Interior Front Door: From Stain to White Paint!

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I did it!  A few months  Six months ago I posted my entry way dilemma. That post with pictures is HERE. But here is the abbreviated version and the before photos if you don’t want to get side tracked!  Stained door adjacent to white interior door.  All of our interior doors are painted white. My son would call this “hashtag suburban mom probs.”  I call it maddening!

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I sat on this until this summer.  Because once you go paint, it’s a P.I.T.A. to go back to stain.  Message me if you need the acronym explained.   So the weekend my {first} husband drove our daughter back to college for a summer internship,  I decided to start with the side windows. I started to freak out after I finished 1/2 of one side.  But, I kept going until I got to this stage. The hyperventilating and the swear words continued until I finished both  side panes.   And, then I decided to wait for the boys’ reactions. I got 4 thumbs up and a fist bump by the end of the weekend!  I will caution you that it took me at least a day for me to love it (the stain door in the middle  was a distraction).

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And here is the finished all white interior side of the front door!  I used Behr Pure-White high gloss (between paws,  hand prints, backpacks,  lax gear and tennis bags I know it will take a beating).

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BEFORE & AFTER SHOT:

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DONE & LOVING THE FINISHED LOOK!

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Master Bedroom Retreat Mini Makeover for $50

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The Master Bedroom.  I don’t know if it’s truly a retreat- it feels more like a HR department where every member of the house comes bursting in with questions, complaints, requests and major  announcements!  And we have a large master bedroom, so there is plenty of room for a waiting room of family members.  Take a number!  Here’s the before.  This photo reminds me how much a small change can  make a big difference. The pillow on the chaise shows a pillow from my son’s room.  Our room became his space “to get away from the family.”  I’m cringing at the terra cot planters.  The red drapes are from Pottery Barn, but I replaced them with this cheap, inexpensive, readily available alternative  HERE.

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This post is about how little changes, and a new coffee table for $49.00 can change the look.  This involved moving leather club chairs (I think they are more like a vinyl) upstairs and creating a waiting room retreat.

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The table is from IKEA and is $49.00!  It really lightened up the space. My house is full of dark colors.

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The mantel is always a work in progress, but I am working on adding “layers.”  I just added the little basket (a garage sale find) and it added some much needed  color.  The details on the  frame project are HERE.

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