Monday’s Make-it … { lion doorknocker named Leo}


How was your weekend? I am FINALLY starting to work on decorating my own home, which means that the door knocker I purchased about a year ago has been dusted off. Many times clients meet me and immediately apologize for the state of their rooms look, for which I genuinely remind them that I do not judge and that I completely understand how we can gear off decorating our homes, but how AMAZING it feels when we do decorate.

So, back to the door knocker, let’s rewiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind before I spray painted it, this is how it looked:

I have been obsessed with vintage door knockers since my vaca in Italy and Spain … practically stopping every single time I saw a cool doorknocker (and they’re everywhere!). I would stop, stare, go gaa go gaga over them, and imagine our home one day having one (glad no one maced me to get away from their door haha).

So, when we got back to the states, you know I HAD TO HUNT one down…. and it was a hunt …. size was too small, or too weird, or too expensive … and then the clouds parted and I SPOTTED IT - the perfect size, design, and cost (less than $40) from an Ebay seller in Texas. I was smitten! I purchased it for our master bedroom, then it hiberated until recently …. 


I planned on painting the door blue and the door knocker white. Which means = SPRAY PAINT FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN time! Apron first ….

. . . then, transformation time (it’s best to spray paint outside for the ventilation): 

Spray spray … wait (coffee break, answer client emails, etc) wait … spray spray again … (was it suppose to rain today??) … grab the dried cutie-pie doorknocker named Leo The Guardian and bring him inside: 

I don’t think I mentioned this before but …. it is H E A V Y !!!! I created a guide to help place it on the door without having to use math (not my fave subject in school). I placed a clear  sheet protector (which I love using for projects) on the back and w/marker I outlined the design including nail/screw notch areas:

Then taped it to the bedroom door, and hubby made sure the nail notches were leveled:

Then HAMMER TIME (queue in moving your feet to the song!!):

Long nails were lightly hammered through the paper guide for placement, then I removed the paper guide, and recruited the muscle (aka: hubby) to hammer the nails securely in:

Hmmmm, now should I paint the door blue OR maybe paint the doorknocker blue instead? 


I love this blue color (reminds me of Greece), called Brilliant Blue. What do you think? Blue door or blue lion? Next Monday, I’ll post what I end up doing (plus a peek into how my bedroom looks).

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4 Responses to Monday’s Make-it … { lion doorknocker named Leo}

  1. Nina says:

    Oh I love the door knocker! I vote for blue door and white lion. Recently I am obsessed with doors painted in other colors than white. So curious what your decision will be!

    • Ada says:

      I love doors painted w/unconventionally colors for that POP / SPLASH of uniqueness. Hmmm, ok maybe I’ll paint the door blue:)

  2. homestilo says:

    I’m with Nina: blue door! I think it will look stunning with the white knocker centered on it.

    • Ada says:

      Thanks for the feedback! :) I made my decision fyi: I almost fainted in the process as it started looking awful, then it looked AMAZING. Stay tuned .. the reveal next week! Happy almost Thanksgiving Day :)

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