One of the projects I proudly accomplished in 2010 was replacing the front entry door to my house; the one that had been installed wasn’t in bad shape or anything, it just wasn’t aestetically me. I wrote about selecting and installing my new old door a few months ago (you can read about that and peruse some photos here) but now I’m to the point where I’m eager to replace the storm door so the lovely eggplant purple paint and leaded glass can be highlighted appropriately.
For the front door, I’m eager to order a white full-glass storm door with nickel detail like this:
The side door off my kitchen/basement needs an update too. I can’t even begin to guess how old this door is, but it’s gotta go. This picture is of the door before being painted, and before the siding was finished too:
For the side door, I’m planning on something a little more basic (read: inexpensive) since it’s more innocuous than the front door. It’s important to me that the window that’s there remains exposed, but the solid painted wood panel that constitutes the bottom half of the door can remain concealed as far as I’m concerned.
My understanding is that both varieties are easy to install, so without question, I’m hoping to do it myself and save myself $79, which is approximately what the big box stores will charge for delivery and installation (per door!). If you’ve done this before and don’t recommend it as a DIY adventure, do let me know. All tips appreciated!
I’m not sure if this will actually become a terrarium (it might end up being a candle holder centerpiece now that I’m seeing it come together and writing this post) but here’s an effort in using extra glass panes to create something different for the home.
I’ve collected picture frames for as long as I can remember, but over time, the frames have broken, been ignored, and retired, leaving me with lots (really, lots) of glass panes in a variety of sizes. My idea was to create a cozy glass home for my favorite mosses and succulents, and as I began to build it, a small glass house formed. I excitedly made two small purchases for this project: 1) a glass cutter, something I’ve been wanting and could probably have used on several occasions already and 2) silicon gel, which is basically a clear, flexible glue that’s not messy and very easy to work with.
I didn’t have a blueprint; I started by making walls using 5×7-inch pieces of glass, siliconing a clean seal at the edges. That framework had solidified within about an hour, and was completely dry within 12. For the “cap” or “top” or “roof” I considered a few different methods, and in the end, decided to cut several small strips of glass; this was the first cutting that I actually had to do, and it was easier than I expected it to be. With a few layers of paper or cushiony fabric beneath the pane you want to cut (I used a rag), you use the tool to score the surface of the glass in a straight line, and then with one side of the scored surface hanging over the table, you just tap the overhanging glass and it snaps apart cleanly along the scored line (most times). I was 90% accurate, which I think is pretty good for my first project like this.
I layered the strips and glued them in place to serve as a shingled roof. One of the only challenges was gluing the two shingled pieces (which had dried nicely) into a peak, and balancing them to dry at the correct pitch. I used a grapefruit (hey, it was on the table) and it seemed to work well.
Overall thought: The silicone was a little clumpy in some places – it wasn’t difficult to work with, but I’m clearly not a pro at this stuff. Girl needs practice.
When it came to cutting some triangular support to hold the “roof” at the correct pitch, I did my damnedest to measure and cut pieces of glass to perfectly match the preferred pitch and the base of the structure itself; while both triangles ended up being identical in size, the placement of them by moi ended up being imperfect, and the top roof and bottom framework didn’t fit together perfectly (it felt like I made a poofy shirt to go with my skinny jeans).
The easiest fix I could come up with was to change the dimentions of the base to match. I shortened two of the 5×7′s so now they’re about 5×5, and re-siliconed the structure. The impromptu glass cutting worked better than I planned (I was sure I’d shatter the whole thing since I was basically glass trimming a cube)… and the roof now sits on the frame like a hat that (almost) fits perfectly.
If anyone has seen this done really well (DIY-style, not a Pottery Barn-style [I know they could manufacture better]), please send along the source info; I’d love to see someone else’s tips. If you end up trying this project yourself, please do send along your photos or post them to facebook.com/merrypad!
A quick lunchtime stop into Target earlier this week yielded pure awesomeness.
I really dropped by the never-fail-me store with the intent of hunting down some sheets for the new guest bed (which is a nice spacious queen, the only glitch being that I only own full-sized sheet sets). And I did find sheets (keep reading) but I was more wow-ed with the store’s display of home goods (quick search online tells me that many of my coveted items were from the Blue + White Collection). The display at Target itself is a little shabby-chic that makes you feel like you’re in a rustic seaside cottage (or maybe in Poland, given the deep blue hues), and I love it. None of the rooms of my house are based on a “theme”, but some of the pieces in this collection would fit right into my shabby/mid-century/swedish-style. I think a couple of pieces would be great complimentary pieces to the rooms as they are right now. Here are some vases and wall art that I fancied, which I unfortunately couldn’t find online to source properly:
Naturally, I was drawn to lamps (majorly lacking them in my house, as in, I have none). This wooden lamp base would look wonderful in the living room (think: to the left side of the couch where a nice tall end table might be someday), and I’m drawn to the detail on this ceramic French Country Lamp. And finally, who could say no to this darling owl lamp? I didn’t find it in-store, but it popped up when I was browsing target.com. And it comes in white too.
Finally – this isn’t part of the Blue + White Collection, but it popped up on the site when I was perusing: the Capis Shell Floral Pendant would absolutely be considered for my home if I was in the market for replacing a ceiling light…
And I also found a pretty one in turquoise. Might be a fun addition to… I don’t know, I just love the detail and material.
Oh yeah, and the sheets? I found some. In clearance. I’m talkin’ $30-queen-size-700-thread-count-sheets (originally priced at $60). In gray to help keep my room-to-room palette moderately cohesive. This is a really big win in my book. But shoot, my guests will be sleeping in a more lux bed than myself. Once again, I couldn’t find the product online to source, but here’s a (poor) snapshot of the packaging:
(Hey, does anyone know what designers are going to be featuring spring lines at Target?)