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Spring Refresh: Front Door Painting

I have this awesome new All Seasons Wreath, but my door looks a bit rough compared to my new wreath. We had an incident a few years ago with a pressure washer and accidentally removed the stain in spots from the door. We’ve talked about fixing it but never got around to doing it. When I hung my new wreath, I said, “Today is the day. This door is getting a facelift!” If you’re interested in some tips and tricks (or just want to see how bad my door looked), keep reading!

Selecting the Right Paint for Your Door

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to painting. If you live in a strict HOA like I do, you’ll want to check out the rules first. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of painting your door Kelly Green only to get a nasty gram, possibly a fine, and have to paint it all over again.

Second, find out what material the door is made of. My front door is made of wood, so I chose a wood-compatible one. Select a paint specifically designed for the material of your door to ensure long-lasting results.

The next thing to keep in mind is the finish. Finishes with a gloss hold up better against the elements. I love a matte finish, but I want this to last as long as possible!

When considering a new paint color, it’s important to consider your home’s overall look and feel. My home is a more traditional style home, with white trim and (faded) black accents. So I opted for a classic, glossy black. If your home is more modern (and your HOA allows it), you can get away with a brighter hue like red or yellow.

I chose the Sherwin Williams High-Gloss Black Water Base Interior/Exterior Door and Trim Paint from Lowes. I also picked up this inexpensive foam roller for Cabinets and Doors to make sure it would be applied properly. I’m not an affiliate; I don’t get paid for this; I’m just letting you know what I used.

Preparing and Painting

Removing the door is optional, but it will at least need to be open while painting and drying if you leave it in place. I only painted the front, not the entire door, so I left it in place. I don’t have an additional screen door or storm door, so I had to wait until the weather was mild. Most paints recommend 50-70 degree temps for optimal drying. To get a professional finish, the door must be prepared appropriately.

  • Start by protecting the surrounding area. Use tape, drop cloths, cardboard boxes, and/or plastic to ensure any drips or overzealous brush strokes don’t ruin the wall, floor, window, trim, etc. Even if you’re removing your door, make sure to protect the floor/ground underneath from drips.
  • Remove hardware from the door, such as the doorknob, knocker, and/or hinges. This will make painting easier and will also prevent the hardware from getting paint on it.
  • Tape off any areas that can’t be removed, such as windows, hinges, and trim around the door.
  • Use a wire brush or sandpaper to rough up the door’s surface. This will help the paint adhere better. Wipe down the door after sanding with a damp rag to remove dust and debris. Allow to dry completely before painting.
  • Once the door is prepped, it’s finally time to start painting! Follow the directions for the paint you’ve selected. My paint is dry to the touch in 2 hours, but I couldn’t apply my second coat for 4 hours. At least 2 coats are recommended.
  • When the paint has dried according to the directions, rehang your door (if removed), reattach any hardware, clean up your work area, and step back to admire your handiwork!

Helpful Tips for Painting

Any Surface, Not Just Your Front Door

Put the tools and any hardware you take off in a box or bowl that you can keep near where you’re working. This way, they’re readily available when the paint is dry, and you don’t have to try and track down the screws!

Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting paint on. You might think, “I’m just painting the door; it’s not that big of a deal.” I always end up with paint on me, whether it’s splatter from having too much paint on the roller, dripping paint on myself, or getting sprayed when I hammer the lid back on the paint can. I always end up with paint on my person somewhere.

Wear shoes you can easily slip off. Drips happen when painting; sometimes, we step in them. If you wear shoes that you can just kick off, they can be left on the drop cloth when you need a bathroom break, taking brushes/rollers to the sink for cleaning, or refilling the paint (if you’ve left it in the garage…*sigh).

Put your brushes/rollers in plastic baggies and cover your paint tray with plastic wrap. I hate cleaning brushes, rollers, and the paint tray, so I wait until I’m done with even the touch-ups before I clean anything. Keeping them sealed in plastic between coats will prevent everything from drying out and can pick up where you left off.

Do the edge/trim work first. I like to get the little details knocked out first, like the tight corners, trim, and edges, so I can whip out the rest of the painting with my roller. I don’t have to be as careful with the roller because I’ve created a nicer buffer between the corner/edge and the rest of the painting area.

Remove the tape before the paint has fully dried to avoid ripping the paint. If you missed that window, don’t worry; gently run a razor blade along the edge of the tape to cut away the paint.

Adding Character and Making It Pop

In addition to paint, there are a few other ways to spruce up your front door. If you have a window in your front door, paint the trim a contrasting color for a little more spice. Consider adding new hardware, such as a knocker or an interesting doorknob. Just be sure to check that your new door knob fits in the holes of the previous one!

My super fancy All Seasons Wreath will really make your front door pop with its bold colors, especially if you have a boring HOA.

Check back next month for more how-tos on decorating your entryway!

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What’s Your Love Language?

Ok, so it’s February and it’s all about Valentine’s Day. It’s pretty run of the mill for a lot of couples; gift of flowers, maybe some naughty knickers, a dinner for two, and (if they’re not too tired/full from dinner) a brief display of said naughty knickers before they end up on the bedroom floor ; ). It’s an all too brief reminder of how your relationship started. 

For me, I don’t need the over priced (but of course beautiful) roses, I just want to spend quality time with my husband. It’s special time away from the pets/house/all of the normal responsibilities for a couple of hours and it’s just the two of us.

Wait, what do you mean no gifts?

Gary Chapman, a pastor, wrote a book that was published back in the early 90’s called the 5 Love Languages. You can check it out on his website if you’re super interested. 

My ridiculously brief summary, there are 5 main ways people want to show and receive love and affection:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Acts of Service
  3. Gifts
  4. Quality Time
  5. Physical Touch

And of course, we’re all beautiful and unique snowflakes that show love differently from how we want to receive it. 

If this intrigues you, you can read the whole book or jump over to the website and take the quiz. I’m a sucker for quizzes, so I did the somewhat quick questionnaire that’s primarily “do you prefer this or that?” options. 

My top result was Quality Time; no phones, conversations we both participate in equally, full attention to the moment, and no distractions. I’m sure the hubby is pretty excited to save a few bucks on the flowers this year. The bottom of the list, Gifts. 

According to Words of Affirmation is the most preferred, followed by a tie for second of Quality Time and Acts of Service. Physical Touch was next and in the last spot was Receiving Gifts.

But,  the way I want to receive love isn’t necessarily the way I enjoy showing love. By now you know I’m a crafter, so for me Gift Giving is my preferred way of showing love. Specifically giving you something that I’ve made. 

Knowing how I like to receive love and affection, means I can share that with my husband to help bring us closer together. Of course it works both ways, knowing his preferred Love Language helps me give him what he needs to feel loved. 

Times have changed

Ok, so a lot has changed and happened since dude-man’s book was originally published. Clairbourne Counseling wrote a blog about how the original 5 Love Languages were too centered on Christian heterosexual relationships. Which, to be fair, he is a pastor. As a result,  Truity released a more encompassing list 7 Love Styles to take into consideration modern couples, like LGBTQIA+, interracial, or straight couples who do not practice traditional gender roles. 

The more modern 7 Love Styles are:

  1. Activity
  2. Appreciation
  3. Emotional
  4. Financial
  5. Intellectual
  6. Physical 
  7. Practical.

Ok, so being a sucker for quizzes, I went to Truity’s website and took their quiz. (BTW, they have a bunch of quizzes!). This one took a bit longer, it was part multiple choice and part scale of 1-5 type questions. 

According to this new quiz, my Modern Love Style is Activity; by a pretty decent margin. It is true that I do enjoy when my husband takes an interest in the things I like, but I think that’s apart of spending quality time together. Personally, I feel like the newer quiz is more focused on one aspect and the older quiz is more general. 

It’s all fun and games

In the end, for me at least, it’s a fun way to learn a little bit more about myself, how to express myself better and be a better partner to my husband. We’re all different in so many ways and no one (or two) online quizzes can completely define who I am. Ultimately, it’s a tool that can be used help me communicate better; which is fundamental in any relationship.

But maybe this year, something a little different for your V-Day celebration would be to get to know your partner a little better through these quizzes. Might spark some deep conversations, help you get a better understanding of each other, or give y’all a good laugh if you think it misses the mark. 

Picking up an old school copy of the book?

Make sure you don’t lose your spot with a fancy Charmed Bookmark. Let the Mummy bookmark give you a hand between the pages or unleash your inner bookworm with the Sandworm bookmark. Have a different theme in mind? Send me request for your custom bookmark!

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Take a Walk Outside Day 1/20

How is national “Take a Walk Outside Day” going to be in the middle of January? It is so darn COLD outside! Who really wants to take a stroll on a typically cold day? I have to wear so many layers during the winter, I look like I’m 20 pounds heavier than I really am.

Some Basics About Body Heat

When we make the brave decision to venture outside for this January stroll, our bodies constrict the blood flow to our skin and extremities. It is instead preserving all that heat to keep or vital organs toasty. This results in our skin feeling cold to the touch, our noses turning red and runny, ears, fingers and toes turning to ice cubes. If outside long enough, we begin shivering; our muscles’ way of generating more body heat.

Body temperature regulation is a balancing act between heat production and heat loss. “…you lose heat from any part of your body that comes in contact with a cold environment. And the part of your body that is most often exposed to the elements during the winter is your poor defenseless head!” – The Washington Post. Ugh! so true. I choose vanity over a warm head and ears all the time.

According to Andrew Maynard, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, “The amount of body heat lost is determined by skin exposure. The head only makes up about 10% of the body’s total area, so it accounts for 10% of total body heat lost” ( That 10% feels like a whole lot more on cold, windy winter days.

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate

Ok, so if I’m committing to this January walk outside, I need to bundle up! Living in Virginia I won’t be worried about frostbite, but it’s still cold. Maybe not below zero, but enough that I need to wear some cold weather gear. Multiple layers of shirts/sweaters, leggings with jeans over the top, cabin socks, gloves, scarf and hat. Check, check, and check. Luckily, I have recently made a whole bunch of beanies that I can choose from to celebrate this (in my opinion) frigid day. There’s a rainbow beanie that would be particularly festive.

Get Your Own!

There are several colors and a couple different styles of hats available for purchase for the next couple of months on the website.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a cozy hat is just the ticket to warm up your significant other. Or treat yourself, it’s for medical reasons, don’t want to get frostbite on those delicate ears!