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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.

 

Quick Tip for Painting Doors by Pursuing Vintage - Save Time & Money

 

That’s right – don’t tape your windows!

When I recently painted my front door and back door, I taped all of the windows on the back door – and it was very time consuming.  It took forever to tape, and then, because I didn’t tape perfectly in some spots, I had to go back and touch up.

Pursuing Vintage : Painting Front Door

I found it much easier when painting my front door to skip taping the windows.  After the door was dry, I went back with some wet paper towels and a razor blade.  I found that if I wiped it down first, then scraped it, I could peel the paint off the glass.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint Tip - Don't Tape

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint Tip - Don't Tape, Peel!

The edges looked much cleaner doing it this way.  I saved time and money by not using all that tape!

(However, I would recommend taping around your hardware and door handle).

Looks great, right?!

"Sophisticated" by @modernmastersinc is my color! See details #ontheblog  #oneroomchallenge #orc #paint #doors #red #pursuingvintage #diy

“Sophisticated” by @modernmastersinc is my color!
See details #ontheblog
#oneroomchallenge #orc #paint #doors #red #pursuingvintage #diy

 

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One Room Challenge Linking ParticipantHellllloooo WEEK FIVE!  Here we are, five weeks into the One Room Challenge Linking Event!  I am so pleased with all that my hubby and I have accomplished this past week.  Some quick background information: I am updating and giving makeovers to my front porch, side screen porch, and back porch.  You can see the original master plan here.

A lot of details, and I don’t want to spoil the big reveal next week, so here are a couple of glimpses.

Check out this pretty bargain I picked up at Marshalls!  It was … wait for it … on CLEARANCE!  Total score!

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Porch Makeover

A also added some plants to the screen porch (you’ve already seen this sneak peek if you follow me on Instagram!).

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Screen Porch Makeover

We have also spent a fair amount of time painting this past week.  My hubby has been painting the shutters using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  It’s super easy to use, and is looking great!

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Modern Masters Paint

I started painting our front door another shade of red.  Not a huge change, but the old coat of paint was worn and it was a task that needed to be done.  As with the shutters, I’m using Modern Masters Front Door Paint – the fabulous color is called “Sophisticated”.  (I’ll be writing about the whole painting experience in more detail after the ORC is over – be sure to stop back!).

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Modern Masters Paint

 

I’m so excited with how everything is turning out, and I just can’t wait to show you next week at the big reveal!

Check out all the other amazing ORC Linking Participants, and the Official ORC Participants.  There is some serious talent there, and you will certainly be inspired!

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