Donkey gets the credit for this posting’s title, ha. When I had finished putting some of our collections in the entry way niche, I really did say “Look at that niche, that’s a nice niche!” and I swear, I heard it in Donkey’s voice. I digress… (clears throat).
I have a few random house projects that I have been meaning to get around to
paint under counter
do something with the empty niche above the front door
repaint stair risers
get son’s collections into manageable storage boxes
put all photos into a storage box, not mixed with other mementos
sort out and give away extra fall/autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations
kids’ (now teens!) grade school holiday art separated from holiday storage boxes
Today I finally did something with a space over my front door. This niche has sat naked for more than five years. As I have passed by it multiple times, every day, I wonder what the heck to do with it? I don’t like random tchochkies too much, so the décor du jour doesn’t interest me.
It took awhile but I finally gathered together items from our travels into a small collection to put into this awkward niche above my front door. Rocks from beach trips, conch shells from the great-grandparents’ world travels, pine cones The Boy has collected… only the tall sticks came from the craft store. So I cheated.
Although I didn’t need to use the orbital sander (overkill) or take the door entirely down for easier painting, it still feels great to complete a project that I never tried before. I’m glad I made myself round up a bunch of new-to-me home improvement projects; we have let many little jobs like this slide for too long with our weekday long commutes and our weekend family activities. If I have enough time to watch two seasons of “Agents of Shield” and “Agent Carter,” season one, I have enough time to get some painting done around here… no more excuses. Wish me luck, I have two or three more painting jobs on my list.
What happens when you have little to no home improvement skills or experience, and you try to apply wood filler to parts of your front door?
What happens if you botch up the job?
Will you permanently ruin your lovely front door? Will the children have to hang their head in shame and say that they don’t really live here when friends come by? Will one hundred handymen pop out of the bushes, pointing their fingers at you and laughing? Will you glue the front door shut with the wood filler??
Yeah, look at that fine job! I’ve sanded down all of the wood filler and hope to take the door off the hinges tomorrow and paint this bad boy a lovely dark green.
When this project is finished, I am going to very much enjoy telling the little voice in my head that always says how I can’t do anything that it is time to shut up once and for all. Nyah!
Today’s trip to the home improvement store was quick, painless, and I think I only need to go back one more time for this project. That’s pretty good for the novice DIYer, oh yeah!
Today I started my front door repainting project…
Decided on a color- isn’t that always the hardest thing to do? I walked right into the paint section, looked at the simplest display, chose the darkest pine green and was finished in less than one minute. The guys at Home Depot had to then redirect me to the proper exterior paints. So I just picked the closest color to the one I liked. Done.
Sanded down the whole door by hand with a coarse paper
Realized I already owned the proper paintbrush, enough wood filler and the fine sanding paper for the orbital sander. Trip #2 to the store will be for returns only, I hope.
Tomorrow I’m hoping to fill in low spots with wood filler and sand down the rest of the door to smooth it all out… that is, if I’m not standing in a Comic Con line to get passes into the fabled “Hall H.”
My July projects include repainting my sorry front door. Hoo boy, is it in bad shape. We’ve abused it with tape and crepe to make a Door Monster for Halloween (and it hid the chipped, faded paint!), and turned the blue-ish door into our own personal Tardis for a Doctor Who party. But, the door has taken a beating and is ready for repainting. I’ve painted the inside of my house before, but never have done any exterior work. It’s gotta be different with some important steps to follow. And should I paint it a true Tardis blue? Or a forrest green, like The Husband has requested… decisions, decisions…
You Tube to the Rescue!
This guy had great instructions, door totally off the hinges with no hardware to tape around:
So did the people at Dunn-Edwards Paints, and they left the door on the hinges and some of the hardware on:
This video was helpful, too, another with the door on the hinges and hardware taped and providing a materials list:
OK. I’m ready to hit the paint counter and get started.
I remember when we bought our first home almost twenty years ago, we learned really fast that you don’t start a repair project after 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon. N00bs like us tended to have to head back to the home improvement store at least five more times than the first three trips you originally planned on making. All the shops we needed closed at 6:00 on a Sunday evening back then, leaving us fat out of luck and stuck amidst unconnected parts and unfinished projects until the DIY store reopened.
Wish me luck- I am going to try to fix, repair, paint and/or decorate a bunch of stuff around here this month. Maybe I can learn how to operate a few power tools, yeah! The To Do list has gotten a little long and it is time to start hacking away at it.
But I won’t be starting anything after 2:00 on a Sunday. I’ve learned that lesson.
…you know who they are. Their lawn could use a trim. They have some bushes that are half dead. And are they ever going to do something about that spot with weeds? Yeah… that’s us.
I have four spots in the front and back yard that need work that I keep saying I will do something about-
Put another citrus tree in a pot in my backyard- do the work myself this time instead of making The Husband do it all
Find a water-wise plant and rocks for the front of our walk
Also, more water-wise plants for my window boxes instead of committing plant abuseand killing off a bunch of flowers again
Plant the cactus The B-I-L has so generously offered to share from his plant many times- fresh nopales in my future!
I don’t know why our citrus trees are dying slow deaths. Yes I do. I don’t fertilize them, the snails are eating up the new leaves. and then there is the entire North American population of Whiteflies living on one little Meyer Lemon tree/bush in my backyard, struggling to overcome these pests.
Hopefully, by the end of the month I’ll have gotten out there and made our incredibly nice neighbors proud, and turn over the job of being THOSE neighbors to someone else.