Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Adding a Custom Look to a Builder Grade Home…

I love my house we moved into at the end of last year, well—mostly!!  I love our home builder, and I love my floor plan, and I love the location—but it takes me a while to fall in love with any house when I move in.  We had our previous home completely personalized and were so in love with it.  I knew it would take some time for that to happen again in this house.
We moved into our home last December, and I decided in January that one of our new goals would be having a frugal spending pattern this year.  Doesn’t frugal spending pattern sound better than the “budget” word??  My blogging friend Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic was my inspiration.
Well, after months of insanity with Justin, we decided that our frugal spending pattern needed to be flexible enough to do something with the house because quite frankly, we just needed something to be happy about and focus on that was different than all the depressing day-to-day drama!!
I had seen several pins floating around on Pinterest about adding trim to the top of your front door and also painting interior doors black—both ideas that I love!!  So we decided to try it out.
Here’s the before picture of our front door…
And here’s the after…
I love it!! I think it will look a whole lot more amazing once I get some color on the walls instead of my “applesauce” neutral—and a rug!!  But it is a start and it makes me happy every time I look at it.  Which is partly because of the memory of Justin getting into the paint and re-doing the door for us half-way through the project…

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  1. That looks good, I have been in my house for 8 years and am finally getting it to a point that I love it.

  2. Very nice. I like what the trim above the door does in terms of giving the door more drama and presence.


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