When you buy a house, you inherit someone else’s design decisions.
If you’re lucky, they may be one’s that you love.
But let’s be realistic, most of the time that doesn’t happen.
When we bought our house back in 2015, we inherited a style that wasn’t particularly in line with ours. I wouldn’t say it was bad, but “dated” has certainly been used to describe some of the elements.
One of the first projects I talked about doing was giving the front of our home a refresh. That meant eliminating the burgundy on the exterior of the home, which was primarily on the shutters and window boxes. It wasn’t just because it made the siding look peach instead of beige, but the shutters were also extremely faded from the sun.
We moved into our house in May. It was a busy year between the hang over from the house buying process, moving, working full time, having a 3 year old and being pregnant for baby #2. Needless to say, it didn’t get done our first year living in our home.
Then, there was a brief conversation about residing the house. We realized that project would come later, hopefully in conjunction with rebuilding the garage. That project, however, is a few years out.
Along with that realization, the second full summer we lived here we had an infant and we lost one of the most important people in our family, my mother-in-law. Last summer, family took priority over everything and anything else.
Enter Summer 2017
I wasn’t quite sure I still wanted to take on this project and started to wonder if I could deal with a less than aesthetically pleasing exterior for the next few years.
Then, I thought, Let’s just change the light fixture over the front door.
Well, that thought turned into painting the shutters, the storm door, the house numbers, and the mailbox.
And damn, does our house look a million times better!
It’s amazing how spending just under $100 can make a huge impact on how your house looks and feels.
Now, I must point out that you can only get so much done in one day. And where I live in Upstate NY, it’s lucky to get more than 2 nice days in a row during the Summer without rain.
So with spending $100 so far, another $40-50 will probably have to be spent to complete the shutters on either side of the house and to touch up the landscaping.
For the mailbox, numbers, and planter hooks we used Rustoleum Hammered spray paint. For the shutters, door, and window boxes Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Navy Blue.
What our house numbers looked like before the hammered paint…
Here’s how it looked with the Rustoleum Hammered spray paint:
I chose to go with the hammered spray paint to compliment the absolutely gorgeous light fixture we picked up from Lowe’s.
It’s simple, yet stunning and made a huge difference in the appearance of our home. We bought it in the 13.12 size, which I was afraid might have been a little big, but it turned out to be the perfect size.
I am absolutely in love with how this turned out and I cannot wait to finish the landscaping (even for me and my black thumb) to see it finished! I am happy we painted the storm door, which really gives a nice bold pop to the front. And it draws attention to that beautiful light fixture!
I love that the navy blue brings out the brown undertones to the siding, instead of the peach like the burgundy did. Our star was a housewarming gift from my friend, who knew about the plan all along. The star was bought in navy blue. It still hung with the burgundy shutters, but it looks so much more in place now that the shutters match.
It’s incredible what you can accomplish in a day with beautiful weather, good friends (and their daughter to watch your kids), and a few cold beers.