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Curb Appeal Update

I can’t wait to share my simple curb appeal update with you guys today! I’m a huge believer that little changes, like painting, can make a big difference in how spaces look. It only takes a little bit of time to have a huge impact. Check it out!

Curb Appeal Update

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As I’ve mentioned before, our Country House is nothing amazingly special. It’s comfy and cozy and works for our general needs, but typically I would not have thought about purchasing a small yellow ranch home. (Read all about our decision to buy this house by clicking here.)

The Shutters

White Shutter Yellow House

The outside of our home was very plain, with light yellow siding and chippy white shutters. (Nevermind the ugly bushes; those will be replaced in due time.) After we updated our garage doors to give them a little more pizazz, I knew that there were still a few simple changes that we could do with paint. So, we brainstormed for a bit and decided to paint our shutters. After removing all of the shutters, we gave them a couple of coats each of Krylon Black Satin paint.

Krylon Paint Black Shutters

Once they had dried, we power washed the siding and hung them back up.

Old Ladder Hanging Shutters

Doesn’t the black just make them pop? We love it!

Black Shutters Yellow House Siding

The Front Door

Since the shutters looked so much better after such an easy fix, we decided that our front door also needed a change.

White Storm Door Removed

First, we opted to permanently remove the storm door. Unfortunately, the old door was a dingy gray color and certainly didn’t look welcoming at all.

Old Front Door

Next, we painted our front door with Valspar’s Kettle Black (semi-gloss). Just covering up the gray and cream made such a huge impact.

Black Front Door

Of course, I had to add a few extra accessories, like the cute “Home Sweet Home” rug and some seasonal flowers in a vintage crock.

Fall Porch Decor

Just look at that before and after! Painting truly makes such a difference.

Old Front Door Curb Appeal Update

We can’t wait to do more updates to the curb appeal of our home, but for now, that will have to wait, since we are getting started on the inside this weekend. Yay! What do you think of our curb appeal update? We absolutely love the black, but would you have chosen a different color for the shutters or the door? We would love to hear from you! To see more updates and sneak peeks, follow me on Instagram!

Simple Garage Door Makeover

I’m so excited that we’ve started to work on projects for The Country House! One of the first things that we wanted to tackle was curb appeal. I mean, who doesn’t love to see a home that welcomes you with open arms!? First impressions matter, people. So, with a tiny budget, some magnets, and some black spray paint, we did a simple garage door makeover.

Simple Garage Door Makeover

Our little ranch home is very plain jane, as you can see in the photo below. We had previously decided that we did not want to put a ton of money into major renovations on this house just yet because we aren’t sure what direction we will eventually be going with things. Build on? Build new? Tweak what we have? We are still in limbo with all of that. Anyway, we started to brainstorm ideas that could help spruce things up, like the garage doors, without spending a ton of money.

Before:

Garage Door Before

After some searching, we decided that we loved the idea of adding some hardware to our garage doors to dress things up. However, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of drilling into the doors. What if we didn’t like the end result? Or if things ended up crooked? Or the doors wouldn’t open after installation? I just could not get on board with the idea of adding the hardware, that is until we found some magnetic garage door hardware. Hallelujah!

Garage Door Magnetic Hardware

The magnetic hardware is so easy to install because you just place it on your garage door and it sticks there. If it looks crooked, you can straighten it easily, and there is no damage to the actual door. We had to adjust our pieces so that they wouldn’t be pushed out to the way when we opened the doors.

Garage Door Hardware

Since there is already some hardware for locking/lifting on the doors, we did not use the included handles in the packages, but instead opted to remove the existing hardware and spray paint it to match.

Spray Painted Garage Hardware

Don’t the garage doors look so much better? The new hardware just makes them pop!

After:

Simple Garage Door Makeover

As you can see, there is still some paint touch ups for us to work on around the doors and we eventually want to get new outdoor lighting, but we think that this little, inexpensive update definitely helps the home feel more welcoming!

Garage Door Black Embellishment

There are several other curb appeal projects in the works right now, so stick around to see what we have up our sleeves! And we would love to hear if you’ve had any experiences with updating your own garage door.

Garage Door Update

7 Fun Spring Ideas

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Spring right on our heels and honestly, it can’t get here fast enough for me. The temperatures here in the Midwest are warming up. And by that, I mean that it was in the 30’s today. Real warm, huh? Anyway, we thought we would share 7 Fun Spring Ideas that will help you kiss the cold of winter goodbye. Plus, you can whip these up in a flash, which is always a good thing.

7 Fun Spring Ideas

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1. A stylish gardening basket is the perfect gift for kids or adults. The gold accents are gender neutral and almost anyone will enjoy watching their little seedlings grow.

Gardening Gift Basket

Gardening Gift Basket

2. Recycle an old broken laundry basket to make a neutral planter for your deck or patio. The breathable burlap material keeps soil in and even allows water to drain, so plant won’t drown.

Laundry Basket Planter

Laundry Basket Planter

3. Try a new take on egg coloring/decorating with this neat idea. Who knew that eyeshadow could be so versatile?

Eye Shadow Easter Eggs

Eye Shadow Easter Eggs

4. Learn how to start your own vermicomposting bin with this simple tutorial.

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting

5. Customize a popcorn bucket to make an inexpensive basket for all of your Easter treats. Kids will love these with their favorite character or colors on them.

Easy Easter Basket

Easy Easter Basket

6. Create a creative new Spring wreath for your front door with a little moss, a cute butterfly and few minutes.

Spring Moss Wreath

Spring Moss Wreath

7. Get your seedlings growing in no time. This tutorial uses recycled materials which are great for starting plants.

Toilet Paper Roll Plant Starters

Toilet Paper Roll Plant Starters

So what do you think of our 7 Fun Spring Ideas? Are you as ready as I am for longer days and warmer weather?

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Ruler Succulent Planter & Back to School Blog Hop

It’s almost time for school to start and that means everyone with kids is scrambling to buy school supplies, get some new clothes, and figure out who this year’s teacher will be. To make things easier, we’ve come up with a fun idea for an easy teacher gift to kick the year off on a good note.

Ruler Succulent Planter 1

But, since this is a Back to School Blog Hop, we’ve joined up with a great group of bloggers to share even more projects and printables to help the start of the school year be more organized and go off without a hitch. Check out all of the awesome ideas at the bottom of this post.

So, for this project, we hacked into our stash of extra wooden rulers (left over from our Ruler Drum Shade.) What? You don’t have a superfluous supply of rulers? No worries. You can get them for relatively cheap at pretty much any store that offer school supplies. Here’s what we used to make our Ruler Succulent Planter:

– Three 12 inch wooden rulers
– Needle nose pliers
– Hack saw
– Wood glue
– Large C clamp
– Scissors
– Sand paper
– One gallon freezer bag
– Small succulent
– Potting soil

Use the pliers to remove the plastic or metal straight edge piece from one side of the rulers. (You can try to pull them out with your fingers/nails, but I was having no such luck.) Cut each edging piece into approximately 3 inch sections with scissors.

Ruler Succulent Planter 2

With the hack saw, cut each ruler into quarters (also in 3 inch sections.)

Ruler Succulent Planter 3

Next, we attached two pieces of ruler together. To do this, evenly divide the ruler sections into two groups. We will call them group A and group B. Re-insert the cut edging pieces into group A. Add a line of wood glue along the side where the plastic or metal edging piece was on group B and then push A and B together. The straight edge piece will then be in the middle of the two ruler pieces, which will help make everything a bit sturdier.

Ruler Succulent Planter 4

Add some more of the wood glue to the side of one of the sections and then use the C clamp to hold a second piece on to create a 90 degree angle. (If this is getting too confusing, just refer to the photos.) Do this for all 4 sides and the bottom piece of the planter to make an open top box.

Ruler Succulent Planter 5

While we were waiting for the glue to dry, my daughter and I ran to the store to grab a little succulent. Here she is picking out her favorite.

Ruler Succulent Planter 6

Ok, back to the project.

Once the planter is all put together and dry, cut a large square out of the corner of the freezer bag with scissors and insert this new “bag” into the planter. Trim any excess off, so that the top of the bag is just below the edge of the box.

Ruler Succulent Planter 7

Then all that is left is to add some potting soil and plant your cute little succulent.

Ruler Succulent Planter 8

I know this process sounds pretty wordy, but the planter was really easy to make.

Ruler Succulent Planter 9

And it will make the cutest little back to school teacher gift, especially since we threw in this witty little flag.

Ruler Succulent Planter 10

We love that this succulent will be easy for my daughter’s teacher take care of and add a little life to her desk or window in the process. What are your favorite gifts for teachers, besides the obvious, but delicious, apple?

Ruler Succulent Planter 11

Want more? Check out these 15 great back to school ideas!

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