Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Projects

Once all the Christmas decorations come down, I always feel the need to clean, organize and tackle a few projects!!! The first project of the new year was painting our front door. I'm not a fan of white front doors, they tend to just "blend" with the rest of the house. I chose a rich color called "urbane bronze" by Sherwin Williams. I love it, but now I think the shutters need to be painted the same color. Actually, I would love to paint the ENTIRE house, brick and all, but that will come with time!

(edited with a picture I took this evening, you can see the color better)
Sorry for the long shadows, it was nap time and the only time I could get outside without a "posse" following me into the sub-freezing temperatures. The door still needs a little touching up, but that will have to wait until the temperatures get over 30 degrees!!!!

Here's a picture of "before" - this picture was taken on January 6, 2009 - exactly a year ago - do you see that daffodil??? - apparently it was a very MILD winter last year- not the case this year - we've had record lows, as has much of the country!!!!




My next project is this coffee table. I bought it from my SIL at a garage sale. She had it on her porch and it is weathered and needs lots of TLC. The problem is, I really don't know where to start. Any ideas????












I'm guessing I need to sand it, then paint it and maybe distress it or faux it. Please give me your suggestions and tips!!!!







New Year's eve was a BLAST - we went to a campaign party for Thad Turnipseed who is running for State Senate District 5, then headed to Will's sisters house with friends for a casual get together!!!! Emma Claire stripped out of her turtleneck to be a "princess"







We ate lots of junk food and the children did fireworks with the daddies!!! I have no pictures, b/c I opted to stay in the warm house and chat with the ladies. We did hear a loud stampede of children at one point and they all came running in laughing saying they threw a bottle rocket into the sewer and had fun watching it explode and light up!!!!! The other moms and I looked at each other and told them that was probably not a good idea. Later that night I learned that my husband was right there guiding their actions!!!! I guess when boys get around fireworks, they are all the same (12 years old), no matter how old they really are!!!!







At the campaign fundraiser, all my children enjoyed riding the ponies and the petting farm























Emma Claire especially enjoyed the petting farm - she stayed there for an hour and a half - that child LOVES her some animals!!!!




So how about you? What are you up to in the New Year?

3 comments:

No Longer Newlyweds. said...

Your house is GORGEOUS! What area is it in?

Bama Girl in AZ said...

Love the new door color! NYE we went to a fun family party and had a great time! I especially like that my child decided to sleep till nearly 9 the next day! I so wish I was in Bama this week with the snow and cold temps!

Rachel said...

I like the door!!!! I'm also trying to organize and clean and might be up to a few projects but nothing concrete yet. I have no ideas on the table although I'm sure it will look great whatever you decide!

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