Home Tour: Exterior Updates

There can be joy in the process. There can be joy in the process. There can be joy in the process. 😜 Making our house a home has been the slooooowwwest process. Ever. But documenting it and dreaming/scheming is fun for me, and we’re almost in a place where we can start giving the outside of our home some love. So let’s look at what we got.

Before:

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• Our house numbers were probably still from the 50s. Although I’ve kept them because they’re fun and kinda retro. Maybe I’ll spray paint them (gold, of course😆) and frame them.
• There’s a lot of shade but if you look closely, you can see that our grass, or lack thereof, was in rough condition.
• We wanted our door to pop a little more. And if you know me, you know I have commitment issues with color and couldn’t go with a bright, bold, fun color.

Not-After-But-Currently😉:

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• We literally signed our closing papers and drove straight home to switch out the house numbers. Haha! We just had to mark our territory.
• My sweet Jeff has been diligently working on our grass. It’s pretty much his third baby. It’s not perfect, but looking so much better!!
• To make our door pop, we just stripped and stained it. I say it nonchalantly, but it literally took a whole weekend. I don’t regret that decision one bit though!

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Things to do:

• Put down wooden tile on the staircase and little porch.
• Remove shrubs, and replace with pretty landscaping.
• Paint the foundation gray to match the rest of the house.

What do you think? I think these little (ahem pricey, time consuming😁) to dos will make such a big impact!! Also, quick question: if the outside of your house could use some love, and the inside needs furniture/pretty things on your walls, where do you start?! I go back and forth!!

May 24, 2017 - 1:27 am

Amelia Marie - Your home is beautiful! I especially LOVE the grey, the windows, and your door! Great decision! I focused on the inside of our home first since the majority of living happens there. When everything I could assemble inside was complete (for the time being), I’d (and still do) tackle a project outside (front porch/ landscaping) as money and inspiration allowed. Also, another big thing that effected projects I worked on was if I was capable or not. Anything I could start and complete on my own, I did! The projects I needed hubby to do or help with took longer and I had to wait on usually. Anyway, I’m so excited for your family and can’t wait to see more updates! Happy home-making! Xoxo

May 25, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Adriana Fullerton - Brigette! I had no idea you had a blog! I’m about to explore it some more, but first wanted to write your first comment to this post! 😀

First off, I love love LOVE your old original steel windows. I hope you never replace them. Love the black and love how they have so much character and original charm. I salvaged a bunch of old steel windows recently from a house on Harbin built in the 40s. The owner/contractor replaced all of them with new windows and GIFTED the old ones to me. They are in really rough shape but I can’t wait to one day, hopefully sooner than later, restore them. I have no idea where I will use them, but hope to use them on our next project.

Your front door is really nice, it adds just a touch of warmth that nicely balances the cool gray house color. The new roof just tops everything off! Hopefully the old roof damage was a blessing in disguise. The dark gray/blackish roof color is perfect!

I’ve never seen wood tile used on a front porch, I imagine that would look very nice and would be very unique. I am for sure all for unique. I don’t know much about concrete, but I wonder if there’s a way to make your concrete porch and steps have a nicer finish without spending a lot of money. I wonder if a concrete stain would be durable outside, or skimming the concrete with an extra thin layer of concrete to make it look newer and nicer. I[m just thinking out loud here LOL. Another thought is, with all new landscaping, will you even notice the foundation? I haven’t seen it in person, but in photos I personally think it looks fine. Maybe you could remove all existing shrubs, buy all your new shrubs, plants, flowers… place them (before planting them) in the location you want, and then step back and see if the foundation really needs to be painted.

I’d love to see your house in person! Your blog is so clean and crisp, and the photography is stunning! Can’t wait to see more! And can’t wait to see what else you do to the exterior of your lovely home!

May 25, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Brigette Turner - Adriana, you’re amazing!!! I’m gonna send you my phone number, so we can set up a date for you to come see! I’d absolutely love to your thoughts!!! xo

May 25, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Brigette Turner - Thanks for your advice sweet friend!! You’re the best!

June 1, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Lisa Drennan - I love your home improvements, Brigette! This looks amazing. We live in a 1950’s era house that needs some updating too. You’ve inspired me with great ideas on where we could start on the outside of our home. You and I should talk “home decor” the next time I see you! 😉

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