Monday

Timeless Black, White and Gold in Home Decor

Hi Friends,

I hope you've had a wonderful Easter weekend. I did enjoy it with my family at home.
It was almost an eventful weekend, and I said almost, because I'm sad, and a bit worried that my computer went down. :(
Something got burned inside of it, there were no flames, just a bit of smoke coming out.
I'm of course, disappointed because it's a fairly new pc, only nine months old, a Hewlett Packard - Pavilion pc that I was not thinking on replacing for at least another year or two. I'm afraid some pictures I have in there might be lost. For now, I'm using my son's pc which incidentally is the same brand and model. I'm crossing my fingers for this one, or the ones my daughter and husband have, to experience the same fate, since they're all the same.

Oh well, on a more positive note I have to
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Thursday

Spring Home Tour 2016


Well, Spring is officially here, and it's time for a Spring home tour. I'm so excited to participate in the home tour series hosted by the sweet Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you're coming from Simple Stylings, welcome! I'm partial to Summer's kitchen, the before and after totally blew me away! You definitely don't want to miss out on touring her gorgeous home.

If you are new to Remodelando la Casa let me tell you... That's exactly what I keep on doing... Remodeling my home, well, trying to make it the home we, my family and I, want. 

So, let me show you around.
Doormat   |  Planters  |  T.J.Maxx Boots

This past week I was sprucing up the front porch. It all began with the wooden door mat. I love when an easy project makes such a big impact. Now my porch says SPRING.

I was also happy to do some gardening, nothing beats the joy of seeing those little plants grow and get full of leaves and flowers!
Easter Bunny Wreath
A wreath full of the cutest-egg-bunnies-ever adorns the front door. But, let's go inside...

Kitchen Makeover | Pendant Light | Bar Stools | Roman Shade

As in the majority of  homes, my kitchen is the heart of our home. I decided to add lots of green accents, not only in the kitchen but all throughout the house...

Window shade Fabric

And I found out that it's very simple with greenery! The pickle jar got loaded with branches.

Plate Rack | Range Hood | 

Little moss balls on the shelves, and some more green from the new fabric on the window shade


Coffee Table | White Chairs | Cushion Covers 

On the opposite side, the family room, I kept things simple. I switched the telephone sign from the living room, it was too small for that big wall.

Telephone Sign

My collection of vintage, and not so vintage, clear little bottles serving as vases.


I couldn't omit a garland, this one from Target, with these bunnies was spot on!

Sphere Chandelier | Chippendale Chair | Old Window Gallery

The new lighting fixture sets the tone for Spring in the dining room.

Spring Plates

The decoupaged plates were brought here to the shallow shelves.

Plates

I'm not hosting Easter. I added the necessary things for a casual family dinner.

Berry Basket

The berry basket is now holding decorations than can be moved easily.
Wreath | Leaf Cushion Pillow | T.J.Maxx Rug

The telephone sign was here on this wall, but as you can see, it was replaced by this set of vintage doors. I bought these doors like three years ago, thinking on using them in my bedroom. Ha, ever since I bought them, they've been in the garage collecting dust.
The cleaning of the garage made me bring them indoors. ;)

Headboard | Side Table | Beams

Things in my room are for the most part, the same. It's a room that's not fully finished. I'm still waiting to change the carpet. Some colorful accents gave it new life.
Built-ins | Pillow from Ross


The built-ins are the perfect spot to decorate for the seasons.


I love this room in the mornings when the sunshine's pouring in.

Teen Boy Room Makeover  |  Bed  |  Letter M

Finally, my son's room with a simple change. Yeah, it hasn't change much since the big makeover. The only thing done to bring Spring in here was changing the sheets.  Super easy, eh?!

I hope you enjoyed our home tour. Next up is Life Love Larson by Andrea. She has crazy decorating skills, so be sure to hop over!

Do you want to catch up with previous home tours? You can start right here:

Monday - March 21
Cuckoo4Design - Julia
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia
Tuesday - March 22
Making Home Base -Chelsea
Eleven Gables - Emily
Bliss @ Home - Kristin
Hymns & Verses - Doreen
Wednesday - March 23
Our Southern Home - Christy
Decor To Adore - Laura
Monica Wants It - Monica
 21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara
Thursday - March 24
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer
Simple Stylings - Summer
Remodelando la Casa - You're here!
Live Love Larson - Andrea
Our Fifth House - Carmel
No Minimalist Here - Sherry
Friday - March 25
Dimples and Tangles - Jennifer
Refresh Restyle - Debbie
Far Above Rubies - Anita
Talk of The House - Kelly
Tidbits & Twine - Kim
It All Started with Paint - Linda




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Monday

DIY Workshops - Wooden Door Mat and THD Virtual Party

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
The home depot workshops - Front porch with planters and wooden mat with painted leaves

Hi friends,

Last week I told you about how happy I am of teaming up with The Home Depot for this year's DIY Workshops. They offer a great variety of amazing DIY-workshops in all of their locations.

You'll learn things like, how to get your lawn ready for Spring, how to install laminate flooring, or how to build a raise garden bed...
Well, they have these and  many, many other FREE workshops.
However, creating a Wooden Door Mat (picture below), is the workshop you can sign up for this Saturday, March 26th. And that's precisely the project I'm sharing with you today.

And hey, I'm not the only one sharing this project. At the end of this post you'll find the links to visit each and everyone of the fellow bloggers who gave the same project, the wooden door mat, their own spin. You're going to get inspired to create your own, that's for sure!

dark stain wooden door mat holding shoes and boots

These are the materials I used for a 30½" x 18" Wooden Mat:
  • 18' 1x3's (You'll need 11 - 18" boards)
  • 2 - 4' Diamond Braid Nylon Rope (¼")
  • 20 - 5/16" stainless Hex Nut
  • 4 - Flat washers
  • Stain or paint to finish it.

planks of wood being cut with miter saw

Cut the 1 x 3's at 18" long. You can use a circular saw or even an old regular hand saw. I did it the fastest way, using my Ryobi miter saw.

rough and smooth ends on wooden planks wit Ryobi cordless sander

Give those boards a good sanding, especially those ends.

measuring tape and drill to put the planks of door mat together

Mark two inches from both ends of each board, that's going to be the location where to drill the holes.
I clamped each piece on scrap pieces of wood (above picture) and then, drilled the holes.  First, using a 1/8" bit, then with the 1/4".
Since this is one inch material, you have to be very precise while drilling these holes. Take your time and go straight.

Behr Marquee and Kilz for painting door mat

You can simply apply stain and thread the cord and you're DONE! But, you know me. ;)
I wanted something "Spring'y" to greet my visitors. That Spring-y idea was translated into painted leaves.
The boards were primed and two coats of Behr Marquee - Dove White - Semi-Gloss, were applied.

using green and white paint for door mat

Once the white paint is dry, you can go ahead and draw your leaves design very lightly with a pencil. I first drew what I kind of liked on a piece of paper and then, used it as a visual guide to transfer the design onto the boards.
Two coats of Behr Marquee - Dried Chive - Semi Gloss were used to paint the leaves.
As you can see in the above picture, the mat boards were kept together by clamping two extra boards on each end. A little bit of paint seeped in between some of the boards. A quick touch up was done.


They all looked so good with just paint, but in order to preserve the finish even more, I went ahead and gave all the boards three coats of flat finish poly.

using cord throughout the planks of wooden planks

The final part was to pass the nylon cord thru the holes, adding a hex nut in between boards. Little washers were added on the outside before tying the knots. Burning the ends of the nylon cord prevents it from fraying.

leaves design on wooden door mat

And I LOVE it! It looks so fresh. :)
Did you notice I painted the hex nuts? Yep, I'm that picky... 11 green, 9 whites. ;)

diy wooden door mat - green and white

I was so glad to bring this mat to my front porch. It was so sad and bare, I gave the whole area a good clean up, and I even did some gardening!

Front porch decorated for Spring - Green door

Isn't that cupcake flower the cutest?!

yellow rain boots on doormat with lots of green herbs to be planted.

As I said, some gardening was thrown in the mix. While at The Home Depot I also grabbed some herbs, so pretty!  And hey, here comes a SURPRISE...

painted door mat for spring

My wooden mat is TWO mats in one! If I get tired of one design, or want to change it for the new season, I only need to turn it around and Voila! a new mat. :)

rain boots and gardening plants and watering can

pieces of wood put together to create a door mat


I'm telling you, this is something YOU can TOTALLY DO! 

For more inspiration, click on the links below to check the awesome 
Wooden Door Mats 
my blogging friends have created:

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.

There are three types of Workshops offered: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIY), and kids.

Register to create the wooden door mat right HERE, and
Share your very own project throughout your social media channels using
  #DIYworkshop


*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commision guidelines.*




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