Saturday, July 16, 2016

House Update

We haven't done anything major recently to the house. Just little things.

This was our ugly brass front door plate before:
We replaced the old brass lockset with this one. 
Here is the plate after painted with Rustoleum Painter's Touch oil rubbed bronze.
As you can see, close up in the light you can tell its painted but the reality is I am probably the only one who would notice! Unfortunately it wasn't something that could be spray painted so it took a bit of tediousness.  2 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint were used.

Overall it looks great compared to the old beat up brass. Since this is a custom plate on the 116 year old door, painting was the most logical choice. I plan on keeping the door as is where you can see that there was on old decorative plate at one time. It just adds more historical character!

This same paint comes in a spray version so I plan on painting 3 old brass ceiling light fixtures with it for a better flow.

This was a little thing that annoyed me. The old door stoppers in various conditions of yuck! This one didn't even have its stopper anymore.
Now we have new ones for only $2 a piece.
At some point I need to touch up the paint around them.

I painted some of the cool twigs left by the tree service the electric company sent to our property.
I also made over an old lamp that looked like this before:
Now it looks like this:
While I liked the original look of this vintage piece, it never went with anything.

I went a little crazy with the crystals upcycled from our old chandelier. It is a bit tacky so I may remove them or just have less embellishment.

I also made pull chains for our new ceiling fans with some of the large chandelier crystals.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these tweaks! Next will likely be the replacement of our basement windows and 2 of the exterior doors (not the front door of course). We are in the estimating process right now so hopefully soon!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val


  1. It's the little things that make all the difference! The door plate looks really great :) And love how you repurposed those crystals!

  2. it's this little things that makes a big different
    I love what you have done so far

  3. looks like you guys are having fun design all the little things around the house! I love what you did with the door - what a great idea!

  4. I love the little details....

  5. The door plate looks really good now with the matt finish and I love the ceiling fan pulls!

  6. What a little bit of paint can do, wow! Love how it turned out, Val. I haven't done any of the needed renovation things lately, though. Love how the lamp turned out, you are very good at such things, girl. Happy Sunday.

  7. Val, you are so creative!! Your "house", is looking more and more like your home!! I love what you are doing!!! The brass plate, the twigs, the lamp, the crystals, even the door stopper, looks great!!!! You are doing excellent! Big Hugs!

  8. my dreadful connection is not loading much for me to see, but i'm glad you're continuing to make progress.

  9. Great work!!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!:)))

    Besos desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

  10. Sometimes it is the little things that matter most! the new door plate looks lovely! looks like you have been busy....absolutely love that lamp makeover, so pretty!!

  11. All those little details make a house a home! I always wanted have a vase with twigs like yours ;)

  12. Very lovely! I like this so much,

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  13. Sometimes all the finishing touches are the most fun! Love the new lamp color!

  14. You have been one busy lady!
    The new lock set looks great, and I absolutely love what you did with the lamp.
    Happy day to you, Val!

  15. Val, you're doing a really good job girl. I love that you're taking your time and sticking with the aesthetics of the original house. The door plate/handle looks so good and I am loving those twigs. You're so good. Giving me lots of ideas.

  16. Your repainted/replaced brass lockset and plate look very elegant!

  17. Those little things are often the "big" things and make a world of difference in a home :) Your place is looking wonderful, my friend. Have a great week!

  18. Great improvements! They may be little but they really do make a big difference, don't they? ☺️

  19. Super creative! I love the lamp :)


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val