Monday, May 25, 2009

An Entry Transformed

I don’t imagine I’m the only one who has a garage door entry that looks like this.  Good.  Glad to hear it.  What’s even worse is that this is the entry that 97% of my guests use.  The remaining 3% includes solicitors and 9-year old boys just banging on the door.  They don’t really count.

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So, I grabbed the bull by the horns…errr…the door by the handle and decided it needed some sprucing up. 

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Notice the mud-stripping on the walls?

IMG_5054 I had some extra paint left over from my mudroom, so I thought, “Why not even it all out?”  Just because it’s a garage doesn’t mean it has to LOOK like a garage, right?

IMG_5345 Ewwwww…

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Ahhhhhhh…

IMG_5351The best part of all this?  I spent $24.88 on the boot rack.  Everything else was free!  This leads me to something VERY exciting. 

Come back on Wednesday for my

VERY FIRST GIVE AWAY!

I’m not a give away type of person, so this is a pretty big deal to me!  I can’t wait for you to see what’s comin’ at ya.  See you Wednesday!

102 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Oooooohhh, love the new look!! Love the numbers, too! Great job!


suzanne

SILVIA said...

great,i should try that too!!..hope you had a nice long weekend...

silvia..

Bella said...

Hi there! I just have to tell you that I LOVE your blog! I get SO many great ideas from you! We are moving soon and I plan to put some of them in action! By the way...love the bathroom!

Paige said...

Love, love the fix for the door! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Beth Ann said...

The transformation looks nice!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

From ewwwww to Oooooh (and, honestly...It wasn't THAT ewwww).

Weren't you a productive little Bee this weekend!

Kate said...

Love it! It's enough to look fabulous but still feels like a casual, practical garage entry.

Did you freehand the numbers or stencil?

To The Moon and Back said...

WOWZA! Love the transformation. Now if only I could get all the stuff our of our garage!

Carmen said...

Awesome!!! I so, so wish that we had an attached garage! We barely have an entryway by the back door. I need a shoe rack or something like this. This looks wonderful!

julie & joe said...

It looks so nice! I like the door painted black and the numbers.

Katherine said...

Wow!That looks great, good job!

dotti white said...

I absolutely love the way that you went outside the box and jazzed up that entrance to your home. It will make you feel good when you come home, too! Did you cut the vinyl letters on a cricut?

Magic Brush said...

I finally painted my garage door last year. Wish I had done orange or red or something... I did brown. Hides dirt well tho. Looks great!!!

Kelli said...

I love it and now I'm inspired. That would be a great place to put shoes and such. Hmmm... Thanks for sharing, you did a great job.

Jennspiration said...

That looks amazing! You did a great job!

Sarah said...

I like this a lot!

Jenny said...

Great idea to spruce up the garage! It looks awesome!

Michelle Hoad said...

did you work so hard that you rewarded yourself with the Miller lite? Cause it's not there in the after shots? ;)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my gosh, what a FABULOUS transformation! I love it. Where did you find that boot rack?

The Un-Organized Mom said...

Love it!!!!

Becky said...

Love, Love, Love it!

Lori E said...

Hi. My first time on your site and I am very impressed. You have great taste and are very creative.

Amber said...

If those pictures lead you to announce your giveaway, then I'm HOPING that it's some of those fab numbers!!

It seriously looks AMAZING! And I've really never seen such a clean garage. Does that mean you also actually PARK in there?? :)

Misty said...

You ROCK!!! Can you come spend your summer with me and help me get my place in order? I teach too so we will be off together! LOL

Kim said...

It looks great! I like the black door with the numbers...very nice touch!

Shell said...

The entry looks awesome. I would love to know about your numbers too.

Charlotte said...

wow!! looks fantastic! love that you put your house # on the door. also love the hooks for coats, bags, etc.

Toni said...
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Toni said...

It looks marvelous! You have inspired me to look at my garage entry door, to decide how to make it more visually appealing. Even if it is just family that uses it, who better to spruce it up for?

Sweet Caroline said...

Why have I not ever thought of this? Brilliant! Of course!

It looks fantastic.

AJ said...

Looks great Chris!!!

Smart Mommy said...

Our garage would need a lot more help than that to look presentable. I also have an award for you.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

WERE YOU IN MY GARAGE?? Umm, if the house numbers weren't different, I swear this would be ours. Oh, and add about fifteen trillion piles of crap. But otherwise, it's ours!! Oh, dang you, you are giving me ideas!! I wanted to add the numbers to the door but already have a Welcome on there, but now I can do it! DANG YOU!! (Fist shaking in the air.)

Rainy Day Farm said...

Wow! I would never have thought to spruce up the garage door, but Wow again! That looks so great. I have to show this idea to my hubby!

Jessica said...

I looks awwwwwwesome!!!!!! I love jazzin up places that people don't expect it!

Momofgirls said...

Love love love it!!! Did you spray paint the door? If not, what kind of paint did you use??? I am soooo doing that to my ugly garage door!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my goodness. I definitely have to do this asap!! Love it:) Did you use a stencil?? Did you have to prime the walls or just paint them?

Beth said...

Gotta love a girl who will even decorate her garage! It looks great and I love the black door/number combo. I'm currently painting our front door black (to put it out of it's horrid purpley-brown misery.) Can't wait to see what you're giving away! Yeah! Free stuff :).

Rachel said...

Oh I love it!!! I hope I can find some time one of these days to start decorating again, it's been way to long!

;)Rachel

April said...

seriously! who are you? how do you sleep at night with such lovely ideas and what muscle tone you must have from fulfilling these ideas! now i'm going to have to get inspired to work on something- is this the way this "blog thing" works? LOL Looks outstanding and my DH says you get an A+ on perfect lines. xo

Charmaine @ randalswife said...

Love the makeover!!

Lady Dorothy said...

That is fantastic!

Kathy said...

Wow, ou rock at taking things that one one extra step. I wouldnt have thought it needed sprsuing :)

chirplee said...

Wow Chris...that looks gawwwgeous!! You clever thing!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I am awe-struck and IN LOVE with the white No. job you did on the door. It all looks so classy now. Way To Go!!!

My name is PJ. said...

I am totally going to do this! I have wooden stair in my garage and I've been wanting to paint those too. I smell a summer project...after our addition is completed. Thanks for the inspiration!

~Carole said...

You are a genius! This is such a great idea! I'm going to do this to my garage entry, complete with the numbers. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mandi said...

It all looks great, but those numbers on the door are my favorite part!! LOVE THEM!

kimsilver said...

I have decided that you are my hero. Seriously, I love your blog, and love all of your ideas. I can't believe how much you get done in your house....it seems like you are always finishing a project! Good for you! LOVE the garage transformation....

Boo and Hooties Mom said...

It looks great...I so need to do this. We always use our garage as an entrance!! Love the Guinness...no garage is complete without it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Astrid said...

Holy cow! That's amazing! Funny...I was so excited about my garage....but only because we put up shelving units and taken a whole truck load of stuff to the dump (and goodwill). Our dogs make it so that we can't have anything nice outside. Blech!

Jessica said...

I L-O-V-E this! I would love to hear the details!! I need to paint my door TODAY!!! Was this hard to do??? I love the letters on the door too! can't wait to hear!

Jamie said...

Such a great transformation! I love the door!

Pam said...

Very, very cool! I love the address right on the door. I'm thinking that might good for my front door. Great idea.

Restyled Home said...

Now I really feel guilty...my garage is such a dirty, dark secret that I open the door, scream, and quickly slam it closed! I have been trying to get the courage up to tackle it, and I think you have just inspired me.

Did I mention that I am still in the thinking stage...??!! It truly scares me!

I have said it before, but one of my favourite things about your blog is how you write with such humour. I opften find myself snorting with laughter after reading a post. I suspect I am not alone...!!!

Cheers,
Linda

Wanda said...

WOW~ what a transformation! Thanks for sharing your pics, ideas and helpful tips! I'm new to the blog world and I'm excited and SO inspired when I visit your site! THANK YOU!

Nikki said...

Very Welcoming!

~Kristen~ said...

It looks fabulous! No matter how many times I use paint I am still always amazed at what just a little of it can do for a space!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Oh how funny. I'm in the process of sprucing up my entry into the house from the garage. It was driving me crazy because it was so "worn" looking and we use this so entrance so much. Yours looks absolutley perfect. Thanks for the inspiration. You've made me want to get back out there and finish my painting. I think it's been over a week since I put the first coat of paint on the door and steps. I've been looking for a new shoe rack. May I ask where you found yours?

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Dream Mom said...

Great transformation. Love the paint on the walls and the black door. Of course, now I want more! I'd love to see a black/gold runner of sorts on the stairs and maybe the coat rack painted black (the white part painted black not the hooks).

I live in an apartment and the garage has those awful walls that aren't painted. Drives me nuts. Glad I am not the only one!

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, that's such an awesome transformation! The after looks like somethin' straight outta Real Simple. Kudos to you!

gkgirl said...

ahhhhh...
love it!

how did you do the letters/numbers?

soooo cool!

Momma to Bug said...

Wow, that is an amazing transformation! Did you paint your entire garage or just that wall? Either way, it was a brilliant idea! Very inspirational too...

-Desiree

Savannah said...

Looks great!

Rhea said...

Great Job!! I may have to take this idea, especially with the black door. (My front door is black also). There is so much dirt, and the door looks terrible. Thanks for the idea.

Kristin said...

I just love this transformation! The door is lovely in black!

Kristen said...

Really? People use your garage entrance? You must have very friendly neighbors due to those awesome gifts you bring them. They just assume you are all best friends! I keep wanting to do something like this but with construction going on (um, at a snails pace) for the basement our garage is more of a disaster zone, not ahhhh welcome and come on in. Yours looks fantastic though! Love your rack (the BOOT rack, Chris. The BOOT one!) ;)

Denise C. said...

What a GREAT blog! You have such SIMPLE ideas that make such a LARGE impact!

I ADORE the numbers on the door! Did you paint them freehand?

Denise C.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

The paint made such a huge difference. I absolutely love it!

ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE said...

Love, it, girl! I'm inspired! I'm going to do that number thing on my FRONT door!

Janene said...

That looks amazing!
And you are right, a garage doesn't need to look like a garage...and yours look fabulous!

Danielle and Clint said...

LOVE IT! What a cute idea for the numbers. Great color.

Tara said...

Great job!! love it!!!

Mrs. Trixi said...

It looks great. I need one of those boot racks. We just have boots everywhere, what a great idea.

Kelly said...

Wonderful! ~Kelly

Junella said...

You've inspired me... my garage door can't even be posted online (It's that bad). I think I'll paint my door too. Now what would I do with all my "stuff"? haha

Jessica said...

love it! I can't even walk into my garage right now since we just moved, but hopefully mine will look half that good one day!

Kristy said...

I'm delurking just because I had to say "the best part of this makeover is that you didn't have to drink the Guiness to do it.

Kristy said...

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www.shishnit.org

Blarney said...

I'm not sure I'd get away with painting the door ... hubster seems to like white with scuff marks all over it but we did finish off the walls with tecture and paint.
Looks great! I'm going to post pics of my living room (hopefully soon) and I hope you give me some in depth pointers ... I just love your decorating sense. :)

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

If only my husband would let me do something like this! I spent a chunk of yesterday cleaning and vacuuming our garage because it's just awful (and he could care less). He is quick to remind me that's his territory so I know for a fact there's no way I'd get away with a lovely look like this. Love it btw!

Sarah said...

I would love to redo my garage like that!!! LOVE IT!!! You must share, where did you get the numbers, or did you stencil them? They look fabulous!!! I love the look of everything you did!!! Now I must put that on my list of things I want to accomplish this summer! :)

Mindy said...

Does the $24.88 include the Guiness? :-)

Jill said...

Seriously fabulous! Ohhh the numbers! Love it all.
-Jill

Courtney said...

I love your new entry way! Can't wait to see your giveaway!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Take that picture of your entryway and add about 100 shoes and it will be mine. I need to get to work...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Carmen said...

Great job! I am going to paint my garage walls soon! My husband just painted the dirty, stained concrete in the garage and now it looks amazing. He used concrete stain and speckles. You might want to do this too when you have some money for renovations. I just posted about this on my blog: http://www.carmiewest.blogspot.com/

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! Way to go! I love your garage makeover!

Brittany said...

Wow! Great makeover! You've inspired me! :)

Melissa Miller said...

Chris how did I miss this?
It's gorgeous!

I completely agree.
Every room can be a haven.

Why not is right? :)

Natalie said...

Love that door. I am going to have to try this at home!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

this is totally cool - my garage has so much crap in it and around the door I would have to to major moving around!!

Kara said...

Oh my goodness, I love it! I never would have thought of painting my garage door, but now I must! Thanks for the idea!!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

I love it! Did you sand your walls down before you painted them? I have some extra paint too and I would love to paint my garage this summer! :) Erin

Mommyto3andahusky said...

hey! Thanks for getting back to me! :) I showed my husband! :) looks great! Erin

Julie said...

You are killing me over here. PLEASE tell me youu are out of school and have nothing but time on your hands!

Lil' Woman said...

Great transformation esp for a garage!:)

Chris said...

Gorgeous , simply gorgeous .

lulusparkles said...

wow they are fantastic!!!
thanks for such a generous offer :)

Zeemaid said...

awesome transformation.

It definitely looks more inviting and welcome now.

Kate said...

I love it! And plan on doing it to my door. Like, it seems to be the main door into my house.

Teeny Bows said...

i would also like to know where the vinyl numbers come from! and did you use your favorite black paint on the door, or was it something different! your blog is so great and i keep coming back to see your new ideas!

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