After recently showing some love to our back decks, I decided the front of the house needed a little love too in the form of three exterior updates, to get us to here:
Where we’re at now is a far cry from where we started with ugly peeling metal columns, brown everywhere, and an overgrown wasteland of a front yard. Pictures do not do the ugliness justice.
You’ve already seen the exterior updates done earlier this summer, including painting the brick areas and window trim, adding a new front door, planting our front planter box, and adding a couple of industrial planters from CB2. Already an improvement.
After all that I still had a few things left to finish up. So here they are in no particular order of awesomeness.
Update #1: a new rug for our porch. Can you see that brown and black one peeking out in the above pic? Not cute. And it had semi-unraveled due to our neighbor cats’ claws (guess it looked like one of those cardboard scratch box things, not the look I was going for). So while a new rug may not be a huge update, it sure is nice to have a rug that is clean and fresh and matches our front door. I really like how it is geometric but not too in your face.
Update #2: Painting the gutter downspouts to match the rest of the house. Our gutters were a really funky shade of orange-brown and they were pretty noticeable when looking at the front of our house. I don’t think it is even debatable that downspouts are not where you should add accent color to your home. And even if you wanted to accent your brown-on-brown-on-brown house, a new shade of orange-brown is not your best pick. Here you can see the before (or feel free to scroll up for the full house view):
To fix this eyesore I just bought a test pot of outdoor paint, color-matched it to our siding, and quickly brushed on the paint. Much better.
A couple of bucks, a few minutes of time, and a world of difference. Okay, maybe not a “world” of difference but at least we’ve gotten rid of the orange-brown accent color.
Update #3: Reached new heights on a ladder and painted the upside-down-V on our entry/porch area.
After these updates, I am calling the front of our house done for the season.
Oh, and by chance did you notice I haven’t killed off my plants yet? Dare I say it, they may even look kind of happy.
Anyone else do a few updates to finally call one area of your house complete (for now)? Or test your mettle while climbing up a ladder holding too much paint stuff? I’ll be back later this week with a tutorial on how to prep and paint your exterior brick and metal trim…