Front door hardware and porch ‘jewelry’ at the flip house

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share with you some of the details on the new door and front porch at the flip house.

If you recall, last week I shared the before and after of the new, red front door.

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And after:

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I used Modern Masters® Front Door Paint in the Sophisticated color.

For the hardware, I chose the Schlage Connect™ with handleset and accent lever.

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This is the exact set I installed on the front door at my primary home. I cannot say enough good things about this hardware. I love, love, love it!

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If I ever move, the first thing I’m installing at my new home is one of these handlesets. The touchscreen feature is so convenient and it doesn’t interfere with the beautiful aesthetics of the hardware. For step-by-step instructions on how to install this set, check out this post.

Along with the Schlage hardware, I installed this 1950s knocker to the door for more “bling” and to add a special feature true to the period of the home. I purchased this on eBay for $11.

50s-door-knockerI gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum® flat black primer, then a coat of oil-rubbed bronze metallic spray paint, to match the hardware.

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Here’s the final result of that quick project:

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I added some accessories to the porch as well, to give it a more upscale feel and tie all the colors together. I painted an old planter with the same Rust-Oleum ORB spray paint I used for the knocker, then added some faux greenery from Hobby Lobby.

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The rug is from Ross. I think I paid $12 for it.

I found an adorable plaid, wool blanket at a thrift store that had all the right colors in the porch palette.

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I bought the pillow for $7 at Gabes. I gave it a good coat of Rust-Oleum NeverWet® to weatherproof it.

NeverWetI used my paint sprayer to give new life to an old porch swing left at the property. I chose a water-based solid stain in a mahogany color.

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What do you think of the porch “jewelry?”

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Special thanks to Schlage for providing, at my request, the handleset for this door, and to Rust-Oleum for providing the spray paint and NeverWet. As always, all opinions and projects are 100 percent mine.  

DIY beadboard shaker peg coat rack

I am thrilled to report I am done with my beadboard shaker peg coat rack! I am so proud of this project because I did it all.by.myself without asking anyone for advice or help. AND I used scrap lumber for most of the build. Plus I learned how to use a new saw. Yesss! 

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This two-tiered coat rack is super functional for our family because it has a lower rack that is within reach of the kids, an upper rack for adults, and tons of pegs for all our coats. Plus it’s located in our garage right where we enter our home, which is really convenient.

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Below are step-by-step instructions for how to build your own two-tiered beadboard shaker peg coat rack.

Step 1: Start by adding a swath of beadboard wallpaper on the wall that is the width and height of your project. (Tip: Be sure to place your wallpaper so the framing boards will overlap the edges slightly, preventing the seams from showing.)

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Step 2: Install two shaker peg coat racks over the wallpaper – a higher one for adults and a lower one for the kids. I ordered mine very inexpensively from this Etsy shop. (Tip: Be sure to screw your racks into studs, so they will support the weight of a lot of coats.)

Step 3: Attach boards on the left and right sides of the coat racks. Attach a bottom board to serve as the baseboard. I used leftover 1×3-inch pine boards for this, screwing them into wall studs. (Tip: A counter-sink drill bit pushes screws slightly below the surface of the wood, allowing for easy coverage with filler and paint.)

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Step 4: Rip a piece of scrap plywood for both the top shelf and the board above the top coat rack. I used my new favorite tool to do this, the Ryobi® 10-inch portable table saw. I’m happy to report no fingers were lost in the process. 🙂

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Step 5: Make your own shelf brackets out of the remainder of the plywood. I cut mine out on my miter saw. I attached the brackets using screws, but there is probably a better way. 😉

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Step 6: Use a brad nailer to attach a piece of window/door casing below the top shelf and to attach the top shelf to the brackets and back board.

Step 7: To hide the unsightly, raw edges of the plywood (and the screws in the shelf brackets), iron on a strip of birch veneer.

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Step 8: Sand the rough spots, caulk the holes, and prime and paint.

I used my favorite Purdy® brushes* to prime and paint all the raw wood, paying particular attention to the knots. Pine knots can bleed through paint, so be sure to prime these areas very well before painting.

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(Tip: A quality paint brush can make ALL THE DIFFERENCE when cutting in around edges, helping paint glide on smoothly and providing a straighter line.)

After priming and painting the boards, I taped off the whole project and spray painted it the same color as our window and door trim. I used my beloved HomeRight® Finish Max sprayer to do this. Enter to win your own here.

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Done! A flawless paint finish on my new coat rack.

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What do you think of the results?

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Special thanks to Ryobi and Purdy for providing, at my request, the table saw and paint brushes needed to complete this project. 

Thrifty DIY desk and hutch + HomeRight giveaway

Working from home has been a blessing in so many ways. But it also comes with its share of challenges. One I’ve run into is finding a work space that fits my needs and is clearly defined (i.e. the kids and mister aren’t taking it over).

Up until yesterday, my tiny work space looked like this (on a really good day). 😉

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I needed a bit more room to spread out all my stuff! Fortunately, the latest challenge from HomeRight® gave me the creative kick in the pants I needed to brainstorm a solution for more office furniture. As a HomeRight ambassador, I get the privilege of using their amazing tools every month to clean, organize and renovate my home. Yay!

October’s challenge was to use these ClosetMaid® Espresso Laminate Storage Cubes from Lowe’s and transform them using the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer* and other materials from Lowe’s.

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Yes, my beloved Finish Max sprayer is now available at select Lowe’s! (Plus you can enter to win one at the end of this post.)

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My goal was to paint the storage cubes to match my current desk (black), then attach them to the top of an old desk I purchased a few years ago at an auction for $15 (below). Of course, that meant I would also have to sand and paint the auction desk black, too.

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After giving the desk and cubes a light sanding, I primed them both using my favorite black spray primer.

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I will mention that, for superior durability on the cubes, I would recommend using this Bullseye 1-2-3 primer.

After priming, I used a brad nailer to attach molding along the “top” side of the cubes. I primed the molding afterward. (You could attach the molding first, then prime everything at once, if you weren’t in a rush and forgetful, like me.) 😉

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Next, I loaded my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer with Valspar® Chalky Finish Paint in Boot Black, thinning the paint to the proper consistency for optimum performance in the sprayer.

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When it comes to getting a flawless paint finish on furniture, I have not found any other tool that does a more impressive job than the HomeRight Finish Max.

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After the paint dried, I sprayed on a coat of polyurethane to seal everything.

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Then I added my new “hutch” to the top of the desk. Done!

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What do you think of my new, thrifty office space? I hope you’ll consider voting for it as your favorite! Click here or on the graphic below to vote.

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Of course, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER BELOW TO WIN YOUR OWN HOMERIGHT FINISH MAX SPRAYER!

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Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are 100 percent my own.