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Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

It's White It's Black....Yeah...Yeah...Yeah

DIY Day @ ASPTL


Finally! I am posting pictures of my front door makeover. And thanks to all of you wonderful decorators, I made a decision to go from a white door to black. (It's white, it's black...yeah yeah yeah....remember MJ's song?)

Here is my door before:

And after a little black paint:

I really, really like it!

I needed a little something to go with the front door makeover so I remembered these ice-cream/soda shop chairs that I was blessed to receive from Mr. Incredible's Mimi. Perfect!


Here they are in their natural, rustic state:



I thought of all of you spray painters extraordinaire and grabbed my can of black spray paint. While I waited for them to dry, I put together a wreath for my front door. I seem to be the only house on our street with a wreath. Do you have a wreath on your front door?
Anyway, I bought this wreath at Hobby Lobby; it was 50% off:



I like it, but it just needs a little something extra, don't you think?


I pulled out my handy dandy hot glue gun...oh how I heart you:

....and a few feathers and black and white gingham ribbon:

I just added a little hot glue to the feather stems (that sounds funny...feather stems) and put them in place. I made a little bow and wired that in too:

I added a new welcome mat (from Target):

Added the chairs and some potted red geraniums (thank you mom):

And walla.... I love it!
The plants on my front porch have never been so well watered. I just love going outside my front door now. I had to add our Baylor stone piece to the mix because the majority of our neighbors are Texas Tech fanatics. Sic 'em bears!

I almost forgot, I spray painted the lanterns black too and I didn't shock myself or get paint on the brick or anything. I call that a great day and a great project!
Joyfully,
Kristi

38 comments:

Kathy C. said...

Kristi, that looks fantastic! I love what you did. I recently re-did some things on my front porch, but no door painting for me. I love the plants at differnt heights, and I'm bettin' after the neighbors see your door, there'll be wreaths all over the town. :)

michellejohnnie said...

beautiful!!!

anizmail said...

it's gorgeous! black is so pretty for a front door. over here from asptl.

bp said...

Love it girl! You are so talented. I love seeing your pictures of your projects!

Sallie said...

Ha! spotted your BU before anything else! Go BEARs! ( I want one of those...???)

Door does look good, too! :-)

Grits414 said...

LOVE the black door!!! and I love the feathers in the wreath. No wreath on my door, but maybe i'll try now that you've inspired me!
Also, I was mid-project last night and couldn't find my glue gun! Crisis! Headed to HL to get another one TODAY!

The Real Me! said...

You go girl! I LOVE the black way better than the white!
And all your accents look terrific!
Great job!
Hugs.
Kim

Bonnie said...

Wow! The door looks wonderful black! And your added touches really made it special! Good job!

Kitty Scraps said...

Oh Miz Kristi,
Thank you for your sweet comment when you visited my blog. My humble little front door looks nothing compared to yours ~ yours is absolutely gorgeous! I adore the black door with your pretty upgraded wreath and your little ice cream shoppe chairs are darling. Your entire porch just sends a warm welcome message to all who enter. LOVE it!

Poulsen Family said...

Thanks for coming by to comment on my blog! I remember when you posted your quandary about your door and all I can say is WOW, I LOVE it!! beautiful!

Erica said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me with how you pull these projects together. It looks fantastic. I wish I could paint ours, but we are leasing for the time being. I will have to tuck that idea in my head. And yes, I love a wreath!

Tamara Jansen said...

Well, that's just the nicest front door.....mine is black too but whoever painted it didn't worry about how smooth the paint went on :(

Martha said...

Wow Kristi!

Your front door looks beautiful! Great job. I have been thinking of painting our front door and decorating with plants. I just have to wait until it gets cooler. Its too hot here! ha..

Becky said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. It just beckons me to walk through and be welcomed.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a difference! DH is installing a new front door at our house today (I hope *with fingers crossed*) while I am at work. I have no idea what color to paint it, though! I'm looking forward to finally getting it done though. I hope mine turns out a fraction as good as yours, cause then it will be great!

Thanks for linking up with me today.

Sarah Dawn said...

Simply too beautiful! You have a creative gift dear one, thanks for letting us see the present all wrapped up.

Delighted to meet you. Just found your site via a friend. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit and get to know you.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Joy said...

That is a beautiful transformation! Your porch is very welcoming. I love the ice cream parlor chairs.

Amber said...

Wow, what a world of difference! The black looks great and I love those chairs too.

Heidi said...

I had been wondering what color you would choose. ;)
Looks great!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a difference some feathers and ribbon make! The wreath looks great and I'm always a sucker for a black door!

Ohilda said...

This is my first time visiting your blog! I love it!!!

By the way, your entranceway looks spectacular! :)

Blessings,

Ohilda

the queen said...

Very beautiful. I love a black door. The whole area is very inviting. And yes, I'd LOVE to come to your house and redo closets with you. Thanks for the comment on my project. Take care

Betsy Smith said...

I was reading your post when I got the message on my blackberry that you had left a comment on my last blog. :o)
I love the new front porch, So inviting! I think I have figured out from your previous post that you live in a sub-urb of Dallas? We live 2 hours east of Dallas in Mineola, TX and I have loved our little quiet simple life here for the past 7 years.
As usual God loves to stir the pot so to speak and it looks like in the next 4 months there is a good chance that we will be relocating to the Dallas metro area. I may need your advise, as I am completely overwhelmed by the whole idea.
My hubby and I were raised in Baton Rouge so we are used to city life, but we have NOT done city life with two kids!!! Please pray that my nerves calm down and that God will have His hand on us should this relocation proceed.

Hugs!
Betsy

hotmama1 said...

what a dramatic difference.. it looks fabulous. Great job!

The Rauths said...

it's looks great! i love black front doors!

shelly said...

Great Job!!!! LOVE the Black paint~it looks so inviting with all your treasures on your stoop. I really like the B.U. mosaic...nothing like adding your own style, who cares if you go against the flow?!?!

Kendra said...

It turned out great! Looks like you knew what to do all along! Great accents, too!

Debbie said...

I liked it white, but I REALLY LOVE your doors painted black. It all looks fab.

BJ_Mama said...

AWESOME! I love the black door. Very elegant.

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hi Kristi! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Love how your entry turned out -- the black door is spot-on! The accents you picked out really work well, too. Come see me again! xo

Raelynn said...

The door looks great and I love the wreath! I need to get a wreath too...I think they make a great first impression.

12-arrows said...

I love the black door and all the accessorizing. Beautiful. I think "black" is the new in color, of course, for me its always been my favorite color and I see people are finally catching on to its beauty! You really have a flare for decorating. Honestly if I had tried gluing feathers into a wreath it would have looked just like I glued feathers into it and not a work of art like you. Way to go sista!

Creations from my heart said...

Kristi,
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I just love your new front door color. Now you have me thinking about changing to black. I've posted some photos recently of my front porch. I've been tired of the green for a few years. Also congrats on your graduation in May. That is wonderful! Blessings...Sherry

Deidra said...

I love this makeover! I've been wondering what to do with my front door. That wreath is amazing! This post is now bookmarked and the project will be duplicated on a front porch far from you!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Kristi,
Just found your blog through Gina's The Shabby Chic Cottage blog. All I can say is WOW!!! I love, love, love your transformation. Your black door is stunning and I love the chairs. Super job. It was nice meeting you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
♥Ana

Tracy said...

Kristi, I am LOVING that entry of yours! Fabulous!!! I've been seeing more and more black and have truly fallen in love with it. Now, to convince the hubby... ; )

Lisa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Kristi. The front entry looks wonderful! What a transformation.

hannah said...

it looks so beautiful! wonderful job!!