Friday, August 22, 2014

Front Door Makeover

HUGE thanks to Modern Masters for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When you move into a new (to you) home, you need to expect to do a little bit of work to get things looking how you want it. We just finished giving our garage door a facelift using Modern Masters Front Door Paint. Next on the list was our front door.

The front door was dented, scratched, and just looked worn out. To make matters worse, there was a glass door attached that was both hideous and useless. When the glass door was closed, it made the front door so hot that you could literally burn yourself! It also baked the paint on the door and warped part of it. Not good.

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We began the process by removing the door hardware and sanding the entire door with a palm sander. There were dried drips from the last paint job, scratches, and dents all over the place. The best advice I have to give for this step is to sand it as best as you can. It's harder to fix any spots you may have missed once you've painted over them!

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We also got rid of the glass door!! It already looks so much better with it gone. Then we noticed how thrashed the door frame was. It was still usable (thank goodness), so we just reattached the door frame with my Ryobi Cordless Finish Nailer and filled the holes in the door and all the scratches, nail holes, and wood gaps in the frame with wood putty.

Once the wood putty was dry, we went over them with the palm sander, then wiped it all down with a damp rag.

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Once everything is prepped, it's time for the fun part!! To keep the same look to our front door, but just *better*, we went the color Ground from their Front Door Paint product line. Modern Masters Front Door Paint comes in 24 colors, all based off of an "Emotional Color Wheel", so there really is a shade for every personality! If you aren't sure what color will look good on your home, you can try out the free app (available on both iPhone and Android) to instantly see how Front Door Paint can transform your door!

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We used both a brush and a roller to paint the door and frame. It helps to paint the recessed parts of the door with the brush, then go over with a roller. The first coat will take a couple of hours to dry. Our door needed about two coats, and the paint dries to a beautiful satin finish that will NEVER fade. I can't believe the difference the front door paint made to our home.

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Now that our door is looking fabulous, it's time to save up to change out that light and get a new front porch rug!! Updating your home can be a lot of work, but it's so amazing to see the changes you can make to give your home some curb appeal!!

You can purchase Modern Masters Front Door Paint in selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware stores. It's also sold on Amazon.com and on the Modern Masters Website. They've been adding retailers to their Pinterest Map, so follow them to see if there will be a location selling the paint near you!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY Geometric Earrings

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I'm always looking for more statement jewelry, and I'm really loving the geometric trend happening right now. Most geometric jewelry that I've found is either not in my budget, or just isn't the pattern I want. So, I decided to make my own for less than $5 a pair with my handy Cricut Explore machine!! 

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To make these DIY Geometric Earrings, you'll need:
Geometric Earring Pattern
Colored Cardstock
Earring Hooks
Jewelry Pliers

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The thing with any geometric pattern is that the lines need to be perfectly even. I uploaded my geometric design into Cricut Design Space™ so I could cut multiple shapes and have them be exactly the same. The machine cut out all the shapes I needed in about a minute, and all I had to do was switch the dial and press the "Go" button.

It would have taken a lot longer and used up most of my patience if I were to try to cut them by hand (which is totally doable, by the way).

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First, let me just point out how perfect the top hole of the earring was cut out. That tiny hole is about 1.789 mm big, and the Cricut cut it like it was no big deal!! Blows my mind every time.

Using the Cricut tools, I weeded out the design and carefully lifted each earring piece using the spatula tool.

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One piece of cardstock was a bit flimsy to use as an earring. So, using the Elmer's CraftBond® Fine Line Glue Pen, I carefully glued 4 pieces together. Since each design is cut exactly the same, they should line right up without a problem.

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The glue dries pretty fast, but give the earrings a little bit of time to dry. You don't want any of the papers to shift or tear. You can tell almost immediately that they are more stable than the single pieces and lie completely flat. I also love how the white along the edges makes the design pop.

At this point, you can spray some acid-free spray paint over the earrings to protect them and keep them lasting longer.

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Open the loop of the earring hook with some jewelry pliers and hook the earring on. My cardstock was textured, so you can tell a front side and back side. Make sure the front is facing the right way before you close the loop on your earring hooks.

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Now your earrings are ready to wear or to give to your BFF (or both - you could cut hundreds of these things in no time!). They add a fun pop of color to any outfit!!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own.


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