I just need to sit for a moment and catch my breath. My days, weeks, and months have been packed. All with good stuff, but nonetheless it leaves me needing a minute to just be still. Anyone else relate?
This summer we completed the second phase of our exterior home makeover, we painted the outside of our home! It was a labor intensive, long project and we still aren’t completely finished, but in an effort to not be a picture perfectionist, im sharing now. I didn’t want to do the “before and after” post until the “after” was really truely 100% done! Not sharing pictures or thoughts until they are fully baked often leads me to not sharing at all. I am trying to work on this, not only with blogging but with life. So here is the big reveal and it’s almost done:
Two summer’s ago we took on a massive landscaping project, our concrete steps were crumbling and old wood retaining blocks were dated. We used a local landscaper to complete all the hardscape because it was way over our skill level. Before demolition started we transplanted existing plants to save, and use for the newly renovated space. We had over 80 hosta plants that were dug up and many found new homes with our neighbors and friends. A few even made it to Arizona with my parents, I hear they are enjoying the mild winter.
Below is a picture of what our entryway steps looked like before we started removing the hostas and after all the hostas were removed but before demolition.
Once the hardscape was complete we re-homed the saved plants and added mulch. The new retaining walls exposed a greater portion of the foundation which prompted us to paint the exterior of our home this summer.
We have raked cedar siding and after many trips to our local paint store we decided hand brushing the house was the best option. Painting is all about the prep! With three small kids, I knew we would not have concentrated time to prep, spray, and back brush the entire house. We prepped a side at a time and then painted two coats. The shutters and Adirondack chairs were painted using Duron Charleston Green. We removed the storm door and painted the front door in Benjamin Moore Grenada Villa and added a large window planter box.
The trim around the front door and garage doors was updated using PVC casing. We still need to paint the window casings and garage door casing and will eventually add a pergola over the garage doors, but that’s next summer’s project!
Below is what the house looked like when it was purchased, the middle picture is after front landscaping but before painting, and the last picture is with new paint:
When I shared our summer project with friends and neighbors they all responded, “are you crazy? That’s a big job!” Looking back, would I do it again? Ugh… maybe in 10 years i’ll be ready to paint again, but it was a big job and having three boys under 5 made it really challenging. The positive side of this project: for a few hundred dollars we were able to update the entire look of our home. Something that would have cost a few thousands if we were to use a painting company.