Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Backdoor - Doors of Welcome


Karen at Some Days are Diamonds is having a a Doors of Welcome party today. Her participants are listed on her left sidebar so go check them out for some door decorating ideas!



I showed you my front entrance the other day so todayI decided to show you my back entrance. Of course, I always wait till the last minute to take pictures so forgive the darkness - it's been raining for days now! I slipped out this morning when there was a break to take most of these pictures. It's a work in progress and there are other things we plan to do but I think it's looking pretty cute so far!




This is the before. This is the original door from the 60's and about the only good thing is that old doorknob. It has some sort of metal window/screen in the center that I've always disliked. We never open that window! But it is good because I can see out into the backyard from the garage and it brings in some more light. So it has it's good points.



I matched the color to the hydrangeas that grow nearby.



We had a long left over piece of either baseboard or chair molding from our other house and my husband cut it to fit around that window.




Looks better with a frame don't you think? I just added a natural twiggy wreath. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.




I was going to paint "Come in...wipe your feet and paws" but instead opted for the shorter "Welcome"! I'll paint over that one day when I'm inspired and do my original idea.




As you can see, I pretty much use the same technique for painting words and letters on anything. This is the same way that I monogrammed that pumpkin at my front door. I filled it in with some exterior white paint.




I added some mums to the planter for some fall color. I do like things to be symmetrial and I'd love to add another planter to the other side one day.




I hope you all have had a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!



53 comments:

ceekay said...

Welcome back!!! Good to hear from you again. Your backdoor looks great now! I love the writing idea...have to try it...I will be back to get caught up!

Karen said...

Hi Manuella!
Love it that you did the back door! And I love the idea of painting the word Welcome. Although . . . wipe your paws is too cute!
The mums are so vibrant. What a great way to spruce up your door! Your "best" door. Because I'll betcha the back door gets used the most!
thanks for sharing!!!
Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

The backdoor is beautiful. And the stencilling is such a great idea.

Camille said...

What a great idea...so welcoming...and it's the BACK door! :)
Have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Camille

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

I love the stenciled Welcome on your door. And you know I love my twiggy wreaths!

Jane

Charlene said...

Love that "Welcome" painted right onto the door. My husband recently painted our back porch, I need to get back there and see what I can do to make it more inviting!

Liz said...

That's just fabulous! I love what you've done, the color, the stencil, all of it!

matty said...

I love the back door! Mine opens into the kitchen. Where does your open into? It is so warm and welcoming!

Shelia said...

Hi Manuella! I love your pretty doors!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

marmielu said...

I really like the color of the door, and the idea of the molding around that window is great! It looks very nice.
Mary Lou

Melissa Miller said...

How pretty is this in blue Manuela. Very fresh and cheerful looking. Love it all!

How do you paint that on? I want to paint an "M" on my topper and don't know how to get that to work. Do you mind letting me know the technique. Thanks.

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Darlene said...

Your back door looks great! I love everything about it!♥

Lou Cinda said...

I looooove the color! That blue just makes me happy! The moulding was a great idea too!

Very Welcome~ing!

Lou Cinda :)

Mrs.Rabe said...

Sweet!

glorv1 said...

I love the colors, but then you are a very colorful person Manuela. Thanks for sharing, I love it.

Julie Harward said...

Thats a darling blue door and isn't it amazing what a little molding can do! It's a very welcoming entrance now..great job! Come say hi :D

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How pretty - really like the frame around the window on the door. I also like things symmetrical.

A Hint of Home said...

I love the welcome. It's a warm greeting and looks so cute.

jenjen said...

Your back door is so welcoming and fun! I really need to do something to mine. Thanks for the inspiration Manuela!

XOXO
Jen

horse loving lineman's wife said...

The door is Awesome. I need some of your time and creativity.

Sandy said...

Manuella,
Your back entry looks great, the frame around the window did make a statement. Painting welcome on the door just seemed to make it feel inviting. Thanks for showing.
Sandy

Katrina Chambers said...

Love the colour - so inviting! Also very impressed with the 'Welcome'...I need to try that :)

sheila from life @ #17 said...

well, now I feel like a Total Slob for the way our backdoor looks, lol...I painted it black when we mvoed in (it was a horrid blechy yellow beige...ewwwwwwch) and that was that...

and now we have a screen door on there that could really stand some TLC...

okay :) thanks for another project for The List!

Kara Ward said...

Great color and darling word on the door. So bright and fun!

Sandy Toes said...

Such welcoming doors!
sandy toe

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love it!!! I love the idea of painting the word "Welcome" on it!

Stacey said...

Your back door is so cute. Your saying of wipe your feet and paws is adorable too. Be sure to show us when you do that! Hugs!

Melissa Miller said...

I sent you an e-mail tonight Manuela. Let me know if it didn't get to you and I'll re-send it. I keep it a private setting on my blog.

Thanks for offering to help me.
~Melissa

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I would feel totally welcome at your back door!

Sue said...

I like the color that you used on the door, Manuela. I say, yes, get gutsy and stencil in your original thoughts! LOL~ but will they heed?
hugs, Sue

Atelier de Charo said...

Your backdoor looks great, I love the stencil idea.
Hugs
Charo

Angie said...

Very cute and love the pretty blue color!

diXymiss said...

The white trim and lettering really pops against that vibrant blue. So cheery! If you hadn't shared your transfer technique, I would have assumed it was a vinyl decal. You must have a steady hand! ThanX for tip.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Manuela,
Your back door looks wonderful! I love how you framed in the window part with trim, and added the word "Welcome" to the door! Now I need to check out your post where you monogrammed a pumpkin! :)

I hope your week has been a wonderful one! :) Have a good night!

Gracie said...

You forgot to mention you have a matching turquoise doormat! It's very nice how it came out!

Julie said...

I love what you did with your back door!

Rachael said...

How pretty! Love that you have such a welcoming back door and front door :-)

june@craftyniche said...

Your back door entry area looks great! I need to work on my outside areas...but first need to finish the inside. I have so much to do and so little money!

Sharon said...

Your door looks great Manuela. I love the Twig Wreath and Welcome painted on the door :) Charming!

Have a wonderful day!

Sharon

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It looks wonderful Manuela! Clever idea using the frame!

debi said...

Oh, I love your door!! The color is so pretty, and I love the welcome painted on it. Beautiful transformation!

Manuela said...

The door is in fact very cute and so is that welcome mat, so colorful!

Rue said...

Hi Manuela :)

Your backdoor looks darling! I need to do something like that here, even if it is just for our family :)

xoxo,
rue

theycallmejane said...

What a beautiful inspiration for our home. Thanks for sharing your pictures and ideas!

Kathleen said...

I love how you don't let anything go to waste! Your door looks lovely!

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Storybook Woods said...

Oh sooo much more welcoming !!!! Clarice

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Looks so much more inviting now!
Brenda

Dawn said...

Your back door looks better than my front door! The frame does really give the window a finished look. Great job!
Hugs,
Dawn

Julie said...

Hi Manuella,Love all your fall... It is all so pretty..
xoxo
Julie

zandra said...

Just popped in from the party. Love the color of the door, too.
Hugz, Z

sweetjeanette said...

I so love what y ou've done to your back door! That "Welcome", is just precious!!! I love it.
Ya know, I saw a sign...somewhere.. once upon a time that said "Back door guests are best". LOL

Come see me sometime, I'd be thrilled!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
I hope you get the computer problem soved quickly! Your back door is so welcoming an dof course I LOVE the color of the door! Painting the word "welcome" on the door is a brilliant idea.
hugs, Rhondi