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Repairing Old Wood & Addressing Peeling Paint

With old houses, there are two types of projects that seem to pop up almost as regularly as rain ... Repairing Old Wood & Addressing Aging Paint. Recently I had the opportunity to work with two products that preformed excellently in these areas: I used Peel Bond Primer/Bonder to prep wood behind new gutters & I used Abatron's WoodEpox to repair a rotten wood window sill. Neither was a solicited endorsement, but rather the result of good research. Hope it's helpful.

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Painted Garage Door

We recently painted our house and so our garage door needed to be painted as well. I decided not to repaint it because I was hoping the old rust paint would show through as I just stained it. Here's how I did it!

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Spring/Summer Porch Updates

My bushes were greening up & filling out in the front of our home, flowers were planted, but my porch? My porch was looking sad folks! The porch railing had fallen victim to the rain & snow over the past couple of years & was in desperate need of a fresh paint job. After giving the railings two coats of paint, I added a little character to the porch to make it welcoming for all of our summer guests by adding some flowers, a new wreath to the front door, & an easel chalkboard. More details in the link below!

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How to Boost Your Curb Appeal on a Budget!

Our house was a basic ranch style home that looked a lot like all the other ones in the neighborhood, so we decided to make it stand out with a few budget friendly ideas!

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Creating a Faux Wood Garage Door

I am so excited to share this garage door makeover that seriously anyone can do! You can take your boring, old, unattractive, builder grade door to a work of art just by following a few steps. A word of warning before we get started.....the process and the products are what will make this project a success for you. Don't skip steps and don't skimp on the products. You will thank me later!

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Make Your Garage Door Look Like It Costs Thousands— With Paint

I’ve seen tons of people doing garage door makeovers and I had to try my hand at it! It turned out to be painless and very economical. If you’re like me, you’ve got a Plain Jane garage that needs a serious facelift!

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Painting a Deck

My deck has been my nemesis for years! I have repainted it several times, even tried staining it! Still, my deck peels, cracks, and splinters! I found a product that made my job so much easier!

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Painted Brick House Makeover

Last year my family packed up our stuff, left the busy subdivision we lived in and moved to the country. We moved into a house built in 1982 that was owned by an elderly gentleman who made his version of "updates" to the home, but left much to be desired in our eyes. We purchased the house knowing that we had a lot of work ahead of us and wanting to start by updating the exterior of the house, which had been painted pea green just before it went on the market.
Today I want to show you a few before and after photos of our makeover, the full makeover can be seen on my blog, The Cards We Drew ( with tons more before and after photos!
**I understand that painted brick may not be for everyone, but it made the most sense for us.

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Add Curb Appeal With German Mortar Smear!

In August, I posted a question on Hometalk asking about the German Mortar Smear technique. I had seen this technique done on my favorite show, Fixer Upper in January and I loved it. I couldn't get it out of my head, I really wanted to do this to our home, but seriously, if I mess this project up, we are talking BIG bucks to fix or replace the brick. Not to mention having a very angry hubster to deal with...not good. Yikes!!
So, during the spring and summer months, I painted kitchen cabinets and did a faux granite counter top, up at the lake (check out my posts on these two projects) and enjoyed the beautiful summer.
However, every time I would return home, I would look at my overgrown bushes and that darn brick and I would think that I have go with my idea and change the look of our home.

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How to Spray Paint the Front Door!

I found it easier to tape off and spray paint my front door since it had raised panel and windows. My door was in sad shape, and a lot of you "Hometalkers" weighed in your opinion on what color to paint my front door. Thank you for those that helped with my choice. I am thrilled with how it turned out.

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Privacy Fencing Mini-makeover

My deck has been neglected since we moved in 4 years ago. And because our dining room window faces into the privacy fencing for the hot tub, I just couldn’t stand the thought of looking at it for another winter! So I decided to do a quick and inexpensive update before the winter hits. I bought a can of paint and ‘shopped’ in our garage for cast off items.

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An Old Screen Door Made New Again for Our Deck!

I’m starting to (finally!!!) hack away at a few of the non-essential updates that still need to be completed around the house 🙂 It sure is nice to have little puttery home projects to do now that don’t also include a stressful deadline. All but one of our exterior doors is new and they have all desperately needed to be painted since their installation. Up until now I simply had more pertinent projects to do or I was being lazy so they didn’t get done! This old screen door that I’m using I’ve had stashed since the renovation with the expectation to use it exactly right here, it used to be on the old screened in porch that we enclosed for my office. It is VERY old and had been built specifically to the height of the screened in porch so it was nearly a foot too short so I had to do some modification.

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Transform Your Front Door

Hi all! I’m Amber and I recently did a Facebook Live video where I showed you how to paint your front door. In case you missed it, here’s the tutorial! If you’d like to schedule a video consult, I’d be happy to Team Up for a color consult or to discuss painting techniques and how to’s. Head over the the page and message me to get started.

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Awning Makeover

I don’t know about y’all but over here at my house, we are in full spring cleaning mode! I’m so tired of seeing the same gross things that I’ve looked over because of busy-ness or laziness…or whatever excuse I could come up with. We are currently doing an overhaul inside our house, so I finally decided—despite the 35 degree weather we’re still having in New York—I was going to do a little makeover on our awning that hangs over our side door (the one we primarily use). This awning has been hanging since way before we moved in four and a half years ago, but it wasn’t really on my top priority list of things to change up until now; though, there are chips here and there on it from over the years, I think for the money I spent on supplies to give it a facelift, it was worth every penny. It sure beats shelling out $150+ for a brand new one right now!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

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Front Door Makeover

I've been wanting to change up our front door for a while now but with everything else on my "want to do" list, needless to say, it was towards the bottom. I finally had enough brain space to think about an easy and inexpensive solution, and I'm really loving how it came out.

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Restoring Concrete Statuary, With Masonry and Paint.

My father asked me if I could, "Do something" for his concrete deer. He'd enjoyed having them in his yard for so many years, I decided to see if I could give them a facelift. Even real deer used to come up and check them out.

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Modern Ranch Black House Wood Trim

Updating our 1950 modern ranch in Sourhern California. Black House and Cedar Wood Trim.

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Our New Haint Blue Porch Ceiling

I've shown you the new roof which I love by the way. Now it's time for the house painting itself. Today I share with you the porch ceiling that I've wanted for a few years.

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Faux Finishing Garage Doors to Look Like Wood

Spring has finally arrived so we decided to tackle the outside house projects. The exterior of our house is a yellowish color, with gold trim. It was one of the first things I said, "If we buy this house we have to paint it.” I also wanted to try to have a little fun with the garage doors giving them a faux wood finish.

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Thrifty Transformation: How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood

For a few years, I've wanted to spruce up our side door. Find out how I made it look like an expensive, solid wood door for less than $40.

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Decor Beyond My Door

After many long winter months of getting the house ready to list ( maybe ) in the spring, suddenly spring sprung, and this was my curb appeal.

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How to Restore a Gray and Faded Deck

Our deck was built back in November, and was left to "season" until now. This summer, it was time to get started restoring our deck from its gray, faded state. Staining it will help protect the wood from the elements, and the gray film on the surface of the deck was getting slippery.

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Tips to Paint Your Front Door a Pretty Color

Your front door says a lot about you and your style. Plus, it's the first thing that guests see then they come over to visit. So I think it's pretty important that this area looks its best!I decided to paint my door a gorgeous light blue color and I learned a lot during this simple DIY project. For the full tutorial, head over to our blog.

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Jazzed up Front Porch!

This is my boring, faded, badly in need of re-doing front porch...sad huh?