July 31, 2017 at 11:28AM

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including celebrating the Fourth of July, kiteboarding in Nantucket, attending summer camp, recording the sounds of the White Mountains, and the start of the Patriots training camp. — By Lloyd Young

Berklee School of Music professor Steve Wilkes records the sounds of the White Mountains on the summit of Mt. Israel. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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The Hunt for the Perfect Front Door

Dudes! We’re renovating our dream house, an old mercantile store build in 1928! Follow along from the beginning here!

Hey hey!! Man have I missed you guys! Court and I have been traveling the last week and 1/2 and are finally home and settled. Progress at the Merc rolled on while we were gone. All of the giant boulders from the concrete cutting were hauled away, the plumbing was put down and today the concrete was poured to fill the trenches and the back bedroom! I was honestly terrified that I was going to get back and the framing would be done. I know its weird to worry about too much progress happening but I didn’t want to miss anything!

I just got info from my contractor that the first of many design decisions is due and I’d love your help! We need to decide on our front doors (3 to be exact!) I’ve scoured the internet trying to find inspiration and I know you design geniuses have got some opinions so lets get into it!

Here’s a little refresher on what we’ve got happening.

The Merc currently looks like this:

This is a rough rendering of what it will look like when its all said and done.

3 front doors that all need to be amazing. The problem is that I can’t spend $20k on doors, so its time to get creative!

This is the style of door that I keep coming back to. I LOVE the heavy moulding.

Source: Farrow and Ball

Originally I was planning on doing them all black but after diving into the world of amazing doors (check out the #ihavethisthingwithdoors) I think they might need to be different colors….If they are they’ll have to go with black trim and each other without being too overwhelming.

 

I think a mail slot is a must.

And a knocker. Obviously.

I’ve toyed around with the idea of buying a basic door and fancying it up but I haven’t found one with a panel style that I love, and even if I did who knows if it will be the right size for our openings. My contractor thinks that it might be a good move to go custom. What are your thoughts? Have you bought a custom door before? How did it work out for you? Have you seen my dream doors anywhere?!

 

 

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July 24, 2017 at 07:11PM

The 17th FINA (Federation Internationale De Natation or International Swimming Federation) World Championships are underway in Budapest. Almost 3,ooo athletes compete in 75 aquatic events over 17 days, ending July 30. The event shows us the interesting qualities of water and athletic movement, creating visual anomalies. — By Leanne Burden Seidel

Anna Voloshyna and Valyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine compete during the Women’s Synchronized Duet Technical, Preliminary round on day one of the 2017 FINA World Championshipson July 14. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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July 24, 2017 at 07:11PM

The 17th FINA (Federation Internationale De Natation or International Swimming Federation) World Championships are underway in Budapest. Almost 3,ooo athletes compete in 75 aquatic events over 17 days, ending July 30. The event shows us the interesting qualities of water and athletic movement, creating visual anomalies. — By Leanne Burden Seidel

Anna Voloshyna and Valyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine compete during the Women’s Synchronized Duet Technical, Preliminary round on day one of the 2017 FINA World Championshipson July 14. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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Why I 💖 My Sherwin-Williams Store + The Merc Workshop Makeover

This project is in partnership with Sherwin-Williams

Do you guys have those people in your life that you call when you have a question? Instead of spending time Googling and researching you just ask them cause you know that the info that they are giving is always right? That person in my life (at least when it comes to paint) is Sam, the manager of my local Sherwin-Williams store.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called Sam with bizarre questions (like how many layers of paint you can put on a wall before it falls off like a giant pancake.) Aside from emotional support for my painting addiction, the guys at my local store are some of the most knowledgeable, friendly, and wonderful people I’ve met on my DIY journey. They’ve even put my favorite custom white color in the computer as Mandi White, so when I place an order that’s all I have to say! How awesome is that?!

It can be intimidating as a female DIYer walking into a store where predominately male professionals shop right? There is such an advantage to shopping at a store like Sherwin-Williams, especially if you value quality paint and knowledgeable staff. Sherwin-Williams has so many different tools to help make selecting the right paint for your project easier, including a free ColorSnap® app to help you visualize colors in your own home.

A few weeks ago, frustrated by how long the Merc reno was taking to begin, I decided that I just NEEDED. TO. DO. A. PROJECT. Do you ever get that feeling?! Tell me I’m not the only one! I decided that we were going to spend a few days getting the workshop at the Merc all cleaned up.

This is what we started with:

Not so pretty.

I’ve never painted exterior masonry and metal (the doors) and wasn’t sure if there was a special paint/primer situation or if I’d need different paint types for the different surfaces. So what did I do? What I always do, I called Sam. He told me that I could use any of their exterior paints on both surfaces and recommended Emerald Exterior. I ordered Mandi White and Tricorn Black SW 6258 (the best black ever!!) and I was off!

We started off by spraying all of the block white. (After we power washed it!)

Then we taped everything off and started on the Tricorn Black SW 6258.

And after a few other projects it looks like this!

SO much better right?!

Next time you find yourself in project mode and need some paint, try out your local Sherwin-Williams store and you just might get a custom color named after you!

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