Guest House Door Makeover

This actually is not a new makeover, but I realized I hadn’t shown it to my blog readers yet.  If you remember, we turned our little garage behind our house into a small little guest house for the in-laws and any friends that show up:)  And now looking at the pics I realized I changed a few things inside as well…I’ll have to update that too:)

But when we started the garage had an itty bitty door to enter…


with the cute classic shutters.  Well, in order to enter into the garage you had to duck your head everytime.  That gets old.  So, we decide to add a cute little dormer over the door and put in a standard height 9 panel door.




and the door stayed this color a long time….until I finally got around to figuring out what color I wanted it.  If you remember correctly I wanted a cheerful yellow door like this…


but the hubby vetoed that decision.  So instead I decided to go with a  classic black door, and stick with our color scheme…






it looks a little better with all of the construction stuff out of the way as well:)

I like the dark pop though…makes it stand out a bit.  I also cut a stencil with our address on it to dress it up.  I just used cardstock, figuring I probably won’t use that stencil again, grabbed a stencil brush and stenciled it on.  A free trick that takes an ordinary door and makes it just a bit more original.


I added some new landscaping as well.  I”m excited for the boxwoods to get big enough to hedge together…


and I planted hydrangeas in front of the fence.  They should get huge and have beautiful balls of white that I can cut for free fresh flowers!

and…if you’ve been reading with me since the beginning you might remember the dwarf korean lilac tree I was so in love with.  The one Ry ruined, but came back to life…and then we moved.

Well…I finally got a new one, thanks so some very sweet people that gave us money for a nursery to get a plant/shrub in honor of Jules.


I love it, and Jules’ rock:)


it’s cute and little and unique just like Ju Ju was:)

Although I love this tree, we are still going to plant a bigger tree  on the other side of the house where will be Jules’ spot.  Then it can grow big and everyone can see it when they drive in.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

5 thoughts on “Guest House Door Makeover”

  1. Jules’ rock is just precious. We also had a sweet girl with T18, Grace, who died during delivery on December 30th. We planted a small flower garden with pink hydrangeas and rose bush. I have been looking for a garden stake but still haven’t found one. A similar rock would be perfect. Did u stencil it yourself? Your home is so beautiful. i love diy and enjoy all your posts (:
    Woodstock, GA

    1. Thanks so much lisa! My family actually bought it for us and they had it engraved. They found the rock and knew a guy who does it, similiar to what they do on headstones I’m sure. You could stencil it on though with outdoor paint. It would be quite a bit cheaper that way?:)

  2. I love what you’ve done to make it such a cute guest house. In fact I love just about everything you do, you have so much talent and creativity, and it’s wonderful to see you praising God and giving him glory along the way. I have one question about this post, the stencil you did on the door. So I’ve made a couple of my own stencils and they work fine but I can’t get the paint to not bleed underneath. I even used an adhesive on the back to stick them down while painting but still, no perfect lines so I have to distress everything but I want some just nice looking ones too. What’s your advice for getting it right? Maybe I’m using the wrong brushes, I just had foam brushes cause I was told they should work just as good as a stencil brush. Please any help would be appreciated. THank you!

  3. Natalie Mauszycki

    Oh I love all of your stuff! Just want to thank you again for the wooden British flag hanging that I won.
    It’s in my 3 yr old sons room and it’s just adorable! When is your next sale?
    Thanks again! I am still excited that I won!:)

Leave a Reply to lisa cannon Cancel Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts


I put together all of Ryan’s must have items that he’s collected over the years,




I’m so glad you’re here! I am a stay-at-home mom who had a desire to make our family’s house into a home on a very small budget. I have a passion to inspire and equip you to do the same for your home.

Check out DIY tutorials, my favorite finds for budget friendly decor and daily life at our 110+ year modern farmhouse. Stay awhile, enjoy and subscribe to join a community of sweet friends loving life.