Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quick & Sophisticated Outdoor Home Update - Decorative Garage Door Panels!

All I can say is WOW!...what an easy and affordable way to update the look of your home's exterior! My darling husband installed these Decorative Garage Door Panels after he received a quote on how expensive it would be to replace the garage door with something more decorative.  

After Installation of Garage Door Panels
Below is our house before he installed the panels. The change was immediate!  I could not believe what a difference it made.  (see Before image below)
Before installation of garage door panels

We purchased these panels from Home Depot, we bought 2 boxes (2 panels per box) for $99 each.  Not a bad price at all!  It honestly took my husband less than 2 hours to measure, drill, and install. 

Go Honey!  I couldn't be more pleased.  By the way...those decorative handles (see below) were also a quick update that my husband did 2 years ago.  They were a decorative black garage hardware kit from Home Depot for about $20.

Doesn't it appear that this garage door came this way....especially if I didn't tell you?

There really is nothing like a trendy and sophisticated update for your home, that is also budget friendly. 

This was such a great investment and I love the end result.  I hope this project inspires you...Thanks for visiting A Pretty House Rocks!  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Want to Update Your Deck for the Summer?...Try a New Deck Stain!

Because of the wear and tear of a wood deck it is a great idea to re-stain every few years to keep it looking new.  Our deck was in definite need of a make-over. We were tired of this almost orange stain we used a few years back.  In our opinion it got uglier as each year passed.  So we decided to begin our makeover by staining our deck.

After some research we finally chose Cordovan Brown Deck Stain from Home Depot....we absolutely love the end result. (See below) Adding and updating the decor is the next project. 

The previous color was actually doesn't look bad in this image. (See Below) But up close, it honestly looks like puke!

Again, we chose the Cordovan Brown by Behr. 

Below you can really see the contrast between the two very different stains. Please Note: We did not strip the deck prior to painting. We realize this this is an important step, especially if you would like the wood grain to be more visible.  Maybe next time. 

Before new deck stain (See below) 

After Deck Stain (See below) 

The next stage in our Deck update and makeover is to accessorize.   I will keep you all posted!  Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer and Spring Decor ideas for Living and Dining room

Hello everyone!  Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  In my home we've been spring cleaning and pulling out a few summer decorations to prepare for the summer season.  In an effort to be thrifty this year, I decided to to try and reuse most of our decor from last year.  I don't usually go overboard when decorating, (except at Christmas).  I really think less is more, as long as the less makes statement.  Hopefully these pictures will provide some inspiration as as you decorate your home this summer!

I love to decorate my fireplace mantel.  This is a focal point in my family room that serves as a great place to decorate.  I added various frames, candles, a small pop of yellow faux Forsynthia from Joanne's Fabrics. 

I used these stems last year...they are super easy to decorate with. (Above)

Below is my dining room, I just added a few flowers, added a few items and immediately this room screamed, "Spring."    I plan to paint this room this month...getting rid of that gold and replacing with gray....Can't Wait!!!!!  Will post once complete!

Last summer I flanked both of my family room chairs next to the fireplace. (See below) I love to move my furniture around to create a different look in a space that we spend so much time in.  I watched my mother and grandmother do this as a kid, and I love the feeling I get when I recreate a space. 

I hope these pictures inspire you to start the summer season.   If you want some inspiration while decorating your outdoor space, please see the links below:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Shopping Finds and Ideas, at one of my favorite stores!

Can I get some spring flowers, some spring weather, a maxi skirt and of course.... some spring decor! Unfortunately, in this section of the continent, our first day of spring brought snow showers and wind gusts...but I refuse to let that deter me from preparing for one of my favorite seasons!

So to get started I spent a day with my grandmother last week at my favorite store...Homegoods, simply to get ideas and inspirations.  I will definitely shop in my own boxes labeled Spring in the basement...but I always like to add something new to complement what I already have.   
Here are some of my finds:

This outdoor patio bar set is absolutely amazing!  I really want something like this for my deck.  

This wood side table would look good indoors or outdoors.

Storage baskets are something old that has a new feel about them... These baskets are super cute!  

I settled on the one below....Love it! Very deep, heavy and nicely made.

Homegoods has so many spring flowers.

I really adore this settee sofa...would be a great addition in my sun room. 

And of course if you need a few pillows to spruce up your decor...Homegoods has plenty of them. 

I hope these spring finds inspire you...Thanks for visiting!

(I'm not paid to mention Homegoods...I just really love this store!) 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Just a Little Decor for After Christmas and Before Spring.

After Christmas and before Spring I always have a difficult time deciding how to decorate for the winter.   This year beginning mid January through the end of March, I have used the following decor. Very minimal.   Can't wait for Spring!

A few of those Holiday pine cones and branches make a nice display. (See Above)

And you can't go wrong with a nice big basket,  Throw a pillow and a nice throw to add texture. (See Above)

Thanks for visiting a Pretty House Rocks!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dated Gold to Modern Gray Kitchen Paint Redo!

Yes! I finally finished repainting my kitchen.  It took a minute, but it feels amazing after 10 years to replace that dated paint with a more modern color.  It really brightened the kitchen and sun the space a brand new feel! 

After doing some research on Pinterest, we chose Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter to replace the old gold faux finish that covered these kitchen walls.   I honestly love the look and I'm super excited about the prospect of re-painting some more rooms...dining room next!

Below is the kitchen in the old paint....the Gold Faux had to Go!  It had its time.

I decided to use the remaining paint and painted the wall outside the kitchen gray....the color really makes the blue photo wall pop! (Below)

The kitchen sun room's walls also needed a make over.

The gray paint made a huge difference, it really complimented my photo wall.(Below)

With these two pics below, you can really see how each color affects the room.

I hope these pics inspire you!   Thanks so much for stopping by, A Pretty House!