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August 21, 2015

Curb Appeal Entry #10: Home into Castle – Lauren Webster LaFrance, South Portland, ME

Description of Project: We’re residing the house! By Hand! Since buying our home in December 2011 we have tackled a lot of DIY projects. We have rebuilt the front porch, doubled the size of the back deck, built a 12×12 shed, installed countless gardens including a hedge of 5′ of arborvitae, install two new picture windows at the base and top of the stairs, and completely renovated our kitchen. This is just the beginning! We have a 10 year DIY plan to turn this old house into our dream home. And part of that dream is cedar shake siding in a beach-house-worth shade called ‘Stormy Skies”. I’m painstakingly staining each shake, while my husband Ed balances on staging between two 32’ ladders putting them up one-at-a-time.This is our ongoing summer-fall 2015 project. Right now we’re 1/4 of the way done and by the end of this season we hope to have the north and south sides complete. Thankfully we’ve had a little help from friends and family on the staining, but its still a DIY one-step-at-a-time miracle project that’s steadily coming together.

March 31, 2015

Entry #44 Funky Linen Closet – Betsy Reinsborough, Yarmouth ME

We moved into a new house and there was a boring built-in linen cabinet. We decided to make it look a little more funky so we could keep the storage but make sure it fit in more with the esthetic of the rest of the house. We used Valspar in BumbleBee and Pantone in Ethereal Blue. The whole hallway is painted in the Bunblebee color and the blue of the doors is the color of the adjoining living room as well as the vanity in the bathroom at the end of the hall.

March 31, 2015

Entry #43 Craft Room – Betsy Reinsborough, Yarmouth ME

The combination of the aluminum siding on the outside and the lack of insulation made the studs visible through the white paint in the bedroom. This paired with the original wood color of the trim made the room look very old and dated. We wanted to brighten it up to make a cheery craft room that could easily be converted into a nursery in a couple years once we started our family. We went with a bright Valspar shade of yellow called Light Rail with an accent of a shade of Pantone purple but I can’t remember the name of the shade.

March 31, 2015

Entry #41 Kitchen in Greens – Leigh Kellis, Portland ME

We used Ben Moore Natura in ‘Pale avocado’ and ‘split pea’ as well as Ben Moore high gloss white. And polyurethane to add shine to all wood finishes (from Atlantic Hardwoods). The guys in paint department at Maine Hardwood are always so informative and helpful. The pale avocado was used in both rooms (most not seen in these photos).

March 27, 2015

Entry #29 Kitchen Transformation – Colleen Foley, Cape Elizabeth ME

We transformed our kitchen by stripping, sanding, and painting all the cabinets and painting the kitchen walls.  We used Benjamin Moore paint for everything – Hawthorne yellow on the walls, an off white Butterfield on the cabinets and a bright white for crown and trim paint.  We soaked the existing hardware in a degreaser/cleaner we bought at Maine Hardware and on a recommendation of your staff, spray painted the hardware black with a rustoleum spray paint.  It took some time but saved us a ton of money on new hardware and the refinished cabinet hardware looks like new!  Our kitchen was completely transformed using just paint.

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