Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference. I had no idea how expensive doors were until I actually had to look into buying one. My husband and I have made some modern updates to the house (see more below) when it comes to paint colors. I’m not very adventurous and seem to be sticking to black, white, and gray! For our front door, we ended up deciding to paint it instead of buying a new one, saving a lot of money.
My husband wouldn’t allow me to tackle this DIY (there are just some things I don’t attempt), so we hired our contractor, Jeff from Diamond Custom Finishes (he rocks!). He and his son are our trusted dynamic duo! I neglected to take pictures of the door outside but you can kind of see it in this post. But it pretty much looks like this photo of the interior.
Jeff and his son and partner Brian, took off the door, removed the hardware and primed and painted it.
Here is the after! To me, it’s such a big difference. We haven’t changed the hardware yet, but I kind of like the old hardware. It’s a nice mix of modern black and old patina. P.S. if you like the radiant orchid address wreath or the burlap stenciled metal vases check out those tutorials!
You can also catch the full front of the house in these posts as well:
Check out other makeovers we did with our home:
Thanks to Jeff and Diamond Custom Finishes for the awesome front door makeover!
Well, if you’ve been reading this blog, you may know that we have been working on improving our home for the past year. I recently shared our floors before and our floors cement after. I also shared our brick mantel makeover and our patio makeover. Today, I wanted to share another home makeover, the exterior paint and balcony.
Note: I’m realizing that as I write this post, the before pictures were taken on a beautiful spring day, while the after pictures were taken a few days ago on a gloomy October day… oooops!
Anyway, this was our balcony before. It was rotting and I wasn’t too fond of the style. The three large beams below served a decorative purpose only and were beginning to warp.
Our friends at Diamond Custom Finishes took it down and remodeled it.
Here is the after.
We also decided to paint the garage a darker gray to match the house. Here is the garage before.
Here is the garage after.
With the help of some Facebook Friends, we decided to paint the house gray with black trim. We also painted the front door black. It now has a more updated modern feel to it. We are so happy with the results.
Here is the house before.
Here is the house after!
Oh! By the way! You know that mantel we re-did? We FINALLY got the hearth. Here is my hubby installing the insulation.
Here is the before mantel.
Here is the after!
Thank you for letting me share our improvements! I hope you approve!
This post may be a little premature but I am so excited to share my brick mantel makeover! It’s not quite finished. We still need a cover for the front but I was too excited so I had to share it now. We finished painting the inside of the house got new floors and baseboards…checking off the list one thing at a time. If you want to see more photos of the house when we first moved in here they are. Here are also more photos of our floor before.
Here is what it looked like before.
I have no idea why, but I cannot for the life of me find a picture of the mantel after we had the cement sprayed on it to match the new floors. Don’t worry… you’re not missing anything because it did not look good! I DO however, have a photo of it being primed, thanks to Jeff from Diamond Custom Finishes who did this amazing makeover. Not too bad in white! White was my original thought however one of my friends suggested black and I pictured it right away so we went for it!
Here it is! OK, so we need a cover still, and it should arrive soon. Oh… And pretty please ignore the mess inside.
Here is a close up. It looks like a brand new mantel.
Now… to finish the rest of the house…