From shabby to chic: an exterior Before and After!

This is a post about a house that had seen better days. A house that was very in need of some TLC. A house where the latex paint on the exterior walls was shedding like an Irish Setter in summer. One where the shutters were missing rails like jack o’ lanterns missing teeth. And the yard? It had more uncovered dirt than Us magazine.

 

 

But see for yourself.

 

 

 

Side of house before

 

 

 

Uh huh.

 

 

 

 

Exterior Before

 

 

Lucky for this house, my clients recognized under all that mess, there was a cute, sweet home. That just needed a chance. And an interior {and exterior} designer.

 

 

 

It’s hard to tell from this picture (see above) but that is a frosted jalousie window to the left of the teal-colored front door. One of the first design decisions was to replace it with a horizontal window. Not only would the shape solve a design dilemma–(there is a bathroom on the other side of that window that needed privacy; with a higher-hung, horizontal window, we could get away with clear glass and let more light in without the threat of someone seeing someone else tinkle)–but I was able to find a wood-clad window that would blend with the era of the home and the rest of its existing windows–for $50 from Habitat for Humanity. Sold!

 

 

 

 

The plan for the rest of the exterior went a little something like this…

 

 

 

Front of house before2

 

 

 

But let’s revisit that window for a moment.

 

 

 

Old window

 

 

See the uninstalled window lurking in the left hand corner looking all inconspicuous? It took the place of the installed (frosted jalousie, shuttered) window.

 

 

 

In other words, this…

 

 

 

 

Window standing

 

 

 

 

became…

 

 

 

this!

 

 

 

Window after

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, what a difference trim and fresh paint make.

 

 

 

 

The front turned out like this….

 

 

 

 

Front view

 

 

 

Here’s another view, if you happened to be gazing left….

 

 

 

Front side after

 

 

 

Ready for your closeup, front door?

 

 

 

Front Door after 2

 

The hanging exterior light was a $20 rummage sale find (courtesy of me, the junk sale junkie).

 

 

 

And that sad side area…

 

 

 

 

Side of house before

 

 

 

 

turned into this pretty side area!

 

 

 

Side of house after

 

 

 

The painter’s helper had a moment of genius when he suggested we move the existing fence forward. We all agreed it would make the side yard better tie into the backyard and add more privacy to the front. A salvaged gate was resurrected with a sand, stain and finish and now contrasts nicely against the fence (which is painted the same soft, creamy color as the house’s siding).

 

 

 

Side view after

 

 

 

The clients just happened to have this amazing doorknob lying around in their garage.

 

 

 

 

Door knob detail

 

Now when was the last time you saw back plates as cool as that, I ask?

 

 

 

 

The front yard got a quick clean-up.

 

 

 

 

Witness: the Before (gulp)….

 

 

 

 

 

Front yard before

 

 

 

And the After….

 

 

 

Front yard after

 

 

Note:  This mulch just happens to be on sale at Home Depot for $10 for 3 bags (each bag covers 2 cubic feet). Since the only changes from the Before to the After in the front yard were the stucco wall was power-washed and mulch was added, it just goes to show how transformative mulch can be–making that a temping sale indeed!

 

Paint details:

Door: Benjamin Moore, Black Beauty (satin)

Shutters: Same as door

Posts, beams, trim, door and window casing: Benjamin Moore, Simply White (satin)

Siding: Benjamin Moore, Muslin (eggshell)

 

 

 

What about you? Is your house thirsty for a paint job? Is your yard ready to gobble up some mulch? If you would like to see more Before and Afters, please visit my interior design website http://www.kishagiannidesigns.com

 

 

Happy weekend!

 

 

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