what the power of paint can accomplish. This home is now the show house on the street. The greenery pops against the creamy yellow and the gray door makes it look updated.

I know you love a good before and after as much as I do….so here are a few pics to see for yourself…

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Sherman Williams was generous enough to supply all the paint for Dawn’s house. I had no trouble selecting the colors from their color chart.

 

Trim: Pure White SW 7005

Brick: Crème SW 7556

Door and window frames: Software SW 7074

 

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The house just looks so happy now! We were lucky enough to also get Dawn some new gutters. We chose gray to match up with the new shutters and window color.

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The awnings were already this charcoal color….so by picking a color like Software….we were making them kind of flow all together. The white trim really cleaned this house up!painted brick house @cleverlyinspired

 

I will bring you more news about the playhouse we are building in the back….it really is going to be incredible!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

1970’s dry sink (refinished furniture)

My dad gave my mom a dry sink for their first Christmas together. They were married in Nov. of 1969. The condition of this dry sink is incredible….and it has been moved 8 times. It looks brand new. I came upon in when we were staying at my parents house when the new house was being finished. It was in their storage room. I knew it would be perfect in our new foyer—and with minimal convincing…my dad offered to repaint it the color of my choice. Whoot!!

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I believe the original color of this piece was a Williamsburg blue. Then I think my dad must have painted this teal color at one point. The style matches the Federal style of our new house…they were made for each other:) Of course…the original intent for a dry sink was to be used in a wash room before modern day plumbing. There would be a bowl that would sit next to a jug of water and people would rinse off….somethin like that.

I adore the hardware that I found to replace the brass. The color of the metal is called Champagne….not gold, not brushed. I love how it adds a little bit of modern to this traditional piece. I found these pulls and handles online at Myknobs.com.

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The paint is made by Rustoleum and I bought it online because I wanted the Satin finish and I couldn’t find any in the store. Rustoleum Painters Touch Satin in Granite is the name of the paint.

 

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The foyer is coming together nicely. It isn’t a big space…but just enough to decorate. This post will tell you all about the colors for the room. The tall ceilings are throwing me off a bit….things that looked great in our house before now look a little dwarfed. Little by little is is coming together though.

 

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We found this copper lantern on overstock. Very similar to a potterybarn version….for lots less. Perfect scale for the room…

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I hung an old iron gate piece that I have used several times in the past (dude is HEAVY…took me and hour to secure it….I was nervous to let go!) I’m thinking of some greenery in the tall white pitcher….

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And just a look back at where we started…

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I am trying to share with your bits and pieces as I get things photographed. It is all a process…making the things we love from our old house fit into this new space….but we are really loving how it is turning out so far:)

Have a great Monday:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

mini fix up to the Sofa Table…

We finished this sofa table awhile ago….as in 2.5 years ago. We placed the table behind the sofa against the windows. I was so excited to get it in the room that I decided not to stain the back. I’m super lazy like that….(equally fitting title for this post would be “World’s most patient sofa table…”..if you go back and read the post about making it…that will make sense:)

 

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Anywho, I was rearranging the room a bit after Christmas and I decided to see what the table looked like this way…so you can see it right when you walk in the room. We love it here! It is a nice separation from the kitchen and I can display a few things on it too—although I’m not done with that either:) So now that the table wasn’t against the wall anymore you could see the unstained wood on the back. sofa table minwax stain cloths @cleverlyinspired (3)

 

I debated putting it back against the window wall….like I said, I’m super lazy like that. Did you not hear me the first time? Are you new here? Anywho, it was like a little mail miracle when I received these staining cloths from Minwax to try out. They are a brand spankin new product…and I am LOVING these little baby-wipes-of-stain-loveliness. Seriously the bomb of stain products in my humble opinion.

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I didn’t even have to move the table people. I left if right where it was in the family room….took off the handy dandy gloves from the back….took a wipe out and that was it. Done and done in like 2 minutes time. Dries in an hour. Tell me if this isn’t genius…totally genius right?!?!

 

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While we are here in the family room…I need your opinion….Would you paint the large corner tv unit? Funny thing is…it used to be white….when we first moved in (10 years ago)….but I had it painted dark brown about 6 years ago. Now I am thinking it should be white again….thoughts?!?! It kind of sucks the light out of this room…..I also think it may be time to update the window curtains to something a bit airier…thoughts? I love how cozy this room is…but decorating it gives me hives for some reason. It has really never seemed finished to me….I digress….Any thoughts are helpful:)

And go buy yourself some stain cloths….you will love them!!!

(thanks Minwax for sending me some to try….you know I am a fan:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Easy end table update…

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Literally 5 years….I have had this table in my basement. End tables like this are a dime a dozen at thrift shops and garage sales. Swoop one up the next time you see one…and make it all puuuurrrrrttttttyyyyy again:) I updated my parents old end table with some white spray paint and FrogTape’s ® new product called Shape Tape™…I love showing you fun new products like this. There are so many uses for this tape….here is how I used the scallop design Shape Tape™…Frogtape ShapeTape review @cleverlyinspired (9)cv I wanted to make this very traditional table…a bit more modern. High gloss white paint and some soft gold metallic were a perfect combo. I wiped the table down good and sprayed a primer on. Followed by a couple coats of high gloss white paint. Let it dry overnight. 10-1 (47) Here is her before and after….I think I will call her Chloe…doesn’t she look like a Chloe now….sweet, sophisticated, a bit regal…. Frogtape ShapeTape review @cleverlyinspired (2) FrogTape’s ® technology blocks the paint from seeping outside the design….so the edges are crisp and clean… Frogtape ShapeTape review @cleverlyinspired (1) The ShapeTape™ is uber easy to use. The back has 2 separate pieces to peel away…so you can line up the tape easily prior to putting it all off. I decided to make a little “bubble” design….so I placed one piece low and inverted another piece on the top. It reminds me of little pearls….which then got me thinking about the hardware on the front…more on that soon;) Here are some other fabulous uses for the ShapeTape™…

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Fall Porch…and a story about a rocker

Even though it seems that fall and summer have swapped places (not cool by the way Mother Nature…not cool….) It hasn’t stopped me from decorating the front porch a bit for fall. And so begins the story of the rocker…not the kind of rocker…like head-banger rocker…not that I am not cool with that or anything…but this kind of rocker…

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Text from my friend Lauren:

L: “Did you see that rocker on the side of the road?” (in our neighborhood)

Me: “Yes, but I am already late for my appointment…drats…”

L: “If it is still there when I am on my way home I will pick it up for you.”

Me: “That would be completely awesome…”

Next thing I know this little lady is in my garage…hand delivered. My friends rock.

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I had no clue what I was going to use it for….but I knew I liked it. (Come to find out this rocker belonged to another friend of mine that is in our bunco group…) Anywho, It was in need of a little love…the caning on the back was ripped and paint was chipping…but it was still really useful.

Then I thought it would look really sweet painted yellow…with a cute fall pillow on the seat…and it would fit in perfectly on the front porch. I went to work…

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I took all the caning out…I was originally going to try and replace it…but it wouldn’t budge. I ended up using a sharp razor blade and cutting it all away. I used a sander to get rid of the sharp edges. Then I wiped the whole chair off with some Krud Cutter. Now it was ready for paint…a couple of coats and she’s good as new.

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(Putter sees a bird….but yet…too lazy to go get it….I hear ya Putt…takes too much energy…)

Some corn stalks, mums and fall leaves around the pots make my wreaths on the door that much more special.

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So note to self: Keep friends around who encourage your crazy passions…:) They are gems…:)

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(the pillow is just fabric covering my summer pillow….I’m super lazy like that…shhhhh don’t tell….) Oh and I swapped out the summer rug for a more fall-like one (Overstock.com)…

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It even looks pretty from the inside….

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Even though summer seemed so short…I am ready for fall. I love the crisp nights, jeans and boots..scarves and fires in the fireplace….bring it;)

Have a great weekend friends!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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