I have been spending a lot of my time working on the inside of my house. [Editor’s note: Remember Sara’s living room, rainbow ceiling, and geeky kitchen light makeover?] But recently we had a horrible surprise ice storm that knocked our power out for several days, and cost us thousands of dollars in damages to my house (mostly windows, electric box, and siding).
It also forced me to start thinking about what I wanted the OUTSIDE of my home to look like.
I have always hated the maroon everything but I wasn’t sure what look I wanted to go for. We’ve been cleaning up the yard and we had new windows installed throughout the entire house (thanks, ice storm!) but I still needed shutters.
It’s been a long year and we needed happiness. What do you think I would do if I couldn’t decide on a color? Use them all…
I made window boxes out of fence pickets — primed them with outdoor primer, and spray-painted them white.
I also made shutters out of fence pickets and furring strips, primed with outdoor primer, and then bought six delicious shades of exterior satin color.
I admit, normally I’m excited about a project and work on it with reckless abandon. I worried that this project was a little too… much for the neighbors? We don’t live in a housing development and nothing I was doing was illegal or against codes but still I worried, until we put up the first set:
And then I added flowers, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! People are talking about it, and no one has said anything negative. Rainbows might not be your thing, but it is certainly an improvement what it was before.
I have plans for that porch, but it won’t happen until this summer at the earliest. It will be MAGNIFICENT. I don’t have my doubts about this one.