Carport + Patio


Before I get into today’s post, I want to tell you about a new little feature Greg added to the blog over the weekend. I personally think it’s pretty awesome, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m code-stupid (and therefore always amazed by Greg’s ninja coding abilities) or if it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Or I’m just biased. So, here’s the deal: If you hover your mouse over a photo in a post, a Pinterest icon will show up in the bottom-right corner. To pin the photo, all you have to do is click the icon. Like this…

Pretty cool, right? We know we’re not the first blog to have added this feature (there are a lot of blogs out there that are way cooler than us), but we hope it will aid your Pinterest addictions and spread more Pinterest love.

Alrighty, back to today’s talk… Last week, in this post, we talked about how we’re planning on sprucing up the front porch. Now that we got rid of the old storm door, we had five things on the to-do list: install a new doorbell button, install a new hanging light fixture, hang a door knocker, install a peephole and buy a new doormat. Over the weekend, we kicked off the to-do list with installing the new doorbell button. Well, Greg did the work, I just stood patiently by with the iPhone taking pictures (my Canon charger hasn’t shown up in the mail yet. Grr!).

He started out by turning off the power to the doorbell. Even if what you’re working with is low-voltage, like a doorbell, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It probably doesn’t give you a jolt but you could accidentally cross some wires and fry the whole system. After it was safe, he removed the old doorbell button to where it looked like this…

Then he attached the wires to the screw terminals on the back of the new doorbell button and screwed them in place…

After that, he just screwed the whole thing into the door molding. Yeah, super easy! Two minutes and ten dollars later, we had a nice, modernized button…

I really like how it coordinates with the door hardware…

Now, time for the door knocker. This was an even easier project, since the new door knocker covered the holes from the one that was hanging on the door before (which the previous owner took with him). All Greg had to do was drill two holes into the door and attach the new door knocker with some dark screws we already had around (the knocker didn’t come with any).

We took one of your suggestions and named him Woodrow (thanks, Dee!).  The details ended up being a tad lighter than I’d imagined, but I don’t mind it. Maybe down the road, if I decide the near-white detail paint is not what I want, we’ll give him a ultra-light coat of some ORB spray paint.

After those changes, the front door is slowly sprucing up little by little…

The real project of the day was supposed to be the installing the new light fixture. When we took it out of the box, the quality was pretty good, but it looked a lot smaller than what I thought it would be. The one we ordered was supposed to be 19” tall, but the one we received was only 13 ¾” tall. Womp, womp.

I was so excited about changing out the light fixture that I tried really, really hard to like it, but truth be told, it was too small. It just didn’t make the statement we were aiming for. Unfortunately, this is where the front door makeover came to a screeching halt. Well, at least until we get the right light fixture in.

As far as the doormat goes, we finally decided to go with the chevron one. We placed the order on Friday, so hopefully it will be coming in later this week or the beginning of next. Fingers crossed.

For now, we’re enjoying Woodrow’s company and trying to make him feel like a part of the family to help him get settled. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen that Bentley is beginning to get a tad jealous…

I love this picture because it looks like he’s making a mean face at the door knocker. That, or he’s trying to squint his eyes really hard so he’ll look like a door knocker too. I love our little guy…

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  • Reply
    Heather Hagler
    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh please please please can you teach me how to add that to my photos too?

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      September 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Sure! Greg said he’d be happy to post his code along with a tutorial. Look out for that later this week : )

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    September 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    We just replaced our doorbell this weekend too. Something so small can make such a difference!

    Love your birdie doorknocker! So cute!

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    Erin {Home Everyday}
    September 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    New Pinterest feature = awesome and convenient. Also, I love the door knocker it adds the perfect whimsical touch, but is also functional.

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    September 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love the photobomb by bentley in the removed doorbell picture!

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      September 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Haha! Yeah, he was totally trying his best to be in the post twice!

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    Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    September 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The front door (and porch) is lookin’ good! Can’t wait to see the chevron doormat!

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    September 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I can’t believe how Bentley can get a tennis ball about the same size he is into his mouth… LOL, he is so adorable I missed the rest of this post!

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      September 11, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Haha, yeah, he’s done that since he was a puppy, yet we still laugh about it when he does it – which is pretty much all day everyday : )

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    Sofia - As We Travel
    September 11, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I love how the adorable dogs pop up in the corner of your photos, they’re just irresistible!

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    Megan (Honey We're Home)
    September 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I am addicted to Pinterest and that feature your hubby added is genius!

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    Absolute Condos
    September 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    From where you get these things? Amazing doorbell. I also liked the color of your door, its very chic.

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      September 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks! We linked to all of the items we purchased in this post. Hope that helps!

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    September 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

    thats the exact door hardware we just used to update our front! i love it! the doorbell was next on our list but hadnt found one yet – i like the one you used, might have to look for that one.

    ps. bentley is super cute! (& clearly ready to play) hehe

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    September 12, 2012 at 7:09 am

    OMG the pup…nom nom nom

    The hardware looks great. I love the bird.

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    Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove
    September 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I think my favorite detail is that knocker – how fun!

    And by the way, that Pinterest button is awesome! I know some HTML but haven’t gotten to spend time learning CSS yet. I’m not sure I’ll ever be fancy enough to try coding like that!

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    Ashton N.
    September 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    That new Pinterest feature is dangerous! 🙂 I should rename all of my boards with the prefix “7th House”, because that’s all they will contain!

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    September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I agree with another reader, amazing how small changes can make a big difference. The front door looks great!!

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    September 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    how do you make a “mood board”?

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      November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

      We use a mixture of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If the product photos need to be edited (the background taken out or cropped), that’s done in Photoshop. When it comes to laying it all out, Illustrator is used to put all of the pieces together (you could also easily do the layout in Photoshop though!). If you don’t have Photoshop, check out online programs such as Olio Board or Polyvore. They are super easy to use. Hope that helps!

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    October 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Love the Pinterest button feature! Did Greg end up doing a tutorial on how to do this?

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      October 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks! He was going to post it, then realized he could make it a lot easier if he modified it a tad more. So, it’s coming soon! : )

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    October 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Hi! I’m new to your blog and am loving what I see 🙂 I’m interested in painting my front door red and love the shade you chose. Do you remember what paint color it is? Thanks!

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      October 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      It’s Valspar’s Posh Red. Thanks for reading!! : )

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