All you bloggers have inspired me to try my hand at a project. Well to be more specific actually complete a project.
When we moved into our home 8+ years ago the front door and shutters were pale blue/gray, the storm door was, well basically, hideous, and the walkway and stoop were a concrete disaster. We had every intention of our first project being to paint the shutters black, the door red, replace the dated storm door, have a new brick stoop and walkway built and add a portico.
After about 3 years and 2 kids in, I got a wild hair while on maternity leave and removed all the shutters and painted them and the front door black. I was happy with the shutters and not so happy with the black door but we were making progress and that's all that counted at the time.
About a year and a half after that and now three kids in, we finally hired a bricklayer to come and remove all the concrete mess and build us a beautiful walkway and stoop.
At this point, just to re-cap, we have a black door and shutters, a hideous storm door, a beautiful brick walkway and stoop, and no portico.
I have always wanted a red door. Maybe it's because red symbolizes "welcome' or maybe it's just because I'm a HUGE St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Unfortunately, there are probably 1000+ different red paints in the world so me finding the exact red that I wanted was, well too much for me to handle. UNTIL I stumbled across Between Naps On The Porch. This blogger posted this picture and I knew that was my red (Benjamin Moore - Heritage Red):
So, I did what we always do in the interest of time, we hired a handyman/painter. Almost 9 years and 4 kids later, we are now proud owners of a beautiful red front door and matching red screen door, black shutters, and a fabulous brick walkway and stoop. The portico still eludes us.
Here's where I come in with MY special touch. I absolutely love Between Naps On The Porch's front door so I decided to recreate her door decoration (in all fairness, I clearly described me in an early blog entry as NOT being creative in any way, shape or form -- besides isn't flattery the best compliment??). She even told me where she got everything to make her creation. Of course, I couldn't jump on a plane and go to Marietta, GA so I did the next best thing, off to the local Michaels. I found the exact daisies and a metal basket that sort of/kind of looks a little like hers. I had to paint the metal basket but arranging the daises in the basket was dare I say fairly easy.
So after 9+ years, here is my final product (minus the portico -- I have to win the lottery to make that happen).
What do you think? Don't be afraid to be honest. I need constructive criticism.