Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Our First House: Exterior with Front Porch Before & After

Let's start at the beginning with our first house...where our DIY skills & design love were born. This photo is from the day we moved in. It's not horrible but we knew it had the potential to be so much more.

The dark brown shutters, dark brown aluminum flowery posts, ripped CARPETED porch (seriously, why?!) and chalky, faded siding definitely did not scream curb appeal.  

Now the after..  We borrowed an industrial paint sprayer and in a weekend painted the aluminum siding with Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe. It is similar to the original color, but less peachy/dingy.  The shutters were painted with Rust-Oleum Enamel paint in Gloss Royal Blue. This was our first time trying out the paint sprayer and we David did an amazing job with it. Easy to use and much quicker than the brush & roller method.

To me, the biggest difference is the front porch. First, we removed those iron scrolly columns and replaced them with simple, classic posts. Then after removing the icky carpet, we added wood boards to the top + sides that were stained/painted to look like a real wood front porch. Throw in some new plants, mulch, flowers and it actually looks inviting now!

It's amazing what a few weekends worth of work outside can accomplish. I'd love to hear from you: Working on any curb appeal projects of your own?

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