Back to School, Time to Paint!

I love to paint.

Anyone who knows me knows that I often have a painting project in the works or in the very near future.

My trader joes cart inside the next door Sherwin Williams. I am the suburban mom stereotype.

A photo posted by Jen TheNextMartha (@thenextmartha) on

I’m down to fine detailing on the stairs project. What’s next? A photo posted by Jen TheNextMartha (@thenextmartha) on

Door: Watery SW 6478

This summer we had our house painted, our porch rebuilt, and put in a new front door!

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House:  Retreat SW 6207

Trim: Alabaster SW 7008

Door: June Day SW 6682

Sherwin Williams loved the yellow door so much that they asked to feature it in their #SWColorLove campaign.  You should check that out to get some great ideas.

They also gave me a $100 gift card to give away to someone!

The kids are in school so let’s get our paintbrush on!  Check out Sherwin Williams on pinterest for inspiration and enter below to win.

Just leave a comment to be entered. Winner will be chosen Sept. 1.




I don’t work with companies much because they typically have very specific things they want YOU to do for THEM on your own site. I like my own words and this post reflects that. Sherwin Williams paint is the paint I already use so this was a no brainer for me to promote and I wasn’t paid for these words, but you will be so enter!

The Badlands and Life

It’s easy to become comfortable in life and choose the road of predictability as a method of seeking stability.
Family Badlands (1 of 1)

Stability seeks the straight road but life develops on the curves.

badlands clouds (1 of 1)

Reality dictates that stability road is often a facade punctuated with adjustments and growth in the form of unpredictability.

fire 2 (1 of 1)


Resistance to it can lead to a harsher situation.

You feel like you can’t breath. You won’t make it. You can’t go on.

Storm 2 (1 of 1)

Find strength to move through the storm and look for signs. They’re there to guide you.

Rainbow 3 (1 of 1)


Storms are a necessary part of life. They are life.

Goats 8 (1 of 1)


The stability we seek is only as strong as we are on the other side of the storm.

New Porch for Limoncello

Our house is approaching 30 years old and since all of the wood on it was pine, well, it was no bueno.

Rotted no bueno.

We had one hell of a house repair situation going on.

First we replaced all of our pine trim with a product called LP Smartside.  We picked this option because we knew we wanted something that was going to resist rot and yet maintained a wood look.

As we looked to the porch we had larger issues.  This was the before picture.


It was lovely and scrolly. The builder only put one support on the corner and that support post was 3/4 rotted. It was also bowing on both sides due to no support underneath.

So off it came. All of it under the roof including the header which is still pictured here because, yep, it was rotted too.

porch torn off


This gave us an opportunity to do something different. And by that I mean scour Pinterest for inspiration. After finding the right posts and the perfect person to do the job, this is how it ended up.

Porch Makeover.  Door is SW June Day.

Porch Makeover

Porch Makeover


No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks, yes we had our house painted too and YES that is a YELLOW DOOR.

I’m pretty much in love.

So come on by. Limoncello is on ice and ready.