The Big Reveal

Monday, July 22, 2013


I realize painting a front door is not a groundbreaking undertaking in the DIY world, and it certainly doesn't warrant a lofty intro like "The Big Reveal."   However, aside from plants and flowers, it's just about the easiest, cheapest, and quickest way to spruce up your entryway/front porch.  For about $25 and a few hours on Sunday (plus a few more for me to figure out how to put the darn deadbolt back on), I was able to transform our front porch from humdrum to cheery and welcoming. 

As you can see, the "before" was a drab, boring, reddish brown front door.  No personality, no charm, and seriously lacking in curb appeal. 

The "Before"

The "After"
Again, that's probably too much enthusiasm for this small project, but cut me some slack.  I'm a little excited.

The color turned out amazing - exactly what I had in mind.  The robin's egg blue (Ben Moore's Thunderbird) makes our front porch ten times brighter and more inviting, and the color is much more fitting of a house in coastal South Carolina.  I really love the combination of the copper light pendant and the robin's egg blue, and I'm actually contemplating painting the hardware on the door a similar color.  That's a project for another day.   Next up, the "Man Room."

As for today's workout, my camera (or photographer) was malfunctioning, so there were not many clear pictures.  You'll just have to take my word that it was a tough one.

1.  Warm up

2.  Ab Circuit:  1 set
      - Ab wheel x 12
      - Leg raise with hip lift x 12
      - Reverse modified hyper extension x 12
      - Side bends 50 lbs x 12

3.  Dead lifts:
       - Warm up:  95 lbs x 5
       - Warm up:  95 lbs x 5
       - 1st set:  120 lbs x 5
       - 2nd set: 135 lbs x 5
       - 3rd set:  150 lbs x 10 (goal was max reps, no more than 10)
       - 4th set:  135 lbs x 5
       - 5th set: 120 lbs x 10 (goal was max reps, no more than 10)

Funny, the photographer was able to capture several good, in-focus shots of King.  Priorities.

4.  Circuit:  3 sets, alternating between movements, less than a minute rest between each set
      - Glute ham raise x 15
      - TRX rows x 15  

5.  Prowler Sprints:  3 trips, 100 yards per trip, 20 lbs on prowler

And while there weren't any clear pictures of my workout, Scott did manage to capture a series of pictures showing me coming dangerously close to running King over with the Prowler.  Dog parent of the year right here folks.      

He's gaining on me...

preparing to attack the vicious prowler...

and he almost loses a paw.


  1. AnonymousJuly 22, 2013

    I love that color!! what a great choice. It is really refreshing and welcoming. I changed out door color several years back to -- are you ready? Purple!! and I love it.

    1. Purple sounds gorgeous!! I actually considered eggplant as one of the possible colors.

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