Jan 28, 2013

Buh-Bye, Mint Green!

I'm all about mint ... mint chocolate chip ice cream, peppermint tea, mojitos wish muddled mint leaves, you name it :) But mint green as a trim color for our house? Not really doing it for me. We inherited this shade when we bought our home, and it was really the last thing on our to-do list for a while. I think we got so used to it, that we kind of forgot how funky it looked (on both the front AND back, ha!):

Well, surprise surprise, we've started painting out front. We also got a new roof (a hail storm caused damage, so our insurance company covered the replacement), so it was high time to update the rest of our outdoor look! We chose a nice pale tan to complement the bricks and the roof, and a deep, grayish brown for the shutters. I'm so thrilled with how it's looking so far. Ben and I stood in our driveway gawking for a good little while yesterday. We truly hadn't anticipated what a difference some fresh paint would make on the front of our house! Here's a teaser that I snapped using my brand-spanking new Instagram account. I'll have some more photos for you as soon as it's all done!

Jan 15, 2013

Brass be Gone!

Hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Speaking of Christmas, I was thrilled to finish up a little project last month, just in time to decorate my Christmas mantel: painting over our 80s brass fireplace grate! Brass is one thing, but shiny, gold-toned brass just isn't my thing. Here's how our fireplace looked for the holidays AFTER its make-over:

And here it is beforehand - not a really dramatic change, but I like that now the fireplace grate blends in, rather than shouting "look at me" all day long (that's what it was doing, by the way, just taunting me with its shiny brassiness). The brickwork and shelving already make this space a little busy, so I like that the bronze color streamlined the look a bit.

My initial plan was to remove the grate entirely and spray paint it with a can of oil-rubbed bronze Rustoleum. However that was not to be, since in spite of my best efforts (vinegar, W-D 40, yanking with all my might), this grate would not screw out of the fireplace. So I had to move on to plan B, which was to just grab a regular (non-spray) can of Rustoleum in oil-rubbed bronze and paint it the old-fashioned way - with a paintbrush.

I used a little frog tape, metal primer in gray, and two coats of Rustoleum (with some light sanding in between coats), to achieve a nice smooth finish.

I'm pretty happy with the results, considering what a simple little project this was!