Our Front Door Makeover

Let me start by saying I am well aware that I have one more post due in my 5 Nights of Pinterest Recipes series.  I haven’t been very inspired by any of my pins lately, and I took a quick little trip to the beach last week, so hopefully I will get to that last one sometime this week. Until then…

Let me let you in on a little project I worked on last weekend: our boring, blah, very traditional front door.

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Red is NOT one of my favorite colors (just ask my husband!) And brass, well, it just isn’t my thing.  Also, the shutters are burgundy, so this door just wasn’t fitting in around here.

DSC_0696See. It’s just blah! Nothing matches! And yes, those are weeds growing between the bricks of the steps…don’t judge! 😉

I would LOVE to buy a new front door, but that really isn’t in the project budget right now.  So a little bit of paint will have to do!

I started by taking off all of the hardware: knobs, kick plate, numbers, and knocker.  I gave them a couple of coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

This was my audience.  They were just as excited as I was to have a front door makeover 🙂

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Aren’t they sweet!

Ok, back to the door.  I gave it a light sanding to smooth out the rough spots, and applied the first coat.

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What a difference already?! For the color, I decided on Sherwin Williams Drizzle in their Resilience Exterior Latex.

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Sherwin Williams Drizzle

I think it’s the perfect balance of blue and green!  I will probably use this color somewhere else inside.  I really like it!

I painted two coats on the front door (I love the way Sherwin Williams paint covers!), added the oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and I was finished!  Such an easy project!

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I know this isn’t the greatest “after” picture, but I’m still learning the ropes on my new camera and trying to figure out lighting and all that fun stuff. But I think you get the basic idea 🙂  It brightens up the exterior so much!

See, you don’t have to spend big bucks to make a difference around your house! A little creativity (and paint!) go a long way!

Carrie

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5 Nights of Pinterest Recipes-Nights 3 & 4

I’m a complete slacker and didn’t post night 3 last night when I was supposed to. Will you ever forgive me?! I know you all were just waiting on pins and needles to find out what was for dinner last night. 🙂

Let me explain…

I was peeling wallpaper off of unprimed sheetrock for a couple hours (by the way, this is not fun AT ALL!) and my sweet hubby was working on his old car having a frustrating time with some things, we decided to go out for Mexican.  Mexican food always makes things better! Well, I thought, “I will make us a Pinterest dessert when we get back, and that will be my night 3 recipe.”

Didn’t happen!  We got home and there were three owls out in our front yard, and we thought that was pretty cool.  So we sat out on the porch for a while and just watched them.  One flew down to the ground about 20 feet from us and looked us square in the eye! It was kind of creepy!

So tonight I give you 2 Pinterest recipes 🙂

For supper I gave these fun Ranch Chicken Club Roll-ups a try!

Yummy, right?!

They turned out pretty good, although I had to alter the recipe just a tad.  I was only going to make 4 because there’s only two of us, so I thought I could save the extra can of crescent rolls for another night.  Well, turns out there were not going to be any rollups made out of these little crescent rolls.  The dough was so thin that there was no way I could roll the cheese, bacon, and chicken.  So I took the extra can of rolls and basically made mini calzones.

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I could only eat half of mine because it ended up being twice the size of what it was supposed to be.  And I think I would like them better if it was filled with pepperoni and pizza sauce 🙂  But overall, not a bad dish!  And again, the hubs thought it was pretty good, so I am three for three this week!

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And because I told you I was going to make up for being a slacker yesterday and give you two recipes, we had these yummy Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Shakes!

By the time we were done with them, I’m pretty sure they were not considered Weight Watchers milkshakes anymore! We used whole milk instead of skim.  My husband is one of THOSE.  You know, the kind that will ONLY drink whole milk.  It’s ok though.  I don’t drink much milk so I’m ok with whole milk every now and then.

I also used Double Stuf Oreos.  That’s all I will say about that …

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THEY. WERE. SO. GOOD!!!

This is by far the best thing I’ve had all week! But I’m a little partial to Oreos!

So there you go.  Two Pinterest recipes for ya tonight.  You should definitely try the shakes!

Carrie

 

Night 2 of 5 Nights of Pinterest Recipes

Tonight’s meal consisted of this Slow Cooker Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwich.

 

When I saw this picture on Pinterest, my mouth started watering!  It looks so yummy!

This is another VERY easy recipe.  Just throw the ingredients in the crockpot and let it cook all day! Now I didn’t add carrots and potatoes like the recipe calls for, because I wanted to just have the sandwiches.  After we finished eating, Andy said, “Well, if it had carrots and potatoes in it, I could take it for lunch tomorrow.”  Have no fear, honey, I’ve got your next favorite starchy go-to food item:  rice.  🙂  So the hubs will be having leftovers served over rice tomorrow for lunch.  WIN!!

With all that being said,  it’s safe to say he liked it pretty well! Another score for me this week 🙂

The flavors are a bit different than what I’m used to cooking with.  I stepped out on a limb with Rosemary and Bay Leaves, and it turned out to be pretty refreshing.  Sometimes you gotta get out of your comfort zone!

Here’s my version of tonight’s recipe:

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Not too shabby!

I can see myself making this recipe again!  Do you have any favorite slow cooker sandwich recipes?  Please share if you do!

 

Carrie

5 Nights of Pinterest Recipes-Night 1

I don’t really have much going on this week in the way of DIY projects, so I thought I would do a little bit of cooking.  Shocker right?! These next few posts kind of fall into the same category as my last post in the fact that I pin so many recipes to my food board on Pinterest, but I NEVER actually make any of them!

But this week, that changes!

Let me bring you up to speed on my cooking abilities.  Basically, cooking is NOT my thing.  I’m ok at it, but I don’t really enjoy it that much, and I definitely don’t enjoy the clean up.  I feel like I get stuck in a rut and fix the same things all the time. I’m sure many of you can relate!

So here I am, blogging about food.  This will probably be a rare occurrence on my blog, considering the reasons stated above, but I figure I can do anything for 5 days.  We are excellent at eating out every night :), so this will be a nice change of pace for us, and a little nicer on our waists and pocketbooks!

My first victim is this recipe for Chicken Parm Meatballs.

Does that not look so yummy?! I’m sure some of you have seen this one floating around Pinterest recently.  I LOVE meatballs so I just had to give these a try!

Here’s a little rundown of how things went.  It didn’t take long at all to make the actual meatballs.  VERY easy! Pop ’em in the oven, and 15 minutes later they are almost ready.  Add some cheese and sauce, brown the cheese, and you’re ready to go! While they are cooking you have time to fix a side.  The recipe calls for a kale salad, but we like spinach, so I sautéed some onions, mushrooms, and spinach for our side. It’s my sneaky way of getting Andy to eat some greens 🙂

Here’s my version of the Chicken Parm Meatballs…

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Now I’m no food artist or anything, but that looks pretty darn good if I don’t say so myself 🙂

Here’s the good news:  the hubs liked it!! It’s hard to win him over sometimes with new meals, but he said he would eat it again. Haha!

Here’s the not so good news:  the texture of the meatballs was a little weird for me.  I’ve never cooked with ground chicken so maybe I just need some practice.  I think it would be better with ground beef, but honestly, what isn’t better with beef?! Also, the lemon zest was a little bit of a weird taste.  I would probably leave that out if I made these again.  And just so you know, these two things only bothered me, not the hubs.

I believe night 1 was a success!  I’m really excited about tomorrow’s dinner, but you’ll have to check back tomorrow to see what it is 😉

Do you have some favorite Pinterest recipes?  Or are you like me and pin a bunch, but never cook any of them?

 

Carrie

Mason Jar Sconces

I think we all have a board on Pinterest dedicated to craft projects we would love to see in our own homes one day.  We pin them thinking surely we will get to all of them eventually!  Guess how many craft ideas I’ve pinned that I’ve actually gotten around to doing…one, MAYBE two.  Is anyone else in the same boat here?

The one project that I’ve been wanting to do for a while is mason jar sconces. I’ve had the materials sitting in my garage for a while now.  FREE materials I might add.  My mom gave me a box of old mason jars that she was going to throw away.  A whole box y’all! They were on my parents’ back porch just wasting away when I rescued them from their certain death at the landfill!!

I was inspired last week to finally make some!  People, this was not a hard project at all.  I already had the jars, the wood, and most of the hardware and paint.  I had the sconces finished in one evening.  I even managed to squeeze a little help out of my sweetie 🙂 He’s such a good sport!

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I started with some 5/4 deck boards that we had left over from when we built a deck at our last house. (And my husband wonders why I always want to keep scraps!).  One piece was already the exact length I needed it to be. I held up one of the jars to the board and said, “Yeah, that looks about right.” Andy powered up the chop saw, I lined up the second board with the first one, and sawed away. One cut and I was ready to paint!

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Now there are many different methods to doing rub through on things, but I worked with what I had and with whatever would be the quickest.  I am not the most patient person in the world, and when I get an idea to do something, I better get it done ASAP or it will just be half way finished for several months.

I had some dark brown spray paint, so I used that as my base layer on the boards.   I let those dry for about an hour, then I put a light coat of white spray paint.  I let that dry for about 30 minutes, then took the boards in and gave them a light sanding.  The hubs helped me wrap the wire around the jars, put the nails in, and add the hanging hardware on the back.  We then hung them up and…

Tada!

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What kind of projects do you have pinned that you hope to work on soon? Or have you already been working on a Pinterest project?  What do you have lying around the house that could be repurposed?

I challenge you this week to find something around your house that you can breathe new life into!

Carrie

 

P.S. Be on the lookout for an update on my board and batten room next week!  I hope to make some fun updates and changes to it over the weekend 🙂

A Little Splash of Color

I LOVE color!  Little splashes of it in just the right places can add so much life to a room.  Since we are at a little bit of a standstill with the big projects going on inside, I decided to tackle a couple smaller things outside over the next few days.

The first thing on my list was to give these old, lifeless adirondack chairs a facelift!

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Just for giggles, can you see the oh so slight difference in the two chairs? One was put together by my sweet husband, and the other one was put together by yours truly 🙂 I’ll let you decide which is which!  As Andy, would say, “You’ve got to pay attention to detail.”

We’ve had these chairs for a couple years now, and have had all intentions of painting or staining them.  But as with many things, it just kept getting put on the back burner. So a couple weeks ago, in a fit of motivation, I started working on the matching ottomans (forgot to take a before picture of them). They turned out PERFECT!!! So perfect that it gave me the extra motivation I needed to push through the dread of painting the chairs, which I knew were going to require a little more work because, obviously, they are bigger.

Are you ready to see the final product?!?!

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They turned out great, don’t you think?!  I love them so much, and it’s just what our deck needed! A splash of color!   And those pillows…aren’t they so cute? I bought them at Lowe’s, and if turquoise isn’t really your color, they have many more cute pillows to choose from.  I am just obsessed with anything turquoise right now! I think I have a problem! :/

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Are there things around your house that you’ve been wanting to spruce up a little?  If so, this is the weekend to tackle it!  Go buy some spray paint and get to sprayin’! Add some color to your life! 🙂

Carrie

Back in Business!

I know you’ve all been DYING to know what’s been going on at Dogwood Lane since I haven’t blogged in a few weeks.  I’m sure you will all feel very sorry for me when I tell you we took a fun little trip to HAWAII!!

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Hawaii is my absolute favorite place on earth…granted I haven’t really visited many tropical paradises.  But seriously, it is so beautiful words and pictures just can’t describe it.  If you have never been, you need to go NOW.  Book your tickets.  Book your hotel.  Just go! You won’t regret it!

So we returned from Hawaii and then we puppy sat for some friends for a week.   We had a full house of dogs and got zero projects done.  Which is ok because who can resist these sweet little faces?!

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Haha! Just kidding!

This week, we were able to get back into the swing of things.  In my last blog, I let you all in on the bedroom project:  wallpaper! The good news is, all the wallpaper has been removed in the bedroom.  The bad news is, we are going to have to call in some professionals to help us with skimming the walls.  There are just some things we don’t want to do ourselves, and this is one of them!  Soooo, since we decided we were going to have to call someone in, we figured we might as well go ahead and remove all the wallpaper in the house so Sheetrock Dude could repair any walls that needed fixin’. This resulted in us deciding to rent a steamer on Memorial Day and begin removing wallpaper in the kitchen and master bathroom.  Let me just show you the beautiful wall decor…

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So 1990’s don’t you think?? Unfortunately, I don’t have any before pictures of the bathroom, but just think tropical theme.   It’s ok though, because it’s going to be pretty awesome when it’s finished that you won’t even care about what it looked like before. 🙂

I just have to say, that renting a steamer was one of the smartest things we’ve done in a long time! Both rooms have 2 layers of wallpaper to pull down, so having the steamer has made things go so much faster.  Unfortunately, whoever decided to put the first round of wallpaper up in the kitchen in 197o something, didn’t think it was necessary to prime the walls first, which makes it LOTS of fun to pull off of sheetrock.  (Can you sense the sarcasm yet?)  Our goal this week is to get every last piece of paper off our walls and maybe even start pulling paneling down, so Sheetrock Dude can get in here and get to work!  Side note: not only was the paneling nailed to the wall, but for extra hold someone decided to glue it as well.  That will be a post for another time though!

Until then, have a wonderful week and go be great!

 

Carrie

 

 

Getting Started!

Welcome to my blog! You won’t find anything too exciting in this first post, but I wanted to tell you a little about what to expect.

In July 2013 we moved from this sweet little house built in the 1920’s

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Our first house

to this larger split level house of the 70’s

Our current house

Our current house

I LOVED our first house.  Partly because of the simplicity of it, and partly because it is where we spent the first 4 years as a married couple.  It was just a two bedroom, 1 bathroom mill house and it wasn’t perfect by any means, but it had this old charm that I loved.  But there were some major projects that needed to be done that neither of us were ready to tackle ourselves. And we were ready for a little more space to grow! 🙂  So…here we are in a house that’s more than twice the size of what we had and EVERY room needs some sort of updating. All I’m going to say is there is A LOT of paneling and wall paper from the 80’s!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for this new house, but I think all us girls can agree that we enjoy coming home to something that we can call our own.

There are still little details to take care of here and there with the blog layout and I can’t promise that there will be lots of professionally edited pictures or Pinterest ready designs, but I hope you will enjoy the ride with us, and maybe even be inspired to be creative in your own home!