Category Archives: Garage

Shut the (Mid-Century) Front Door

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Here it is! After 6 years of this project getting pushed aside for more pressing matters (roof, landscaping, gutters, water heater, kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard shed, etc.) we finally have a period appropriate front door on our ranch.

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It is a Builders Choice fiberglass door that we special ordered through Home Depot. They have a few other retro styles and can be ordered either primed white or finished in several colors. We chose a primed one and painted it this great minty green. The color is called Haven from Sherwin Williams.

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The Schlage brass escutcheon was NOS that I purchased on eBay.

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Since we were focusing on the outside this spring, I thought we needed some new planters to amp up the curb appeal. These match our new garage door colors: Holiday Turquoise and Haven by Sherwin Williams.

101_6212We also painted the undersides of the large overhangs on the house using the Holiday Turquoise. It is from the Suburban Modern collection.

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I have also been changing things up on the inside. This bark cloth tablecloth was scooped off of Etsy with a Mothers Day gift card. It coordinates nicely with my drapes.

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I think Judy Jetson would be proud.

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The new Goodwill store in my town has been a treasure trove lately. I am keeping the Vegas tray. Everything else will go in my Etsy shop.

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I found this plant (?) stand at Goodwill also. With a Home Depot bowl planter I think it looks good with my turquoise hoop chairs.

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This chaise was picked up last summer and sports a new coat of paint and colorful cushion. I also spray painted those little plant stands in new colors.

101_6197 I picked up a new umbrella for the patio table. We are still searching for a different patio dining table.

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Check back soon to see the newly painted cupola and weather vane on top of the garage!

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The Long Hot Summer

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No room showcase. No DIY tips. No bragging about my bargains this week.

My creative side has taken a vacation. With all this heat I can barely remember how to make dinner. It’s a good thing Hubby likes tomatoes. They are the only thing flourishing in this desert we call the Midwest.

So I just snapped some random shots of life here on Croydon  Place. We are slowly changing things. Creeping along actually.

This framed paint-by-number was a garage sale find for $1.  I love the shape of the frame. It needed a good cleaning and has moved around the house and finally landed here in the entry. The period light fixture was an Ebay find. I have 3 more that match it. They are lighting up the end of the hall, the guest room and office.

This big glass block window is in my hall bath. I love the little window that opens in the center. It has a deep marble ledge that is fun to decorate. Wait till you see what I do here for Christmas!

There are also 2 identical windows in the garage. Oh, and this vintage bird bath was left here 🙂

I finally decided on the basement curtains. The Star Burst won out.

Here is the newest addition to my cookbook addiction, picked up last week at the thrift store. I have decided that I need ALL of the Betty Crocker spiral cookbooks from the 60’s. I have 6 so far.

This is our 13-year-old Lab “Woody” trying to keep cool:

He is a sweet old gentleman 🙂

This recently left our garage for a new home:

(Hubby and Son #2 are gear heads.)

It has been replaced by this:

The garage seems to be ever evolving into a sort of work room/mechanic shop/man cave so I will post photos when it a little more finished.

Here is a cozy spot for early morning coffee:

I promise to be a little more productive in the coming weeks; hopefully it will cool off.

I have been dreaming of a good snowstorm, so I have kept busy inside organizing my vintage Christmas stash,  getting ready to craft and list holiday items on Ebay and Etsy. I have boxes and boxes (and more boxes) of mid-century “Kitschmas” that I have been picked up all year on my thrifting trips.

I guess that is where the term “Christmas in July” comes from 🙂