Sunday, September 30, 2012

Getting the porch ready for Fall

After the molding on our front door was finished last week,
I have been working on getting the front porch decorated for Fall.

We had a lot of rain this weekend and although I planted some mums last week, the rest of the planting I wanted to do had to be put on hold until things dry up a bit.

Meanwhile, I have been busy making pillows and doing a little spray painting.
Although I am not quite finished, the porch is starting to look like Fall is finally here.

This year I decided to add a different color to my Fall decor.
I  mixed dark purple flowers, fabric and ribbon with the traditional yellow and oranges 
and I think it just made everything look warmer.

I used everything I already had from previous years, so all I had
to buy was the flowers for the wreath. 
I even used left over material I already had for the pillows.
Here is what I have so far.

I filled the flowers boxes next to the bench with leaves
and a couple of little scarecrows.

On the side of the door I added a metal stand that we must have had 
in the garage for the last ten years. :)

It was a very ugly green, so I sprayed painted black, added a
cute little wooden harvest sign that I found at HL and put a basket on top
with pumpkins, gourds and some small bunches of wheat.

  Here you can see the flowers I used for the wreath I  made a few weeks ago.
If you missed it, you can see that post here.

 And added a little flower and ribbon to the candle on my lantern.

 On the side of the porch I planted some yellow and orange mums and added my Fall monogrammed garden flag that I bough a couple of months ago at Kirklands.

I also hope to be able to add some more mums by the front door soon.
Things have been just too hectic around here!
But now that the temperatures are in the 70's, we can really
enjoy our porch as the sun goes down.

 As always, I thank you for always taking the time to stop by.
Hope everyone has a great week!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Well, you all know I just love the copy cat parties at Debbiedoo's!
I try to join in the fun every chance I get!

This time around. I have a big project we just finished last week.
My inspiration for this copy cat did not come from a magazine, it came from 
another blogger, Tammy, from Curb Alert.

Tammy and I have known each other for a long time now.
We met at another decorating site about three years ago and she has always been a wonderful
and very helpful friend. Actually, she has helped me before with other projects around our home.
Go visit her blog, she always has the most amazing projects.
You won't be disappointed!!!
My copy cat involves a little bit of this.
Well, really, a lot of this!!! :)

It all started when Tammy posted this picture.

Her front entrance and ours are very similar, I believe we have the same home builder.
My husband and I just fell in love with the molding around her front door.

Actually, she is the reason we did the molding also in the inside 
of the house a couple of years ago. 

And back then, she even went out of her way to email me pictures and close ups for my husband to see how to go about doing this project.

So, the construction began!
This is our front door before.

 During remodeling

It has taken us three weekends, from sun up to sun down, to finish this project.
Like always, everything that can go wrong, went wrong and,
when it was all said and done, it started pouring rain.
Not funny! It rained for hours! LOL
We never thought we were going to be finished.

 Yeah! Thats us reflected on the door admiring our awesome work! LOL

And then came the painting part!
It took me 5 1/2 hours on top of the ladder to finish it.
I do NOT like ladders!
Because of all the little design on the molding, I had to paint the whole thing with this little brush.
 Don't have to tell you the soreness I am feeling this week, do I? :)

And here is our finished front door molding.
I painted it with SW Natural Tan outdoor paint
which is the original color the builder used.
Great paint, by the way! I bought one quart and I didn't even
used half of the can.

My husband built every little piece of molding.
Isn't it pretty?
Look at the detail around the window!

Before and after

Next step, we have to re-stain our door.
The Texas sun has done a number on it, but we have finally
located the name of the stain color and we will be doing that 
as soon as the weather cools off a little.

We also want to add some small embellishments  to the molding.
We are thinking a small Texas star over the door.

My front porch is already decorated for Fall and I will be sharing that
 with all of you on my next post.

I want to thank Debbie for hosting this wonderful party and,
I want to thank Tammy for all her help and inspiration.
You are awesome!

Thank you all for stopping by!
See you soon!

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