My home is a 1938 cottage style home so it already has a ton of charm all by itself. But I wanted to add a little something more. I am so happy with how my front porch turned out. If you know me at all, then you know I love painted ceilings! I think this is such a whimsical and unexpected design element for my porch. I have a tutorial for you today on how I was able to paint this fun pattern using
Scotch Blue Painters Tape With Edge Lock Technology. And later this week I will share my side porch. It was in SAD shape and needed to function better. But for now, here is my front porch!!!!
When I posted about these cardboard cars originally it was for a giveaway. I had not planned on doing a tutorial. But when I saw how many times it had been pinned and when I was getting emails asking how I made them, I decided to take a second and show you :)
We made these cars back in May and they are still in mint condition. THAT is saying something when I have 4 little boys and they have been in the play room this whole time. It is all because instead of just painting them, I covered them in
colorful duct tape.
I figured if I was going to go to all the effort of making them, I wanted them to hold up longer than one movie.
They were flattened so I folded and taped them together.
The I just started going around and around with the
Scotch Duct Tape
I made sure to start and stop at the same place so I had one seam. This way it looked much cleaner.
The yellow car (or should I say bus) has a shoe box that has been covered in tape on the front. It ended up being a great place for my 2 year old to set his popcorn and I am thinking of added them to the other cars as well.
I was amazed at how much more durable the duct tape made them!
Using black party plates would have been easier and they would have been smaller and probably looked better. But I believe in using what you have on hand so I happened to have regular paper plates and black spray paint.
I attached the wheels using regular brass brads. That way they could really turn.
It is funny to me that the simple things and sometimes the things you do on a whim, become so popular with your kids and create such awesome memories.
I was contacted by 3M awhile back about the possibility of trying Scotch’s new patterned duct tape. I was trying to think of ideas of how to use it when I got the list of all their new patterns. Once I saw the army/camo pattern I knew what I wanted to make.
A play tent!
I made the mistake of asking my (architect) husband how he thought it should look…… But in the end we were able to agree on a SIMPLE design. :P
I used duct tape, PVC pipe, and a tarp.
Here is a little video tutorial on how to make it. (it is my FIRST video tutorial :) )
For more ideas of what you can make with the new patterned and colored duct tape from Scotch you can visit their gallery.
Several years ago when we updated the electrical in our 1938 home, they had to add conduit to the outside of our home. It is big and ugly. It is on the side and back of our home. When I started to work on the side yard transformation I knew I need to address it. I also needed to tackle the trim that we didn’t paint when we painted the front of our house.
I almost forgot to take a before shot of the back of the house. There is painters tape here and there but you get the point :)
I knew the only thing I could really do was paint the metal conduit. It was dull so I did not sand it down first. But if you are going to paint metal it would be a good idea to rough it up a little first. I then used spray primer that was specifically made for metal. To protect the brick I stuck cardboard behind it. I let it cure 24 hours before painting. It may not be necessary to wait that long but that is what I choose to do when I prime something.
I then used the same exterior paint that I used on the foundation. I used a 2 inch foam brush. I think it took about 4 coats with some touch ups. I would rather do several THIN coats and have it be all smooth than a couple thick coats and have it be sloppy. It took a couple of days but after putting it off for 3+ years I was so happy to have it done :)
And here it is after the metal was painted and all the trim on the house :)
I opted not to paint the windows red on the back of the house because the colors in my backyard don’t include red. My husband kept telling me it was too blah. All I saw was a blank canvas….. :) He doesn’t see the vision yet.
One of the many things that will eventually be added to the back of the house is my door screen I made last year. I photoshopped the picture on here to give you an idea of what it will look like. We will also build a pergola off the back of the house and added a flagstone patio. The other ideas I am keeping a secret.
Unfortunately because of my husband’s current umemployment these things will not happen this year. We will have to wait a little bit.
Can you still see the metal conduit? Of course. But it blends in a little better and isn’t as much of an eye sore.
Now that the painting is done my side yard transformation is coming along nicely. My kids are so sad right now because they were using it as a giant sandbox and now it is transforming into MY space. I can’t wait to get it done and share my little “secret” with you!!!