Face Lift – Exterior Finishes

When we moved into our house two years ago, the exterior was very plain. The paint on the house and the trim were pretty much the same color, and there wasn’t anything that created much interest in the architecture. So we (mostly meaning I) got to work planning ways to spruce things up.

First up was a new paint job. Gray on the main part of the house and a cream trim brightened everything up a bit. Then as luck would have it, our ugly garage doors broke, so we got new “cottage-style” ones. Here’s the before and after – sorry the quality is so bad.

House Update

House Update

Next up, a new front door. I got this one from Home Depot for about $300, and I love it! I have had several people from the neighborhood ask me if I live at the house with the cute new front door. Of course, I have to ask them to repeat that in front of my husband because he thought the old door with dents in it was just fine.

New Front Door

New Front Door

I also had a co-worker make us some custom shutters. I do work for a construction company, so that comes in quite handy sometimes. When we had our house painted, the shutters and the door got a fresh coat of black paint. I have to say that I love driving up to the house each day. The face lift made a world of difference to the exterior of our house.

More Custom Shutters

More Custom Shutters

Custom Shutters

Custom Shutters

 

And finally, we needed some plants for the small front porch. Remember how Jill said yesterday that she has sort of a black thumb? Um…I would have to put myself right there with her. I adore swirly evergreens, and they seemed low maintenance enough even for me. Well, this one only lasted a year.

Dead Swirly Evergreen

Dead Swirly Evergreen

The ones I planted last year were in pots that just kept falling over whenever we had a big storm. So I replanted them last night in these larger square ones. Hopefully that will help keep them alive longer.

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I had some help from little hands – he was looking for dinosaur fossils.

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What sort of exterior face lifts have you done to your house?

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