Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover

Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover using the color Serene. www.SuzySewCrafty.com #ModernMasters #FrontDoorPaint #makeover
Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover using the color Serene.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Regardless of compensation, the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.

I had the opportunity to use Modern Masters Front Door Paint to redo my old white door.  We bought this house in 2011 and I’ve always wanted to redo the door, I just never got around to it.

Plain white door.
Plain white door.
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Ugly door: skuff marks from previous locks and old age.
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More skuff marks and scratches around the door.

When I found out about the Modern Masters Front Door Paint and how quick and easy it is to use, I had to try it!  It was time!  I ordered the Modern Masters Front Door Paint color Serene after I used their awesome and FREE app to help choose the best color.  This app is great cause I didn’t have to spend money on paint samples and I could see what my door would look like with all the different colors in a matter of minutes.

Love this clear jar, shows the true color.
Love this clear jar, shows the true color.
Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Serene.
Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Serene.

Before painting my front door, I had some definite questions so I hit up the Modern Masters website to find some guidance.  They have step-by-step instructions for us newbies or perfectionists and a really great video to see as well, and off I went to paint my door!

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Tape the door.
First, tape and prime door.
Prime door because it had oil based paint on it previously.

Here’s a shot of the door after it’s first coat.  I was really impressed with how quickly this paint dries!  I was ready for coat number two after half-hour but safely after an hour.  Even with the first coat, the color was rich and gorgeous!first-coat first-coat2

After a super quick second coat and my door was ready to be left open for another hour or so and it was done!

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I love how this color pops against the house color and the red brick.  I’ll still be adding to my home, this beautiful color now has me addicted to sprucing up the front entrance some more.

Before & After Shots of Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover
Before & After Shots of Modern Masters Front Door Paint Makeover

Wondering where you can get some of your own Front Door Paint? It’s available at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardwares as well as online via Amazon or the Modern Masters online shop.

Royal Design Studio Christmas Stenciling & Wallternatives Decor

Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!
Christmas Stenciling with Royal Design Studios and Suzy Sew Crafty!

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas spirit is in full effect around here!  Each year we throw a Christmas day party where all our friends and family are invited to come and spend the day with us cooking, laughing, drinking and enjoying each other’s company.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year and getting ready for it is also part of the fun!  The folks at Royal Design Studio sent me some amazing holiday stencils and boy did I have a great time working with them and decorating my home.

 Stenciled Table Runner

Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner
Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stenciled Table Runner

This year, I am going to have a table runner for my Christmas dinner. I thought it would be great to stencil said table runner with the Royal Design Studio Fleur de Lace Christmas Stencil.  My amazing sister, Regina, (who also happens to be a stenciling and faux finishing expert) came through to help a sista out!  She even brought me supplies!!!  I got to use her Bronze and Copper Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes and Stencil Brushes.

Once she helped me get set up, we lined up the stencil so it was nice and straight on the runner, taped it down and went to town.

Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.
Here I am stenciling the bronze parts of the stencil.
Now stenciling the copper fleur.
Now stenciling the copper fleur.
On a roll!!!  Ain't no stopping me now!
On a roll!!! Ain’t no stopping me now!
Inspector Silar making sure I'm doing a good job.  hehehe....
Inspector Silar making sure I’m doing a good job. hehehe….
Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.
Giving the existing embroidery some depth with Royal Design Studio stencil crème.
Stenciling the borders for added depth.
Stenciling the borders for added depth.

Look at the difference now!  The transformation of this table runner was incredible.  I love it so much and if it wasn’t for the embroidered Christmas trees I might have used it all year round!

Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!
Voila!!! One stenciled table runner next to an unfinished one. What a difference!

Stenciled Table Napkins with Embroidered Initial

Ok, I saw this Falling Stars Christmas Stencil by Jennifer Rizzo and I had to have it. I wanted to do stenciled table napkins to compliment my table runner, but I also wanted to spicen it up a bit with our embroidered last name initial.  Using the same Bronze and Copper Stencil Cremes to match my table runner, I went to town on stenciling our napkins.

Tape stencil to napkin.
Tape stencil to napkin.
Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.
Stencil copper stencil crème onto napkin.
Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin
Stencil bronze stencil crème to napkin

When repeating the stencil above, I figured out that this particular stencil is small enough that it doesn’t need registration marks.  You just have to eyeball the pattern above the previously stenciling and it works seamlessly!  Took me about half an hour to figure that out!  Dohhh!

Repeat above design.
Repeat above design.
Almost finished!  All I need to do next is embroider.
Almost finished! All I need to do next is embroider.

Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
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Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins

Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins Royal Design Studio Stenciled Table Runner with Stenciled and Embroidered Dinner Napkins
I’m drooling over how good these came out!!! What do you think so far? We’re not even done yet! Up next is the Wallternatives.

WINTER SNOWFLAKE REMOVABLE CHRISTMAS WALL DECAL SET

This was probably the easiest project so far!  Royal Design Studio came out with another really cool line called Wallternatives, which is basically removable wall decals.  I ordered the Large Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set.  It came with 5 gorgeous wall decals and each one must be about a foot big!  They were perfect for my living room where the Christmas tree is set up.  I love how they subtly compliment the room.  My favorite quotes from both my husband and older son, “Wow!!! Those look painted!” and  “Wait, did YOU paint that?”  Ahhhh no my dears, no I did not, and while I wish I was that talented to paint something so beautiful, I don’t have to worry about repainting it after the season is done!  hehehehe…. just peel and stick back on the roll it came on.  🙂

Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set
Wallternatives Winter Snowflake Removable Christmas Wall Decal Set

And last but not least – my Christmas gift-wrapped front door!

Stenciled Wrapping Paper, Gift Wrapped Front Door

I’ve done this lots of times, wrapped my front door in wrapping paper but I’ve never done it by stenciling my own wrapping paper!  I wanted to do something with red and white cause it reminds me of a candy cane.  LOL….  I expected it to be beautiful, but what I got was down right stunningly, drool-worthy, gorgeous!  For this stencil, I ordered the Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Again, I called in the big guns and asked my sis to help me out.  She graciously agreed!  We loved working with this big stencil because it went by so quick, and instead of a stencil brush we used a small roller and white paint.

Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.
Getting the wrapping paper ready to stencil.
Royal Design Studio Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil
Our fully stenciled wrapping paper by Royal Design Studio: Starry Moroccan Night Christmas Stencil

Next, after it dried it was time to put this baby up.

Tape wrapping paper to door.  I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.
Tape wrapping paper to door. I used blue tape temporarily to hold it in place and then scotch tape to secure it.
Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.
Carefully cut where door handles are then tape them down.
Hide any imperfections - I chose garland.
Hide any imperfections – I chose garland.

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Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!
Add a bow! And Merry Christmas!!
Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!
Our humble home, Florida style! Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Regardless of compensation, the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.

Why I Have a Worm Farm and You Should Too!

Hi folks! This post contains an affiliate link to the Worm Factory 360.  If you choose to buy one from the link provided below, I will receive a small percentage of the sale (at no extra cost to you).  This small commission helps me run and maintain this blog. The purpose of this post is NOT to sell you anything but only to tell you how much worm farming rocks!  Thanks!

Vermicomposting: Why I have a worm farm, and you should too! It’s been a long time coming, but this is something I’m so excited to tell you guys about.  I’ve been worm farming or rather, vermicomposting, for almost a year now.  When I started gardening last year I was determined not to make the same mistakes, so after much research I decided the most sustainable and eco-friendly/natural way I can garden and maintain that garden is through worm farming.  Sure, they may seem nasty but these little guys are a gardener’s best friend. 
worms-worthI wasn’t sure how well the worm compost would work for me or even if I could do it!  But I just felt so guilty throwing away scraps, and my hot compost bin wasn’t working, really it was just attracting pests, so I decided to start my worm farm.  I found really easy ways to make my own, but for my first worm bin I wanted to ensure success and didn’t want to take chances on messing up my own DIY bin.  What if my worms found a way to escape?  Or worst, they died!  So I ended up buying the Worm Factory 360 off Amazon and am so glad I did.  I had some gift cards I could apply to it so I ended up getting it for a steal.  It came with a ton of instructions and a book on vermicomposting that answers a ton of questions.  I still refer to it often, plus it came with really great supplies that I wouldn’t have thought of making my own – like a shovel, a scraper and a thermometer.  To me all that, plus the starter kit was totally worth it.

 I followed all the instructions that came with my snazzy new worm bin and set up my first tray.  At first I had it inside the house (don’t judge, they said I could in the videos.).  But that lasted less than a week, I ended up moving it outside in the shade, protected from rain.

Worm Factory 360

Worm Farm
I found a local guy who breeds worms for a living, I drove over to his farm (impressive btw) and bought 1.5 lbs of worms.

Ok, now I’m going to tell you how I got my amazing worm compost!  Ready?!  It’s SO EASY!

Worms doing what they do

This is a shot of my worm farm outside already in action.  You can see some scraps to the sides and some coconut coir to the right and newspaper around the scraps.  Worms are buried under there, just chillin’ minding their business, making my compost.

Below, are the extra kitchen scraps that I didn’t want to throw out.  I chopped them up kinda chunky-small and shredded some old junk mail and newspaper.  I set the food to the sides of the bin, leaving a space that has no fresh food so the worms are not smothered.  (Actively composting food can get hot, and worms need a cool place to move to in case it gets too hot for them.)

Feeding the WormsNext, cover up the worms with some damp newspaper. This helps keep critters out and the worms cool and happy.

Cover the worm bin up with damp newspaper.I learned the hard way, that keeping a worm bin outside has it’s challenges.  One morning I found my worm bin ransacked and toppled over, apparently a racoon or some other scavenger got to it eating the scraps and more than likely some of my worms.  So now I bungee cord the top on and have had no issues since.  You might also be wondering what that white dusty stuff is, that is Diatomaceous Earth and it is safe for worms but keeps the bad critters out like ants, beetles and other potential worm predators.  I had some red fire ants invade the worm bin at one point so I dusted it and got them outta there quick!

Bungee Cord The Worm Bin ShutHere’s a close up of the top of the bin.  It gives you some great tips on how to care for your worms and what they like and don’t like.

Worm Factory 360 - helpful tips
Worm Factory 360 – helpful tips

End result?  All those kitchen scraps and old newspaper turned into this pic below!!  The most amazing and nutritious compost!!!  Amazing right?!

The Most AMAZING Compost Ever!!
Wondering what worm compost can do for your garden??  Check out what it did for mine.  I’m not kidding, this is the first year of gardening that I have had a tremendous yield and tremendous success.  I only garden naturally, so I never use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.  I give credit for last season’s plentiful harvest 100% to worm composting, regular watering and weeding.

My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!
My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!
Vine Riped Tomatoes
My gardening helper, picking these huge ‘maters.
Luscious tomatoes
Tomatoes ripening on the vine.
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Freshly picked tomatoes from the vine. So delicious!
Eggplant harvest - over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!
Eggplant harvest – over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!
Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden - Seedlings starting to flourish.
Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden – Seedlings starting to flourish.

Pretty cool right?!  What do you think?  Comment below and if you worm farm, I’d love to hear about it too!   🙂