Ok, so this is probably one of my biggest transformations yet. Not necessarily in the amount of work because it wasn’t that intensive but when you change the appearance of the entire front of your house that is pretty big!
So here’s our house before…
Not bad. But I honestly was really wanting a change from the burgundy shutters and door. I REALLY wanted to change the door color to something neutral and black was the best option. But in order to do that I really needed to change the shutter color too. Plus the shutters on the front of the house were quite faded looking.
So my brother was over one day and I asked him to bring his tall ladder. He removed all the shutters and got them down for me (3 simple screws in each – very easy). Our house is all vinyl siding and also has vinyl shutters.
Oh how much shutters add to a house! Looking quite bare…
I painted the shutters with the same paint I used on the door – “Broadway” mixed in Behr MARQUEE Exterior in Semi-gloss Enamel. “Broadway” isn’t a Behr Marquee color so it won’t necessarily cover in one coat but still should have superior coverage and hold up better outside. You can read more about why I chose Behr MARQUEE paint in my door post but in short this new line of paint by Behr resists fading and dirt, is safe for rain in 60 minutes or less, and resists mildew. AWESOME paint to use on an outdoor project – especially one that I don’t want to be having to redo any time soon.
You can see how faded the shutters look…
Painting them was a simple, straightforward process. I did 2 coats to make sure I covered the burgundy well. I did one coat with a brush tying to get in every crevice as possible. Then for the 2nd coat, I would flip the shutter upside down so I could see spots I missed the first time and do a 2nd coat with a brush. Took me several hours to do all of them – did the 2nd story ones first so they would be put back up, then did the 4 for the porch on another day – some of my painting time was during a yard sale I had back in April so it really wasn’t that bad.
So I know this is what you are waiting – here’s the before…
And here’s the AFTER!
(Just for fun scroll back in between those pictures and check out the difference in the trees, grass, and bushes. The difference that 6 weeks makes! Before pictures taken at the end of April and a cold spring and after pictures taken yesterday.)
So what do you think? Was black a good choice? You can be honest
I will be honest, the first week or two I didn’t like it at all. The door wasn’t painted yet and that was making it look even worse. But it was a stark change and I was missing the color.
But now that the door is painted, and I added red accents on the porch, my summer flag, and the flowers are more in bloom, I am REALLY liking it! I plan to add even more color in my flower pots on the porch next year and possibly even more color to the bed in the front (my roses are just starting to bloom again from where I cut them back.) But I think it looks more modern, updated, classic, and fresh! Just took me a bit to get used to coming home to such a change.
Here’s a better picture of the porch before and after…
This is an older picture but this shows the burgundy shutters and door.
And here’s the porch with black shutters and door and decorated in red, white, and blue for summer.
Home Sweet Home!
How about you? Been doing any shutter or door painting? I can’t imagine those of you that have wood siding and get it painted what a huge difference that would make!