When we bought #FlorkenFirstHome in February of 2014, we knew that we had a lot of work to do. It would start by tearing down the wall between the kitchen and the living area and where it would end was a complete mystery to us. We vowed to tear off more than we could chew and to always do projects in moderation. This method, while much slower, would overall help us stay on budget and prevent us from becoming overwhelmed by household projects.
That said, I still get pretty giddy when we finally finish something that I envisioned doing from the start. It is like seeing another small piece of "the plan" fall into place. Over the past month, Adam and I have been working hard on one such project and I'm thrilled to share it with you today. We finally got around to cleaning and repainting our front door and all the shutters on our home!
|The final product: I'm in love!|
I absolutely love the final result and honestly, the project wasn't as hard as I had feared. So, here's how we did it.
First up -- we worked on the shutters. (I'll share the front door in another post later this week!) We had to buy a rather tall ladder to get them all down. Trust me when I say that screws that have been in brick for over 20 years do not like to easily come out. It took some muscle to get the job done. In other words, I took down one set and then begged Adam to come to the other two so I could rest!
|Here's a reminder of what the shutters looked like before painting.|
Once the shutters were down, some simple cleanup was needed before we could paint. Luckily, our shutters are vinyl and all that was required is a little elbow grease and some soap and water. No harsh chemicals required! However, before tackling them with my hands, I used a broom to sweep out a majority of the junk and then the water-hose to give them a brief rinse. These things hadn't been cleaned since they went up on the house over 20 years ago! We found all kind of crap on the backside including creepy-crawlies and even a wasp nest or two. So, be careful cleaning guys.
|A sampling of what we found behind our shutters. Looks fun right?|
Once the shutters were off and cleaned, it was time to pick the color. For the longest time, I've been obsessing over beautiful blue doors and shutters on Pinterest. It only seemed natural then, that I would search for the perfect shade of blue to compliment our house. A quick trip to Home Depot and I lucked out... I brought home a gallon of Behr's "Blueberry Twist" in a Satin finish. I also opted for the paint and primer in one to cut down on the coats I'd need overall.
|This is me demonstrating precisely where NOT to use the foam roller. The bit I'm painting here should be painted using the angled brush. Trust me -- it's easier that way!|