Weekend Project: 4 Ways to Add Curb Appeal

Summertime is quickly drawing to a close and this last long weekend of the season is the perfect time to give your home a facelift for fall and the holiday decorations that are right around the corner.

Here are four projects you can do in a weekend that are guaranteed to add curb appeal to your home:


  • Give your house number an upgrade: Let your design personality shine by replacing your existing house numbers with  new, modern ones like these available on Etsy.com.
  • Create a DIY stone path: Guide visitors from the curb to your front door with a stone path. Not only does this add visual appeal to the front of your home, it also keeps visitors from walking through your garden or lawn. DIY Network offers a great tutorial to get you started.
  • Swap out outdoor lighting: Update your outdoor lighting with new sconces to light the way for guests. This small detail adds instant charm to your entryway. Choose from a variety of fixtures to fit your budget at Lowe’s.
  •  Build a garden arbor: A garden arbor adds a pop of color to your front yard and welcomes guests to your home. Plus, with a little ingenuity, this project can be a great way to recycle old doors and leftover wood from other projects.

This Labor Day weekend, let your inner DIYer shine through. With a little creativity, it’s easy to give your front yard a face lift. What are some of your favorite weekend warrior projects? Let us know and you may see your project featured in an upcoming blog post!

Tips for Measuring a Room for Flooring

If you’re in the market for new flooring, whether it’s hardwood, tile or carpet, it’s important that you’re aware of the size of the room you’re shopping for. Unfortunately, most rooms are not perfect squares and you’ll need to account for things like closets and doorways, so accurate measurement is crucial.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • A retractable, 25-foot (or longer) tape measure
  • Paper – Graph paper works best, but any paper you can make a sketch on will work
  • A ruler and a pencil

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you can begin measuring. Follow these instructions for best results:

  1. Make a basic sketch of the room you’re measuring. Be sure to include windows and doors, hallways and closets. This rough sketch does not need to be proportional.measure-for-flooring
  2. Start measuring, using your rough sketch as a road map. Use your tape measure to measure in running dimensions. Attach the tape measure to one corner of the wall and run the tape along the side of the room. Be sure to note each measurement on your rough sketch.
  3. Measure both width and height of walls along with windows, doors and anything else you see fit. Updating the rough sketch accordingly.
  4. With your rough sketch updated, grab another piece of paper and redraw your room to scale using your ruler and the measurements you gathered.
  5. Make photocopies of your drawing for reference when you’re placing your flooring order. Keep them on file for future use when you’re painting, buying window coverings or rearranging furniture.

Making sure you have accurate measurements is the first step to ordering flooring. If you’re concerned your measurements may not be exact, you can always lean on a professional. At Rusmur Floors, we’re happy to offer free, no obligation, room measurement to help kick off your project! Contact us to get started today!

How To: Personalize Your Front Door Using Paint



The front door of your home is a glimpse of the people inside – it welcomes visitors to your home and is their first impression of your style. Traditionally, front doors have featured dark shades of green, red or black. However, that’s beginning to change. In recent years, homeowners have begun to branch out and select different, visually interesting colors to welcome others.

These days, front doors are being used to show off the personality and design aesthetic of the homeowners. From robin’s egg blue to sassy green, sunny yellow to zesty orange and everything in between, painting your front door is an easy way to give your home a quick face lift.

Before you dive in, here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Choose a color – It’s important to choose something that works with your design personality and the existing colors of your home – including shutters, brick or siding and trim. It’s also important to consider the style of the door and your home. Take a step back and note everything you see and choose a color that complements them.
  2. Pick a paint type – For exterior doors, you need something that will stand up to the elements and not require a ton of maintenance. An exterior acrylic latex paint, like this one from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, coupled with an oil-based primer, is typically the best choice. Exterior acrylic latex paint stands up well to all weather conditions and the oil-based primer is perfect for reviving old doors or first-time paint jobs on new ones.
  3. Prep your door – Start by removing your front door and placing it outside or in a well-ventilated area on sawhorses. Cover the trim and windows with painters tape to protect them and give the door a good scrub. Fill any cracks with wood-filler and, once dry, sand the door to remove old paint.
  4. Paint away – Apply primer to the door and allow it to dry completely. Once the primer is dry, apply the first coat of paint using a brush to paint any depressed panels or crevices. Finish applying paint using a roller to the flat surfaces of the door. Allow the door to dry and add a second coat of paint for a beautiful finish.

Painting your front door is a great way to add personality and freshness to your home –an easy DIY project that you can do in a weekend. What color would you paint your front door? Visit our Color Inspiration board on Pinterest for ideas!