While the entire side yard just went through a major transformation, there was one small area that still needed a makeover desperately before we deemed this part of the yard complete. The entrance into the garage has always looked rough since we moved in, but it only took us an afternoon to turn it around. Here’s the before, complete with peeling paint and a fist-sized light fixture.
While prior to painting, all the door just required was some light sanding and washing, the trim’s peeling paint was coming off in sheets and it seemed like it needed a completely fresh start. We absolutely could’ve sanded it (for days), but Chris pulled out our pressure washer and the peeling paint was all gone in less than 20 minutes.
Ahhh, bare trim, a dirty-looking door that’s actually just scratched up, our old dryer vent that we also needed to cover and…an excellent light fixture. Ha! Chris installed our new light fixture from Rejuvenation (isn’t that copper interior amazing?! It’s on sale right here) before painting. Sometimes you just need a little something pretty to keep your motivation up–I get it.
Speaking of little, for small painting projects like trim work, the HANDy Paint Cup is our favorite. Its solvent resistant and holds up to a pint of paint or stain. But maybe my favorite part is the built-in magnetic brush holder–life-saver! And a comfortable handle that means no hand cramps.
We poured in some paint+primer satin exterior off-the-shelf white paint that’s ultra-durable to weather and got to work.
The trim and door only took a coat and a half before it was looking brand new again.
We considered painting the door black but decided a coat of white paint, like the trim, would probably go a lot further in making the area look fresh.
It’s easy to look at a small area like this and think, “Ooo! We have to replace the trim and the door is so beat up.” And continue to push it off…like we did for so long. But, we learned that even less than a quart of paint has a lot of power.
Any small, but mighty, paint projects happening at your place?
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