Front Entrance Reveal

Front Entrance Reveal

The other night I was thinking about this blog and decided it was high time to start posting the projects I’ve done since school’s been out.  Last month I posted my Summer Bucket List for J’s house and I have to say, I got quite a bit done.  I did have a trip to Vegas in there, lots of postponed doctor appointments, physical therapy for my ongoing neck issue and time with J and my gang, so I’m finally happy to show off my work for J’s front entrance.

Before the makeover, the door and shutters were a faded green and they were in desperate need of a little sprucing.  While green is nice, I LOVE a good, glossy black door.  There’s just something about it that remains classy and versatile.  In addition, I sprayed the shutters a glossy black too.

Besides the painting, J’s lawn guy came and cut back all of the bushes as far as he could go.  I was looking for a cleaner, more manicured look and I didn’t want the shrubs to be a visual obstacle blocking the entrance.  We decided that some of the shrubs and bushes (i.e the big ones right in front) will most likely come out next spring, but for now, they are staying.  We also had his power washing guy come out and power wash the whole house, deck and sidewalk.  The only thing that is missing is some new mulch!

Before pictures: Sun-faded hunter green door and shutters with overgrown bushes.  The black planters are new and were just planted in this picture below.

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Note the (un)power-washed sidewalk, overgrown bushes.

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The reveal!  Glossy black doors, painted inside and out. (Inside foyer reveal coming soon!) New boxwood wreaths and welcome mat, trimmed trees and washed sidewalk, and the plants in the planters grew tremendously!

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I’m in love with the way it turned out.  The look will transition well into the other seasons of the year – I’m thinking fall wreaths, mums in the planters, pumpkins and gourds, etc.  And for the holidays, simple greens stuck in the planters with holiday wreaths on the door!

In addition to the front entrance, I placed two new planters on the deck with these potted flowers.  They are a type of Mandevilla and they are gorgeous!  They love the sun and come in a variety of colors.  I chose white to blend in to the other colors going on within the deck decor.  (More on that soon too!)

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Again, if you missed my summer bucket list, you can check it out here.  Enjoy!

Summer bucket list | J’s House

Summer bucket list | J’s House

I’m sure those that aren’t teachers are not counting the days until summer.  Parents are probably lining up daycare and sending in last minute camp registration forms. Although I envy flexible schedules of those in the business world and the opportunity to have lunchtime meetings at real restaurants, there is nothing like the last day of school.  Nothing.  As a friend put it, “It’s better than Christmas morning!”

Yesterday we caught a glimpse of summer amid all the rain we’ve been having and we decided to venture out on a group walk.  In between all the complaining about how far we were going, it was rather enjoyable to get the kids out in nature and take in a non-scheduled afternoon together.

Also in anticipation of summer, I am creating a series of bucket lists and I’m kicking them off with the projects I want to accomplish at J’s house.

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Of course — the number one priority over there is the powder room.  With our busy weekends, this project slipped by me and I have no other excuses.  Little things like potted flowers will get done right away, but the bigger projects take some time.  Here are a few of the top tasks on the list:

1. Powder Room Refresh. The brainstorming of this project started a while ago and it got put on hold because of schedules.  As I said, it is one of the first things I’m going to tackle this summer.

If you missed the rest of the posts, you can catch them here.

Powder Room Refresh | Wallpaper Samples and a Decision

Powder Room Refresh | Vision Boards

Powder Room Brainstorming

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2. Paint front door and shutters. The green on his door and shutters have since faded from its vibrancy, so I’m thinking a glossy black will be just the touch it needs.  That, and two new planters and a new mat (and possibly a light – he doesn’t know that yet!) will enhance his entrance way completely.

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3. Deck and Patio Refresh | Retractable Awning. I posted about this a few weeks ago.  I am really excited to get the ball rolling on this one because I think the addition of the awning will make the space more useful for everyone, especially the kids.

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4. Minor Landscaping. I want to plant some hostas in some of the shady areas of his beds to fill in empty spaces.  They grow nice and hardy and live through the summer into the fall.  He’s also going to have his lawn guy cut back the bushes by the door for a better view of the front of his house.  I’m a firm believer in less is more, and the smaller bushes will add to the beauty of his front entranceway.  Don’t mind the weeds!

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Summer is going to fly by, so between his home and mine, I have my work cut out for me.  Soon I will post about the ideas I have for a summer bucket list at my house!  Enjoy the week!  xo