When we first moved in to Gray Gables I felt slightly overwhelmed about all the work there was going to be to do. One of the first things I wanted to do (which I still haven’t!) is to give the entire front of the house a makeover- to replace the shutters and the yucky ivy pole and the front door….it was all very blahhhh. Like this-
But I had limited time and limited money — the kitchen was sucking away all my resources!
So….I decided to paint the front door. But, as you all know, I have issues with picking colors.
I just knew no house of mine was going to have a plain white door 😉
At our last house the door was a bright cheery red. I knew it would need to be different for this house because the brick itself is red and because I like to be crazy and change it up. So, about 4 months ago, right before Halloween…
I decided to paint the front door green.
Like a bright crazy green.
It’s so green, in fact that my neighbor asked me if I had seen that “thing on Pinterest where people paint their door green and turn it into Frankenstine for Halloween” and was that what I was doing? That was an awkward conversation. 🙂
I liked it for a season. I felt super trendy that I had already totally called Emerald as “Color of the Year” way before Pantone.
I think that season has ended and I will be changing it up soon…but at least it’s colorful! It just doesn’t go with the “vibe” of the rest of our house. Now I’m imagining something rustic and soothing- maybe even wooden instead of color…we’ll see. 🙂
Regardless- I made a wreath the other day to help tone down the green-ness of the door. It was the easiest wreath I have ever made. You should make one too! 🙂
This wreath cost me $9 to make. I picked up this foam wreath at Hobby Lobby- originally priced at $4.99 but I used a 40% off coupon (seriously- never buy anything full price at Hobby Lobby! They always have a great sale or coupon!)
Last year, I had made a similar wreath before using yarn and a foam pipe noodle (thanks to a Pinterest tip). The foam noodle- while great in theory- never held it’s shape quite right and I regretted using it until I finally had to throw the whole thing away (after HOURS of wrapping yarn around it). So do yourself a favor and splurge the extra $3 for a real foam wreath 😉
I didn’t have patience to do yarn again, and I wanted a more rustic look…so I thought of rope. It’s totally affordable at around $5 from our Second Home (Home Depot).
Super simple…it took me about 40 minutes to wrap the rope around the wreath. I put hot glue under every 3rd time it wrapped around just to hold it in place.
Sadly, I was short a few yards and had no more wreath on hand. So I found this flower that had come with a safety pin on it (it went to a shirt) and clipped it into the foam. Easy -peasy, done. I may go back and add more rope…I may not. For now I like the flower.
I love the neutral-ess of it. I decorated it for Valentine’s Day like so:
And I am thinking of all kinds of other fun ideas like green 4 leaf clovers for St Pattys, stars and streamers for 4th of July, etc.
Anyone have any super simple DIY projects they are into these days?
Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.
Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.