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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garage Door Fun

     This spring I'm resolving to do some amazing things in my garage. And by amazing I mean organized and cleaned!

     To kick this project off I decided to paint the exterior door from the garage into the house a fun color. Now this is an amazing color that really could go on an interior door, but I'm not that brave....................yet. So outside it goes! Besides, how nice to be greeted home with an exciting color and a personal message. {Our dog died last year, we aren't replacing her and what a nice non-hairy greeting this is in her place!}

Here's the before:

     The color is Oregon Sky from our local Do It Best hardware store. Its a low VOC paint in a satin enamel. Because these doors from the builder come ready to go, no priming was needed. The only prep was the scrubbing of all those precious little hand prints from my kiddos, plus the covering of the door knob with tin foil.

     To keep the bugs, birds, {kids} and spiders out, I used thumb tacks to pin an old sheet over the doorway from the outside so I could keep this door open all day to dry. It took two coats of paint to cover well.

     To make it a little more personal and fun I decided to add the 'welcome home' message. We threw around a few other ideas like 'our homey home' or 'Est. 1995', but in the end the vote was for 'welcome home'.
This isn't the door that company uses so why not make it personal!

       To do the words for the door I followed the same sign making tutorial I showed you last fall. First print out your letters on a piece of paper. I used the 'pristine' font in a size 200.

     Flip your words over and shade the back of each letter with a pencil.

     Once they are shaded, tape them onto the door and trace the outline of the letter. This will leave a mark on the door so you know where to paint. I just eyeballed where to tape them but you can measure if you want accuracy.

     I filled the letters in with a small craft brush and some leftover gray wall paint I had on hand.

     To add a little more interest to my door I taped off a chevron design on the top. To get a nice crisp line I painted the door color over the edges of the tape. When that dried I added two coats of the gray. Its worth this extra step to get that clean line, with no touch ups!

     This is just the beginning. Although I don't have major plans for this space, we plan to move some things around and organize. I can't wait to get it all done!

     Happy Spring!

I'm sharing this here:
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  1. love that color, and the chevron stripe! and heck yeah, diet coke helps....i love that cherry flavor, tho i usually go for cherry coke zero.

  2. Love it! I too have an aqua door. The color you chose is fantastic.

  3. Awesome idea and I love your job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. This looks great!! I want to do something like this to my front door. I Love the chevron stripe!:)

  5. Love the Easter egg blue color! Now the garage looks a lot less "garagey." Come check out the aprons my mom made!

  6. love it!!! the chevron stripe is so great.
    cheryl xox.

  7. Super cute! Aqua is a favorite of mine. It looks so happy =)

    PS-Sorry to hear about your pet :(

  8. Fabulous welcome home! Great color, pattern and wording!

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