Happy Fall Peeps!
It’s now October, and I’m not sure about where you’re from, but here in Upstate New York Mother Nature has just caught up. Last week we were having record high temps, somewhere in the high 80’s. I’m a summer girl, but I’m ready for a little sweater weather. Happy to announce that this week is a bit cooler.
When we moved into our house, the curb appeal was super bland. We immediately started working on the inside, so we didn’t get to the exterior until this Spring. I grew up in a brick house, so I loved that our first home was brick. As far as everything else, it just looked tired. To others it looked completely fine, but to me, I didn’t feel like it looked like we lived in it. It didn’t have the same character and charm that you get when you walk inside. That’s when I decided to start the change.
Here’s what our house looked like when we bought it, like I said. It needed some love.
First thing we thought of was the cedar shakes. So we began by having those painted to match the mortar color that’s in between the brick.
We then added hardware to the garage…
We saw this huge, gorgeous brick farmhouse on our way home one day, and it had black shutters. We then knew that was our next step. Painting the shutters changed everything. It now matched the hardware on the garage, and the urns I had on the front steps.
I began dreaming about an accent door. I waited a long while to do the door, mainly because I was a scaredy-cat. I was so afraid we were going to be “those kids” that put a colored door on a classic brick home. When I was a kid, my cousin’s neighbors painted their front door lime green and our family had always hated it. I didn’t want that for us! My husband Bryan assured me that it was just a can of paint, and if we didn’t like it we’d paint over it.
Guess what… we loved it!! One of our neighbors actually walked over and told me how much she loved it. She says when the sun hits it in the afternoon, it’s gorgeous.
And our last step… the shutters up top. Bryan and our friend Eric put them up together (more Eric than Bryan because he had more experience), and as they were installing them, my heart was going like crazy. I was so nervous because that was the last step to our transformation. You know how when you finish a race your heart is beating out of your chest?? Just like that.
Low and behold, the shutters were really the icing on the cake. They brought everything together… just as I had always hoped they would.
Even though everything we did was super minor, it really came together. It now looks like a young couple lives here, and most importantly, it looks like we live there. It’s ours, and we couldn’t be happier with it.
P.S. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have more ideas rolling in… dreaming about some sweet flower boxes that may be in my husband’s future 🙂