Guest Post: Rachel from Thrifty Inspirations

Hey everybody! I am so excited to be here at A Glimpse Inside to help Allison out while she is on her maternity leave.  Congratulations and thank you!!

A little about me! My name is Rachel and my little slice of blogland is Thrifty Inspirations. I started my blog earlier this year with the intention of having it just for friends and family to keep up with my many projects. It has been so much fun I just can’t stop! Now I’ve got big dreams! My blog is dedicated to frugal and budget friendly ways to improve your home, dotted with furniture restoration and other goodies I find. Please stop by, I’d love to have you!
I’m here today to share with you how a little innovation and some spray paint can go a long way.
I was reading an article the other day about sprucing your front door.
One of the things I learned from the article is you should chose colors that echo your exterior.
We have a nice rich red brick home, so I decided to work that up.
Here is the horrible ‘before’ shot. I almost didn’t want to show you guys!
1.) Wreath that hasn’t been changed in a year.
2.) Painted the door 2 years ago and I have never cleaned it. It’s disgusting.
3.) Bought the mat at Costco because it was big and cheap. I’ve never been crazy about the colors.
4.) While adorable, this flag is totally faded. Sorry flag, you gotta go.
5.) My almost dead hydrangea. (I went out of town and forgot to ask someone to water it. Oops!)
6.) There is nothing to make the door look grand or impressive. No planters or decor. Bor-ing!
I like to spend time in the veggie garden and in the perennial garden, but my front door…
Ugh, I didn’t know where to start or what to do.
Something sparked when I found a pair of ceramic pots in the garage whilst perusing for paint.
So the wheels started turning… into this.
Hideous, I know.
Stick with me.

Insert Krylon Spray Paint for Plastic in Gloss Red!
It’s summer. 4th of July is right around the corner. Red goes great with our brick.
It just seemed like a good fit!
I went to Olde Time Pottery and browsed their garden area and found some great ficus plants for 30% off an already 20% off. I think I paid $8 each for a 3 gal ficus? Not too shabby!
I bought some 25 cent Impatients in Candy Apple Red to go in the pots too.
I already had some Caladiums growing in the pots before, but they weren’t filling out enough.
I just threw the Ficus plant in the middle and surrounded it with the Caladiums and Impatients.
While I was there I found some red decor flowers for my wreath.
All I did was pull off the blue one and add some more red ones.
Hot glue makes wreaths easy peasy!
I had some gloss black Rustoleum spray paint laying around in the garage.
Never a bad thing to have around, you know!
I just laid out the rug and sprayed it black.
Much better! It had a tuscany vibe before that just didn’t work.
The black is much more bold and fitting for our porch.
Here are some ‘after’ and much improved (in my opinion) photos!
Recapping the ‘before’…
And the now ‘after’.
I’m much happier walking up to my front door now!
I spent $22 at Olde Time Pottery and $6 in spray paint.
So the whole gig was $28? I’m happy.
Thanks so much for having me Allison, and you all of you guys for reading along!
I feel so fortunate for this opportunity for my little blog, Thrifty Inspirations!!
Thanks so much Rachel! 
It looks great!


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  • Pam Jackson
    June 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable…I love the way you built up the plants. Everything looks so great!

  • Our Pinteresting Family
    June 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful job! I love the idea of using the planters that way. Great thinking!


  • Karen @ THEBUZYBUG
    July 1, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Wow, so beautiful! What paint did you use for your front door?

  • Kaitlyn von Huggs
    June 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    What colour is the trim around your door!? Fantastic!

  • Cpineapple
    April 24, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Is the inside of the door also black?