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Before summer began, we participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge linking event.  We tackled our outdoor living spaces – transforming and updating our porches.  Part of our plan was to paint and install shutters to the exterior of our home.  Time got the better of us, and we had the shutters painted but just couldn’t get them hung on the house in time for the big reveal.

Well guess what?! The shutters are up!

I really can’t take credit for this project.  My husband thrifted all of the shutters for our home.  He actually salvaged them from the numerous tear-downs that are occurring in our neighborhood.  He’d drive by a house that was doomed for the dust, and he’d stop and check out the shutters.  Right material?  Right size?  Most shutters now are plastic.  We really wanted wood shutters, and love the satisfaction that comes from thrill of the hunt and then salvaging a perfectly good piece of architectural detail.

As part of the porches makeover, I repainted our doors using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  We just loved the color options, and were so pleased with how easy the paint went on, that we wanted to see how the paint would work on the shutters.  We chose Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.

 

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

The painting part was seriously the easy part.  Hanging shutters is the not-so-easy part!  But they are up, and they look FAB-u-lous!

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door & Shutter Paint by Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint on Shutters ELEGANT

The shutters really add that last bit of charm to our home that we were searching for.

My husband even found long shutters for our back porch door – something we’ve coveted on other homes for awhile!

Back Door : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Pursuing Vintage

The shutter paint color looks wonderful with both of the door paint colors we used (Peaceful and Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection).

We are so happy with how it all looks – and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather around the corner so we can actually enjoy sitting on our porches again!  (Humidity in DC in August is horrrrrible!).

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint by Modern Masters

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This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.

I recently participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge Linking Event.  I decided it was time to give the exterior of my home a makeover.  (You can see the entire makeover reveal here!)  Part of the makeover was to paint our front door, the back door inside and out, and shutters.

For these tasks, I tried out Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  I’ve been seeing people all over trying it out and loving it, and I was excited to give it a try!

First, let me say that I LOVE the Modern Masters color palette.  They offer 24 colors, which is just the right amount.  I find it overwhelming when paint companies offer zillions of colors.  And to further help me not feel overwhelmed, they offer a terrific app that you can download for free to help you see what your door will look like using any of the 24 available colors!

The first door I tackled was my back porch door.  Although it is located on my back porch, it is the primary entrance to our home.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint BEFORE Back Door

I wanted to do something dramatic, and I wanted to paint the interior as well as the exterior of the door.  I chose color Peaceful from the Front Door Paint Collection.

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in PEACEFUL

I started by reading the handy Step by Step Instructions.  After completely wiping alllll the pollen and dirt off the door, I taped the windows, and started painting according to the instructions.

Pursuing Vintage : Painting Front Door

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Painting Process

The paint is quick drying – so it’s important to just get it on the door.  I would make sure there weren’t any drips (you have to catch them fast!) and then keep moving.  This is what my door looked like after the first coat:

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint First Coat

Don’t be worried when it looks like this!  It takes less than an hour to dry, and you can start on the second coat.  I moved immediately to the interior side of the door (leaving the door cracked open so it wouldn’t stick while drying).  By the time I finished with the first coat on the interior, the exterior was dry and ready for a second coat.  The first coat takes the longest.  The second coat is quick.  I even did a quick third coat just to catch a few spots I had skimped on.  I was extremely pleased with how it turned out.

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in PEACEFUL

And I am absolutely in love with how it looks on the inside.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint in PEACEFUL Used on Interior

Even with painting about three coats on both sides of the door, I have some paint left over.  One jar is enough!

The next door I wanted to paint was my front door.  Here it is BEFORE.  The previous type of paint I used was chipping off and needed a facelift.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint BEFORE

I chose a similar red color – Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint in SOPHISTICATED

Beautiful, isn’t it?!

The final task that my husband and I wanted to complete was to paint and hang shutters on our home.  Our home had shutters in a previous life, but ever since we’ve lived there, there haven’t been any.  My hubby took on the challenge of salvaging shutters from homes in our neighborhood that were being torn down (so that new McMansions could be put up, which all look the same and totally destroy the character of the neighborhood… don’t get me started!!!!!!!!!).  Anyway – he worked very hard to acquire the correct number of shutters in the right sizes for our home.  He finally had them all – and we started painting!

We chose the color Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

My husband was very impressed with how smoothly and evenly the paint went on.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint Used on Shutters

And I was thrilled that this water based paint washes off hands so well!

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint Washes Off Hands!

Little helpers sometimes get messy!

We prepared all the shutters, but had technical difficulties when it came to actually hanging them.  I’ll be sure to share a photo when we work out the kinks, but here’s what they look like all ready for hanging!  They are going to look fantastic on our home, and give it the final touch we need.  Plus, Modern Masters is non-fading, so we won’t have to duplicate this process anytime soon!  Bonus!

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters : Front Door Paint : Shutters

I have nothing but great things to say about using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  My husband and I are thrilled with how our two doors look (and the inside of one!) and the shutters.  If you’re interested in trying it out – it is available at selected Lowes and Ace Hardwares as well as online at Amazon, HomeDepot.com, or the Modern Masters online shop.

So what do you think?  Which door do you prefer?  My front door in Sophisticated or my back door in Peaceful?

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This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.