Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fruits of my Labor {Day Weekend}

When I was pondering how to spend my Labor Day weekend, I had so many projects & ideas in mind...

I have tons of things in the works that need to be finished up.  Each one seemed more boring than the next though.

I found this little cutie on my last trip to GW for only $14.99!

Wouldn't that be cute just about anywhere?!
I've already gotten a 2-pack of canvas drop cloths to recover it with.  Visualize a great pattern & some spiffy pillows on it!

Well, I didn't get to do that.  But boy did I want to - maybe one day soon!

What I had to do, because it was perfect weather for painting, was paint the front door.  I've been complaining about the color since we moved in 3 years ago but haven't been able to do anything about it because I have a hard time committing to a color.  {Black? Blue? Gray? Brown? Red?}
I know, I KNOW - it's just a color & it's just a can of paint.  Big whoop!
Couldn't do it.
Until now.  
Because Handy Hubby : )'s been on my case about picking out a color for a while.  And I kept putting him off.  Finally he threatened to pick the color himself.
*Um! last time I let that happen I ended up with seafoam green carpeting - 'nuf said!*
I said I'd buy paint when everything went on sale Labor Day weekend.
Well, the weekend came & it was time to pay the piper!

So, here's the old door color

I didn't dislike the color but along with the neutral trim, neutral brick & neutral brown roof the whole house was too much of the same thing and looked very bland.

After a little trial & error, I ultimately decided on a dark blue *It's called Corduroy Black actually - don't you love the name?* .
I must say, I like the Valspar Duramax paint.  It has primer in there already so I only needed 2 coats to cover the door!  

And because all of you crafty ladies have been tempting me with your fall decorations, I decided it was time to put up my fall wreath I made a few years ago!

I love the way the colors pop off the door now : )

And since I had more time, I snuck in a quick serving tray makeover on the 99 cent tray I got when I found the cute chair.  I got the idea from Amanda @ Imperfectly Beautiful *see here*

This is one of my last scraps of this wrapping paper, y'all.
I haven't been able to find any more at Target!

Well, I had to enjoy the beautiful day with my corn salsa & crossword puzzle before the rain gets here later this week!

*btw my thoughts & prayers go out to all those in Texas affected by the torrential storms!! I hear San Antonio got hit pretty hard*

I started a few other things this weekend but they are still in the works...
And, well, I couldn't stand not touching my chair & so I had to start on that, too.  Look what was under the old upholstry!

Doesn't it look like a grumpy potato?!  I guess I would too if I looked like that!  Yikes!!

I'm really hoping I can turn that frown upside down one day!!

You might find me partying at some of these places *HERE*



Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Doesn't it feel great to get things off your to-do list? You did a great job on the door! Love the color!

kelley @ the eclectic owl said...

love that chair emily! and my first thought when i saw the last picture was, "oh well doesn't that chair look grumpy!" ha! can't wait to see its transformation! :)

found you via the shabby chic cottage and i'm your newest follower!

too Blessed to Stress said...

great finds! Can't wait to see what the couch potato turns into :)

~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Lisa said...

Your front door looks fantastic. I really do love the colour you chose. I'm waiting to see the chair in the top photo! I like that too! That's going to be gorgeous. You're going to be a busy bee for a while! Will come back and check out the rest soon.

Life in Rehab said...

I HAVE to see this chair redo, and the front door looks great!

Jessica said...

Nice door. I painted mine bright green this summer and it makes me smile each time I see it. Hope yours does the same.

Kelli said...

Everything looks great! YOur hard work paid off! I love the grumpy old potatoe!


Heather said...

Love the door color! And can't wait to see the chair redo! Canvas drop cloths sound interesting! Thanks so much dropping by!


Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Perfect color for the door and your wreath looks so beautiful, too!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the door. I'm thinking of painting mine as well, but haven't gotten enough motivation yet! Can't wait to see the chairs!

Nancy said...

That chair is to die for! It has a retro vibe to it and it's so neat! You picked a great color for the front door. I agree with you on the previous color. It was nice, but now the door really pops and is more noticable. Love the tray makeover, too!

Thanks for the congrats on our news!


Julie said...

Love your new door color! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Holly said...

Love the door color. I keep thinking I want to do a color like that too...I painted it dark purple - it is quirky, but so is the city I live in.

LOVING that chair - cannot wait to see what you do with it!

Cute tray too - you've been busy!

MomInTraining3 said...

What a productive weekend! I need to get off this darn computer and get productive myself but I just can't help myself with all this eye candy! Thanks for sharing!

Allison Shops said...

Love the wreath you made - gorgeous. That is a great chair find too. DD2 would love that in her home.

Followed your link from Fab Friday. Hop over to Atticmag and comment to win a Roxy bedding set.


Diane said...

Great finds and makeovers. Lovvvve those wreaths.

Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving the nice comment about my printing on fabric. Hope you will stop by again sometimes Ü

♥Georgie♥ said...

LOVE your new door color and yes the colors just pop!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Yes, it does look like a grumpy potato! How funny!

I really like your tray. You gave me some ideas for a few trays I have floating around. Thanks!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Wow, I wish I would have been able to have a productive weekend like that instead of being with the in-laws (shh, don't tell them!). Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Even thought you didn’t get to your chair it looks like you still had a very productive Labor Day weekend! Love the entrance into your home… elegant. The new door color is lovely.

Kendra aka “Domestic Princess in Training”

Jessi said...

I love the ribbon wreath!! I am gonna have to remember that.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Emily,
Wow! Your front door is gorgeous in the new darker color. I want
to see the rest of your stunning home now. Great job!

Thank you for your kind words on my weight loss. I really appreciate them and you sweet friend. Hope to see you visit again soon. It's always nice to hear from you.

Blessings & Happy Fall!
~Melissa :)

Anonymous said...

Your door is fantastic! Why I'm wondering is that color called Corduroy Black? Shouldn't it be Corduroy Blue..but who cares. And the pop of color the wreath gives, I love it. Good Luck with that brown chair - I'd throw it out, but you're the miracle workers so I can't wait to see what you do with it. (I like the tray before with the dollhouse...but I'm a dollhouse freak) Smiles.

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Lovely wreath, it looks great against the door and combined it gives your front a great punch of fall color! I like the tray makeover too, great way to rescue it! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope to see you next week too!

Claire said...

What a stunning entrance you have made even more beauteous by the door color!

malia said...

so so so pretty! i love what you did with that tray-- i've never thought of that. thanks so much for linking up to a crafty soiree! i'm your newest follower (- :

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You have been one busy bee!

Grumpy potato~ ha hee!

thriftytickle said...

I love that little legged tray! And that chair is adorable! Thanks for linking up to Vintage
Suitcase Friday

Meg said...

What a great day for you! The thrifty finds are awesome. love the tray and can't wait to see what you do with the chair!

Thank you for linking up to my Friday link party! See you next week!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Wow! Busy weekend! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You've been busy - everything looks fantastic.

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

Holy Smokes! You've been busy! Thanks for stopping by The Pumpkin Patch and for always leaving me the nicest comments. I can tell you are a kind hearted woman.

Thanks for linking your tray up to Transform Tuesday last week. I'm sorry for not responding last was the first week of school and totally CRAZY here. :)