Shutter Doors for Sweet P’s Room

Lucy found us some more doors for Sweet P’s room, so we made a trip up to her neck of the woods on Tuesday.

Are You Singing Bracelet

And by “woods”, I mean, this place:

Lucys Inspired | Hansel and Gretel House | Mossy Sidewalk | Courtyard Lucys Inspired | Lucy Lockets | Barn | Fall Leaves | Alabama Woods

Marvel Brick

Mushrooms and Moss

Lucys Inspired | Plaid Scarf | Leopard Sweater

Old Doorknob | Red Door | Antique Hardware

Lucys Inspired Fireplace | Lucy Lockets | Salvaged Wood Trim Christmas Trees

Lucy calls it her Hansel & Gretel house. 😀 Every square foot was absolutely magical. So many fun little details to discover!

Here’s a shot of the shutters she found for us…

Layla and Lucy

To prevent further chipping, I’d like to seal them with something that won’t yellow. Do you have any advice about what I should use? My friend Marian said to try Stay Clear by Benjamin Moore. Has anyone out there had good results with that product on top of white paint? Brian’s coming over this weekend to help us start building something like this for the doors to attach to…

Built In Idea

…but can I just take a moment to talk about Lucy’s CRAZY CUTE outfit?

Leopard Sweater | Tie Dye Jeans | Frye Boots | Plaid Scarf | JC Penney Jacket | Old Navy Boots

A red plaid scarf (MadeWell), tie dye jeans (H&M), studded boots (Frye), and a leopard print sweater (Antropologie) over a red plaid shirt. She is just too. Much. Fun!

It’s probably a good thing we live 2.5 hours apart. Oh the treasure-hunting trouble we could get into together! 😀

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  1. says

    That house! It is just way too adorable! If only one day I can convince my husband that we should buy a house with that much character! :)

  2. Terri says

    Love the new / old doors!!! that is going to be one sweet project !!!! So very excited for you Layla, and Kev …. and btw ….. Did I miss a “Tour Lucy’s House” post???? I would love to see the rest of this beauty!!!! Blessings!!

  3. Marianne in Mo. says

    Lucy’s house must be so amazing inside! I have that same clock that hangs over her fireplace, guess I have good taste! Those shutters are heaven, can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • Layla says

      It really is, Marianne! I was dying to do a full-blown photo shoot in there! 😀 Thank you for the kind words about the shutters- I’m excited to see the finished product, too!

  4. says

    Stay Clear yellowed worse than almost anything else I tried when I was looking for a topcoat for on top of a white table. I ended up using Minwax water-based polycrylic but after a couple years, that too had yellowed horribly. Someone told me that a spray lacquer won’t yellow but I just gave up on it.

    • BornInaZoo says

      Stays Clear also yellowed for me. I’ve never had any problems with Minwax products except for the spray poly which yellowed. But … it was on the custom front license plate for my car & it compliments the color of my car.

  5. Cheryl Fin says

    Love Lucy’s outfit, I get the feeling that she’s cool without ever trying to be, very natural. Love the shutters. Love Lucy’s front porch. I am so envious of you ladies being able to stand outside looking comfortable in a couple of layers. It’s -16 degrees (celsius) here today (3.2 fahrenheit ) in my part of Ontario. Chilly, but beautiful on a snowy afternoon.

  6. says

    What a stunning setting! A woodland wonderland that looks like a little fairy would actually peek out from under a mushroom! Oh, you live the life Layla! Beautiful places, beautiful spaces, beautiful people….as I said before– you exude such beauty inside and out, that is why you are surrounded by the same.

  7. says

    if she wants to adopt a 42 year old me, i would be happy to live in her spectacular home. then again, you are welcome to adopt me also considering how much i love your home. just think…built in babysitter!

  8. Lisa W. says

    wow Layla that home of hers IS MAGICAL…The pics you posted were just breathtaking, can’t imagine in real life. That stuff just makes my heart skip a beat.
    Those shutters are PERFECT, cannot wait to see the end result. YUM!!! And she is pretty darn cute!!!!!

    Keep it coming. making my day:)

  9. Caroline says

    You two look like friends :) We routinely use a marine clear sealant on paint products. I’m sure you can find great brands where you are. Your little Sweet P will have a fantastic room and an AWESOME Mommy and Daddy. Looking forward to the arrival <3

  10. Penny says

    Annie Sloan has a clear coat laquer to use over paint. I have used it over white and so far it has not yellowed.

  11. Liza says

    Layla, You will want to be extremely careful if these doors have lead paint on them. In addition to causing permanent brain damage, lead also causes cancer. You don’t have to eat paint chips to absorb lead. By breathing the dust, it is absorbed into your system. This is a very serious problem. Better safe than sorry. If they were painted before 1979, there could be lead in the paint.

    • Layla says

      Hi Liza!

      That’s exactly why I’m planning to seal them. And good news! My friend, Jennifer, told me about the PERFECT sealer yesterday. She said it’s made for painting over chippy paint & sealing lead paint, and WILL NOT YELLOW- woo hoo! 😀 I’m writing up a blog post about it now!

  12. Susan O'Connor says

    Where did you find those shutters? We are redoing a house in the historic district of Montgomery for our daughter. They would be a perfect solution for storage problems in the 1929, no closet, house.

  13. says

    LOVE those shutters! Just my two cents about what to seal those shutters with…after MUCH trial and error over the years I found the only things that seals and does not turn yellow (some will stay clear but then turn a year or two after you applied it!) is a spray by Krylon called Crystal Clear Matte Finish. Layla, I SWEAR by this stuff. Super easy since you spray it on, and when it dries you will NEVER know you put in on! No sheen what-so-ever…looks exactly like whatever paint you started with. Its my little secret weapon for sealing old paint I don’t want to chip any more! Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your little’s room! :o)

  14. says

    Such cute shutters! And her house is STUNNING!

    As far as a non-yellowing sealer, we have used a water based poly on some white washed, reclaimed hardwood flooring. The finish was beautiful, and I would have CRIED if it had turned yellow. It has been over 6 months and the floors still haven’t changed color. As of right now, I call it a success. It also dries a lot faster than regular poly!! Nice Bonus!

    I wrote about using the water based poly here (last topic on post) –

    Good luck!!!

  15. says

    this is the first time i have visited your blog. i love your idea of the built~in with old shutter doors. it will be quite nice when you are finished with the project and you must show us photos.
    loved both your outfits but your friends was so creative. thanks for sharing the info on where to get the stuff…she might have quite a few mini me’s running around different parts of the country. i have wanted those boots she has on for a long time…i just might take the plunge after seeing them in action.

  16. Akg says

    Check out Sarah Richardson on HGTV for information. She did a craft room over and showed a redo of a piece of furniture. Good luck!

  17. Aunt Chriss says

    Her house is magical!! I am always amazed by the talent you have and the talent you find in others. Cool.

  18. Amanda says

    Thanks for detailing her outfit! Love this post.. most of all I am LOVING your jacket.. where did you get it?