I am so excited to be sharing the new and improved curb appeal of our house! This last couple of weeks, we really kicked it into overdrive to get some of these changes completed before winter. Check out the start to finish process below.
This is the original listing photo:
It had terrible condition original wood windows, faded baby blue aluminum siding and overgrown bushes. From completing the curb appeal update on our last house, I knew there was some potential for this house to look a lot better.
Once we added the new windows, a darker color on the house was needed for some contrast but it took me forever to decide on the color. The fear of picking the wrong color can be paralyzing but ultimately it's just paint! Pick a color and move on.. if it's horrible, then pick a different one and paint again!
You can read about painting the exterior in this post. The color we picked is Sherwin Williams, Web Gray.
The mini railing was rusted out and not really attached anymore so with a few pulls and swings of a sledgehammer, it was removed. I wanted to give our house some charm & character but had to do it on a tiny budget and thought building a pergola over the front door might do the trick. I gathered some inspiration images for the pergola in this post.
I ordered a load of top soil & mulch so we could fix the grading and create a nice mound for the plants. A huge 'Thank You' shout out to my brother-in-law, Michael, for coming out to help us move all the dirt, mulch and plant the shrubs. He is a life saver!
And finally... the After photos:
We planted a bunch of Boxwoods, a couple Rose plants and Hydrangea bushes.
We made the shutters from cedar picket fence boards. They were pretty easy to make and I love the charm they add. I will be sharing those details soon. The shutters and front door are painted 'Wood Smoke' by Glidden.
We made the pergola using cedar that I primed and painted before we installed. I'm so happy we made the decision to build this, it really makes such a difference to the front of our house!
The chair is from Lowe's here.
One last look at where we started and ended:
If you have any questions about any of the changes we made, please send them my way!!
Also, we are honored to be included in this Buzzfeed round up 15 Home Makeovers